There’s a long list of wireless earbuds out there for you to choose from. But finding the right ones for you can feel like finding a needle in a stack of needles.
If you’re choosing between Bose and Apple, you can take their price tags out of the equation when making your decision. During Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days sale, both premium earbuds are at a discounted price of $199.
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Last year, Apple and Bose released the second generation of their flagship earbuds, the AirPods Pro 2 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2, respectively. Both earbuds offer industry-leading sound and noise-canceling technology, making your buying decision more complicated.
Here are a few features that set both pairs of earbuds apart from each other.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
Personalized Spatial Audio, ANC, and Transparency Mode
ANC, Aware Mode, custom EQ settings
Up to 6 hours of playback (30 hours with charging case)
Up to 6 hours of playback (18 hours with charging case)
5 Series Qualcomm chip
You should buy the AirPods Pro 2 if…
1. You value standard audio mode
Apple’s Transparency Mode and Active Noise Cancelation are arguably the best in the game. Transparency Mode is a must-have for commuters and people who want to hear their surroundings without pausing the music, while noise canceling is great for people who want to stay in their own world.
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But many people want something in the middle — a standard audio mode, if you will. With the AirPods Pro 2, this mode is an option. However, with the Bose QuietComfort Buds, there’s no way to turn off ANC and Aware modes; you must toggle between the two.
2. You are invested in the Apple ecosystem
As always, Apple devices work best with other Apple devices. AirPods Pro 2 can connect seamlessly with your Apple TV, MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. Additionally, when connected to these devices, your AirPods offer Personalized Spatial Audio, which is an exclusive feature for Apple users.
So, if you have a number of Apple devices and are looking for a pair of earbuds, you’ll probably want the AirPods Pro 2.
You should buy the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 if…
1. You don’t like traditional earbuds design
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 sport a unique bud shape. The head is angled like the AirPods Pro 2, but the Bose QuietComfort buds have a much shorter stem where touch controls are located. Additionally, the Bose QuietComfort buds are available in three colors: Triple Black, Eclipse Gray, and Soapstone.
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If you prefer earbuds with shorter stems, a more ergonomic design, and more colorways, the Bose QuietComfort buds are the way to go.
2. You frequent more than one operating system
There are plenty of people who have an iPhone but use a Windows laptop or a tablet that runs on Android’s operating system. If you have a mix of device operating systems, the Bose QuietComfort buds may be a better fit for you.
AirPods can connect to all devices no matter their operating system via Bluetooth, but they work best with Apple devices. That means AirPods connected to a Chromebook won’t offer all the same features you could get with AirPods connected to a MacBook.
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The Bose Music companion app allows you to control ANC, EQ settings, and device updates without relying on compatibility with your device’s operating system.
Alternatives to consider
BEST AIRPODS ALTERNATIVE
Beats Studio Buds
The Beats Studio Buds Plus offers unique colors and high-quality sound for both Apple and Android users.
View at Amazon
BEST BOSE ALTERNATIVE
JBL Tour Pro 2
The JBL Tour Pro 2 earbuds offer a touchscreen case and advanced user controls for a lower price than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2.
View at JBL
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