Earbuds have become the latest and most convenient way to pump jams and listen to podcasts without disturbing those around us. And without long cables that get tangled inside of your pocket or backpack, all you need to do is whip ‘em out, connect ‘em to your smart device, and insert ‘em in your ears. Nothing could be simpler.
The most challenging thing about earbuds is finding the right pair. There’s undoubtedly a loyal fanbase of Apple products that will swear that nothing compares to the Airbuds with its own charging case, but the TOZO T10 TWS does give Airbuds a run for its money.
Most earbuds come with 6-mm speakers the deliver send good vibes to your eardrums, but not the TOZO. These babies have 8-mm speakers – a minute difference in size but in terms of sound quality, you’ll notice a clear impact.
The TOZO’s lays heavily on the bass which is what most athletes are into, but this leaves the treble feeling a little underwhelming. Sadly, without an equalizer, there’s nothing you can do to adjust the sound.
Like the TOZO, the Airpods are more bass-heavy than treble, but it’s not so overbearing that you won’t be able to hear a song’s vocals. It has another thing in common with the TOZO: a lack of an equalizer feature. Sadly, you get what you get, and there’s absolutely no way you’ll be able to tweak the sound to your liking. Also, you may want to avoid playing
Between the two, the TOZO’s audio was marginally crisper, but its larger speakers did make listening to music a lot more enjoyable than the Airpods. However, if your goal is to find a reliable set of earbuds for intense workout sessions, then both of them would work equally fine.
The thing that took me aback about the TOZO’s microphone – microphones really – is that each earbud has one. With two microphones, I expected there to be less interference when making calls, but this was not the case. The microphones are eh at best; the person on the other end of the call will understand you, but your voice can end up a bit garbled.
As for the Airpods, an accelerometer works in tandem with the beamforming microphones to prevent background noises from interfering with your voice. The result is almost crystal-clear voice quality on the opposite end, and when you’re talking to Siri, very, VERY rarely will she misunderstand you.
The fact that the Airpods’ microphones are better than the TOZO isn’t that shocking to be honest. Apple has done a fantastic job at ensuring your voice is as clear as possible when using their phones and now their earbuds.
The TOZO comes with two sets of small, medium, and large ear tips. There’s also a set of thicker, wider tips for improved noise isolation (more on noise cancelation later). The selection of ear tips is actually pretty small, but they’ll fit snug into the ears of the majority of you guys.
The Airpods don’t use replaceable tips. They’re a one-size-fits-all type of ordeal that shouldn’t cause aches in the outer ear canal. After giving them a go, I found that they stay in place and provide a decent amount of noise insulation. Your experience may vary.
It’s pretty hard to determine which of them is the more comfortable fit so if you aren’t willing to risk it, you may want to go with the TOZO. It’s practically guaranteed that the limited selection of provided ear tips will fit comfortably in your ear, and its wider ear tips for better sound insulation just sweetens the deal even further.
The TOZO has a maximum listening time of 3.5 hours which isn’t bad at all by wireless earbud standards. However, the runtime is affected by a number of variables, including outdoor temperature. If you fancy a jog in the middle of a blizzard or a rain storm, the battery lifespan for each bud will drop to roughly 2 hours.
The Airpods take several steps further than the TOZO. On a full charge, these earbuds can be used to listen to music for up to 5 consecutive hours. Plus, the Airpods won’t experience as badly a diminish in runtime due to extreme weather as the TOZO.
If my quick math is correct, the Airpod’s 5-hour runtime is greater than the TOZO’s 3.5. Now, this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for the TOZO, especially considering its several upsides mentioned earlier. Plus, as rechargeable earbuds, their portable charging cases should provide you with several more hours of music.
The TOZO was made for hardcore athletes so it needs to withstand the smelly water dripping from the top of your head. These are IPX8 waterproof earbuds that can handle depths of up to 1 meter fully submerged for 30 minutes. So if you need a pair of earbuds to wear in the rain, TOZO’s are perfect for you.
The same can’t be said about the Airpods. These delicate electronics are not made to withstand any amount of water so even a light drizzle can fry their circuits. You should also keep the charging case away from water since it too is not water resistant.
What else can we say? If you need earbuds for sweaty workouts, steer clear of the Airpods and instead opt to pick up a pair of TOZOs instead. Just don’t use them when swimming, especially when going for a dip in the ocean.
TOZO and Airpods
Though a relatively new release, the TOZO and Airpods are not equipped with noise canceling technology. This unfortunately means ambient noises will leak into your ears despite their tight-fitting designs. I suspect TOZO expects their users to be of the athletic type whose deep breaths will drown out external sounds.
TOZO vs. Airpods – Which Is the Better Earbuds Set?
I understand that there may be a few Apple fans out there who will pick Airpods regardless of what any review says, but that’s definitely not a problem in this case. Its superior microphone is a pretty big deal if you like to use voice commands, and its sound quality is only slightly worse than the TOZO’s.
However, if your main goal is to listen to music while lifting weights or jogging, the TOZO T10 with swappable ear tips and IPX8 waterproof rating is the more suitable set of earbuds.