The best budget Bluetooth wireless earphones for the iPhone 7: sports, fitness and running
Apple is including new EarPods with a Lightning connector at their very end in each iPhone 7 and 7 Plus box, negating the pain from removing the audio jack that most audio gear is currently using. To further sooth out your sadness, Apple has thrown in a 3.5mm-jack-to-Lightning adapter in the phones' box for free, too.
Last but not least, if you don't want to be tangled by wires, the company has created brand new AirPods - truly wireless earbuds that go into each ear without any connection between them. These provide 5 hours of battery, which is more than most other such products on the market, and a carrying case that can charge them up to five times on the go. In addition, new Beats Bluetooth headphones enter the fray, with models offering up to 40 hours of listening on a charge.
Are there sporty wireless alternatives out there that don't ask that you have to work a couple of long, hard days just to spend it all on Bluetooth earphones in the end, though? These days anything that is fitness-y and Bluetooth and under $100 can be considered a budget proposition, so check out some of the best value-for-money offerings in the world of wireless earbuds that can go with your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
Just released, these budget Sony buds aren't $20-$40 like a lot of the Chinese offerings, and for a good reason. For $80 you get a truly outdoorsy wireless earphones set, with IP4X rating in case you are running in the rain, and Sony's Extra Bass tech that pumps up the lows.
Nothing gets you going like thumping noise in your eardrums, as any fitness enthusiast with overzealous gym receptionist/tune mixer could attest. Best of all - these come with generous 8.5 hours of battery life, and a variety of buds and hooks to fit your particular ear shape perfectly.
Meizu's creation is the ultimate in the world of value-for-money wireless sports earbuds picks. Besides looking great in its red and aluminum version, they also produce rich sound, and are splash-proof. Furthermore, they are of the magnetic type that would stick the buds together while hanging from your neck, and pause the music when they do, so no more dangling around. The battery life of 6 hours is on the lower side of the budget spectrum, but at the price you are shelling out, you can go the extra mile of charging them a tad more often.
The Jaybirds are a nice value for the money, as they offer all the bells and whistles for a sports enthusiast, plus 8 hours of battery life, but you should be aware there is a large number of counterfeits with these ones, so get them from a retailer like Walmart or similar, as a lot of the packs on Amazon are now really hard to tell apart as the counterfeit masters are getting better at their game with each edition.
Spigen's Bluetooth buds are no better and no worse than the ocean of Chinese offerings on Amazon with tens of plumped up reviews, but they have the key difference to come from a known brand, and are rather affordable. They use Bluetooth 4.1 and support the aptX codec, and users are reporting about 5 hours on a charge on average which is not in the ranks of Sony's offering but is not that bad either. The nicest part is that rarely anyone complains of lost Bluetooth connection, which can't be said for the vast majority of cheapo wireless buds.
Anker is already an established name in the value-for-money accessory realm, and its new SoundBuds Sport model adds to the reputation with Bluetooth 4.1 support, sweat-proof housing, and 8 hours of battery life. In addition, they provide rich sound with tamed base, decent noise cancellation tech, and magnetic control.
These Bluetooth buds from Motorola come with barely any compromise save for the design part which might not be everyone's cup of tea. The VerveLoop+ set is fully waterproof, so dancing or running in the rain won't be a problem, or even taking a shower with those. They are sturdy and connect well, while so far the most running complaint is that they offer a sound quality that is just average, like on most Chinese no-name models. Motorola does counter with a long 9+ hours of battery life, which is at the top end of the spectrum for any wireless buds.