Amazon's already affordable AirPods rivals are even cheaper than usual

Amazon's already affordable AirPods rivals are even cheaper than usual
If you're having trouble choosing from the seemingly endless (and ever-expanding) list of low-cost AirPods alternatives, Amazon is running a sale on its fall 2019-released Echo Buds that will make you forget all about Samsung's oft-discounted first-gen Galaxy Buds or the fast-approaching Galaxy Buds+ expected to upgrade everything from the audio quality to the battery life of their forerunners.

Now, granted, Amazon's rookie effort in the crazy crowded, Apple-dominated true wireless earbuds space is far from perfect, as suggested by the mediocre 3.6 star average based on more than 3,500 customer ratings on the world's largest e-commerce platform. But we're pretty certain many folks can settle for mediocre sound performance and noise reduction technology at a cool $40 off an already reasonable $129.99 price.

After all, you're looking at some mighty sleek headphones here, tipping the scales at 7.6 grams each and yet fully capable of keeping your tunes going for up to 5 hours on a single charge, just like the significantly costlier non-Pro second-gen AirPods. The lightweight charging case sold alongside the Echo Buds can bring that number all the way up to 20 hours, while some quick 15-minute charging action is purportedly enough to deliver a solid two hours of uninterrupted music playback.

Of course, one of the key selling points is undoubtedly the native integration of Amazon's crazy popular Alexa AI, which means you can access your favorite voice assistant with no hands, just like the AirPods support "Hey Siri" commands and Samsung's Galaxy Buds are designed to seamlessly summon Bixby... for the two people that actually find that app convenient.

All in all, Amazon still has a long way to go before it can challenge Apple's dominance in the thriving "hearables" market, but if this reduced price tag sticks, the Echo Buds will definitely put the company on the right track to the industry's silver medal position.

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8 Comments

4. Alcyone

Posts: 651; Member since: May 10, 2018

I'd give my real opinion on this, but I'm tired of the warnings. Only thing I will say, is that I take nothing i I read on pa as real news or reporting anymore.

2. guerilla242

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2020

I've been reading comments on here for a few months now and can now agree that it's TRUE. The Apple bias in your technology reviews is truly sickening. Why does Amazon have to be a Airpod rival ? They are earbuds not Airpods. How about this; "Amazon's already affordable Echo Buds are even cheaper than usual." The article should provide information on the Echo Buds, pricing and date of sale with a reference to the Amazon reviews. Then post links within your post that reference other earbud options with associated reviews from Amazon.

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The explanation is easy: AirPods are the market leader. Consequently, a review site compares a product to the market leader.

5. Alcyone

Posts: 651; Member since: May 10, 2018

Agree. Market leader as in sells, I'm assuming? Wouldn't all other aspects be relative to the user? And if every (yes every) bud/pod was generic in just build (same specs), who would make the best over all? Guess branding does sell, over all else. That or I'm going deaf.

7. mackan84

Posts: 714; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Yes. Yes. Don't know because they're not. Yes, and marketing and the word of mouth. Don't know.

1. peschiera

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

"If you're having trouble choosing from the seemingly endless (and ever-expanding) list of low-cost AirPods alternatives" Hm ... 80% of the smartphones worldwide are running Android, and you still manage to bring AirPods in every single article, and pretending somehow Apple invented the category? If I and 80% of people worldwide were troubling choosing wireless buds, we would be looking into alternatives for devices from Sony, Samsung, Huawei, B&O and all the others, but unlikely from Apple. Guys, what about a minimum of self-respect as "journalists"? You just remind my of Republican Senators!

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2575; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

AirPods hold a 54.5% market share of the wireless earbud market. So why wouldn’t you mention it?

8. mackan84

Posts: 714; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Peoples mistake is that they always want to categorize things into different camps. Just look at apple as another tech-brand among samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and whatever and things get easier. Tons of people have bought AirPods for their android device so that's irrelevant. These brands all sell wireless earbuds to make money and they all want the most sales. One day someone is probably going to take apples number one spot, shouldn't we look at them as another tech brand that has the most sales then?

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