Jabra Elite Sport Review


Weak battery life and slow recharge times create for a lot of headaches

While Jabra’s Elite Sport has a lot of good going for it, an area where it falters quite a bit has to do with battery life. Jabra advertises about 3 hours of use on a single charge, and my time with the Elite Sport revealed this number to be very accurate. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

AirPods cranked out more than 6 hours of playback on a single charge. You can get an additional two full charges of the Elite Sport thanks to the included charging case, but even then you’re only looking at a grand total use time of 9 hours. Apple advertises more than 24 hours of use with AirPods, and our testing revealed this claim to be very accurate - if not a bit conservative.

To make matters worse, charge times are also quite lengthy when compared to AirPods.

Charging the Elite Sport from zero to one hundred percent inside of their charging case took 1 hour and 8 minutes, whereas AirPods took just 21 minutes.


Jabra’s Elite Sport aren’t perfect. The design airs on the ugly side of things, the main companion app leaves a lot to be desired, the physical controls on the earbuds themselves don’t work that great, and battery life and recharge times are noticeably weaker than Apple’s AirPods.

Be that as it may, it’s important to understand that the Elite Sport are being marketed to a different group of people than AirPods are. The Elite Sport’s IP67 rating, heart-rate and fitness tracking, and isolated audio are clear indicators that these are wireless earbuds that are made for people who are serious about getting fit.

Because of this, the Elite Sport would likely make for a better purchase if you’re in the market for a wireless audio solution that can also double as a fitness tracker. If that’s the case, it’s definitely worth checking out what Jabra has created here.

Unfortunately, that added fitness tech comes at a cost. The Jabra Elite Sport cost a whopping $249.99, making them a very expensive purchase. Apple’s AirPods offer supremely better battery life and an arguably nicer design, and for most people, the cheaper price of $159 will make them a better overall purchase.

Jabra’s Elite Sport are far from the worst wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but just be aware of who these are for and the tradeoffs that come with them. The Elite Sport could be perfect for the right customer, but for someone who just wants to be able to listen to their music in a truly wireless fashion without having to worry about battery life, Jabra’s product will come up short.


  • Customizable tips allow for a secure fit
  • IP67 water and dust resistance
  • Included fitness tracking keeps tabs on your heart-rate, steps, calories burned, and more
  • Solid sound isolation from noises around you


  • Bulky, ugly design
  • Official companion app is underwhelming
  • Physical buttons are difficult to press when wearing the earbuds
  • Weak battery life and slow recharge times compared to AirPods
  • Charging case uses microUSB
  • Expensive

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1. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

This is actually less dorkier than wearing those white dangling AirTards. How about battery life?

3. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

These, like most true wireless solutions, are only capable of 3 hours of battery life and their cases provide two full charges but take a while to charge compared to the airpods. Of course the airpods look stupid and the sound quality and isolation are not much better than the regular EarPods. Apple needs to redesign the AirPods and provide better isolatin... maybe design it after their In-Ear models except without the stupid dangling stick

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

only airpods deserved 9.0 grade from iphonearena!

4. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Of course the obligatory 3 points deduction if not Cr@pple product.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wish someone make a pod style. Those in the ear buds get on my nerves.

6. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

If it was similar pricing to the airpods then it maybe would've been better buy

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

6.. so much lol from phonyarena...

8. Molly

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 22, 2017

Hello, Jone M. I’m Molly, a promotion specialist of a foreign trade corporation. I have studied your article Jabra Elite Sport Review on the website Phone Arena. Com. Maybe we have a same opinion that truly wireless earbuds will be a mainstream in the future. Now we have a new truly wireless earphone-LiteXim TW-08 Bluetooth 4.1, which dimension and features are similar to Jabra Elite Sport. Would you like to make an evaluation of our earphone or compare it to Jabra Elite Sport? We can send our earphone to you so that you can experience it and make an objective and impartial evolution. Looking forward for your reply!

9. Joey452

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2017

You can use large foam tips to fit you ear canal. The noise isolation will let Sound Quality upgrade to next level.

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