There are a lot of TWS (True Wireless Sound) products on the market now, so there really is no more reason not to get your hands on a wireless pair of headphones.
That being said, the Apple Airpods Pro is quite a popular product and is often compared to a lot of different wireless earbuds on the market.
Today, I am going to compare the ever-popular Apple Airpods Pro to the Jabra Elite 75t. The latter is getting a lot of traction as more and more users are recommending it over other TWS products. But, is it really better than what Apple has to offer? Let’s find out.
The Apple Airpods Pro has a familiar design. Like other earphones, it has a stem and a silicone ear tip which can be interchangeable for a more secure fit.
The Jabra Elite 75t borrows some aesthetic elements from the Samsung Galaxy Buds in that they have that ‘bean-shaped’ design. They do have silicone ear tips for a more secure fit, though they do not have the wingtips that are found on Samsung’s TWS line.
As for the charging cases, the Airpods Pro is a white case that is a bit bigger than the original Airpods, albeit not by much. They can still fit inside your pocket nicely without being too much of a hindrance.
The Elite 75t’s case is slightly bigger than that of the Airpods Pro, but it is still manageable and you can still fit it inside your pocket without any issues.
It is worth noting that the 75t does have IP55 certification which means that you can use them anywhere- including in the gym where you get all sweaty while doing your workouts.
Even though you can still technically use the Airpods Pro when exercising, it is not dust-resistant which means that it can get dirty quite often.
I always recommend that you find the right-sized ear tips for you so that you can get a more secure fit. If these earphones are held in place, you get better sound and better noise cancelation (which is especially true for the Apple TWS).
Connecting both the Apple Airpods Pro and the Jabra Elite 75t to your mobile device is easy and all you have to do is enable the Bluetooth function of your smartphone and you should be good to go.
If you are using an iPhone, you will have better integration with the Apple Airpods Pro. In fact, you just have to open the case, turn on your Bluetooth, and it should easily be detected after a few seconds.
For the Elite 75t, the same procedure applies. I just love that this TWS product can easily connect to any Android device out there- may it be a phone or a tablet. You can even connect this to your iPhone as well, though there will be some features that cannot be enabled when you are connecting to the iOS ecosystem.
When it comes to features, the Jabra Elite 75t beats the Apple Airpods Pro. Not only can you update the earbuds’ firmware, but you get to enable some awesome features as well. All of Jabra’s features can be enabled by downloading the Jabra Sound+ app.
First, you have the option to turn ambient sound on or off. This is called the ‘HearThrough’ feature and it basically turns on its microphones so that you can hear your immediate environment. This alleviates the need to remove the earphones when someone is talking to you, for example.
Aside from that, you also get a pretty robust equalizer as well. You get to choose from six different presets, but you also have the option to manually tweak the sound to your liking.
If you have trouble relaxing, there is this nifty feature called ‘Soundscapes’ that provides you with 12 different melodies that can help you ease your tension. Your mileage may vary, but I do like that this thing is added to the app.
You can control the volume, as well as different features and settings just by tapping the outside shell of the earbuds. What’s more, you can also personalize those settings by using the ‘MyControls’ functionality in the application, so this level of flexibility is always welcome.
Well, what does the Apple Airpods Pro have to offer? Well, it’s got the same ambient sound feature called ‘Transparency Mode’ that lets you listen to external noise so you do not have to remove the Airpods from your ears.
One thing that the Airpods have that the 75t doesn’t is active noise-canceling. This is the antithesis to transparency mode in that instead of letting external noise in, you shut the external noise out.
This feature is great because it allows you to focus more on the content that you are listening to without introducing environmental noise. While the ANC feature is good, it does drain the battery even faster, so do keep this in mind.
People that use Siri quite often would be happy to know that the Airpods Pro has seamless integration. Even if you speak softly, once you say ‘Hey, Siri’, Apple’s AI is always ready to take your commands.
So, how do these things sound? In terms of sheer audio performance, I would have to give it to the Jabra Elite 75t. It offers punchier bass without overpowering the mids and the highs.
Since these are workout earbuds, you can expect improved bass performance across the board. If you listen to rock or metal music, you do not have to worry as the vocals and guitar solos would still sound amazing.
I also encourage that you choose the right equalizer preset or perhaps create your own custom EQ settings for better results.
Now, the Apple Airpods Pro is not bad either. It provides a warm soundstage and is more balanced overall.
Even though the Airpods Pro has adaptive EQ- which is a custom feature that optimizes the sound based on the shape of your ears- the said feature is more of a gimmick than anything else.
If there are any changes to the sound quality, it is imperceptible, so I am a bit disappointed about Apple’s TWS in this regard.
I also found that the Jabra Elite 75t is louder than the Airpods Pro. I can set these things at 70% volume and I am okay with it. With the Airpods, even when cranking the volume to 100%, I am still not satisfied with the output. But, it might be okay for you though.
While the Jabra Elite 75t performs admirably well in the audio quality department, it performs poorly in terms of call quality.
You see, there is no problem when you are talking to someone if you are in a relatively peaceful environment, but once you go outside and there is a lot of external noise, the call quality will certainly diminish.
When I talked to my buddies on the phone, they constantly complained about the loud noises they heard in the background.
The Apple Airpods Pro, on the other hand, takes the win here. Its noise-canceling microphones work really well in blocking out as much external noise as possible and you can clearly be heard at the other end of the line.
I tested these while I was out jogging and deliberately made a call near a construction site with all of the equipment turned on. Surprisingly, my friends said that my voice was still clear despite all of the things that were happening around me.
So, for people that want a really good pair of wireless headphones in terms of voice and call quality, the Apple Airpods Pro should definitely be considered.
In terms of battery life, the Apple Airpods Pro can only last up to 6.5 hours, assuming that the volume is set to 50%. In my testing, I was able to eke out more than 5 hours of use with the volume set to 75% with active noise-canceling off. Enabling ANC would drastically reduce the battery life of the earbuds without a doubt.
The Jabra Elite 75t lasts longer as I am able to squeeze over 7 hours of playtime at 75% volume. Of course, enabling the ‘HearThrough’ feature could reduce the battery of these things, but I barely turn them on anyway.
The Apple Airpods Pro case can hold 19 hours of battery life, so you can expect up to 26-28 hours with the charging case included. The case also supports wireless charging as well which provides ease and convenience.
On the other hand, the Jabra Elite 75t only charges via USB-C which is a bit of a bummer. However, you do get an additional 20 hours with the case that is good for 4-5 charge cycles before giving it more juice.
I would like to point out that the Jabra Elite 75t does have an intelligent power management feature that pretty much ensures that the battery capacity of the charging case is used optimally- so no energy is wasted.
As is the case of product comparisons, both the Jabra Elite 75t and the Apple Airpods Pro win in some aspects while they lose in other areas.
In terms of features and sound quality, the Jabra Elite 75t is definitely the one that you should buy. Although it favors the lower frequencies a little bit, the audio quality is surprisingly good as it doesn’t muddy the highs and the mids.
The Apple Airpods Pro also has things going for it as well. Aside from an easier time connecting to your iOS device, its active noise-canceling feature, as well as its clearer voice quality may prove to be too hard to ignore, especially if these are the things that really matter to you.
Both of them can last a long time and their respective charging cases can provide more juice if needed.
The Jabra Elite 75t costs $180 while the Apple Airpods Pro is priced at $250.
Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers
Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.
You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.
That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!
For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.
The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.
Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.
With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.
For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.
On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.
At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.
Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.
If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.
This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.
Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.
Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.
To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.
The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.
On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.
It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.
However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.
Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.
The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.
Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade
When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.
There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.
You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.
Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.
Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.
There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.
Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.
The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.
You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).
What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.
Specs and Performance
- CPU: A12 Bionic
- GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB/128GB
- Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
- OS: iPadOS 14
- Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
- Battery: 32.4 Wh
So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.
While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.
Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.
Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games.
Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.
It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.
Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.
However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.
My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.
If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.
The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.
Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.
Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes
Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.
It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.
Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?
One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.
The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.
Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.
You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.
Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.
The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.
I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.
Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.
An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.
So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.
3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.
I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.
To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.
The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.
You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.
Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.
Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball.
For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.
You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.
You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.
Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.
The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.
You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.
Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?
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