Powerbeats 3 and Apple airpods are probably two of the best wireless earbuds that we have, where the Apple airpods is completely wireless and the Powerbeats 3 have a piece of wire that connects the two earbuds. The wire runs behind your neck and connects the two earbuds.
Before starting the comparison post, I would like to add that you should consider the fact that the Powerbeats 3 is a sports Bluetooth headphone and the apple Airpods is just a Bluetooth wireless earbud so if you are looking for something that can handle intense workout session then you should go for the Powerbeats 3 headphones.
Design and Build Quality
The Powerbeats 3 comes with an ear clip design which is pretty comfortable when it comes to exercising with them. The headphones come in different colors and you can find the Powerbeats logo on the earbuds. The design of the ear clip is great as it feels very comfortable when you wear it.
The only wires you would find is the one connecting the two earpieces and running at the back of your neck. The Powerbeats 3 comes with an inline remote that helps you take up calls, reduce or increase volume and next to the song that is currently being played.
The apple airpods, on the other hand, are white and completely wireless. They are plain earbuds that you need to place on your ears and start the music. The earbuds do not exactly give you the best seal and resemble a miniature toothbrush, to be honest.
The design of the airpods could have been better but since it is from Apple, they are definitely going to sell. They do have other great smart features but when it comes to the design and look I would rather go with the Powerbeats 3. The Powerbeats 3 they do not fall off your ears when you are doing some really extensive workouts which is an added advantage.
The Sound quality on the Powerbeats 3 headphones is REALLY GOOD, there is no way you can complain anything about the quality of sound on these headphones. They may not be as good as the Bose Soundsport headphones but they are pretty close. The sound quality on the Powerbeats is more sharp in comparison to the Bose Soundsport(this is something I prefer, so it really depends on you).
The apple airpods, on the other hand, are good as well and you have tap commands which are actually amazing to use. The airpods can easily connect with your iPhone and your MacBook as well. The sound quality is decent and not as great as the Powerbeats. The major difference in the sound quality is because the Powerbeats 3 provides a really good seal in comparison to the Apple Airpods.
The Airpods do not have noise isolation, so you would be greeted with sounds from the external environment. The network connectivity on airpods is okayish as you do find a bit of disturbance when you start moving from one room to another in comparison the Powerbeats 3 headphones were better.
The overall sound quality and network connectivity has to go to the Powerbeats 3 headphones. They are amazing with a good seal and slightly better in comparison to the Apple Airpods.
Needless to say, both the headphones are comfortable but the Apple Airpods are completely wireless which gives them a much-needed edge. They are extremely comfortable and you cannot tell if they are there in your ears. They just blend well with your comfort and you can use them for hours together.
However, if you are considering working out with them, you should know that they do fall off during intense workouts where there is a lot of head movements.
The Powerbeats 3, on the other hand, do have a wire on them and that is going to make you feel that you have something around your neck. The Powerbeats 3 headphones are comfortable but you just cannot ignore the fact that the airpods are completely wireless and you can use them for pretty much anything and everything.
The tap commands on the airpods make them more easy to use which means you can be doing something and all you have to do is tap on the earbuds in order to change the song. But the fact that the Powerbeats 3 is going to stay in your ears regardless of what exercise you have been doing and hence I would personally say the Powerbeats 3 is more suitable for extensive workout sessions than the Airpods.
The Powerbeats 3 headphones are waterproof while the airpods are not. Yes, you can drop the Powerbeats headphones inside water and nothing would happen to it as it is completely waterproof and sweatproof, however, one cannot say the same about the airpods.
You might need to be more careful with the airpods and for that, you have the charging case that comes along with it which is pretty amazing. You can keep your headphones and if you do not lose one of them then they can last you long.
While the Powerbeats 3 can pretty much last you forever as these headphones have an excellent built and are more durable than the most talked about Apple airpods. I guess the airpods could be considered designed more for listening music and taking up calls from work while the Powerbeats 3 is for extensive exercises and gym sessions.
This is one of my favorite feature on any of the Bluetooth headphone since it is really important for me to have a headphone with a longer battery life because I never remember to put them on charge. The apple airpods have 10 hours of battery life with 24 hours of extra charge in the charging case that you get.
So basically you can take these headphones along with the charging case and go out no a small outing without worrying about charging it all the time. On the other hand, the Bose Soundsport wireless headphones come with an impressive 12-hour charge and in the case you have depleted the battery, a 15 min charging will give you an hour of playback which is amazing.
Obviously, when we are talking about the battery life, the Apple airpods are great but considering the 12-hour battery life on the Powerbeats 3, I think the Powerbeats 3 is the clear winner.
Overall, I love the Powerbeats3, the comfort, durability and battery life on the Powerbeats 3 is way much better in comparison to the airpods. The airpods are more suitable for someone who has been working or just for listening music.
But if you are specific ongoing for headphones that are sports Bluetooth headphones then the Powerbeats 3 is probably the best choice. It has a 12-hour battery life, it is water resistant and gives a really nice fit making the earbuds stay in your ears even while you are performing some intensive workouts.
Apple Airpods have more features and an everlasting battery life. You can use them for gym sessions but they are not waterproof so you might want to be careful while using them extensively. These headphones are good for sports workouts but if you know there is going to be a lot of sweat and water involved then you might want to go with the Powerbeats 3.
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