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With the announcement of Apple’s impending AirPod 2 headphones, the Cupertino tech giant once again raised its self-set bar—this time in the realm of personal audio. Non-fanboys immediately got that old familiar, sinking feeling: This news simply doesn’t apply to us. So, if you’re not an Apple devotee, what are the best AirPod alternatives?
Thankfully, a host of competitors have come out with Android-friendly true wireless earbuds that perform as well as (if not better than) Apple’s AirPods—often for a fraction of the cost. Whether you’re looking for a great gym headphone, a dependable running earbud, or just something comfortable enough for all-day wear, there’s a true wireless earbud that suits your needs.
Many in this new breed of personal audio equipment accessories even improve on the AirPod. Smart tech-enabling and sweat- and dust-resistance gives most of them a leg up already. Renowned audio companies like Bose, Master & Dynamic, and Sennheiser take it further by relying on their expertise to improve on the sound quality. Others attempt to undercut Apple simply by providing an alternative to the AirPod for a lower cost.
Either way, Apple just updated its AirPods in early 2019, so we don’t expect to see the new AirPods 2 anytime soon, anyhow—most likely not until 2020 at the earliest. In the meantime, here are five fantastic AirPod alternatives.
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