One of the most important accessories to most smartphone users is headphones – and wireless earphones appear to be on the rise. Recently we’ve seen heaps of Bluetooth headphones on the market, although it’s quite tough to see what makes some of these earphones so good. This article will delve into some of the best wireless earphones that you can pair with a phone, so the choice is made easier when you go to buy a pair.
- What headphones do I want?
- JBL LIVE 300TWS
- Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones
- Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
- Samsung Galaxy Buds+
- Apple Airpods Pro
- Kmart True Wireless Earphones
Wireless earphones explained
Wireless earphones are headphones that aren’t wired to your phone through a headphone jack. Wireless earphones pair to your phone through Bluetooth and have internal batteries. These batteries last hours on end before they need a recharge, which can be done in the case that the wireless earphones come with. This case has a battery of its own, which can be recharged with a cable. Wireless earphones are typically priced higher than wired counterparts, because of the wireless functionality.
Sometimes wireless earphones are referred to with different names, such as ‘true wireless earphones’, ‘in-ear wireless headphones’ and ‘wireless headphones’, however for simplicity, we’ll be referring to them as wireless earphones in this article.
What are the best true wireless earphones?
Earphones are great to listen to music with on the go, but there isn’t one brand that is the best. When you’re shopping around for the best wireless earphones, you should keep a few factors in mind, and ultimately make a choice on what you see as important in a pair of earphones. Here’s what you should be looking out for:
- Cost: One of the most important points when shopping for anything is the cost. Some earphones come with extra features that might make them a more attractive purchase, however, keep your budget in mind. You don’t want to spend too much, and sometimes expensive isn’t equal to quality.
- Comfort: Some earphone models can feel drastically different from others in your ear. Some slip around the outside of your ear to sit more firmly, whereas others simply sit inside your ear. Because earphones come in different shapes and sizes, you’ll need to find the right ones for your ears. Comfort is key to the experience.
- Battery life: You’ll want to find a pair of earphones that aren’t too demanding charging-wise. Some earphones can go days without charging, and some need regular, daily recharges, all of this depending on your usage of course. Battery life varies from product to product, so keep an eye out for this if it’s important to you.
- Sound Quality: The sound quality is very similar across the board (though some earphones outperform others), although if this is important to you, the only true way you can shop by this is by reading reviews and – if you get the opportunity – by trying out different pairs of earphones.
- Casing: Wireless earphones come with small storage cases that also double as a way to recharge the earbuds themselves. These come in different shapes and sizes, and typically are only sized for the models you buy them with. Make sure you’re OK with the case before you purchase your earphones, as you don’t want one that’s too big, or doesn’t have a large enough battery.
- Extra features: Some earphones come with extra features, such as noise cancellation and sound detecting modes. While these aren’t necessary features to someone just after an easy way to listen to music or podcasts, they can definitely enhance your listening when there are loud noises around, or if you want to hear someone speaking to you without taking the earbuds out.
Choosing the right SIM plan
We’ve put together a table of some of the best postpaid SIM plans for you to consider. If you’ve been looking for a phone upgrade for some time, it might be the right time to look into a replacement for your phone plan as well. Phone plans become more and more affordable over time, so it’s worth having a browse over your options now!
Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
JBL LIVE 300TWS
The JBL LIVE 300TWS is a great piece of kit, and with the backing of JBL, the recipient of Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for Earphones in 2019, you should not be disappointed by this purchase.
This set of earphones comes with a bunch of great things – a built-in microphone, a charging case, and compatibility with Alexa, Voice Assistant and Google Assistant. These wireless earphones also come with Ambient Aware and TalkThru features, which let you talk to other people without taking the earphones out of your ears. There’s also passive noise cancellation through the way they sit in your ears.
These earphones last up to six hours each, with the case holding up to 14 hours of charge. The LIVE 300TWS clocks in with an RRP of A$249.95.
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Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones
Bose is a great contender on the list of headphones to consider with your new phone. The SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones can deliver five hours of battery life, with the case adding an additional 10 hours onto that. They’re water-resistant and fit right into your ear for any physical activity.
The headphones’ IPX4 rating means they won’t die from being rained on, and they’re also sweat-resistant. Bose’s headphones are designed to stay right in your ear, so they’re perfect for running. They’ve even got a volume adjusting button layer on the top. You can pick these up for RRP A$299.95.
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Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Sony’s WF-1000XM3 offer a lot of class. With dual microphones, noise cancellation and an all-day battery life, these are definitely some of the more fancy earphones on the market.
The headphones offer six hours of charge for listening; when the battery runs low, just stick them back in the case for a power boost. You can do this up to three times until the case itself needs a charge, with up to 32 hours of battery life available from each recharge. On top of that, the charge speed is great – ten minutes of charge will give you 90 minutes of listening time.
The WF-1000XM3 also has a feature called “Quick Attention”, where if you place your finger over the earbud it turns the volume right down, letting you hear ambient sound. There’s also active noise cancellation built into the earphones. The WF-1000XM3 starts at A$319.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are a great accessory if you’re already big on Android tech, or simply after a decent pair of earphones. While they have quite an unassuming design to them, don’t think they are lacking in quality. They’ve got two outer mics and inner mics, to make sure your voice quality is great when speaking to people with them. The Galaxy Buds Pro also come with active noise cancellation, in case you want to block out the noises of the outside world, along with a voice detection feature so you can talk with your Buds still in-ear.
With those outer mics, background noises are squelched, so you can speak with clarity. The sound system is designed by AKG, and the buds have a battery life of up to 11 hours (plus 22 hours with the charging case). At a RRP A$349 price point, these headphones are available in Violet, Black and Silver.
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Apple Airpods Pro
Apple’s Airpods are an essential consideration for anybody with an iPhone, particularly newer models such as the iPhone 12. They’re designed to be used specifically for the iPhone, with their user interface integrated into iOS – you can adjust the settings of these through your phones or your Apple Watch’s volume control, without needing to install an app.
They’re noise cancelling with microphones that squelch background noise, but also have a setting called ‘transparency mode’ for when you want to hear around you. These will last you more than 24 hours of listening time with additional charges in the case, with up to four and a half hours of listening time on one charge – on top of one hour of listening time with only five minutes of charging! You can pick these up for RRP A$399.
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Kmart True Wireless Earphones
If these prices aren’t very attractive, we’ve got you covered with an extra-budget option. Kmart’s True Wireless Earphones are a great set of $20 earphones. At a price like that, you shouldn’t need to worry about losing them when out and about, as they’re easily replaced. They’ve got a battery life of up to 2.5 hours, with an extra 12 hours with their charging battery case. It also only takes them about an hour to fully charge.