Everybody likes a product shootout, right? Product comparisons are the norm in the technology industry, even if members of the technorati elite politburo fail to address software comparisons and focus on hardware bullet points.
When was the last time you saw a Windows vs. macOS article? Or, an iOS vs. Android comparison? Instead, members of the technology press (we really need a new word for press since nobody on the interwebs prints anything these days) give us ridiculous comparisons for the sake of click bait headlines.
You’ve seen a few like these, right?
- Just Like iPhone For $199
- Just Like Apple Watch For $80
- Just Like Apple AirPods For $30
There is a certain reality to such comparisons. You’re a sucker if you allow yourself to get sucked into anything that compares a more expensive product with a less expensive product that is 1/5th the price.
Products, math, and money just don’t work that way.
Apple’s $159 AirPods are great, but these $30 true wireless earbuds are better in one key way
Without reading another word in the comparison I can tell you how they’re better in at least one key way.
AirPods are wonderful. We love AirPods. They sound great and the design is sleek, but there’s one big problem with them that we’re not very happy about. Since they’re made out of smooth plastic, they don’t keep a good seal in your ears so all the bass leaks out.
That’s not a problem I recall on my AirPods but, well, different strokes for different folks. There must not be much of a seal between AirPods and ear if ALL the bass leaks out.
Yes, the world is moving toward wireless earbuds and various sources put Apple’s marketshare at around 40-percent with AirPods and Beats, but such a comparison leaves out one very important aspect of such in-ear speakers.
How do the damned things sound when compared to AirPods?
I’ve tried a full baker’s dozen of various wired and wireless earbuds and headphones, and AirPods are, well, bluntly– damned good. Even a comparison of various features would be better than a simple “sticks better in your ear” as that’s likely rather subjective since few ears are created equal.
One thing that is beginning to bother me about reading various technology oriented websites is how much attention they pay to selling things with false comparisons. Obviously, advertising doesn’t bring in the revenue it used to, so website publishers have resorted to being pitchmen or shills for various products.
Such product comparisons are for suckers, from suckers. Their brand and their journalistic integrity are blemished and diminished with such techno-drivel promotions disguised as a review comparison.