HMD Global award winning earbuds Nokia True Wireless Earbuds was launched in the month of February. Nokia’s true wireless earphones have won a prestigious iFDesign Award 2019. It is an alternative to the expensive Apple Airpods. We spent some days with the Wireless earbuds, so let’s check out whether it is really an alternative to Apple Airpods.
Design and Build
The earbuds are very small and cylindrical with only a narrow button protruding approximately one millimeter from the device housing. Not only do these buttons serve a practical control function for the earbuds, but they also help position them in your ears better and help to let you know that you’ve placed them in right.
They are light and weigh only 5 grams. True Wireless Earbuds ship with three silicon ear tips for each earbud; in small, medium, and large sizes. yOU CAN choose any of the options according to the need. The earbuds sit tightly in the ear. The Nokia earbuds are IPx4 rated, it means they are sweat and splash resistance. The Earbuds come in Black color.
There is only one button on each earbud that can be long-pressed to turn the buds on or off, or play/pause, skip forward/backward and volume up/down song with a simple press. Press once, left or right will Start/Stop playing the song (and end call or answer), double click left makes volume down, and click right will volume up. Long press left, skip back and right, skip forward. Very long press left or right (about six seconds): switch off and decouple. By pressing right once quickly and once for a longer spell, you call the digital assistant, although this is a bit more complicated.
The sound quality is decent but it doesn’t match Airpods. It comes with pleasant bass, clear highs overshadow a wide stage with beautiful clarity into the deeper layers of more complex music. Lower tones can be felt with ease, vocals are pleasantly close, and above all, high notes are clear.
Telephone calls on the earbuds work considerably well but, when using the earbuds in very windy outdoor areas, the people on the other end of the line did have difficulty hearing me.
The official website of Nokia claims that the earbuds can deliver up to four hours of music playback or talk time on a single charge and up to 70 hours of Standby time. The charging case can charge up the earbuds up to 3 times.
When it comes to storing and charging the earbuds, their slender cylindrical charging case is very well designed. With a push of the button, the charging tray pops out of the side of the tube and you simply position each earbud into their designated slots and slide the tray back into the tube with a click.
On the bottom of the device, there’s 3 LED indicators and the USB Type C charging port. The left and right LED shows whether the left and right earbuds are being charged and the center LED flashes to show how much charge is left in the case. 4 flashes for 100% to 75% battery, 3 for 75% to 50%, 2 for 50% to 25% and 1 for 25% to empty. The case itself charges quite fast, courtesy to the USB Type-C charger.
Pairing them with a smartphone is instantaneous and fairly simple. They also work with Apple Watch models with watchOS 3 or later and Mac models with macOS Sierra or later.
The new set of earbuds are available for purchase in India at Rs 9,999 from the official Nokia website. Earbuds are also available from offline retail stores. Surprisingly they are not available via Amazon and Flipkart.