|Classic Apple Apple AirPods 2||Sweat-resistant Powerbeats Pro|
|AirPods, now in their second generation, are considered by many to be the best product the company has produced in many years for good reason. They pair easily with Apple devices, and switching between them is a cinch. They also sound better than your standard wired EarPods. The 5-hour battery life (with another 24 hours thanks to the charging case) means they should last throughout your day and more. However, some people might have trouble getting the AirPods to stay in their ears due to the design, and there's little to no sound isolation.||
Featuring the same H1 chip that you'll find in the second generation AirPods, which gives the Powerbeats Pro the ability to use Hey, Siri, the benefits of power efficiency, and super seamless pairing, the Powerbeats Pro come with multiple ear tips for more flexibility in the fit, and due to there design, they offer better sound isolation and sweat resistant, meaning they're a better gym partner. Of course, the ear hook design isn't comfortable for everyone the bigger design means the charging case is bulkier.
A close race
Apple owns Beats so it's not unusually to see Apple's fancy proprietary hardware being used in both headphones, but because both headphones use the H1 chip, the differences between them are harder to distinguish.
Both the AirPods and Powerbeats support voice-activated Siri, meaning you can access the assistant anytime you want to help you get directions, search the web, or make phone calls just by saying, "Hey, Siri," but the Powerbeats Pro actually have physical buttons to control playback, whereas the AirPods rely on gestures and Siri to control your audio. The physical buttons on the Powerbeats Pro are on both the left and right earbuds, so if you're choosing to only listen with one earbud you have full access to controls.
|Apple AirPods||Powerbeats Pro|
|Price||$160 (or $200)||$250|
|Battery life||5 hours||9 hours|
|Battery life with case||24 hours||24 hours|
|Controls||Tap gestures||Physical buttons|
(or Qi wireless charging)
|Connection||Bluetooth 5.0 through H1 Chip||Bluetooth 5.0 through H1 Chip|
|Fast charging||15 mins = 3 hours||15 mins = 4.5 hours|
Which should I buy?
Luckily, the differences between the Airpods 2 and the Powerbeats Pro are pretty minimal, meaning it really all comes done to personal preference.
|If you're looking for a workout pair of headphones that won't fall out of your ears, and still want all the benefits of the H1 chip, go with the Powerbeats Pro. If you want to be able to get through your workday without having to use your charging case, go with the Powerbeats Pro. If you prefer sound isolation and physical controls to control playback, go with the Powerbeats Pro.||
If you're looking for a workout pair of headphones that won't fall out of your ears, and still want all the benefits of the H1 chip, go with the Powerbeats Pro. If you want to be able to get through your workday without having to use your charging case, go with the Powerbeats Pro. If you prefer sound isolation and physical controls to control playback, go with the Powerbeats Pro.