Should I Upgrade my AirPods ? AirPods 1 VS AirPods 2 [Comparison]

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    Apple launches new second-generation AirPods 2  and now available from the company’s website and Amazon, for $159 for with Charging Case, and $199 with Wireless charging case.

    This new AirPods 2 looks similar to the previous generation AirPods model but with the improvement under the hood. It now comes with H1 chip for improved pairing speed and always on “Hey Siri”, connect times, more talk time, 2x faster switching between active devices, 30 percent lower gaming latency, 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls and more.

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    For the first time, the new AirPods 2 also comes with a wireless charging case that can be charged wirelessly with any wireless charger. As for the price, it costs the same as the previous generation AirPods that does not include the wireless charging case but if you want the wireless charging case then you need to add $40 more.

    Also if you would like to add a wireless charging case to your old AirPods, you can buy it separately for $79.

    So would it be better to buy new AirPods?


    There’s something new in AirPods 2 except its design. If you don’t care about the design but want to experience the wireless charging feature, Hey Siri then you can upgrade it. But Apple this time offers a separate wireless charging case for $79 and by which you can make similar as new AirPods 2 excluding the built-in feature. Or if you are buying a new AirPods for the first time then you can go for the newer one.

    I think many of us might be in confusion about whether to upgrade the new one or not. No worries, we will discuss the differences between the first and second generation AirPods so that you can decide for the best.

    Should I upgrade to AirPods 2?


    As we know with the release of new AirPods 2, most of us are disappointed with the modest improvements so upgrading to AirPods 2 doesn’t make you feel happy. If you already own the 1st generation AirPods, there’s really no reason to upgrade to the 2nd generation AirPods except some improvements and features.

    So because of this, we shall go for many AirPods alternative that is available in the market. Samsung and other companies now offer true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are more superior to the AirPods in many cases.

    Here are some alternatives:

    Samsung Galaxy Buds $130

    Samsung Gear IconX (2018 Edition) $175

    LETSCOM True Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headphones $40

    Let’s have some comparison between AirPods 1 and AirPods 2.

    Feature AirPods 1 AirPods 2
    Chip W1 H1
    Siri Double tap to invoke Siri Always -on Hey Siri, no double tap on AirPods
    Wireless Charging Case NO YES
    Charging Indicator Inside Case Outside Case
    Software iOS 10 or later iOS 12.2 or later
    WatchOS 3 or later WatchOS 5.2 or later
    macOS Sierra or later macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later
    Battery Life 24-hour all-day battery life with charging case Same
    5 Hrs of listening time on a single charge Same
    15 minutes of charging provides up to 3 hours of listening time Same
    Audio Performance Good Quality Super Quality better than AirPods 1
    2 hrs talk time 3 hrs talk time
    Sensors YES YES
    Design SAME SAME
    Price $159 with Charging Case only $199 with Wireless Charging case
    $79 for Separate Charging case

    Are you going to upgrade your AirPods? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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    Nirnjan Regmi
    The iMangoss founder and editor-in-chief who is so curious about iPhone / iOS and enjoys sharing some stuff of Apple Products and techs even in the busy schedule.

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