Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.8 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds IISee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)||Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX4||ipX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||9.3mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||30hours||18hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✗|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✗||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||8only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✗||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
IP ratings is the level of protection given by a casing, against solids and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
In comparison to the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a weight of 8.56g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, at 12.5g are heavier than the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) with a difference of 3.94g
True wireless devices have no wires linking any part of the device together, Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is a major distinction since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the 2 earbuds .
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II also is true wireless because it has no wires linking the 2 earbuds .
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II come with wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have sweat resistance
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II also have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation uses advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and then generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 0 thus "diluting" the noise.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background sounds.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have Active Noise Cancellation which makes both earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning commutes. The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II operate with different noise cancellation settings, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for commute or that suites your relaxation time.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) stay tightly in place, this creates an acoustic covering that tones down background sounds while preventing the device music from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this means that both limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a unit size of 11mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, the unit size corellates with the sound produced by the device.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II driver unit is 9.3mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 1.7mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they deliver better quality sound.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s lowest frequency is at 10Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio component generates low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) can make sound with a juicier bass than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well a particular audio component makes high recognizable frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices can generate equal treble
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have neodymium magnets, when used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help generate music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's battery life is equal to that of the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the vendor, and Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s case has a full charge of 30 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's charging case has a battery life of 18 hours, less than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 12 hours
It takes 0.3 hours to fully charge the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 1.7 hours
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery capacity is 20mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply place down on a supported charging pad.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging state of your device and charging case.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have a battery level indicator, these allow you to tell the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II has a Bluetooth version of 5.3, newer than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) will work well with your iPhone. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your earbuds. Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a latency of 144ms, a lower latency reduces audio lag and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have 6 microphones.
While the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II microphones are 8, more than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out noise.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are made to filter out background sounds from the desired sound.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too use a noise-canceling microphone. Especially useful in noisy environments.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound to still be heard even when wearing them
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
When lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a find earbuds feature.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have the find earbuds feature. You can use the device app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your device to locate them.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to charge a device.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) . Bluetooth multipoint is useful because you can be on one call and not miss notifications coming from another device.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have the mute function. It means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have a control panel on them.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a warranty period of 1 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have voice prompts .i.e the device notifies you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them in your bag without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II also have a case included, which offers safe transportation.