51points

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)

43points

Bose SoundSport Free

Comparison winner
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
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58 facts in comparison

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) vs Bose SoundSport Free

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free

Why is Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) better than Bose SoundSport Free?

  • 1h longer battery life
    ?

    6hvs5h
  • 1mm bigger driver unit
    ?

    11mmvs10mm
  • 2 more microphone(s)
    ?

    4vs2
  • Has in/on-ear detection
    ?
  • 0.9 newer Bluetooth version
    ?

    5vs4.1
  • 3x longer battery life of the charging case
    ?

    30hvs10h
  • Has Dolby Atmos
    ?
  • 0.9m greater wireless connectivity range
    ?

    10mvs9.1m

Why is Bose SoundSport Free better than Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)?

  • Has passive noise reduction
    ?
  • Wingtips included
    ?

Price comparison

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)

Buy used:

$42

ProductStorePrice
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) amazonApple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed)...Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed)
amazon logo
$137
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) amazonApple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed ...Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed Premium)
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$180
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newApple Airpods 3rd Gen Bluetooth Earbuds ...Apple Airpods 3rd Gen Bluetooth Earbuds Earphone Headset + Charging Case White
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$95
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newApple Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wi...Apple Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Earbuds
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$50
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newAirPods 3rd Gen Case Heavy Duty Armor Co...AirPods 3rd Gen Case Heavy Duty Armor Cover + Keychain Clip For Apple AirPods 3
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$6.98
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newGenuine Apple AirPods 3rd Gen Replacemen...Genuine Apple AirPods 3rd Gen Replacement Right or Left or Charging Case
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$44
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) aliexpress3D Sports Shoes Box Wireless Bluetooth E...3D Sports Shoes Box Wireless Bluetooth Earphone Case for apple AirPods 3rd Gen Silicone Case For AirPods 1/2/3 Pro Charging Box
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$2.99
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) aliexpressKamado Nezuko Kimetsu No Yaiba Demon Sla...Kamado Nezuko Kimetsu No Yaiba Demon Slayer Earphone Case for Apple Airpods 3 Pro Protective Cases for Air Pods 2021 3rd Gen
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$3.17
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) aliexpressCute Cartoon 3D Pig Headset Case for app...Cute Cartoon 3D Pig Headset Case for apple Airpods 3rd Gen Silicone Silicone Wireless Earphone Case For Airpods 1 2 3 Cover Case
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$5.99

Bose SoundSport Free

Buy used:

$150

ProductStorePrice
Bose SoundSport Free amazonBose SoundSport Free Wireless Sport Head...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Sport Headphones - 774373-0010 Black (Renewed)
amazon logo
$165
Bose SoundSport Free amazonBose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earb...Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds, (Sweatproof Bluetooth Headphones for Workouts and Sports), Bright Orange
amazon logo
$349
Bose SoundSport Free bhphotovideoBose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Hea...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Black)
bhphotovideo logo
$159
Bose SoundSport Free bhphotovideoBose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Hea...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Orange)
bhphotovideo logo
$159
Bose SoundSport Free bhphotovideoBose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Hea...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Navy/Citron)
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$159
Bose SoundSport Free aliexpressEarphones Silicone Case For BOSE IE2 QC3...Earphones Silicone Case For BOSE IE2 QC30 Soundsport Covers Earbuds In-Ear Ear Pads Caps Eartips Earplugs Cushion 3pairs
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$2.15
Bose SoundSport Free aliexpress3 Pairs Earbuds for Bose Soundsport Wile...3 Pairs Earbuds for Bose Soundsport Wileless QC20 QC30 QC20i IE2 Headphones Replacement Noise Isolation Silicone In Ear Earphone
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$1.81
Bose SoundSport Free aliexpressSuitable for BOSE QuietControl 30 QC30 Q...Suitable for BOSE QuietControl 30 QC30 QC20 QC20i soundsport wireless silicone earplugs silicone sleeve shark fin earmuffs
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$4.49

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User reviews

Overall rating

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
8.4
5 User reviews
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
8.4/10
5 User reviews
Bose SoundSport Free
9.0
1 User reviews
Bose SoundSport Free
9.0/10
1 User reviews

Features

Build quality

9.8/10
5 votes
6.0/10
1 votes

Sound quality

9.2/10
5 votes
9.0/10
1 votes

Design

8.6/10
5 votes
5.0/10
1 votes

Comfort

7.6/10
5 votes
7.0/10
1 votes

Battery life

9.4/10
5 votes
6.0/10
1 votes

Comments

Aswath

Aswath

6 months ago

5 / 10

Good job apple but too pricey

Aswath

Aswath

6 months ago

5 / 10

1 users found this helpful
RiffRaff

RiffRaff

1 year ago

9 / 10

Amazing experience

RiffRaff

RiffRaff

1 year ago

9 / 10

They are amazing! I have wired ears, and the pros don’t fit so well for me, even with other tips, but the third gens fit the best!

Pros

  • Good fit, media control, better, sound quality, spatial audio

Cons

  • None for me
0 users found this helpful
Super Awesome

Super Awesome

11 months ago

9 / 10

My choice of headphones

Super Awesome

Super Awesome

11 months ago

9 / 10

Pros

  • Great noice cancelation
  • Great sound quality
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Low bass
  • Difficult if you don’t have a IPhone
0 users found this helpful

Design

Fit

Earbud

In-ear

The fit of the earbuds.
The first number of the IP rating refers to protection against dust, while the second number refers to protection against liquid. E.g. a first number of 6 denotes that it is completely dustproof, and a second number of 7 denotes that the device can withstand full immersion in water.
weight

8.56g

18.14g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
has no wires or cables
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds together.
wingtips included
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
These earbuds come with wingtips that can be attached for a more secure fit. Wingtips come in handy for sports and other physical activities. When used correctly, they prevent the earbuds from falling off.
sweat resistance
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
is dustproof and water-resistant
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
has stereo speakers
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
waterproof depth rating

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

The waterproof depth rating indicates how well the device is protected against water ingress and water pressure. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.

Sound quality

has active noise cancellation (ANC)
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.
has passive noise reduction
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
lowest frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

26.7Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
highest frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
has Dolby Atmos
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. By doing so, Dolby Atmos allows for immersive, 360-degree sound.
sound pressure level

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
impedance

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
has a neodymium magnet
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

Power

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
The battery life of the charging case as given by the manufacturer. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your headphones on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
charge time

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

2h

The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
battery power

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
has wireless charging
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
has a battery level indicator
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
has a rechargeable battery
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Connectivity

Has USB Type-C
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
has LDAC
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
LDAC is a codec developed by Sony for Bluetooth audio. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high resolution audio. It can also automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps to increase stability.
has aptX Adaptive
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
aptx Adaptive is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.
has aptX Low Latency
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
aptX Low Latency is a codec developed by Qualcomm. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide low latency audio (around 40ms), which is useful when you want to avoid audio lag (e.g. when playing games).
has aptX HD
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
aptX HD is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It supports high quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
has aptX
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
aptX is a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth. It is developed by Qualcomm, and supports 16-bit audio at a bit rate of 384kbps.
audio latency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your headphones/earbuds. Lower latency reduces audio lag, and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
The device can connect at a greater distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device.

Features

has ambient sound mode
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
Ambient sound mode uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard. It’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re jogging but still want to be able to hear traffic.
has in/on-ear detection
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
Sensors can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused, saving battery life.
has find earbuds feature
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
You can use the app to play a sound from your earbuds to help you locate them.
Supports fast charging
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
multipoint count

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

Multipoint allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
has a mute function
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
can be used as a headset
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
control panel placed on a device
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.
warranty period

1 years

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction. Note: This may vary by region.

Microphone

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
has a noise-canceling microphone
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Bose SoundSport Free
These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
mic sensitivity

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.
highest mic frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

The highest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording treble.
lowest mic frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods (3rd Gen))

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Bose SoundSport Free)

The lowest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording bass.

Price comparison

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)

Buy used:

$42

ProductStorePrice
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) amazonApple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed)...Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed)
amazon logo
$137
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) amazonApple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed ...Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) (Renewed Premium)
amazon logo
$180
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newApple Airpods 3rd Gen Bluetooth Earbuds ...Apple Airpods 3rd Gen Bluetooth Earbuds Earphone Headset + Charging Case White
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$95
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newApple Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wi...Apple Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Earbuds
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$50
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newAirPods 3rd Gen Case Heavy Duty Armor Co...AirPods 3rd Gen Case Heavy Duty Armor Cover + Keychain Clip For Apple AirPods 3
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$6.98
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) ebay-newGenuine Apple AirPods 3rd Gen Replacemen...Genuine Apple AirPods 3rd Gen Replacement Right or Left or Charging Case
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$44
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) aliexpress3D Sports Shoes Box Wireless Bluetooth E...3D Sports Shoes Box Wireless Bluetooth Earphone Case for apple AirPods 3rd Gen Silicone Case For AirPods 1/2/3 Pro Charging Box
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$2.99
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) aliexpressKamado Nezuko Kimetsu No Yaiba Demon Sla...Kamado Nezuko Kimetsu No Yaiba Demon Slayer Earphone Case for Apple Airpods 3 Pro Protective Cases for Air Pods 2021 3rd Gen
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$3.17
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) aliexpressCute Cartoon 3D Pig Headset Case for app...Cute Cartoon 3D Pig Headset Case for apple Airpods 3rd Gen Silicone Silicone Wireless Earphone Case For Airpods 1 2 3 Cover Case
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$5.99

Bose SoundSport Free

Buy used:

$150

ProductStorePrice
Bose SoundSport Free amazonBose SoundSport Free Wireless Sport Head...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Sport Headphones - 774373-0010 Black (Renewed)
amazon logo
$165
Bose SoundSport Free amazonBose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earb...Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds, (Sweatproof Bluetooth Headphones for Workouts and Sports), Bright Orange
amazon logo
$349
Bose SoundSport Free bhphotovideoBose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Hea...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Black)
bhphotovideo logo
$159
Bose SoundSport Free bhphotovideoBose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Hea...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Orange)
bhphotovideo logo
$159
Bose SoundSport Free bhphotovideoBose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Hea...Bose SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Navy/Citron)
bhphotovideo logo
$159
Bose SoundSport Free aliexpressEarphones Silicone Case For BOSE IE2 QC3...Earphones Silicone Case For BOSE IE2 QC30 Soundsport Covers Earbuds In-Ear Ear Pads Caps Eartips Earplugs Cushion 3pairs
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$2.15
Bose SoundSport Free aliexpress3 Pairs Earbuds for Bose Soundsport Wile...3 Pairs Earbuds for Bose Soundsport Wileless QC20 QC30 QC20i IE2 Headphones Replacement Noise Isolation Silicone In Ear Earphone
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$1.81
Bose SoundSport Free aliexpressSuitable for BOSE QuietControl 30 QC30 Q...Suitable for BOSE QuietControl 30 QC30 QC20 QC20i soundsport wireless silicone earplugs silicone sleeve shark fin earmuffs
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$4.49

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