What is the difference between Apple AirPods and Xiaomi AirDots Pro?

What is the difference between Apple AirPods and Xiaomi AirDots Pro?

Find out what are the differences and similarities between AirPods and AirDots Pro, Apple and Xiaomi headphones

The Apple AirPods , the wireless headphones from apple,have a number of competitors, but none of them are as “similar” as the Airdots Pro , launched by Chinese  Xiaomi . When you place them next to each other, you notice the incredible similarities of design, but what about the differences? Yes, they exist and we list them all below.

What is the difference between Apple AirPods and Xiaomi Airdots Pro?

1. Design

Introduced in September 2016 , Apple AirPods  are similar to good old EarPods , the Cupertino giant’s wired headphones, with the obvious advantage of being completely wireless. Although they have a controversial look, with a stick-shaped body, not exactly ergonomic, the headphones are in-ear and were designed to fit the ears of any user (without erasers).

The AirDots Pro , introduced in December 2018 by Xiaomi, are an update of the previous AirDots , more similar to Samsung’s Gear IconX . These were, like the Korean company, solutions in themselves, with internal music storage and dispensing with the cell phone as a constant companion. But in AirDots Pro (current), Xiaomi chose to do the same thing as Apple, presenting wireless headphones that depend on a cell phone to work. Both have no internal memory.

Visually, they are very similar. It’s unnecessary to say that the design of the AirDots Pro is a blatant copy of the AirPods (the “kibe”, incidentally is a standard behavior of Xiaomi), even though come with the classic erasers that can be exchanged. THE advantage, is that the user can choose those that best fit his ear, unlike Apple headphones, which is an “all or nothing” case.

2. Connections

Apple Airpods

Apple AirPods

AirPods connect with any Apple device, whether iPhones and / or  iPads ( iOS 10 onwards), Apple TVs (tvOS 11 or later), Apple Watches (watchOS 3 or later) or Macs (macOS Sierra onwards), and with a little effort, even with Android phones (!), since they are just ordinary Bluetooth headsets.

As they use the Bluetooth 4.2 standard, AirPods are able to play music and answer calls normally, but when used with an apple gadget, it is possible to have access to extra features, such as the Siri virtual assistant  .

AirDots Pro also uses Bluetooth 4.2 (interestingly, the previous generation used the 5.0 standard), and can be used with Android devices and Apple gadgets as usual, like any other wireless headset. Identical too, at this point.

3. Performance

Although it is possible to use AirPods with other non-Apple devices, they were developed to work better with iGadgets : by putting them on the ears, they automatically start to play the audio from the iPhone; when one is removed, the sound is paused, and when removing both, playback is interrupted, without the user using commands.

In addition, if the user uses the AirPods, iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time, the headphones will be connected to the two other gadgets automatically, effortlessly.

Xiaomi / Airdots Pro / Apple Airpods

Xiaomi AirDots Pro

The AirDots Pro, in turn, bring a feature called Unilateral Mode : the user can answer calls with just one headset, while the other company for a friend, who continues to listen to music. The transmission care was taken into account and the Xiaomi headphones have a 7 mm neodymium driver and titanium-plated diaphragm.

4. Autonomy

The AirPods battery supports up to 5 hours of audio playback , while the AirDots’ battery can handle up to 10 hours of use. Note that the case that stores the Apple earphones keeps another 24 hours of charge and, after spending  15 minutes  inside the case, you get 3 full hours. Xiaomi guarantees that  10 minutes of charge in the case will inject another 70 minutes of energy into your headphones. Chinese headphones last longer.

5. Price

AirPods are more expensive: in Brazil, Apple headphones cost $ 1,499 in the official store , while AirDots Pro are priced at the equivalent of $ 221 in China , without import taxes (Xiaomi no longer operates in the country). To buy, you need to import them.

Which is better, Apple Airpods or Xiaomi Airdots Pro?

AirPods are undeniably superior when connected to an iGadget, however, AirDots Pro are very similar, have unique features, and are cheaper. Thus, Apple headphones make more sense for an iPhone user , while those from Xiaomi are more suitable for those who are also on Android .