As any fan of freebies, since the release of Apple AirPods, I was waiting for a decent analogue in two times cheaper. Blame for this is not greed, but Chinese brands that we have been taught that you can do something good even cheaper.
Gradually and this will have to wean as Xiaomi, for example, has already announced planned price increase their future smartphones and the refusal of promotions and discounts.
But today it’s not about smartphones, and the accessory, wireless headphones FlyPods Honor presented at the end of October 2018, along with the flagship Honor Magic 2.
Design and integration
This truly is the first worthy competitor to Apple AirPods. From Xiaomi too has something to show, but it’s not as all out earplugs, which I, for one, hate. I’m sure I have someone to support.
FlyPods is liners in three colors: white, red and mint. Chinese class resources Pandao also sell the blue version, but their official presentation was not.
Bright box can be found separately on the headphones, carrying case, and battery, and wire-Type-C. All right, microUSB is not delivered, is already written in the plus.
Case and headphones are made of glossy plastic, the fingerprints are collected with enthusiasm, particularly noticeable on the colored versions, so I suggest white. And for the true connoisseurs of the Chinese exchanges already offer silicone cases for protection.
On the case there is only the inscription Honor. On it above four diode informing you of the charge. Inside another, responsible for headphones.
Headphone design inspired by the swans, so they bend under the Cup (supposedly the neck of a Swan) and they are inserted into the case «face» to each other.
The stem of each earphone is embellished with a colored rim and the name of the brand. Contacts for charging on the bottom. Protected against spray and dust according to the IP54 standard.
The first connection and management
FlyPods possible to connect to devices on iOS and Android. To do this is to open the case and hold the back button until then, until the diode notifications are flashing white color. Next, find the device in the smartphone and connect. Headphones has got the newest Bluetooth standard 5.0. After the initial setup, in the future, the accessory will automatically connect to your device.
If you have the latest version of Android, then in the connection menu you can see the battery headphones. If it’s not, look at the diode in the case: green — charge over 80%, orange — 20% to 80%, red less than 20%.
Face headphone touch, there are some chips from the AirPods. For example, when watching a video is to remove one earphone and playback stops, but resumes when you return the headset in place.
Double tap on right ear can turn on or off the playback in the left will launch the voice assistant. To switch tracks you can not how to configure team. Perhaps it will appear in the future as a power display for smartphones Huawei Honor and style AirPods on the iPhone. At least the screens of the flagships of this promise.
Sound and work
Come to the most important point and just answer the main question — no, separately, both the earpiece not working. You can use left separately from the right, but not Vice versa. That is the main ear — left. And here is the surprise! The sound quality is noticeably worse in the left ear than the right.
Well, in General, do not expect these headphones a wow-effect quality. For audio uses codecs SBC and AAC. For me it was critical not so much the sound quality, how much lag in sound from the picture when watching a video and here it is not, unlike the Sony WF-SP700N, the price of which is two times higher.
For lovers of telephone conversations with headphones have multiple microphones to not only hear you, but the noise was suppressed. The speech quality is really good, but worse than the level of AirPods.
During use, problems with the audio quality there were a couple of times — music was broken. The problem was seen only using a MacBook and decided to reconnect.
Each earphone weighs 4.1 grams, are oval and sit in the ear is not as elegant as AirPods, but the discomfort did not cause. To fly out of the ear when removing jackets or strong vibrations can easily.
In one ear 25 mAh in the case of 420 mAh. Operation from a single charge stated about three hours, with the case 20 hours. Less AirPods, but not critical. In addition, the case supports wireless charging that can also be an advantage. A few months Type-C used once and then check if it works. On a three-day trip was missing a single charge without any problems.
Fast charging no, but in this volume it is not needed. About 20 minutes will be required to replenish 50% of the battery charge fully in less than an hour. With this wire, without it 15 minutes longer.
The comparison with Apple AirPods
The size of the case FlyPods slightly more AirPods, but it has wireless charging and it can be placed vertically, which deprived a competitor because of the rounded shape.
The headset Apple only one diode inside, which notifies you about charging headphones. Additional diodes to check the charging case no. Difficult to know the level, if you have a smartphone on Android.
For round legs AirPods look neater and more aesthetic. Work without recharging up to 25 hours and in the Apple you can configure the touch face, unlike FlyPods.
Both the first and second because of the glossy plastic well collect dust and small holes, and faces become clogged over time and become unpresentable appearance.
The sound quality of AirPods in front, but this raises the question of price.
The cost and the Pro version
Honor FlyPods available in several build options. In our test ordinary, but there are still Pro and the second generation of Huawei FreeBuds headphones that look also, but have the colors white and black.
The Pro model focused on the Chinese market, has bone conductivity and there is every earphone is offline. But the price in China for 999 yuan (~9400 rubles). The same cost FreeBuds 2.
Regular Honor FlyPods model will cost 799 yuan (~7500 rubles). Personally, I bought for 6500 rubles, Pandao (not advertising) and until recently, kept the Cams, I was afraid that he would come the cat in the bag, but no.
Took the trouble to analyze the Chinese site and found this (from expensive to cheap):
- GearBest — 9 900 rubles.
- AliExpress — 7 300 rubles. Pro version is just a thousand more.
- JD — from 7000 roubles.
- Pandao — 5800 roubles (wow!).
The price varies with the difference of up to four thousand, it’s decent. Officially in Russia, they will not sell. You may be Freebuds 2.
And don’t forget about cashback, it’s too small, but the extra discount. For Example, LetyShops.
Despite some shortcomings, I think Honor FlyPods best wireless headphones-ear buds for Android. They are: low price, good build quality, wireless charging, comfortable, versatile form factor.
FlyPods will appreciate Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 with the technology back wireless charging. Put on the phone for 20 minutes and can be listened to on.
Among the disadvantages: the inability to adjust touch faces and average sound quality. Remembering Meizu Pop that little fact that was kept in the ears is bad, the connection is constantly lost, FlyPods want to put a solid top five (in the ratio price/quality). But all is not perfect, there is a lot of work to do in the next generation and not to forget to finalize it.
If AirPods — it’s expensive, and you want something similar, I advise you to try FlyPods Honor.