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Which AirPods Should You Buy in 2024? - OTOFLY's Guide

Which AirPods Should You Buy in 2024 - OTOFLY's Guide

A perfect pair of wireless earphones is crucial for music lovers and mobile users. For iPhone users, Apple's AirPods series has always been highly sought after, but with the constant introduction of new models and features, the choice has become more complicated.


You may be wondering which model is best for you, and in this Apple AirPods buying guide, we'll carefully analyze the pros and cons of each model to provide you with comprehensive information so you can find the best AirPods for you.


1. Apple AirPods (2nd Generation)

The second-generation AirPods is the entry-level model in Apple's headphone series, priced at only $129, which makes it the first choice for more users.


Although the second-generation AirPods may seem a bit outdated in design and functionality, it still has advantages that cannot be ignored.

  • You will not feel uncomfortable whether you are listening to music or talking on the phone for a long time.
  • Thesound quality performance is also quite good, providing clear and balanced sound for an immersive music experience.

Apple AirPods (2nd Generation)

Of course, there are some shortcomings, such as the relatively short battery life, with a maximum listening time of 5 hours on a single charge, but if used with a charging box, it can provide more than 24 hours of battery life. Although the battery life of second-generation AirPods is not as long as that of other models, it is more than enough for daily use.


Note that the second-generation AirPods do not support video spatial audio as well as head tracking on TV and other supported apps. To experience these features, you'll need to opt for the third-generation or AirPods Pro.


2. Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)

The third generation of Apple AirPods has been upgraded in many aspects on the basis of the second generation, which can be regarded as a Pro model without the noise cancellation. The third-generation AirPods continues the semi-in-ear design, but brings significant improvements in performance and functionality, making it the first choice for many users. 

  • The use of highamplitude drivers significantly improves sound quality and provides a better audio experience.
  • Personalized spatial audio with dynamic head tracking enables you can enjoy better immersive audio.
  • A range of new features have been introduced, such as skin-detect sensor and IPX4 sweat and water resistant, which makes it more suitable for wearing during sports.
  • Battery life has also been improved, with up to 6 hours of listening time on a single charge, and when used with a charging case you can enjoy over 30 hours of total listening time.

Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)

However, compared with the second generation, the third generation of AirPods may be slightly less comfortable in terms of wearing comfort. And the price is relatively high, priced at $169. While there are many advantages in terms of features and performance, you need to gauge whether you are willing to pay extra for these upgrades.


3. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) 

Positioned as a flagship model, the second-generation Apple AirPods Pro is the preferred choice for users with a variety of needs thanks to its comprehensive and powerful features.

  • The first Apple earphones equipped withH2 chip
  • Noise cancellationis more intelligent, with advanced technology to provide excellent noise suppression effect.
  • Touch control lets you manage playback functions from the stem. Swipe up or down to adjust volumemakes you more convenient to play and pause music.
  • The charging case also adds a new U1 chip and a built-in speaker to provide better localization and finding.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

To ensure noise cancellation as well as sound quality, the Pro Series has always been an in-ear design, so the downside is that it's a little less comfortable to wear and the most expensive of the in-ear models at $249.


4. Apple AirPods Max

As a high-end wireless noise cancellation headset, AirPods Max is a choice worth considering for users who pursue a high-quality audio experience and the integrity of the Apple ecosystem.

  • Anodized aluminum metal and stainless steel frame present a high-end, modern look with with Apple's own recognizable character.
  • AirPods Max is easy to switch between ActiveNoise Cancellation and Transparency mode, and both modes are useful.
  • It is equipped with a variety of sensors, such as optical sensors, wear position sensors, etc., as well as Apple's self-developed H1 audio chip.
  • With active noise cancellation and spatial audio features turned on, AirPods Max is able to provide up to 20 hours of listening to music, watching videos, and making phone calls.

Apple AirPods Max

Without water resistant feature, AirPods Max will have quality hazards after a long time, and the expensive price makes it expensive to repair, which makes this headset too costly to use for many average consumer. The weight issue is also one of its drawbacks, which can cause neck pain and headache discomfort after wearing for a period of time.



  • If you're primarily focused on wearing comfort and value for money, and don't need noise cancellation, then AirPods (2nd Generation) isyour first choice.
  • If you want better sound quality and a new design without the need for noise cancellation, then you can consider AirPods (3rd Generation).
  • However, if you have a generous budget, demand high sound quality and also expect noise cancellation feature, then the AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) will be the right choice for you.
  • If you are not interested in in-ear headphones but are looking for high-quality sound and also have enough budget, then the over-ear headphone AirPods Max is the way to go.


Hope this guide can help you choose the most suitable earphone. Click here to see OTOFLY’s Airpods cases.

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