While many major headphone manufacturers do sell wireless and truly wireless earphones, an increasing number of smartphone makers have taken to the market in recent months. It all started with the Apple AirPods, which although not the first truly wireless earphones, have been credited with making this kind of product popular. The obvious inference is that smartphone makers’ audio products though built using popular standards will work best with their own smartphones, which is why we’ve seen brands such as Xiaomi and Samsung get into the space. The latest in that list is HMD Global, which recently launched the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds.
Priced at Rs. 9,999, the True Wireless Earbuds offer simplicity and ease of use, along with above-average battery life. We review the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds to find out if these earphones are indeed a better option than the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Buds, Apple AirPods, and any of the other high-end options available today. Truly wireless earphones are typically larger than the earbuds of regular wireless earphones, but the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds defy that expectation with very compact casings. The earbuds aren’t discernibly larger or heavier than even the earbuds of typical wired earphones, which is quite an achievement given that each one has to have its own battery and circuitry inside it.
While much of the casings is metal, their backs are plastic and each one has a Nokia logo and microphone hole. Each earbud has a button and ‘L’ and ‘R’ markings as well. The sales package includes the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds, the cylindrical charging case, a USB Type-C charging cable, two extra pairs of silicone ear tips, and instruction manuals. The charging case is quite unique compared to what we’ve seen from competing products. It’s longer, and contains a battery that can charge both earbuds four times over. The bottom of the case has indicator lights to let you know the battery level of the case and whether the buds are charging,
which is a convenient touch. The process of charging the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds is as unique as the case itself. One contact point touches the grille of each bud, while a second makes contact with the metal part of their casings. Once you’ve inserted the buds into the case properly and shut it, the buds power down and charging begins. However, getting the True Wireless Earbuds in place isn’t as simple as we would have liked. The buds have to fit into their grooves perfectly, and the space is snug. If you don’t get it right, the case simply won’t shut. While we struggled with this initially, we eventually got the hang of it.