Reasons Not to Buy Apple Airpods 3

This is a quick one-minute design review of the Airpods 3 to determine the reasons to buy or not to buy the Airpods 3 released in 2021. It took 2-years for Apple to design a reduced version of the Airpods Pro that is missing features found on earbuds that are half the price. 

Granted that we may expect Apple Airpods Pro 2 in 2022, but the Airpods 3 seems to be a patchwork to designed “release something” before the Pro 2. Does it cover a missing sector in the market? Nope.

If anybody wants to buy the Airpods 3 based on such cheap specs, they have to be blind to the myriad of options in the market today. This is why we concluded this release is meant only for Apple fans who cannot afford the Pro and want something better than the Airpods 2. We are not even going to waste time comparing Airpods 3 with a dinosaur.

Reasons to Buy Vs Reasons to Buy Airpods 3

Reasons to buy Airpods 3Reasons Not to buy Airpods 3
  • It is cheaper than Airpods Pro by 28%
  • It has 25% more battery life with the charging casing
  • It still has Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking.
  • It is designed for Apple die-hard fans only.
  • No ANC
  • No Transparency Mode
  • No pressure relief vent
  • No conversation boost
  • Better alternatives from other brands at a cheaper price.

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Review Summary

A brand new earbud model launched in 2021 priced at $179, without transparency mode and ANC, shows that this is designed for Apple fans only. Everybody knows there are cheaper and better options with more battery life, ANC, transparency modes and even IP ratings for both dust and higher water resistance.

The 2-year old Airpods Pro is almost outdated in terms of battery life and has been overtaken by so many brands in the market in terms of features, including Jabra Elite 7 Pro, Klipsch T5 II ANC, and the upcoming Logitech Zone True Wireless.

The overall size and shape of the Airpods 3 are similar except that it is smaller due to the open ear design, as opposed to the in-ear design for the Airpods Pro.

Perhaps one of the main attractions that are not found in other brands is the “Spatial audio” with dynamic head tracking. On the other hand, the AirPods 3 is missing the accessibility feature called the Conversation Boost, a feature “designed to help people with mild hearing challenges stay more connected in conversations.”

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings theatre-like sound from the movie or video you’re watching, so that sound seems like it’s coming from all around you.

Maybe Apple fans are excited to pay $179 after reading the above.

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Compare Apple Airpods 3 vs Airpods Pro

Tech SpecsApple Airpods 3Apple Airpods
Release date26 Oct 202130-Oct-19
Form Factor
Size (each earbud)30.8×18.3×19.2mm30.9x24x21.8mm
Weight (each earbud)4.28g5.4g
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)NoYes
Transparency (Hear Through)NoYes
FeaturesSpatial audio with dynamic head trackingSpatial audio with dynamic head tracking
Microphone per earbud11
Wind Noise Reduction YesYes
Fit and Comfort
Pressure Relief/VentNoYes
Mono Mode
(Use either earbud)
Ear GelOpen earYes
Ear WingsNoNo
AccessibilityLive Listen audio
Headphone levels
Headphone Accommodations
Live Listen audio
Headphone levels
Headphone Accommodations
 Conversation Boost
Bluetooth Version5.05.0
Operating Range10m10m
Multi-point Connection22
Sensors– Skin-detect sensor
– Motion-detecting accelerometer
– Speech-detecting accelerometer
– Force sensor
– Dual optical sensors
– Motion-detecting accelerometer
– Speech-detecting accelerometer
– Force sensor
Battery Life
Music Time (ANC Off)5h (spatial on)5h
Talktime Time (ANC Off)4h3.5h
Total Time + Charge Case (ANC On)30h (music)24h (music)
Fast Charge For 1-hour usage5mins5mins
Charging Case
USB-C ConnectorLightning to USB-CLightning to USB-C
Qi-Certified/Wireless ChargingYes, plus MagsafeYes, plus Magsafe
Warranty1 year1 year

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