When Apple unleashes new products onto the market they usually work best within the firm's own ecosystem. For example, you can't even set-up an Apple Watch without an iPhone in your pocket, and Apple AirPods will only connect automatically to devices made by the Californian brand, such as Mac or iPads.
However, the latest earbuds from Beats, which is owned by Apple, changes that pattern. The new Beats-branded Studio Buds offer as many features to Android users as those with an iPhone in their pocket. Flip open the lid on the Buds for the first time and, no matter what phone you own, you'll get the same simple one-touch pairing. That means you won't need to start digging into the Bluetooth settings to get the music started. As soon as the earbuds are nearby for the first time, a pop-up box appears on-screen and one tap gets everything connected.
For comparison, Beats' Powerbeats Pro earbuds offer one-tap pairing with an iPhone… but Android users are forced to start pairing manually in the Bluetooth settings menu of their handset.
That easy connection isn't the only change coming to the Studio Buds as, unlike most of the latest Beats headphones, these new wireless music makers come with a USB-C connection for charging rather than Apple's unique Lightning Port. Most Android devices now feature USB-C so owners will be able to refill the Buds with the same cable that adds power back to their phones. Apple fans will also be able to use their MacBook or iPad Pro charger as these devices also ship with USB-C cables.
Finally, if you happen to lose them then don't panic as Beats Studio Buds are the first Beats product to support both Find My in iOS and Find My Device on Android.
Other extras that come packed inside these earbuds include Active Noise-Cancelling tech to block out unwanted background sound.
To boost things further, you'll get Apple's clever Spatial Audio technology which makes the sound appear to hit your ears from all directions for a far more immersive experience.
Of course, like all wireless buds, there's a small charging case that boosts the battery when things run flat. There's also a nice Fast Fuel charge option with a quick 5-minutes in the case offering an hour of music.
The design should mean they survive the British weather and your trips to the gym with an IPX4 water-resistant rating.
“In building a product this small, every minute detail was considered, analysed and selected to optimise for sound quality, comfort and durability,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Beats and Apple Music. “Studio Buds are our tiniest, most subtle form factor to date, yet keep Beats’ promise of delivering an immersive sound experience in a beautiful design.”
The Beats Studio Buds are available from today for £129.99 in three colours, White, Black and Red. Express.co.uk will bring you a full review in the coming days so watch this space.
Written by David Minister
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