In the recent event that OnePlus held for launching its new flagship device, the company also introduced Bullets Wireless 2 earphones alongside the OnePlus 7 smartphone series. These offer a new design, improved charging, better technology, and slightly upgraded internals. These compete directly to the flagship level second generation AirPods and Galaxy Buds. Let’s see how they stand against the two from established flagships.
Bullets have not changed that much in design as compared to its predecessor but there is a mild change that makes the new ones more rounded. OnePlus has claimed that these will fit every ear with ease. Carrying a glossy and matte finish, the only thing that divides OnePlus Bullets 2 from AirPods and Galaxy Buds is the matte-designed neckband on the Bullets. This can be a not buying reason for those who want to experience true wireless. On the other hand, OnePlus has a volume controller on the neckband which can impress people who don’t want to get their smartphones out to just control the volume.
Moreover, there is a magnetic back on the buds to clip them together while not in use. This adds an extra layer of protection when not using the earphones, whereas, the other two are questioned for this a lot.
Let’s start with Apple AirPods that has nearly 5 hours of average battery life with a case that carries 24 hours of extra juice. Coming to the Samsung Galaxy Buds, these offer a slightly better 6 hours of battery backup but the charging case only carries 7 hours of additional charge.
Bullets Wireless 2 changes the game by not having a charging case and instead, carrying the WARP Charge 3.0 technology. According to the company claims, a 10 minutes charge, these can get a power of up to 10 hours of battery life, whereas, the full charge can give Bullets 2 nearly 14 hours of juice. That not only beats the AirPods or Galaxy Buds but also leave behind its predecessor that apparently had eight hours of average life on a full charge.
All three follow a different mechanism of pairing the earphones with their respective smartphone. Bullets Wireless 2 uses Bluetooth 5.0 with a ‘Quick Pair’ feature that instantly connects the audio gadgets to a OnePlus 7 Pro or other smartphones from OnePlus instantly. On the other hand, Apple has an H1 chip installed on AirPods 2 to quickly attach them to iPhones or other Apple devices. The Galaxy Buds also work on the chipping mechanism, prompting users to ‘Connect’ option as soon as the case is opened.
This is where the actual difference lies. The upgraded version of the OnePlus audio device costs around Rs 5,990 in India. On the other hand, Apple AirPods 2 cost thrice this amount and Galaxy Buds cost Rs 9,990. However, not to forget that, the latter two have a charging case with them.
This is where the Bullets Wireless 2 take the lead. The upgraded OnePlus audio device has been launched in India for Rs 5,990. AirPods 2, on the other hand, cost almost thrice the amount with a wireless charging case. The Galaxy Buds have been launched in India for Rs 9,990.
We think that OnePlus Bullets 2 is a great option for people who do not want to spend extra for just a charging case. While a charging case is not a bad thing, the other two also lack the ability to ‘not getting misplaced’.