Apple’s AirPods vs AirPods Pro – Which One Is Better?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 12/04/19 •  4 min read

Apple now sells not one, but THREE versions of its uber-popular AirPods. There’s now the AirPods and the AirPods Pro. The basic AirPods line accounts for two of those three models–one you can buy with a wireless charging case and one without.

But just how do the AirPods compare against Apple’s newest AirPods Pro? Let’s take a look to find out.

Apple’s AirPods vs AirPods Pro – Quick Comparison


Winner? AirPods Pro – They are both smaller and have a more customizable fit than the basic AirPods.

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Audio & Connectivity

Winner? AirPods Pro – The AirPods Pro have active noise cancellation. Because of that, it’s not even a contest.

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Battery & Charging

Winner? AirPods – They technically have a better battery life, however when you turn off the AirPods Pro active noise cancellation, their battery life is exactly the same.

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Voice Assistant

Winner? Draw – There’s no difference between the two here.


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If you want the very best sound quality, no doubt about it, the AirPods Pro are the way to go – as long as you don’t mind paying $249.99 for them. They also support the better design and chances are they’ll fit better in a larger variety of people’s ears as they have three interchangeable tips. They also include the wireless charging case as standard.

However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option for wireless earbuds that fit nicely into Apple’s ecosystem, the basic AirPods with the wired charging case are for you. They’re $90 cheaper than the Pros.

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Apple’s AirPods vs AirPods Pro: Full Specs

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Here are the specs for the AirPods:

And here are the specs for the AirPods Pro:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.

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