Apple’s PowerBeats Pro vs AirPods Pro – Which One Should YOU Buy?

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

Wireless earbuds are becoming a must-have accessory for any smartphone user. And all the major tech companies from Apple to Google to Samsung are firmly entrenched in the market. But while everyone knows Apple’s AirPod line is the defect gold standard, the company also makes the Beat’s line of PowerBeat Pro wireless earbuds.

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

Apple’s PowerBeats Pro vs AirPods Pro

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Design

Winner? AirPods Pro – The AirPods Pro are sleek and sexy. They look like you’re wearing the future.

PowerBeats Pro ivory
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Audio & Connectivity

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

AirPods Pro
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Battery & Charging

Winner? PowerBeats Pro – They have a MUCH better battery life–but that’s due to their relatively bulky size.

PowerBeats Pro ivory case
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Voice Assistant

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

Cost

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Verdict?

AirPods Pro
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This is a tough call, considering both earbuds retail for the same price. Which is best for you, then, is dependent on a couple of factors. Do you want the smaller buds with the best possible sounds and best design? Then you should definitely go with the AirPods Pro.

However, if you are looking for wireless earbuds that you want to last as long as possible, the PowerBeats Pro 9 hours of battery life can’t be beaten. It’s true they are bulkier than the AirPods Pro, but their size allows them to pack in a larger battery.

You can check out the full specs for both earbuds below.

Apple’s PowerBeats Pro vs AirPods Pro: Specs

Here are the specs for the PowerBeats Pro:

And here are the specs for the AirPod Pro:

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Apple’s PowerBeats Pro vs 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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