Huawei FreeBuds Lite Review: The Cheap AirPods Alternative

Huawei FreeBuds Lite Review: The Cheap AirPods Alternative
7.3

Huawei FreeBuds Lite

7.3/10

Pros

  • Solid and Reliable
  • Good Microphones
  • Excellent controls

Cons

  • Delay in Audio while playing any kind of video
  • Not so good Battery
  • MicroUSB

Huawei FreeBuds Lite Review | You just literally can’t start a review of any true wireless earphone without comparing them to AirPods. The AirPods from Apple is a revolution and it often happens with me every time I see a true wireless earphone. I start comparing it to the AirPods and then I realize I shouldn’t do it, and tell myself that I can’t compare everything to Apple headphones. But how can I not think of AirPods when it comes to those words “true wireless earphones”.

Well, let us leave that talk aside and focus on the Huawei FreeBuds Lite. On the first look, it gave me a good feeling of a cheaper AirPods crafted in a decent manner. In short, this Huawei FreeBuds Lite is solid and reliable but at times it annoys with some basic errors.

I will discuss my experience with this Huawei FreeBuds Lite during my use. So make sure to read the full article.

package

Huawei FreeBuds Lite Review: The Cheap AirPods Alternative

Inside the sales package, you’ll have two manuals, one for the warranty and the other for instructions in different languages, which are responsible for most of the weight of the box and no longer make sense to exist in 2019.

Besides the card, there are earphones with a special charging case, a ridiculously short USB cable and three pairs of additional rubber pads. Speaking of the rubber tips, one of these presents small holes which I believe could be used to reduce the sound insulation, but it is only my speculation.

Built Quality And Comfort

Huawei FreeBuds Lite Review: The Cheap AirPods Alternative

At first glance the FreeBuds Lite are very reminiscent of the AirPods, especially because of the plastic rod that stretches along the cheeks. However, by looking better and wearing earphones, you realize that the form factor is quite different.

While the AirPods hangs on the ears and does not occlude the auditory canal, the FreeBuds insert deeply and completely block the ear. This obviously improves the sound insulation, but it could be annoying to some which depends on personal choice.

I wore them for several hours and found them to be comfortable enough. With other models at some point, you will feel the need to “free” the ear, but the FreeBuds Lite did not disappoint me on the comfort front. And above all, being so stuck in the ears, you feel a good sense of stability, you don’t have the impression of losing them at any time.

Even for what concerns the constructive aspect, the level is very good The earphones are solid and well built. The headphones are also IPX4 certified, which guarantees resistance against splashes of water and sweat.

The case is quite compact. It is not as thin as that of the AirPods, but still good enough to easily fit in your pocket without too many problems.

Huawei FreeBuds Lite Review: The Cheap AirPods Alternative

Finally, a praise to the control system, inspired by that of the AirPods. Just like the earphones from Apple, even on FreeBuds Lite, there is no specific point on which you have to click because the controls are not based on touch but on an accelerometer that senses movement.

This type of management is absolutely the most comfortable that you can have on the true wireless earphones and I’m happy to give up volume adjustment and more controls to have a system that always works properly.

Audio features and quality

Audio features and quality

Let’s start with the sound quality. Overall the sound of these headphones is good enough for those who do not have the need for a great sound. There are a few lows, but they compensate for the mids that are pleasantly clear.

The most annoying part comes here. It’s better to forget to use FreeBuds Lite to watch movies, TV series or any other kind of video. The headphones use Bluetooth 4.2 and do not have any device for synchronizing audio/video. The result is that the audio signal is always significantly behind, and this makes these earphones definitely unsuitable for watching any type of video or playing.

The control system, which I have already praised in the previous paragraph, works incredibly well, like that of AirPod. You just have to make two taps on any part of the headset to launch the corresponding command. The controls are not customizable and with a double tap on the left headset the voice assistant is activated, with a double tap on the right it is sent to Play / Pause.

I wouldn’t have minded being able to customize the controls, but apart from this detail, I have no complaints about the control system. The reliability of a double tap that always works is worth more than any other possible interaction.

Another aspect that impressed me is the proximity sensor that automatically pauses the music when we remove a headset (or both) from the ears. Here too, everything works flawlessly, without missing a beat. But the music will not resume when we put when we wear the earphones again, that’s a shame.

Battery

The battery is ok but nothing exceptional. You’ll get 3 hours of usage with a single charge, in addition to that about three recharges provided by the case. In total it should be around 12 hours, but in our tests, the earphone never touched even 10 hours with all the four recharges. It may be sufficient for most of the time, but the battery could have been made much better.

Another unpleasant note is the charging connector, which is micro USB. I will say it again and again that micro USB are going to disappear very soon so now it’s high time that brands should think about this. It is not possible to spend more than Rs.12,000 for headphones with a connector that is already outdated.

Huawei Freebuds lite

On the contrary, the microphones are good although it is not at the level of AirPods, I believe that this FreeBuds Lite is among the best true wireless earbuds to call. Everyone whom I talked over the phone using Huawei FreeBuds Lite has always heard me clearly, even when I was outdoors.

Finally, we point out that Huawei has released a firmware update to solve some Bluetooth connectivity problems. In the initial few uses, I had fairly frequent disconnections. Without hoping too much I downloaded the Android app FreeBuds Lite, from which I discovered that a new firmware version was available, which actually solved my problems. The app is only available for Android devices which I was quite surprised to see.

Price


Huawei FreeBuds Lite is priced at $135/ €119 (approximately Rs 9,200). If you are sure that you will never use these headphones to watch a video and you don’t mind the micro USB connector too much the FreeBuds Lite is an interesting purchase.

Verdict

The Huawei FreeBuds Lite is a solid earphone with decent sound quality and excellent control. There are certain features that bring the Huawei FreeBuds Lite closer to the industry leader AirPods, the automatic music pause when we remove the headset makes it a great deal.
The Microphone is top of the game as well. But some loopholes in the reality is the use of the nearly outdated MicroUSB and the battery is not great. However, for those who are ready to sacrifice these shortcomings, Huawei FreeBuds Lite can be an excellent alternative to the AirPods at half the price.
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