Let’s be fair, any manufacturer releasing small in-ear wireless earbuds are going to have them compared to Apple’s AirPods. The latest audio peripheral from HMD Global will not be an exception to the rule. While the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds don’t have some of the gee-whizz touches of the AirPods, they do offer better noise isolation, a strong sound, and solid integration with both Android an iOS devices.
Inside the packaging you’ll find the earbuds, silicon ear tips, a cylindrical carrying case, and a USB-C charging cable.
The carrying case is the unsung hero of the whole package. Slightly smaller than a Jeopardy! buzzer (or, more commonly, a tube of Mentos), the carry case slides open with a toggle press on the top. You’ll find a sculpted space for each earbud, and they are held in place magnetically.
The carrying case also charges the earbuds via two pogo pins in the case for each earbud. One connects to the body of the earbud, the other connects to the metal dustcap that protects the speaker cone. Complete this circuit and each earbud charges from the carrying case’s internal battery. So you charge the carry case over USB-C, and the carry case (which can hold four full recharges) will charge the earbuds. Practically the earbuds will always be topped up when they go in the case.
The earbuds are expected to run for three and a half hours before needing to be recharged in the case. I’ve been working on the assumption that they’ll go for three hours before needing removed, which gives me a little bit of wiggle room while out and about Given the changeable nature of bluetooth radio signals, volume, audio content, and voice calls, the three to three and a half hour window feels about right. And every time they go in the case they’re going to get a sip of power. Apple’s AirPods offer a much wider window per charge of between two hours and five hours depending on usage.