Review: IFROGZ's Airtime earbuds are sabotaged by unreliable connections

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IFROGZ's Airtime wireless earbuds do surprisingly well as a budget AirPods alternative, but flaky connectivity means you should probably turn elsewhere.

IFROGZ Airtime


Let's be frank: AirPods are more expensive than they're worth. They start at $159, and for that price, I can easily recommend earbuds that sound better. Heck, if you want something with an Apple wireless chip you can buy the Powerbeats3 on Amazon for as little as $65.

That option isn't fully wireless though, and for some people that may be important. Enter the Airtime, which is even cheaper at $59.99.

There's a lot to like here. For one, its charging case is pleasingly compact, if still bigger than the one for AirPods. You also have to open the lid to check its battery level, but that's a minor issue.

Aesthetically and ergonomically the buds are on point. They don't scream "budget" by any means, and even look stylish, with a choice of four different colors including black, white, peach, and blue.

My favorite aspect is comfort and fit. The buds slide effortlessly into your ear, and thanks to subtle silicone fins, they stay in place -- I had no slippage whatsoever whether I was cruising at 20mph on a scooter or lifting weights at the gym. Three sizes of fins and tips are included in the box, though I never had to switch them out myself. Moreover the Airtime has an IPX4 water resistance rating, so unlike AirPods, it's officially sweat-resistant.

IFROGZ Airtime


The buds even bat above their price in terms of sound quality. They don't have the sharpest highs or the heaviest bass, but they do well enough that you should be able to enjoy both quiet and beat-heavy music. There are three built-in EQ settings -- Signature, Podcast, and Bass -- yet I didn't find any reason to switch away from Signature.

IFROGZ has made critical sacrifices in a couple of areas though, the first being battery life. The buds last about 3 hours on their own, and up to 15 with the case -- that compares against figures of 5 hours and 24-plus for AirPods. For $59.99 I suppose it's hard to complain too much.

Where gripes are definitely warranted is wireless connectivity. Whether paired with my iPhone or my Apple Watch, I found that if I turned my head far enough, one of the buds would occasionally lose its connection. On the road, I found that the jostling of my iPhone in my pocket amplified the issue.

Worse still, during one gym session, the right bud never even switched on. I was left with mono sound for a two-hour workout. It did activate the next time, but such poor reliability is unacceptable.

Conclusions

The Airtime works adequately enough, often enough that if it happens to fall in your lap, you might keep and enjoy it. As things stand however I feel that paying customers deserve better.

Score: 2.5 out of 5

Where to buy

The IFROGZ Airtime earbuds can be purchased directly from Zagg for $59.99 with free shipping.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,376unconfirmed, member
    iFrogz Airtime.

    These were unique enough to not copy Apples naming. Now I want nothing to do with them.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    entropysentropys Posts: 1,795member
    Looks suspiciously like a generic set of TCY earphones.
    here are some soundpeats ones https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07N77M5XV/ which are actually made by TCY
    edit:

    Let's be frank: AirPods are more expensive than they're worth. They start at $159, and for that price, I can easily recommend earbuds that sound better.

    While I might agree with you airpods are too high priced (hence I don’t have a set), the market says otherwise. On Brisbane public transport I would say they are the most common earphone these days.  

    Interesting anecdote: last Monday eBay Australia had a special sale for eBay Plus members. Every hour for eight hours it sold 100 x AirPod 2 with charging case for AUD$99 (ex tax USD$63.60). Each hour they sold in less than 10 seconds.
    edited July 18 lkrupp
  • Reply 3 of 5
    KeyaingKeyaing Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    For me, I don't think this earbuds will have such a low rating. At least the problem in your article didn't appear in the week I used.Please use it for a while and give it a comment.
    Lebron articeniki
  • Reply 4 of 5
    nikiniki Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    I'm a little unclear if this earbuds are really as bad as you said, why are there so much sales on my place, just because of the price much cheaper than other brand? Please don't smash a product you don't like.
    Lebron artice
  • Reply 5 of 5
    A friend of mine has one, she actually high recommend to me, I wanted to buy one and just read your review. Well, it is uncertain for me if I still want to buy it. However, my friend says the one she got is amazing, she loves it. struggle.lol 
    Lebron artice
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