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The integrated loudspeakers alone are often not sufficient for pure sound enjoyment on the smartphone. With the right headphones, your mobile phone will become your favorite music player, provided you choose the right model. The ideal solution for the perception of the customer is closely related to the individual needs of the person, which is why the 14 best headphones for mobile phones are presented below.
What should headphones for the smartphone definitely have?
First of all, the question arises as to which functions and which properties headphones for smartphones should have in order to convey an ideal sound to the user. Optical peculiarities of the headphones are therefore to be neglected, here it is primarily about the functionality of the headphones.
Active noise cancellation:
For a real and pure sound experience, it is important that the headphones actively suppress other external noises. This gives the user the best possible music experience. As the saying goes: music on, world off!
An important detail that may be part of the optical characteristics of the headset is the compact design of the headphones.
As their name suggests, cell phones are mostly used on the move, which is why this property must also apply to the right headphones. It is therefore an exclusion criterion if the headphones are heavy. On the contrary: a low weight is an advantage for daily wear.
One characteristic is always decisive for the customer who looks around the store for headphones for their cell phones. The headphones must have a top sound. No matter how beautiful headphones look, if the quality isn’t right, it’s a waste of money.
When it comes to the fit of headphones for smartphones, the individuality and sophistication of headphones described in the introduction come into play. Headphones are bought when the customer notices that, in addition to the sound, there is also a certain comfort when wearing them. There are differences here, for example, as to whether the customer prefers in-ear headphones or feels more comfortable with headband headphones.
A relevant detail for headphones is also the connectivity with the smartphone. This includes, for example, whether the sound properties of the headphones (e.g. bass) can be changed via the telephone control. In return, it is also advantageous to be able to manage the playlist or other settings via the headphones.
The headphones for the smartphone should also have a microphone. This simplifies phone calls through headphones, for example.
It is ideal for ease of use if the headset has a skip button. This can be used, for example, to search the Spotify playlist so that the right song really flows into your ears. In addition, the user saves himself having to constantly switch the smartphone off and on.
It is advantageous for usability if the headphones are provided with all possible connections and are therefore compatible with all smartphones. For example, the new iPhone has different connections than the Samsung Galaxy S10 or phones from LG, Sony or Huawei.
What is better? In-ear headphones or headband headphones?
The two headphones that are best compatible with smartphones are on the one hand in-ear headphones and on the other hand also headband headphones. The general advantages and disadvantages of both forms are listed below.
In ear headphones:
This type of headphone differs in its type of robustness, at the same time these headphones are not made for every human ear. The big advantage with them is that they can isolate outside noise very well. As a result, the music or sound experience is better perceived and is a full pleasure. They are also quite light and can therefore be taken anywhere. Because in-ear headphones have also improved, their quality is now almost as good as that of over-ear headphones. Also because of their weight, the in-ear headphones are ideal for sporty use. When jogging daily are z. B. ideal in-ear headphones .
The three big advantages of underwire headphones are the wearing comfort, the excellent and the right accessory. In contrast to the in-ear headphones, the headband headphones are ideal for home use when the headphones are used for smartphones. However, headband headphones are less suitable for enjoying music on the go.
Wireless or wired?
Cell phone headphones can be purchased either corded or cordless. Both forms work perfectly and also depend on how the wearer feels most comfortable. For the athlete who uses the headphones for sports use, wireless headphones are recommended. Headphones that work without cables usually run via a Bluetooth connection to the smartphone. According to test reports, the wired headphones have the better sound, but the wireless devices are mostly more comfortable.
The 14 best headphones for smartphones
1st place: Apple AirPods Pro
- Active noise cancellation for immersive sound
- Transparency mode to hear your surroundings and to be able to react to them
- Soft, conical silicone tips in three sizes for an individual fit
Admittedly, opinions are divided about the Apple AirPods Pro. So is the product a grossly overrated headphone or a top-quality sound device that iOS users cannot avoid at the moment? The fact that we rank the Apple AirPods Pro at the top of our leaderboard already suggests where we see the wireless in-ears qualitatively. For a comparatively high purchase price, you will receive a product in return whose predecessor has already convinced many users. The “Pros” differ from their predecessors primarily in their design. Accordingly, the wireless earpieces are now really placed in your listeners, and no longer directly in front of them. This trick ensures that the pros can exploit their sonic potential much better than the conventional AirPods. So that you get the right fit for your ear canal when you buy the headphones, Apple has given you three silicone tips in different sizes.
Assuming the right size, you will quickly notice that the in-ears can already score with their passive external shielding. This goes hand in hand with a secure fit, which at no time develops into an uncomfortable feeling of pressure. In fact, the plugs can withstand dynamic movements without falling out of your ears – a plus point that should especially please music-loving athletes.
As we are used to from Apple, setting up the Apple AirPods Pro is child’s play. Your new headphones are ready for use within a few seconds. However, there is the fact that the AirPods Pro do not have a Bluetooth Multipoint, which means that you cannot connect the headphones to two different end devices at the same time, is criticized at this point.
In the course of its product, Apple advertises in particular with the successful noise canceling. But how does the ANC of the pros work in practice? The bottom line is that the active noise suppression works well all round, even if the AirPods Pro don’t quite come close to the insulating properties of other ANC over-ear models.
The sound reproduced via the AirPods Pro is pleasantly clear. Even at high volume, there are no clouding distortions. The bass appears intense, while the mids are harmonious and balanced and the highs are differentiated. Apple also provides regular updates, which are supposed to raise the sound experience to a new level.
With one battery charge you can listen to music for up to five hours or make calls for up to three hours. The ultra-modern charging case stores the power for a further 24 hours of music enjoyment. Just 15 minutes in the charging case are enough to listen to three hours of music or two hours of phone calls.
2nd place: Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro
- High-performance in-ear headphones completely without cables in black
- Up to 9 hours of playback (more than 24 hours with charging case)
- Adjustable, non-slip ear hooks offer maximum comfort and stability
Next we would like to offer you the Beats by Dr. Introducing Dre Powerbeats Pro. In terms of price, the True Wireless In-Ears are in similar regions to the Apple AirPods Pro. Due to their firm hold as well as their water and sweat-resistant properties, the Powerbeats Pro are particularly suitable for those customers who want to use the headphones during regular training. The ear clips, which are closed around your eavesdroppers like a bow, ensure that they are securely in place. Isolated voices complained that a slight pressure sensation can occur during use for many hours – an important point of criticism that we should not fail to mention want.
Regarding the battery life, however, there is nothing to complain about, it levels off at nine to ten hours, so it is comparatively generous. If your headphones finally run out of juice, you pack them in the supplied transport box, which also functions as a charging station. Fast charging processes are also possible via the case, which supply your in-ears with the fast energy injection in between.
The Powerbeats Pro are linked to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Since both ear pieces connect independently of each other, the plugs can also be used individually. The multi-function button on the earbuds is used to answer and end calls, skip tracks and manage the general playback of your songs. You can regulate the volume of the Powerbeats Pro using a dedicated area that has been integrated into the upper part of the case. Overall, the handling is pleasantly user-friendly, and the optional use of a voice assistant also works without any problems. However, the quality of the integrated microphone cannot win the big prices, your own voice is transmitted to the person you are speaking to in a comparatively muffled manner during the phone call.
When it comes to sound, however, the Powerbeats Pro know how to show off. The sound image is harmonious and balanced. The bass comes with the necessary portion of power, while both the mids and the highs rise pleasantly. However, the sound loses a bit of definition at both ends of the frequency range, but you will hardly notice this fact in everyday use.
3rd place: The price-performance winner: Sony WF-1000XM3
- True wireless headphones with industry-leading noise canceling. Compatible Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
- Up to 8 hours of battery life + 3 additional charges using the supplied charging station
- Stable Bluetooth connection
Now we come to our third place, which we award to the winner in the “price-performance ratio” category in a well-tried tradition. This time the title goes to the WF-1000XM3 from Sony. If you keep your eyes open for suitable offers, you can find the wireless in-ears much cheaper than the Apple AirPods Pro or the Powerbeats from Beats by Dr. Get hold of Dre. But what can the Bluetooth 5 headphones do? Although the ear pieces protrude slightly from your listeners due to their design, the plugs sit very securely in your ear canal. At this point we would like to question whether the WF-1000XM3 can withstand jerky sports movements. It differs from person to person.
The earphones come with a high-quality transport case, which also serves as a battery charging station in accordance with current standards. Sony also includes adapters in different sizes in its scope of delivery, so that you will be sure to quickly find the right counterpart for your eavesdroppers.
You control the basic settings of your music sessions via the touch fields, the fine adjustment takes place via the app “Headphones Connect” which is compatible with both Android and iOS. The battery manages a period of up to six hours before you have to supply the product with new energy. That battery life should meet the demands of most users, but a little more capacity would not have hurt here.
With the help of the WF-1000XM3, you can experience first-hand why Sony has earned the reputation of being at the forefront in the area of noise canceling. The noise suppression from the outside not only works extremely satisfactorily, but can also be fine-tuned manually using many adjusting screws. The sound of the WF-1000XM3 is generated by dynamic 6 mm drivers. In our opinion, the powerful sound comes into its own especially with rocking numbers. Due to their neutral coordination, the headphones are suitable for practically any genre.
4th place: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
- Unsurpassed stereo sound thanks to Sennheiser’s unique 7 mm audio drivers
- Switch off your surroundings with the active noise cancellation and concentrate fully on the deep bass, the natural mids and the clear highs
- Experience uninterrupted listening pleasure with the new 7-hour battery life, which can be extended to up to 28 hours with the charging case
A representative from Sennheiser should of course not be missing from a list of the best headphones for your smartphone. The Momentum True Wireless 2 adapt to the course of time and the needs of the user base, and come with integrated noise canceling. If you choose the Momentum True Wireless 2, you will receive not only the earplugs but also four silicone adapters in different sizes, a charging case and a practical USB-A to USB-C cable.
So that the in-ears get the necessary support in your ears, you turn the plugs slightly after you have placed them in your ear canal. We recommend that you place the ear pieces really securely in your listeners, otherwise the bass will noticeably lose its power. The Momentum True Wireless is very comfortable to wear, even if the corresponding audio pieces are not really compact. Some voices reported that there may be slight pressure developments on the ears here and there.
The battery life of the Sennheiser model is also not free from criticism. The manufacturer puts the capacity of the internal battery at a period of seven hours, but in practice the battery runs out of power after a good six and a half hours. Then you have to supply the headphones with new juice in the charging box in around an hour and a half.
Pairing with Bluetooth 5.1 is quick and easy. The process only takes a few seconds and works with both iOS and Android smartphones. The connection then remains pleasantly stable and can withstand distances of up to forty meters. However, rarely occurring connection problems after the headphones were briefly removed from the ears, cloud the otherwise positive overall picture a little. The manual control is in turn internalized in a short time and can be adapted as desired with the help of the free companion app.
The noise canceling meets the current requirements with ease, without coming close to the fully insulating properties of comparable over-ear models. In combination with the dynamic 7 mm drivers, the bottom line is a sound that covers a frequency response from 5 Hz to 21 Hz and leaves little to be desired. The detailed, coordinated overall sound has a warm basic tone. The crisp bass is powerful and precise, while the mids bring a natural note to the songs. The highs again appear pleasantly clear without over-turning.
5th place: Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2
- keyword diamond: your liberty air 2 headphones take advantage of the first-class properties of a diamond: feather-light shape with a stable structure. the result: the inside of the audio driver remains clear and consistent, even at extreme pitches or depths. 15% more clarity with double bass!
- crystal clear phone calls: 4 microphones with state-of-the-art cvc 8.0 noise suppression offer a first-class music experience as well as precise phone calls. Rely on 95% more voice isolation and 60% less noise.
- strong endurance: enjoy 7 hours of wireless playback time after just one charging process and an additional 4 full charges using the compact charging case, for a whole 28 hours! and if you are in a hurry, simply put it on the charging pad!
The smartphone headphones that we have presented to you so far should not be affordable for all of you. If your budget is limited, but you still want to get a reliable product, we recommend that you take a look at the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2. Compared to the Apple AirPods Pro, the Liberty Air 2 often don’t even cost half the estimated purchase price for our first place. In terms of price, the Liberty Air 2 is in the middle of the range, and it appeals at first glance thanks to its simple, yet elegant design. The wireless in-ears come to your home with full Bluetooth support. As with the other models already presented, the transport box of the Liberty Air 2 also functions as a practical charging station. The corresponding listener weighs just 5.5 grams. This low weight is very beneficial to the positive wearing comfort. In addition, the Anker headphones are sweat and water resistant and can therefore be used in wind and weather.
In active use, the battery of the in-ears lasts around six and a half hours, the fully charged case then gives you the option to fully supply the headphones with juice three times. If you place the ear pieces in the said charging cradle, they will switch off automatically. The pairing via Bluetooth takes place in the same way as we are used to from other models. Once the connection between headphones and playback source has been established, it can withstand a distance of up to eight meters before the signal finally breaks off. The rest of the device handling also adapts to current standards; management via the touch surface is quite intuitive.
The sound of the Liberty Air 2 can be described as slightly bass-heavy. The powerful deep foundation does not have an uncomfortably dominant effect and also offers the mids and highs the opportunity to be present.
6th place: Samsung Galaxy Buds +
- Immerse yourself in your music: Enjoy the spectacular sound with our first completely wireless headphones with a two-way speaker system.
- Clear voice quality: two outward-facing microphones transmit your voice clearly to the person you are speaking to, without any disturbing ambient noise.
- Minimalistically beautiful: The slim, compact and ergonomically shaped Galaxy Buds + are extremely comfortable to wear for long-lasting music enjoyment.
At first glance, the “Plus” model differs only slightly from its predecessor. While the Buds + hardly differ externally from the conventional Buds, Samsung has properly pepped up the inner workings of its wireless in-ears. When buying the headphones, you have a range of different colors to choose from, and the corresponding charging case will also be handed out in the color of your choice. Although the earpieces are a little heavier compared to their predecessor, there is no uncomfortable feeling during everyday use. The plastic-coated earplugs make a high-quality and robust impression, the supplied silicone attachments in different sizes provide the correct fit for your individual ear size.
In our opinion, the handling of the headphones could have been made a bit more user-friendly. The management of the numerous functions therefore proves to be quite demanding and requires a certain amount of time to get used to. With the help of the companion app, you have the option to arrange the corresponding functions of the headphones according to your personal preferences. But once you have internalized how to use the Bluetooth In-Ears, there is not much in the way of successful music sessions.
The sound tuning should meet the taste of most users. The bass sounds comparatively warm, the highs are very balanced and rich in detail, while the mids give the acoustic framework the necessary stability.
7th place: JayBird Tarah Pro
- SWITCH FIT – Comfortable silicone ear gels and a versatile design that easily rotates to be worn over your ears for a secure, sport-specific fit or under for more relaxed situations
- FAST-CHARGING BATTERY – 5 minutes of charging provides two full hours of play time, allowing for last-minute charging before or during your activity
- PREMIUM SOUND WITH CUSTOM EQ – Uncompromising sound quality that’s compatible with the Jaybird App to customize sound EQ and save personal settings to the buds
In terms of price, this model is in the upper mid-range. Due to their stable, waterproof and sweat-resistant construction, the headphones are particularly suitable for use during sports sessions, according to the manufacturer. But can the product really do justice to the advance praise from your own company? The bottom line is that we have a two-part opinion about the JayBird Tarah Pro. We would like to praise the fact that the sound of the headphones should meet all common requirements. The sound reproduced by the JayBird Tarah Pro proves to be unobtrusive, lively and well nuanced.
We would also like to positively highlight the manufacturer’s hygiene concept. You can clean the ear gel cushions regularly under running water without being damaged. The battery life is an amazing 14 hours and is almost in its own league.
The big downer of the JayBird TarahPro, however, lies in the fact that the permanently installed cable strap is very susceptible to its own noises. But clearly perceptible wind noises also cloud the overall picture. In view of these points of criticism, we cannot really understand the comparatively high purchase price. However, should you come across a coherent offer, you are welcome to take a closer look at the JayBird Tarah Pro.
8th place: Anker SoundBuds Flow
- INCREDIBLY PLEASANT: Feather-light, ergonomic design and with customizable accessories in various sizes included.
- FIRST CLASS SOUND: High fidelity sound, crystal clear audio playback is reproduced in great detail via 6 mm drivers.
- UNSTOPPABLE GAME TIME: 12 hours of constant music enjoyment is enough for every workout and every commute.
We can recommend the Anker SoundBuds Flow to all beginners who first want to get to grips with the world of smartphone headphones with a solid, inexpensive product. In fact, the Anker SoundBuds Flow is usually already available at the absolute budget price, which is well below 50 euros. But does a cheap product also mean that you get cheap headphones? Fortunately, this is not the case. The Anker SoundBuds Flow looks robust and is also suitable for use during sporting activities. The battery life of up to eight hours even trumps higher-priced products. The general sound image is consistent, even if it cannot compete with the high-end products of the competition. A solid Bluetooth headset at a very fair price!
9th place: Logitech UE 600vi
- Frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz; Frequency range (microphone): 200 Hz to 10 kHz
- Impedance: 13 ohms, 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 115 dB / mW (1 kHz); Sensitivity (microphone): -58 dBV / Pa
The Logitech UW 600vi shouldn’t go beyond your budget either, even if the headphones cost a few euros more than the Anker SoundBuds Flow. The frequency range of the UE 600vi is between 20 Hz and 20 kHz, and the Logitech model scores with integrated noise isolation. According to the manufacturer, noise canceling manages to block out background noises of up to 26 decibels. The silicone eartips in various sizes are included free of charge, the cable with a length of around 115 centimeters offers comfortable freedom of movement. With its foam ear cushions, the Logitech UE 600vi can be inserted into the ear a little unfamiliar and a little different, but it is even more comfortable to wear. The sound of the Logitech headphones is therefore so excellent, because it is also unspectacular at the same time: Because the music sounds very natural, calm and clear with a great bass. The plugs reproduce musical subtleties finely and in detail, the basses are dry but not very warm. Overall, the in-ear headphones are a very balanced model, which is easily enough for everyday music enjoyment.
Place 10: Final E500
- Perfect gaming sound: Developed for use in virtual reality and games, the final E500 generates a natural, spatial sound with spatiality and very good spatial positioning
- Dynamic precision driver: The E500 is equipped with the same dynamic driver as the rest of the E-series and offers a clear, balanced sound image across the entire frequency range
- Precision Housing: Made of heavy-duty ABS thermoplastic polymer material, the housing of the E500 is light, robust and reduces vibrations that would distort the sound
The wired in-ear product from a Japanese manufacturer knows how to please with its stable workmanship. When you buy these headphones, you will also receive various earmolds free of charge, so you will quickly find the individual counterpart to the shape of your eavesdroppers. Assuming the right size, the in-ears will seal your ear canal satisfactorily. The sound image pleases with its great neutrality. In addition, the basses are very well developed, while the mids give the vocals and instrumentals a noticeable naturalness. In view of the low price, you should of course not expect miracles from the Final E500. If you are looking for a satisfactory and inexpensive headphone for everyday use that comes with no frills,
11th place: Momentum In-Ear G from Sennheiser
- Scope of delivery: ear adapters in different sizes; Pet crate
The Momentum In-Ear G from Sennheiser offers the user a clean and clear sound and also looks chic. The advantage of the headphones is that they don’t emphasize the bass too much. In addition, the headset lies comfortably on both ears and allows perfect music enjoyment. A case with a cable rewinder is included in the delivery.
12th place: Bose Quiet Comfort 20i
- Ideal for iPod, iPhone and iPad
- Noise Reduction suppresses noise in the area so that the music is in the foreground
- If necessary, the Aware mode lets you hear what’s going on around you at the touch of a button, QC20 headphones – Samsung devices – refurbished (including cable and StayHear + ear tips): 132 cm (L) (44 g), StayHear + ear tips: 3.2 cm x 2.5 cm x 1.3 cm (HxWxD), clip: 2.5 cm x 0.3 cm x 1.8 cm (HxWxD)
The Bose Quiet Comfort 20i, as its name suggests, is a model for quiet music enjoyment. The hearty sound with unadulterated bass and warm voices as well as the extreme noise reduction are unique, only the electronics box attached to the cable disturbs the music enjoyment a little.
13th place: Beyerdynamic T 51 i
- closed, supra-aural premium headphones, with an impedance of 32 ohms for mobile devices, convenient 3-button remote control and high-quality hands-free microphone for phone calls and media control (Apple-compatible)
- Cable fed in on both sides (cable length 1.2 meters), excellent insulation from outside noise, proven Tesla technology with maximum efficiency
- Outstanding, balanced and powerful sound quality with highs in brilliant resolution up to deep bass, housing shells rotatable by 90 °, robust transport bag made of nylon
The headphones for the mobile phone Beyerdynamic T 51 i look purely optically, as if they were carved out of the construction kit for metals and look superbly processed. Even if the model is heavy: it is very comfortable to wear. The most important thing is that the very balanced sound is currently one of the most popular headphones at the moment. Customers can buy headphones online for around 280 euros.
14th place: Sony XB50BS
- – Closed in-ear headphones for sports + Lightweight design with only 21g ensures comfortable wearing
- – Splash-proof according to IPX4: Thanks to the IPX4 design, you can keep walking even in light rain.
- – Very long battery life: up to 8.5 hours of music playback time + Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless music listening
Sony has placed itself in a somewhat pleasant price category with the XB50BS model. At only 21g, the XB50BS is particularly light, and with its special shape the model has a particularly firm fit on the auricle and is therefore particularly recommended for wearing during sporting activities.
Another advantage of the XB50BS is that it arrives without cables. In this category, it is therefore one of the most powerful models currently available. The battery lasts more than 8.5 hours.
The XB50BS offers extra bass, and it delivers on that promise. It presents a particularly strong bass that can sometimes drown out the mids and highs. In this price category, however, the XB50BS clearly offers the strongest bass and is therefore clearly recommended.
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