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i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: almost identical design

The i12 TWS true wireless earphones come exceptionally close to the Apple AirPods when it comes to design. The earbuds measure just 2.13 x 1.73 x 0.59 inches and..weigh a mere 80 grams, which makes them significantly more compact than TWS’s previous models.

 

i12 TWS true wireless earphones design  

 

Both the Apple AirPods and the i12 TWS come in portable charging cases — and the charging cases are the first things you will see once you have unpacked either earphone set. You will find that the charging cases for the earbuds are almost identical: they come in the same shape, size and color. The only visual difference between the two is that you won’t see the “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” written on top of the case for the i12 TWS. Both cases open in the same way as well — but you will discover that the Apple AirPods’ case opens quieter than the one for the i12 TWS.

 

Apple AirPods and the i12 TWS design 

 

Once you open the charging cases, you will each earbud sitting in its spot inside and you will notice a small LED indicator in between the earbuds. The LED indicator on the Apple AirPods serves as a battery indicator and will light up in green when the earphones are fully charged. The LED indicator on the i12 TWS is located in exactly the same spot and works the same way.

 

The earbuds themselves look very similar with the i12 TWS being slightly shorter than the AirPods. Another difference you will spot is that the i12 TWS are lacking a round sensor on the top that is present on the AirPods.

 

In short, it would be practically impossible to tell the two earbud pairs apart — and if this is what you are looking for, the i12 TWS would do exceptionally great.

 

i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: sound quality and performance

The thing to start off with here is that you should not be expecting professional sound quality from true wireless earbuds — at least, at this point in time. The technology is not quite there yet to be on par with the best wired headphones out there. However, if you are not a committed audiophile, you will probably not even notice the difference and the convenience of using earbuds with no wires would definitely outweigh the potentially less than perfect sound quality.

 

With that, the i12 TWS manage to pull off a very decent performance that does not differ significantly from the one of the AirPods. The i12 TWS also run on the brand new Raychem 5.0 chipset featuring a highly responsive touch sensor in order to come as close as possible to the touch feedback found on the Apple Airpods. This same sensor is also responsible for boosting the Bluetooth range and improves battery performance.

 

new Raychem 5.0 chipset 

 

i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: touch controls

Both earbud sets make things easy with a nice setup of touch controls. Apple AirPods allow for plenty of customization options and you can assign what you want to happen when you double-tap a left or right AirPod: adjust volume, skip to the next track, use Siri to control audio content, etc.

 

The i12 TWS don’t fall far back when it comes to ease of use — one might argue that some of the touch controls functions are even better assigned by default: for instance, you can double tap the right earbud to increase the volume and left earbud to decrease it. You can also bring up Siri and pretty much do the same things as you would with the original AirPods.

 

i12 TWS  touch controls 

 

i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: long battery life

On the battery side, each i12 TWS earbud features a 35mAh battery and is good for two to three hours of non stop music playback. When it’s time to charge the earbuds, you can simply put them back into their charging case, which is also a 350mAh power bank. Bringing the earphones up to a full charge will take from one to two hours.

 

i12 TWS 35mAh battery

 

Standby time for one ear is an impressive 100 hours and, for both ears, it’s 60 hours. The wireless connection distance for the earbuds is 10 to 15 metres.

 

The AirPods are rated to last for 5 hours on a single charge. The charging case holds about 24-hours of juice and the company promises that you can get the AirPods three hours of battery life by putting them into the charging case for just 15 minutes.

 

AirPods battery life

 

i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: price and verdict

This is the part where the differences between the i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods really come into play. The Apple AirPods go for about $160 — and even a plug-in replacement case for the AirPods currently costs around $70. For $25, you can get the latest i12 TWS wireless earphones with the charging case and IPX6 water resistance — and, no matter which way we look at it, it does sound like a very good deal.