Bose SoundSport Review
If you like to get out and be active and want a pair of comfortable headphones that you can take with you to the gym to help keep you pumped throughout your workout, then you will want to consider the Bose SoundSport earbuds. They offer great sound and some noise cancelation so you can focus on your workout and tune out the rest of the hustle and bustle of the gym. They are sweat resistant, so you aren’t going to have to deal with the moisture damage because you pushed yourself extra hard and started to sweat more than usual. There are some downfalls to the headphones, they might not be the most reliable and the noise canceling technology isn’t the best, but all and all they are pretty good and customers seem to really like them.
Strong wireless performance
Poor battery life
Not great noise cancelation
These headphones have noise canceling technology, which makes them ideal for those long commutes where you just want to tune out the rest world and focus on your music. Some reviewers mentioned that the noise canceling aspect of the product doesn't work as well as they would have hoped so if you're really looking for this feature you might want to choose a different, more reliable product.
One of the better aspects of these earbuds, however, is that they make an excellent companion to the gym or any other workouts. They are sweat resistant, and they stay in your ears reasonably well. You aren't going to have to worry about the buds falling out of your ears halfway through your workout, slowing down your momentum and distracting you from the task at hand. The fact that they are sweat resistant makes it helpful, so you won't have to worry about them getting damaged from the moisture as you push yourself to the limits.
As mentioned above, they are sweat resistant, so you won't have to worry about them getting damaged the more you sweat. On that note, they are also weather resistant, so if you get caught in the rain, you are not going to have any problems with keeping them in good standing. Of course, you won't want to take them swimming or submerge them in water as that is not something that they can handle.
The earbuds feature noise canceling technology that can help you tune out the world around you. Since the ear tips are not ones that get shoved into your ears; instead they sit comfortably in your ears, they cannot shut out all the ambient noise so they may not work as well as some other products on the market with this features. It does do an OK job at tuning everything out, but it can definitely use some work.
One great feature that you can take advantage of, especially if you are an Android user, is the NFC connection option. If you have a phone that has NFC, you can simply touch the headphones to your device to pair them. Easy as that.
If you use the Bose Connect app to update your headphones, you will get a cool new feature that will help you locate the earbuds if you happen to misplace them. Bose teamed up with Tile to help you locate your headphones when you can't find them. Of course, you'll have to download the Tile app as well and follow the instructions in the app so you can activate your SoundSports, allowing you to keep tabs on them so you'll never be without your music.
Some of the basic features that you can expect with most wireless headsets these days is an inline remote and microphone. There is a little remote located on the cord that connects the two earpieces that allows you to control your music. You can skip tracks, rewind, and adjust the volume all with a press of a button. This remote also houses the microphone, allowing you to take phone calls without the hassle of taking your phone out of your pocket. Additionally, since there is a microphone, you can easily use your Google Assistant or Siri right from your headphones.
Reviewers have stated that these earbuds make most music sound enjoyable, which is perfect for the average Joe looking for something to wear for their everyday listening purposes. However, if you are an audiophile, they might not be the best option for you.
As mentioned above, the integrated noise cancelation technology isn't the greatest and can definitely use some improvement. Since the earpieces don't sit down into your ears as snuggly as some others do, they more sit loosely in your ears and are held in place by a hook; they cannot filter out all of the ambient noise. If you want a product that is going to be able to shut out all the hustle and bustle around you, then these might not be the best option for you. Yes, they will do a decent job and filter out a lot of the noise, but they don't do a stellar job.
As mentioned above, the Bose SoundSport's have an NFC feature that Android users can take advantage of, as long as their device also has access to NFC. This makes connecting the earbuds infinitely easier. You just have to tap the headphones to your device, and you are good to go. No need to go into your phone's settings and find and pair your device, just tap and go.
One of the downfalls to the headphones, however, is that they don't have the ability to connect to your phone through a wired connection like some other wireless products offer. There is no way to connect a 3.5mm AUX cord into the buds for listening when your battery dies.
The buds don't look like will be able to stay in your ears very well, especially if you're working out, but they do. The Stay-Hear tips keep the earbuds snuggly in your ear so you can go hard at the gym without fear of them falling out and coming loose, giving you some much-needed comfort while you're on the go.
The earbuds themselves are a little on the large side, and some customers aren't very impressed by the size of them. The buds house the battery and drivers so you can expect them to be a little on the big side. They may be big, but they are comfortable and work well.
You can get the headphones in a couple of different colors so you can be sure to find something that works for you. You can choose from aqua, black, citron, or power red.
The inline remote isn't the most reliable and some reviewers have stated that they started to fall apart and stop working, making it so they couldn't control their volume from the headphones anymore. Other customers reported that after a couple of months, the Bose logo had worn off and the then eventually the glue that sits on the plastic and rubber started to get loose.
The biggest gripe, however, is with the battery life. This is typical of products that have rechargeable batteries. After some time they will stop holding a charge as long, and the overall battery life will start to shorten. After a while they will stop holding a charge altogether, making them unusable since you cannot connect them through an AUX cable.
Ease of Use
Things become much easier if you have a device that has NFC features. You only have to tap your headphones to your device, and you are good to go. No need to mess with the phones settings or press buttons on the headphones. Just tap and go.
The inline remote is also really easy to use. It is very instinctual. You press the up or down buttons to control the volume, hold them in to skip tracks. The middle button on the remote is used to answer and hang up phone calls and is also the power and sync buttons.
The Bose SoundSport's take about two hours to get a full charge but they only have approximately a 6-hour battery life off a full charge. This is very discouraging to make customers who would have liked to have seen that a little longer. Since the battery is small and is in the earpieces, you cannot expect it to last as long as something with a bigger battery.