If you are looking for a pair of true wireless earbuds that offer active noise cancellation, long battery life, great sound quality, and affordable price, you might be interested in the Oraimo Freepods 4. These earbuds are the latest addition to Oraimo’s audio lineup, and they come with some impressive features that make them stand out from the crowd.
But how do they compare to their predecessors, the Oraimo Freepods 3? Are they worth the upgrade? In this blog post, we will compare the two models and help you decide which one is right for you.
Design and Comfort
Both the Freepods 4 and the Freepods 3 have a similar design, with a stem that houses the microphone and touch controls. They are both lightweight and comfortable to wear, and they come with different sizes of ear tips to ensure a snug fit.
However, the Freepods 4 ditch the mechanism for attaching the silicon tips, something that we had an issue with on the Freepods 3, and instead, implements a more conventional attachment style.
Also worth noting is that the Freepods 4 have a more premium look and feel, with a matte finish and a sleeker charging case with a slide-to-open mechanism that just looks classy. This ditches the clamshell, Airpod-style case that we’ve seen on the Freepods 3 and other buds.
While still retaining Type-C charging port, the Freepods 4 case also supports Type-C fast charging, which is a plus.
The Freepods 4 also have an IPX5 rating, which means they resist sweat and rain. The Freepods 3 do not have any water resistance rating, so you have to be careful not to get them wet.
Sound Quality and Features
The Freepods 4 have a clear advantage over the Freepods 3 regarding sound quality and features. The Freepods 4 feature 10mm dynamic bass drivers and composite diaphragms that deliver powerful bass and crisp highs. They also have Oraimo’s Havy Bass algorithm that enhances the low frequencies for a more immersive listening experience.
The Freepods 4 also come with active noise cancellation (ANC), which can block up to 30dB of ambient noise. This is great for when you want to focus on your music or podcasts without being disturbed by external sounds. The Freepods 4 also have a transparency mode, which lets you hear your surroundings when you need to.
The Freepods 3 do not have ANC or transparency mode, so they are more susceptible to noise interference. The Environmental noise Cancelling, ENC, that the Freepods 3 were advertised with was just a fancy name for detachable ear tips. They also have smaller drivers and less bass response than the Freepods 4.
The battery life of both earbuds is quite impressive, but the Freepods 4 have a slight edge over the Freepods 3. The Freepods 4 can last up to 8.5 hours on a single charge with ANC off, and up to 7 hours with ANC on. The case can provide an additional 27 hours with ANC off, and 22 hours with ANC on.
The Freepods 3 can last up to 8 hours on a single charge, and the case can provide an additional 24 hours. However, they do not have ANC, so they consume less power than the Freepods 4.
Both earbuds support fast charging, which can give you up to 170 minutes of playtime with just 10 minutes of charging.
Companion App (Oraimo Sound App)
Another feature that sets the Freepods 4 apart from the Freepods 3 is the Oraimo Sound app, which allows you to customize your sound preferences. You can choose from five EQ modes, adjust the touch controls, switch between noise control modes, and even find your earbuds if you lose them.
The Freepods 3 do not have an app, so you have less control over your sound settings. One of the things we really wanted to have with the oraimo Freepods 3 was a way to control the bass that was a little overwhelming for some users. Now the Freepods 4 comes with this feature.
Google Fast Pairing Support
See that thing that iPhones do when Airpods are opened near the iPhones, where they pop up on the screen immediately, allowing you to pair quickly and get on with your listening? Google has been rolling out the same and the Freepods 4 do support this feature.
Freepods 3 did not have this feature and the fact that the Freepods 4 do, makes them a lot more future-proof.
The price of both earbuds is quite reasonable for what they offer, but the Freepods 4 are more expensive than the Freepods 3. The Freepods 4 cost KES 4,300/ ₦21,900/ $53, while the Freepods 3 cost KES 3,000/ ₦14,900/ $36.
However, considering that the Freepods 4 have better sound quality, ANC, transparency mode, IPX5 rating, Type-C charging and an app, they are worth the extra money.
So which one should you buy?
The Oraimo Freepods 3 was a masterpiece for audiophiles, casual listeners, and anyone in the market for a decent set of TWS. However, they were not devoid of shortcomings, which I hoped would be fixed in the next generation. Issues include the build quality, the ear tips coming off a little too easily, and so on.
The Freepods 4 look like a decent pair and while they might also be prone to their fair share of issues, they benefit from Oraimo’s experience in this space for a few more years and a number of products in between.
That said, if your budget allows for it, then get the Freepods 4. If you’re using any of Oraimo’s older buds, then these are worth upgrading to. However, if your budget still doesn’t allow you to get the Freepods 4, you won’t be as disappointed with the Freepods 3.
We’d love to hear from you. Will you be upgrading to the Freepods 4? Tell us in the comments section below.