I have an unusual use case for ear bud(s). I am a voracious consumer of podcasts. I hate wires hanging on me so I lean to Bluetooth devices.
You know I’m cheap so I go for inexpensive ear buds. The relatively poor sound quality doesn’t bother me with my podcasts.
My walking regimen is about 30 minutes per day so battery life isn’t critical.
My wife bought me the original Bragi Dash. I struggled with them. Seems like I wasn’t the only one. My deal breaker problem was that the Bluetooth connection wouldn’t work unless I held the phone near my chest. If I put it in my pocket or in my belt holster it kept dropping out.
The new version is supposed to fix all this. But they don’t get a second chance with me.
Then I stumbled across this GRDE Mini Wireless Earbud. The mono is fine for listening to my podcasts. And I liked the price. I don’t like the proprietary charging cable.
Conclusion: The GRDE Mini Wireless Earbud’s proprietary charging cable is a bummer. The controls on it is a physical switch, not a capacitive switch like the AirPods. The capacitive switch means that you have to double tap to take an action. So double tapping on the right AirPod is play/pause and double tapping on the left AirPod is skip. On the GRDE single click is play/pause and double click is skip.
I use them both.
Originally published at blog.benmoore.info on July 30, 2018.