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Which earphones should I buy? Should it be in-ears or earbuds or headphones? These are the questions that perplex each one of us. And there is no easy way out. Sometimes we make our choices in a hurry and then find out that ear-buds doesn’t suit the shape of our ear because they keep falling out and there are many such complaints that we make post-buying. Here’s a quick run-down on the features provided by different earphones and which one might just suit your needs.

 

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Earbuds:

These are the earphones that fit in the outer ear and without getting inserted face the ear canal. People have mixed feelings about them; some claim they are comfortable while others complain they are prone to falling out. They don’t provide any acoustic isolation and hence are a good choice if you want to listen to music while taking a stroll out of your place.

 

In-earphones:

In-earphones or canal earphones are as portable as earbuds with a small difference. They are inserted in the ear canal. They are the most popular choice. Because they are directly inserted in the air canal they provide sufficient noise cancellation and are less likely to fall out. This can have both pros and cons. If you are on a busy road you don’t really want canal earphones because it shuts out all the noise, something that earbuds didn’t provide. But then if you want to listen to your music without any noise, this is what you should pick up.

 

Headsets

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Headsets are headphones that come with a microphone attached. You can divide them into further categories like circumaural (that encompass the ears), supra aural (the pads of which are against the ears, rather than around the ears) and open-back and closed-back (that have their ear-cups open and closed respectively). Supra aural headphones are portable to some extent but depending on the size, their weight can go up to 500 grams. They provide complete noise attenuation. Supra-aural headphones, on the other hand, are smaller and lighter but don’t provide full noise attenuation and because of the pads pressing against the ears, some users complain of the discomfort.

 

Most of the time people are split between portability and comfort. Although headphones provide superior listening experience, their size becomes an issue. For those looking for an effective listening experience must consider in-earphones seriously. For those who can compromise their listening experience so that they can lend an ear to the bustle outside, earbuds will be an ideal choice. There are lots of brands to choose from and can be ordered online. They come with a warranty and are easily replaced if duration to damage falls within the warranty period.

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Skullcandy earbuds are the most beautiful creation ever to hit the market, especially for all those audioheads who cannot live without music. These earbuds have a hint of the hippie revolution with their different colors, which has found large acceptance with the young community. For a reasonable price, these earbuds offer awesome sound quality, while they block background noise, which works great when you are travelling, or want some solitude in a crowded public transport system.

 

You can now make a style statement while you enjoy your favorite music, without being bothered by background sounds or distractions. Skullcandy have a maximum outout of 100 MW, and yes, its pretty loud. I’d personally recommend against listening to loud music, and make sure that you dont listen to loud music for extended period of time. The best quality of these earbuds is that you can plug them to practically any kind of MP3 player or your smartphone and yet enjoy the same music quality.

 

These earbuds are high on performance and light on your ears, making them the perfect companions for that morning jog or while working out in the gym. If it were not for the music, you might even forget that they are plugged into your ears.

 

These are not your regular earbuds and its recommended against winding these earbuds to your phone or MP3 player. The constant winding and unwinding damages the earbuds and the sound quality decreases over time.

 

Most people dont realize that these earbuds are useful only when they are used properly. SkullCandy earbuds come with foam tips.Try each of these foam tips and use the one which fits your ears comfortably. If the earbud is too loose then the voice cancellation might suffer; and if the earbud is too tight then it might hurt your ears, leaving them sore.

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People who like to listen to music while exercising can now do so by using the new Sennheiser CX 680 Sports earphones. These in-ear headphones stay in place firmly as opposed to the usual ones that slip off during work-out. These earphones come with a pair of flexible rubber ‘earfins’ that stay securely inside the curve of the ear. It has variant sized earpieces which are available in three sets alongwith three sets of earfins. Its cables are made of Kevlar and so are rugged and water-resistant. It includes two cables of which one is short and the other is long.

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Design
These black earphones include highly durable cables that are resistant to perspiration as well as water. It provides secure fit due to the flexible rubber fin that extends away from the earpiece. The two cables are joined together by a tiny rubbery plastic piece. Its two-foot long cable has an in-line volume control that is easily accessible and far easier than any physical volume buttons on players. It also has a shirt clip that can be used to keep the cable steady.

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Features
The fact that the Sennheiser CX 680 earbuds are sweat as well as water resistant makes them a must-have for those who bother about ruining them during workout. These earbuds can also stand heavy rains and so can be used without any worries during the rainy season. It is made of Kevlar cable which is not only unbreakable but can also resist water, sweat and extreme cold temperatures. These earphones provide the perfect and flexible fit thus making them tremendously comfortable to use.

 

Who should buy Sennheiser CX 680 Earbuds?
The regular earphones tend to get damaged due to the persistent sweat sticking to it or the water getting into it. The Sennheiser CX 680 headphones can withstand all of this pressure and stay in very good quality. These durable headphones have an excellent sound system that can block out the disturbances around the user. It is especially made for people who like exercising or are more into sports.

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Performance
The Sennheiser CX 680 offers excellent bass response that causes absolutely no distortion even at maximum volume. It doesn’t even cause any distortion at the lower volume levels. Thus, it delivers the finest, balanced music performance with perfect bass power that gives clear music even with when guitar or vocal music is played.

 

Verdict
The Sennheiser CX 680 Sports headphones are designed for the athletes and people who like exercising. They are built in three different sizes for iPod and iPhone and have earfins that stay securely in place. These water resistant earphones have a very thin 3.5mm audio jack cover and inline controls. It is the perfect headphones for runners or sports people who like to hear music at higher volumes.

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In today’s tech savvy world, smartphones have occupied an important part in our daily lives. While these intelligent gadgets are put to task for manifold useful functions, we do seem to do many dumb things with them! Mobile phone accessories like headphones, USB cables and chargers take centre stage. However, smartphone covers should top our list! A survey commissioned by T-Mobile revealed that nearly half of all smartphone owners lose their phones, or they end up being stolen or damaged. From those who damaged these snazzy devices, 29 percent are said to have anointed them a spilt drink, 37 percent scratched the screen; 29 percent sent them tumbling down the stairs, and 20 percent sent it for a swim in the toilet!

 

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The above statistics should give you a good reason to use a smartphone cover. It provides a certain modicum of protection if you drop your phone, but it doesn’t mean you can play catch with your smartphone once you insulate it in a case. While a case may take away some of the smartphone’s sleek looks, it helps ensure that all of its parts are working. While there are waterproof smartphone covers on Croma, even a basic case gives you the few vital seconds where you can snatch a falling phone plummeting towards a pool of spilled beer.

 

Here are some factors you should consider:

  • Style of Case or Cover You have a plethora of choices while deciding on a cell phone cover, from leather wallet styles to funky and bright coloured fashionable socks. Business phones look better if clothed in a more professional style, but this does not mean, it has to be boring. You can go for football or celebrity themed phone covers.
  • Level of Protection Since protection of the smartphone is the most significant factor for buying a phone case, it is important to choose one which provides adequate protection against the surrounding elements. For a phone that will frequently be operated in harsher conditions, choose a case that allows hassle-free access to all the important controls.

 

shutterstock_90361489-300x200.jpgWater and Dirt Liquids are a smartphone’s Achilles heel. A waterproof smartphone case offers protection from all kinds of liquids. Water resistant phone cases can also be used for a phone which will frequent dusty or dirty environments as they prevent the ingress of fine dust particles, while also safeguarding the phone against any unfortunate liquid hazards.

  • Shock Many smartphone cases and covers have been built to absorb the impact of a fall. Silicone and Neoprene panels are commonly used as shock absorbers
  • Screen Protection While phone cases do protect the screen to a certain extent, a screen shield is the ultimate protection against a scratched surface. Screen shields are clear adhesive panels that are designed to absorb wear and tear, an occupational hazard of owning a touch screen. So, will a smartphone cover really protect your phone from damage? Well to answer that they would to a large extent. But a smartphone case is no excuse to be careless with your device. A smartphone case is no excuse to drop your phone from the roof to see if it would survive the impact!

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Also Read: Accessories to accentuate your mobile phone’s performance and appearance

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How many times has it happened that you have given a second glance to a mobile phone, while on the go? Must be quite a few times, when either a mobile phone’s attractive faceplate or cover has caught your eye’s attention or when a beautiful embellishment hanging off a mobile phone has impressed you. Or maybe a unique headset with boom microphone has made you think that carrying one of these is actually a smart choice. The point being derived here is that mobile phone accessories not only accentuates the aesthetics of a mobile phone but also enhances its performance. Till now we have talked about the external accessories used in a mobile phone to make our life easier, but there are a bevy of internal accessories as well that add shelf life to your mobile phone. These days a variety of mobile phone accessories is available in the market to suit your different needs, be it the basics or the augmented ones.

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Earlier mobile phones were used as basic devices to make and receive calls and stay connected while on the move. But, with the passage of time and as technology advanced, this humble device got a new avatar and enabled its users to multitask. In order to multi task, we need to take proper care of the mobile phone and this can be aptly done by using proper parts and accessories. These can be divided into two broad categories – internal parts or accessories andexternal accessories.

 

Let us first go through the basics of internal parts or accessories and know more about it:

 

Data cables: Use good quality cell phone data cables and software to synchronize your mobile phone with a laptop/PC. This way you can easily download wallpapers, ringtones, and games, also share picture clicked using your cell phone with friends in no time!

 

Cell phone batteries: It is important to always keep your cell phone batteries charged; even better if you always carry an already charged battery. This will help you stay connected even if your cell phone battery drains out. It is ideal to replace your old batteries after using for one or two years, especially if your battery meter shows fluctuations. Special care should be given to cell phone batteries as they are vital for a mobile phone as it may stop your conversation if it drains or wears out.

 

Cell phone audio adapter: These cables/adapters let you enjoy music stored in your cell phone with others. You can simply connect your mobile phone to audio system or speakers by using this accessory and share your favourite music with others.

 

Cell phone headsets: These accessories help you do anything you want to, be it shopping, driving, and eating while conversing with your friends and family over the mobile phone. Headsets come in a variety of options to suit different needs. You may opt for ‘ear bud headsets’ which comfortably fits into your ear with the microphone located on the wire so that it can be clipped to your shirt. The other options are, ‘headsets with boom microphone’, these have an extended microphone enabling the person on the other side hear your voice clearly. The most convenient among all the headsets are Bluetooth headsets, these are wireless and keeps you connected in the most hassle free manner.

 

Cell phone covers/faceplates: Add character to your mobile phone with colourful and designer covers or faceplates. These days you get a plethora of cell phone covers/case in different shapes, sizes, colours and designs. Based on the size and shape of your phone, you may choose your pick and accentuate the look of your mobile phone. Cell phone covers/cases are made of different materials, each having its own unique advantage. ‘Leather flip cases’ are very common as these protect the screen of the mobile phone along with guarding the phone’s body. ‘Leather wallet cases’ are very popular among those who are always on the go; it has chambers to keep your essentials like membership/loyalty cards, debit/credit cards along with your mobile phone. There are ‘hard case’ mobile covers that protect the cell phone from damage in case it falls from a height. A very convenient variant of a mobile phone cover is the ‘slip case’ which is like a leather pouch and you simply need to slide in your mobile phone.

 

Off late, the ‘soft mobile phone jackets’ have become very popular, especially among girls as these come in vibrant colours and in different shapes (rabbit, shirt, fruits, vegetables, etc). The cell phone cover/case/faceplate not only protects the device but also makes it look attractive.

 

Cell phone scratch-guard: These mobile phone accessories helps protect your mobile phone display from any damage, be it scratches, marks, or even cracks. It in fact increases the resale value of your phone, if you happen to sell it after using for some time. Scratch-guards come in different sizes to suit different mobile phones.

 

Surely you must be using some or most of the above mentioned mobile phone accessories in your daily life and must be aware of its usefulness. Another prime reason to use mobile phone accessories is to enhance the phone’s performance/appearance and enable multi tasking.

 

So, which mobile phone accessory have you added in your shopping cart?

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The smartphone market has been witnessing impressive innovation both in terms of features and design. And today’s highly evolved mobile phones are no more considered as a device used only to receive and make calls; they have much more to offer. These feature loaded smartphones with their powerful hardware and software are inherently power-hungry, which has become a challenge. The battery technology, at the same time, is struggling to keep pace with this power demand. While smartphones struggle to accommodate high capacity batteries, the concept of portable chargers has come into existence as a parallel solution.


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Features:

This portable Nokia charger comes in a unique design and looks quite attractive. It’s a slick charging stick and may be easily carried in a shirt’s pocket, adding to the portability quotient. This cool Nokia charger is made available in different attractive colours, coordinated with the colour of the Nokia’s Lumia range of smartphones. You may choose your pick among these attractive colours of Magenta, Cyan, Black, and White. The USB cable that comes along with this portable charger is colour coordinated with the charger, adding to the aesthetics of the same. Quite a news for the fashionistas out there, isn’t it?

 

The premium look and feel of this Nokia charger definitely takes it a notch higher as compared to its competition. It comes in a smooth plastic finish and the battery appears to be of premium quality similar to other Nokia accessories. Coming to the hardware features, the charger comes with a Type – A USB connector at one end that serves as the output port. Simply connect your USB cable here and start charging any smartphone in a jiffy. The other end of this Nokia charger comes with a microUSB port along with four LEDs that indicate the charge levels. There is a 2200 mAh battery inside. You may easily see your current charge levels by simply press the concealed button under the battery icon. On pressing, the LEDs illuminates for 10 seconds thus indicating the charge levels.

 

Unique Offering:
Something worth noticing about this Nokia portable charger is that it will charge any smartphone and not just Nokia phones. So, this feature is really cool as you may simply carry one sleek and stylish charger to charge other smartphones. It is best to carry this while on a trip; your Dad, Mom and sibling will definitely be more than happy.

 

Performance:
This portable charger from Nokia comes with 2200 mAh of juice- meaning that it is capable to top up mid-range phones almost twice but in the case of newer phones it will be able to deliver a single charge at the maximum. This sleek and portable charger is rated at 950 mA output current, hence is capable of charging up most phones quite rapidly. But the only challenge being that it takes quite a long time to refill the charger’s battery. It takes almost 3 hours to refill the portable charger while charging it using a power socket. But it might take much longer when charging from a PC. It has been rated for 500 charge cycles.

 

Final Word:
This attractive Nokia charger is quite handy and is an ideal mobile phone accessory especially for those who are on the move and wish to stay connected with their family and friends. What differentiates this Nokia portable charger from its counterparts is its sleekness and of course its attractive colour range. The only thing that could have been better is the capacity, if it would have been more than 2200mAh then it would definitely add to its value. But, offered at a price tag of around Rs.1499, it is worth an investment.

 

This cylindrical Nokia portable charger is a must buy for all the gadget lovers who prefer carrying their iPods, cameras, or Bluetooth headsets while on the move. This highly versatile portable charger will charge it all for you. What’s more! This Nokia portable charger has a stand-by time of up to 3 months!

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In the 1970s, headphones were big—quite literally! It was only in the 1980s that portable music players hit the market, and that’s when headphones began to shrink in size. Apple revolutionised the music player market by introducing the first iPod in 2001 with a pair of sleek white ear buds with every package. That’s when in-ear headphones or earphones became a rage. Earphones are still popular today for listening to music on the go. However, high-quality headphones are getting increasingly popular despite their size. So, what would you prefer: headphones or earphones?
Your choice would most likely depend on several factors as both of them have advantages and disadvantages. Your preference and taste will affect your decision. Here’s a look at these devices.

 

Let’s start with headphones. Headphones rest on your ears, but there is more than one variety. Supra-aural headphones cover the entire surface of your ears without completely sealing them. On the other hand, circum-aural headphones or over-the-ear headphones enclose your ears, looking like ear coverings worn by workers on airstrips. The best part about headphones is the sound quality that they offer. Headphones deliver superior results and are particularly good at capturing bass tones. Headphones also efficiently block out ambient noise.

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While open-cup headphones are very cheap, closed-cup models come with higher price tags. The reason behind closed-cup models being pricier is the advanced speaker designs along with powered amplification. Closed-cup models also serve as excellent noise cancelling headphones.

 

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But this doesn’t prove that headphones are perfect in every aspect. They are not as portable as earphones due to their bulky make. However, there are sleek wireless headphones that are easier to carry around, especially since they do not have cables or wires. It is not comfortable to wear headphones for prolonged periods as they tend to get hot with extended use and make you sweat. It is a good idea to avoid headphones as you exercise or go out for a jog. Also, big headphones will crush your hair and mess with earrings or glasses.

 

Related: Sennheiser CX 680 Sports Review

 

While there are ear buds that are also designed to rest on your ear, most earphones have to be inserted into the ear canal. As compared to headphones, earphones are cheaper, lighter and portable. This is why you will spot people wearing earphones while walking, working out, or even sitting in a café. Since earphones are inserted into the ear canal, they do not interfere with your hair, earrings or glasses. However, they are inferior to headphones when it comes to sound quality. This is especially noticeable with bass tones. Blocking out ambient noise is not something earphones are good at, highlighting the need to increase the volume that can mess with your hearing. Also, not everyone is comfortable wearing earphones. While some find that earphones hurt their ears, others complain of ear buds slipping out of their ears all the time.

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So, it is all a matter of your preferences. If you need a high sound quality, headphones are a good pick. However, if portability is your main concern and you want something that you can use while travelling, earphones are your best bet.

 

Also Read: Which earphones are made just for me?

 

Hope this article helps you choose between earphones and headphones. It is never an easy decision. Also, if you liked the article, do share it with your friends.

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On an average, you can get better sound quality when you pay more while purchasing headphones. If you are willing to go beyond your budget, then you can easily get the right high-end earphones. However, price is not the only defining factor to determine the best headphones with high-quality. Usually, in-ear headphones and noise-cancelling headphones tend to be more expensive than regular earphones. They sound better and allow you to enjoy music at all times. Read on to find out whether purchasing expensive headphones is the best decision.

 

Headphones produce clear and better audio

 

It is observed that expensive headphones can sound better than the regular ones. With these earphones, your music will sound clearer, crisper with bass thus, enhancing your music experience. They provide you with better sound-stage, which gives you the feeling of listening to a live performance.

 

Headphones with better build quality and added features

 

Ideally, a pair of best headphones needs to have superb build quality and features that match its price tag. They are sturdy, relatively heavy and made of solid material. Such high-end headphones come with additional features like wireless audio, noise cancellation, detachable cables and more. Many of them also sport a fold-up design, carrying shell, ear pad covering, replaceable tip and many more.

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Also Read : In-Ear Headphones vs. Over-The-Head Earphones  

 

Consider types of music you prefer

 

When choosing high-end earphones, you need to determine first whether they are suitable for the type of music you listen to. They won’t be useful for you if you are listening to low-bitrate streams in noisy areas. You will find these headphones handy when you listen to high-quality music at home.

 

Headphones for smartphones

 

Nowadays, every smartphone comes with a pair of earphones. However, these earphones probably offer the worst audio that you can get. There is no reason for you to stick to such bad quality sound. Also, you don’t have to spend a lot to get better sound quality as there are several inexpensive headphones available that can provide you with decent sound quality. In most cases, high-end headphones provide better build quality, features like Bluetooth or noise cancelling and more. However, if you are not sure about buying high-end headphones, then you need to look at different reviews of headphones that are available in the price you prefer.

 

Headphones are quite tricky to purchase as they require a lot of research, and you also need to refer to various reviews and collect information to make the right choice. It is not ideal to buy a particular pair of earphones that don’t give you the desired listening experience. So, you need to make sure that you select a pair of headphones wisely and check their sound quality before purchasing. In reality, your headphones are worth your money when you use a well-crafted, high-end pair of headphones to listen to high-quality tunes in the right environment. So, make your choice wisely and get the best noise-cancelling headphones that give you incredible listening experience all the time.

 

Also Read : Which earphones are made just for me?

 

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