Apple ‘s AirPods helped usher in a wave of true wireless earbuds, and there were only so many decent options available for Android users. Mobvoi’ s TicPods were a solid choice in 2018-2019, and Mobvoi TicPods 2 arrived in the new year with two variants and a bunch of new features as well.
Starting next week, there are some big upgrades to the TicPods 2 and TicPods 2 Pro over last year’s version This begins with the design that is considerably smaller than the first generation as a whole. With the case, this is most apparent. The upgraded case supports USB-C charging–albeit strangely with an A-C cable only–and is at least 30% smaller and thinner. Now it’s small enough to fit comfortably on a pair of jeans in the coin pocket.
For the earbud itself, the buds slim down a little with shorter, thinner stems and a smaller footprint. However, with an AirPods-style one-size-fits-all tip, the smaller earbud loses some passive isolation. Both the TicPods 2 and TicPods 2 Pro use a microphone (dual-mics on Pro) to cancel ambient noise during phone calls so that a caller can’t hear it.
TicPods 2 supports up to 4 hours of use with with the earbuds and up to 23 hours with the charging case. There is also a quick charging feature that offers up to an hour of playtime with a charge of just 5 minutes.
All earbuds sets allow in-ear detection to stop music and touch controls on the stem for volume and skipping tracks. TicPods 2 Pro, however, is the show’s real star here, with a few more features to sell. It includes support for a word wake “Hey Tico” that can trigger either Google Assistant or Siri when connected to Android oriOS. There are also some quick commands and gestures of “TicMotion.” Such gestures allow you to respond or reject phone calls simply by shaking your head.
TicPods 2 and TicPods 2 Pro look like solid alternatives to Apple’s AirPods for Android users. Using the Mobvoi app, users can also use aptX audio to improve the quality and adjust earbud settings.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using a package of TicPods 2 Pro personally and so far, I’m very impressed. The case size alone made these a viable replacement for me from AirPods, but the sound quality is not what I would have wished for despite being an improvement over the previous generation Our own Damien Wilde will soon have a thorough review of the TicPods 2 Pro.
TicPods 2 retail for $99 starting on January 15 with a cost of $139 for TicPods 2 Pro. Both products will also receive a 10% discount for those pre-ordering on the site of Amazon or Mobvoi before 15 January.