Having bought several pairs of earbuds and headphones over the past 18 months to replace a pair of wired buds that I was particularly attached to, I hadn’t found that one pair that did it all, the one pair that ticked every box. The Huawei Freebuds 3 are my latest purchase, and here is how they hold up.
To cut a long story short – These things are next to perfect for me.
In the Beginning
I had been very wary of True Wireless Buds after seeing the Apple AirPods looking like a wedge of money waiting for me to lose one and waste £150. When I got the Huawei P30 Pro, it was my first Android phone, and the first phone I had that didn’t have a 3.5mm jack to plug my headphones into. For a while, I had an adapter to keep using my existing buds and headphones, and then I bought a set of Skullcandy Crusher 3 over the ear headphones, and while I love them, they are too big for day to day use.
Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to get a voucher from the Huawei community forum for 50% off the new Freebuds 3 wireless buds. At £165, it was the same story as the fruity AirPods, but given a voucher for 50% off. It would be churlish not to take the offer and make a leap of faith.
I received the buds on Same Day delivery from Argos, and I had the buds charged in time for me to use them on the way to work that evening.
Getting Set Up
Connecting the buds to the P30pro was as simple as downloading the app and opening the case. Yep, that simple. I was astounded by this as I have had some tough times trying to get certain wireless devices connected. While talking about connection, these buds stay connected until you need them to be disconnected (to do this you simply put them back in the charging case).
The most important element when it comes to earbuds or headphones for me is how they sound (obviously) – Well, these buds sound fantastic. Possibly the best sounding earbuds I have ever used. I won’t compare them to over the head/ear devices as I believe that they have a different job to do in different circumstances. Seeing as most of my listening is done on the move, the Freebuds is going to be my main buds, and I am more than happy with this.
Charging times are really quick, and the charge lasts so long. I haven’t timed the charge times, but I have only had to recharge the case twice in the two weeks I have been using them. The Buds recharge from the case and a quick splash and dash charge from the P30pro wireless charging for a quick charge to get me home.
I listen to a lot of Audio Drama, and the Freebuds do a great job of allowing me to get lost in the drama. For music, there is clarity and super clear separation. I really cannot fault these buds for what they are designed to do.
Since I got the Freebuds, I have given them thorough testing over various musical styles. Ranging from Iron Maiden to Beethoven, from a Ministry of Sound playlist on Spotify to a Relaxation video on YouTube and not once have the Freebuds let me down. The sound is clear and full. The Bass isn’t overwhelming to the point of distortion and the high end is crystal clear and beautiful to listen to.
I can’t compare the Freebuds to any other device of its kind, but I won’t be straying far from these in the future as to my ears, these are about as close to perfect as I think I am going to get. I think if you have an android device, especially a Huawei one, the Freebuds are the way to go. I would say that if you want full compatibility, then using the Freebuds on an Apple device could leave you disappointed as the App that controls the Freebuds isn’t available in the iOs App Store. If that isn’t a deal-breaker, go for the Freebuds, but if you want to make the most out of your money, go for what works best for your device. For me… the way forward is Free