How to Choose the Best Earbuds for Smartphones

Earbuds come in different names; they can be called as in-ear-monitors, in-ears, or even inter aurals. Regardless of the name, these earbuds are usually considered as among the most commonly used gadgets around. These days, we see a lot of models on earbuds for smartphones being introduced in the market. But the question is, how do you choose the best one?

Let’s take a look at some factors that you need to consider in order to come up with the best decision when it comes to finding the best earbuds for smartphones.

You Get What You Paid For


The first factor that will impact your decision making is usually budget. There is no question to this. Of course, anybody would want to have the best and the most expensive option, if only possible. The good news is that, there are models which are not necessarily expensive, but can give you the same high quality that you would expect out of more expensive options.

However, you can expect that you will also get what you paid for. Generally speaking, headphones that are expensive are usually made using materials of higher quality, and equipped with better technology and engineering. As a result, they are also expected to offer good sound quality.

On the other hand, you can expect that a cheaper earbud bargain may lack some features that you might look for, and may last, at longest, a full year, depending on how you take care of it. As a good rule of thumb, you can always look for mid-range earbuds as they usually offer the best of both worlds in terms of quality and price.

Also, getting earbuds with a good brand name does not just mean paying for the name itself, as you are also paying for the quality that has been trusted by other users.

Check the Sound Isolation Features


There is a reason why earbuds are designed as such, that is, to be fitted directly to the ear canals. With this style, noise should be blocked from the outside. Unfortunately, however, not all earbuds are designed with equal sound isolation capabilities. Reality dictates that nothing is far more annoying than the need to turn the volume up and down just to drown outside noise.

Doing so can be very dangerous to your ears. As such, it is very important to look for earbuds that come with good sound isolation capacity. Another advantage of having good sound isolation features is that it can also help you save your precious battery life.

Look into the Earbuds’ Frequency Range


The frequency range of earbuds speaks a lot about the kind of quality that you can expect out of the sound that you listen to. For one, wider frequency range can mean that you can hear better from the music. At the same time, bigger ranges, like 10 Hz to 25, 000 Hz is often recommended.

You may also want to look into more specific features related to the frequency range, including the frequency response curve, sound curve, as well as the sound signature. If you notice that the lower end is higher as depicted on the line graph, then you can expect more bass. However, this also does not mean better or more precise bass.

Noise Cancelling Features vs. Sound Isolation


Earlier on, we have already discussed that a good earbuds have the capability to isolate sound from the outside. However, it should be understood that sound isolation, and noise cancelling features are two different things. Sound isolation basically ‘isolates’ the sound, giving you better sound as it filters the sound from the outside.

On the other hand, noise cancelling features ‘cancels’ or removes sound. However, this feature is generally available only for more expensive models. As such, it is advisable not to look for this feature unless you are determined to spend a good amount of money.

Some models claim that they are equipped with noise cancelling feature, but if the earbuds is priced around $200 to $250, they are most likely not of good quality. Still, there are some that can give you that ‘acceptable’ noise cancelling capability.


Choosing the best earbuds for smartphones may be daunting at first, but by looking into the factors which were mentioned above, you can make a good decision out of your purchase. As a reminder, however, make sure that you test your earbuds out before purchasing.

This is, by far, the best way in which you can determine whether or not your earbuds can go loud enough, or if it has all the features that you find necessary for your needs and preferences. It would also be good to purchase from a store that offers 30-day return policy so that you can still make some changes if there is a need to do so.

Author bio

I’m Anh Vu who has worked in the IT field and sound technology industry for 5 years now. Today, I am an affiliate blogger who likes to educate my audience more about sound technology. Visit to Best Cheap Headphones to find the headphone that you need.