I’ve said this before in similar reviews so I’ll reiterate off top that I typically do not like earphones (in-ear headphones). I prefer headsets that rest across the top of the head with ear cups that cover the ear. That’s the most comfortable way for me to enjoy music privately. However, Bose has made slight design changes that make the SoundSport earphones wearable for me.
Ergonomic is the word that comes to mind when I think about this design. The human ear is not flat. It has curves and angles so earphones with flat design, like the Samsung Icon X, miss the mark. Because the Bose earbud is designed with a slight curve, it conforms to the natural curvature of my ear and stays put better than most earphones I’ve tried. The controls are also well designed. The volume control buttons have to actually be pressed to take music levels up and down. I prefer that over gesture-controlled earphones which are too small to manage using swipes. Last but definitely not least, the earphones are connected with a cord. It’s functional and helps to keep the earbuds together as a pair in the event that they fall from your ear.
Bose SoundSport can be paired to electronic devices using NFC or Bluetooth. I paired them to my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6 Plus using Bluetooth. It was a seamless connection which took merely seconds to complete. The iPhone did prompt me to download the Bose app but I simply bypassed it and streamed without it. The free Bose Connect app is available for both Android and iOS.
SoundSport features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which Samsung asserts requires two hours to charge and renders six hours of use per full charge. I can’t refute that. Charging was not a prominent part of my routine using this device. As long as you impair after each use, the device will maintain juice. The auto-off feature helps to preserve the battery as well.
SoundSport earphones are an ideal choice for physical activity. Again, they stay put while you’re wearing them and they’re water and sweat proof – a feature that’s actually been improved since the initial release of this product. Apparently some consumers experienced issues with heavy sweat causing Bose to temporarily suspend sales. During which time, the company resolved the problem. Read the full story on CNET, here.
SoundSport delivered the premium quality sound that Bose is known for. My playlist contains mostly rap and hip hop songs with strong bass lines. SoundSport delivered lots of bass with good clarity. Keep in mind these are wireless earphones streaming over Bluetooth so there will be small loses in sound quality.
What’s in the Box?
The Bose Soundsport is the accessory with accessories! It comes complete with three sizes of StayHere Sport Tips – the rubber fittings that help earphones stay in your ear. There’s also a USB charging cord and my personal favorite – a carrying case. SoundSport comes with a soft, round case that’s large enough to hold the earphones and the extra Sport Tips. The black case, with ‘BOSE’ prominently displayed across the front, also featured a metal clip that’s perfect for connecting to a bicycle or keychain. Check out my video review for closer look at the accessories.