Better than AirPods — Beats Studio Buds with noise-canceling are $89 for Prime Day

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If you're eyeing up one of Apple's best Prime Day AirPods deal through Amazon's bumper sales event, can I recommend instead this incredible pair of Beats Studio Buds, now just $89 instead of $149? 

Beats, owned by Apple, offer a colorful, sporty, stylish alternative to Apple's plain AirPods, none more so than the Beats Studio Buds. 

For $89 right now you can get AirPods 2, which is fine, but you can also get these noise-canceling, colorful, water-resistant buds for the same price. They come in vibrant colors and have better listening time on a single charge, as well as Apple's H1 chip for spatial Audio and fast-switching. 

The AirPods alternative

AirPods 2 |$149$89 at Amazon

 AirPods 2 | $149 $89 at Amazon

These are the same price as AirPods 2, but offer way more in the way of features, battery life, cool colors, and more. 

Price Check: Apple $159 | Best Buy $159

Apple recently rolled out the Beats Studio Buds +, but these regular Buds still represent a fantastic set of headphones for the price. They offer 8-hours of listening time (less with noise-canceling), a transparency mode, one-touch pairing, Find My so you don't lose them IPX4 water and sweat resistance, and a USB-C charging case. 

These bring all of the benefits of AirPods, great connectivity, and fast-switching between devices, as well as improving on AirPods 2 with Spatial Audio, on-device controls, and more. 

What's more, they also work well with Android thanks to a proprietary app, which means these are also a great option even for people not heavily vested in the iPhone/Apple ecosystem. 

In our expert opinion, unless you're heart-set on a pair of AirPods 2, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't buy a pair of these instead. They even come in white if it's that clean aesthetic you're on the hunt for. What's more, AirPods 2 have not fallen down to their best-ever price of $79.99, while this $89 matches the best price for Beats Studio Buds, and the saving overall is greater because of the higher starting price.        

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9