Ten steps into my run I realized I forgot to cue up my Discover Weekly playlist.
The Echo Buds help Amazon's popular voice assistant bridge a small gap—the few feet between a smartphone and your ears.
Those who aren’t already hogtied to Amazon's ecosystem might not be as enticed by the siren song of handsfree calling, playlist picking, and instant BBC news updates.
I've realized that this is the only real non-verbal control I consider vital.
And in terms of battery life, they only get five hours on a charge, which is a few hours less than many new sets.
The bass is focused and revealing, striking kick drums and bass notes hard but quickly backing off in places where competitors like Samsung's Galaxy Buds (8/10, WIRED recommends) wobble and blur.