The world of wireless earbuds are quickly becoming more popular thanks to Apple’s AirPods but on Android side of things, there’s a lot of options out there and it can sometimes be hard to weed out which wireless earbuds are actually good. You have your high-end wireless earbuds like the Bragi Dash Pro and the Bose SoundSport Free and on the cheaper end of the spectrum, you have stuff like the Zolo Liberty+.
I’ve been testing out the Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds for a few weeks now, and they’re easily a great cheaper alternative to the more expensive wireless earbuds.
Design & Hardware
The Liberty+ is by Anker’s sub-brand Zolo which is aimed a making mostly audio products rather than the chargers, and battery packs the Anker brand creates.
The Liberty+ may not have the absolute best design in the world, but they get the job done. While wearing them, they stick out a bit out of my ears.
The earbuds come with a nice metal charging case that can 48 hours of additional charge, the Liberty+ themselves can get around 3.5 hours of battery life. The cases for the Liberty+ charges in about 15 minutes.
The case charges over microUSB and to check the battery life on the charging case, there are LED indicators on the front.
The Liberty+ comes with Bluetooth 5.0 compared to Bluetooth 4.2 in the standard Zolo Liberty. I had no issues connecting to the earbuds or the connection dropping. The earbuds are IPX5 waterproof and sweatproof, so you should have no issues while using them while working out.
The Liberty+ comes with 4x GripFit Jackets, so then they can easily fit in your ears without having to worry about them falling out. I used the default GripFit Jacket that was already on the earbuds, and they fit my ears just fine. There is also 3 sets of EarTips.
The Liberty+ has graphene audio drivers which Zolo says is to improve sound quality. Overall the Liberty+ sound good but not amazing, you’re getting what you pay for (under $200 CAD). If you want better sound, then look elsewhere.
Unlike the Bragi Dash Pro, the Liberty+ has push buttons on each earbud instead of touch sensors. One push plays and pauses music, a double press activates the Google Assistant (or Siri if you’re connected to an iPhone). A long press on the button skips to the next track, I wish that Zolo had made the hold down button press the option to activate your phone’s voice assistant and a double press to skip tracks.
I had a bit of trouble pressing the right earbud button, it wouldn’t push all the way. I had no issues with the button the left earbud.
With in the app for the earbuds, there are different EQ presets which are tuned for different types of music, such as rock, pop, EDM and more. This is nice to have and isn’t offered on earbuds such as the Bragi Dash Pro.
The Liberty+ is available in two colours, black and white for $189 CAD ($149 USD) from Amazon.ca. The cheaper Liberty earbuds are available for $139 CAD ($99 USD) and that gets you Bluetooth 4.2, 24 hours of battery life from the charging case.
The Zolo Life app for the Liberty+ is fairly basic, you can connect to your earbuds, change the EQ settings and enable or disable the audio transparency feature. However, there is no way to check the battery life on the earbuds or the app.
The only way that I was able to check the battery life was the feature that’s built-into Android that can show you the battery life of Bluetooth devices in the settings.
Just like other wireless earbuds, the Liberty+ can also be used to talk to your phone’s voice assistant. If you’re on Android, it’ll be the Google Assistant and on iOS, it’ll be Siri. To do this, all you have to do is double tap the button on the right earbud and you’ll get the audio prompt that your voice assistant is listening and waiting for you to say something. This works well but I didn’t find myself using it a lot.
Overall, I really liked the Liberty+, they offer great battery life, sound good enough and are cheaper compared to other wireless earbuds on the market. However, there are some issues with the quality of the buttons on the earbuds and limited capabilities of the app.
- Fits well and comes with lots of eartips and jackets for better comfort
- Great battery life
- No connection issues
- Sound is good enough
- Cheaper than other wireless earbuds
- Buttons are inconsistent and lacks tactility
- Limited EQ settings
- No way to check battery life in app