Immersive Sound Delivery
Seamless Voice Calls Performance
Long-Lasting Battery Life (30-35 Hours)
No Companion App
Lacks In-Ear Detection
Nokia also had a fair share in the growing smart personal audio market in India. Widely known for its affordable stock Android smartphones, Nokia is also gradually strengthening its range of audio accessories in India with affordable wireless audio products. The latest from the house of HMD Global is a pair of Nokia branded true wireless earbuds- Nokia Lite Earbuds BH-205.Priced at just Rs. 2,799, the TWS buds are powered by 6mm speaker drivers and promises to offer 36-hours of playtime with one full charge. We tested the true wireless earbuds to gauge their performance. Here’s what we found out. Nokia Lite Earbuds Design & Build Quality
Nokia Lite Earbuds ship inside an oblong-shaped case that’s portable enough to fit inside any denim’s pocket. The case has a Type-C charging port at the backside and houses four LED indicators at the front. The lid opens up straight and closes with a satisfying thud. Two earbuds sit inside neatly and are held together by a strong magnetic force. The buds won’t fall even if the case is held upside down.
The new Nokia TWS earbuds boast the same durable design standards as Nokia handsets. The lightweight case and the buds are made out of good quality plastic and feel pretty durable. The buds can also withstand water damage, thanks to IPX7 rated design. You can tune in to music during a hot summer day while working out in the gym without worrying about any possible water damage.Nokia Lite Earbuds Connectivity & Setup
Pairing the Lite Earbuds with a smartphone/tablet or a PC is quite simple. Simply plug the buds in your ears and long press on the touch surface until you hear the ‘Power on’ sound. Tap on the buds’ name once they appear on the phone’s Bluetooth connection page.
We tested the earbuds with multiple devices and operating systems and did not for once experience any connectivity issues. The TWS earbuds maintained a solid wireless connection (Bluetooth 5.0) with Android/iOS devices and Windows machines.Nokia Lite Earbuds In-Ear Comfort & Touch Controls
Nokia Lite Earbuds is one of the most comfortable budget TWS earbuds I have tested in a while. Unlike most sub-3K TWS buds offerings, these buds have rubberized earplugs that ensure a comfortable wearing experience even with prolonged music sessions.
The earplugs sit at an angle with the long stem and stay inside the ear-cavity comfortably. The buds also ensure a tight grip and do not fall off even if you are working out in the gym or going out for a morning run.
Nokia is also offering three pairs of earbuds- small, medium, and large in the box to help you find the appropriate fit as per your comfort. As far as the touch controls are concerned, you can change tracks, invoke the AI assistant, and can even increase/decrease volume, which is very rare to find in the budget price-point. The touch controls are very responsive and fairly easy to memorize.
A single tap on the right increases the volume
A single tap on the left reduces the volume.
Double-tap (both earbuds) plays/pauses the music.
Press and hold the right earbud to skip forward
Press and hold the left earbud to skip to the previous track.
Double-tap to answer/disconnect a call.
Invoke the Google Assistant/ Siri with a triple tap on either bud.
Sadly, the budget earbuds don’t support in-ear detection. Removing the earbuds from the ears won’t play/pause the music, which is a bummer.Nokia Lite Earbuds Audio Performance
Despite packing a fairly smaller 6mm driver set, Nokia Lite Earbuds impressed us with the overall sound delivery. The modest drivers produce very loud and engaging audio. The earbuds sound fuller and richer and can even function very well in a noisy environment, thanks to a tight in-ear fit creating workable passive noise isolation. It is always better to have good passive noise isolation than a poorly implemented active noise cancellation, something quite common on budget TWS earbuds.We tuned into our favorite music on a couple of handsets including the latest Apple iPhone 13 and OnePlus flagships. The earbuds quickly recognized the high-quality audio codec- AAC on OnePlus handsets.
Sunflower by Post Malone sounded quite melodious on these earbuds. We also experienced engaging audio with bass-heavy numbers, be it the punchy beats on AP Dhillon’s trending tunes or the drum beats in the Megalithic Symphony by Awolnation. The good tuning makes the listening experience very joyous.