There are now no pairs of headphones to complement his smartphone with Nothing Ear (Stick). But how do they compare to the nihilistic ear (1)?
Nothing released its first product at the Nothing Ear (1) in 2020, and the tech brand branched out further with the Nothing Phone (1) and another pair of earbuds in October, the Nothing Stick (1).
The Nothing Ear Stick (1) is available to purchase for £99 from 4 November 2022. It will be available directly from the Nothing website as well as from third party retailers.
With two different earbud options, the question to ask is how do they differ? Read on to find out some of the key differences between these two audio products so you can learn which one is best for you.
Nothing Ear (1) has the support of ANC
Nothing Ear (1) comes with support for active noise cancellation. ANC helps remove outside noise by using microphones inside the earpiece to cancel out the noise around the listener.
In our ear review (1), we felt that ANC was effective in reducing noises such as bus traffic and the sound of wind while running. However, it failed in some noisy environments, such as when used on the London Underground.
Unlike the ear (1), the Stick (1) does not have ANC, which indicates that it will not be effective at blocking outside noise, making the Stick (1) less attractive to those looking for effective noise cancellation.
The ear stick (1) has larger motors
Nothing confirmed that the Stick (1) comes with custom 12.6mm dynamic drivers. Meanwhile, the Ear(1) comes with 11.8mm drivers.
Drivers convert electrical signals into sounds, which create sound in your ear. In general, larger drivers mean they can create louder and bigger sound, but the difference in the earbuds’ design is the biggest difference in how they sound.
The ear stick integrates with the phone more seamlessly (1)
Since the phone (1) appeared after the ear (1), no features have been added to integrate the two devices. Now, nothing claims that Phone (1) comes with all device settings and features for Ear Stick (1) under Device Details.
Users can customize gesture control and EQ presets via Quick Settings, which should make the Ear Stick (1) more flexible to use in conjunction with the Nothing headset. The company has also introduced a new app, Nothing X, for people who want to use Nothing Earbuds on their other Android or iOS devices.
The earphone (1) has a longer battery life
According to Nothing, the Stick Ear (1) has up to seven hours of listening time, with an additional 22 hours of charging in the case.
In our review of Nothing Ear (1), we noted that these earbuds can last just under six hours without ANC and four hours with ANC enabled. However, the charging case appears to have more power, with up to 34 hours (without ANC) and 24 hours (with ANC).
Ear Stick (1) takes a different look
Ear Stick (1) has not been redesigned to have a longer antenna that sits further away from the face to help reduce signal blockage. Moreover, if you are playing with these earbuds and phone (1), they will automatically switch to Low Lag mode for more accurate sound.
Low Lag did not display on the ear (1) and our review noted that they disconnected several times during use. Although this only happened for a second or two, it was one of the few issues we had during our time using it, so it would be ideal if a Stick Ear (1) could fix this issue.