The FreeBuds have a slightly longer, slightly flatter stem than the AirPods, and their case is a little larger. Huawei promises double the AirPod battery life from a single charge, claiming you’ll get 10 hours of music from the FreeBuds without their case (and the case will recharge them to extend that further, just as with most other truly wireless buds). I like Huawei’s case, which has the same sort of shiny plastic finish as Apple’s. It closes with a satisfying click and opens with a simple push of the thumb, again just like Apple’s.
Huawei’s more generous with the colors than Apple, and you’ll be able to buy the FreeBuds in a glossy black variant as well as the familiar white. Even with the AirPods’ help, I’m not sure the world has yet adapted to seeing snow-white hockey sticks protruding from people’s ears, and so the even less common black might be the more socially disruptive option here. Then again, the black FreeBuds won’t be immediately confused for an Apple product, and that might be valuable to you.