Enjoy my Votomy SoloPods S1 BT 5.0 Wireless Earbuds Review.
In this video, I go ears-on with the SoloPods S1 from Votomy. These are a pair of $69 (or $49 if you get them on sale) Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds. These buds come in their own charging case, which also acts as a 2000mAh battery power bank, that allows you to also charge other devices through its powered USB-A port.
This makes the S1 earbuds a great accessory for travel or commutes where you will have some great sounding earbuds and a means to charge the device you might be listening from also. Charge remaining is clearly indicated on the top of the charging case, alongside both battery levels of the earbuds themselves.
Outside the case, you can monitor their charge on the Bluetooth screens on a connected Android, or on a Mac/PC’s Bluetooth settings area. iPhone users are left a little in the dark as to their current charging levels, however once low enough you will get an audio warning message instead.
Pairing the BT earbuds are fast, thanks to their 5.0 BT protocol. They are also comfortable in the ear thanks to many supplied ear tip types, so you can get the best fit and comfort for each ear. There is also two sizes of rubber ‘ear fin’ that circles the outer edge of the earbud to add comfort and also help stabilise the earbud in your ear to prevent it from falling out. Four spare ear fins come bundled in the box should you wish to replace or change their size to a smaller set.
Controlling the earbuds is done by using the touch-sensitive panel on the outside of each earbud. Luckily, taps can be very lightly done, so there is no added pressure being sent inwards and towards your eardrum, as you tap on them.
Taps are limited to a handful of gestures. Single taps are ignored, which I find great, and it doesn’t lead to miss-controls or false starts of audio when you are handling them. Control starts at two taps for Play/Pause and to answer/end calls. Three taps for Previous and Next track on each side of ear. You can also tap and hold for Rejecting calls and triggering Siri or Google Assistant.
I found its sound very reasonable and easily comparable with Apple AirPods Pro at 3x the price. Bass is very present and heavy though, so if you are not a fan of big bass, these are not for you. But you do get a full rich sound from these earbuds and they make for a great pair of BT earbuds that won’t break the bank, so you might feel less precious about them if you end up losing them.
I found their microphone performed well, and during noisy backgrounds, sometimes better than Apple’s Flagship earbuds at drowning out background noise. But in comparison, this was at the sacrifice of a little more muffled voice input on the SoloPods.
For $49.99 (£39.99) on sale, these earbuds are quite a bargain! More so when you consider the 2000mAh charging ability of its carrying case. If you’re after a decent set of great-sounding and functioning earbuds, I would certainly give the S1 SoloPods from Votomy a listen.
0:00 – Brief overview
0:41 – Unboxing
1:46 – Features
6:10 – Pairing & Fit
7:00 – Ear Fins
8:07 – Microphone Quality
8:22 – Microphone Noise Isolation
9:20 – Apple AirPods Pro Noise Isolation
10:21 – My Impressions