They are called WiShake True Wireless 2, and I am the proposal of Wiko dedicated to those looking for a pair of good quality Bluetooth earbuds, with an attractive design and an affordable price. It is natural to make comparisons with Apple's AirPods, perhaps even with the fresh Pro debut version on the market: it would be obvious, and perhaps not even entirely wrong, given that the Cupertino product – in its Pro or non-Pro meaning – not only it represents the reference standard in this market segment, but it has also been the precursor of a minimal design that the competition has then taken up in its different meanings.
WiShake True Wireless 2 or Airpods, the reference user is always the same: he is the one who loves to listen to music on headphones when he is on the move, he wants to have his hands free to access the voice assistant with a simple touch and look for a good autonomy for not being a slave to compulsive reload. Instead the quality changes – in favor of Apple – just as the price range is different: the Wiko headphones are available for purchase on the official website at 99.99 euros (Link).
- WiShake True Wireless 2:
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Realtek chipset
- range up to 10 meters
- 60mAh rechargeable battery x2
- up to 5 hours of listening with a recharge
- up to 20 hours of listening / 4 recharges with the Charging Box
- charging time: 1 hour
- frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz
- maximum output power: 5.22 dBm
- compatible with Android and iOS
- connection with the voice assistant of your smartphone
- both earphones with touch surface
- can also be used individually
- color Pure White
- Charging Box:
- input power: 5V; 0.5A
- 600mAh battery
- no wireless charging
- charging time: 2 hours
- 4 refills with 1 charge
PACKAGING, EARPHONES, RECHARGING BOX
The packaging is reduced to the bone, but it has everything you need: a small multi-lingual instruction booklet, the charging case, a USB-micro USB cable to connect it to a computer or a power source and, of course, the earphones, with two sets of spare rubbers. The Charging Box it is elegant and minimal, convenient to carry even in your pocket, well shaped inside with a rubberized surface that protects the earphones when they are stored inside. Three small green LEDs just below the opening lever indicate the charging level of the case.
Let's move on to headphones, finally: beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear, they are easy to connect to your smartphone, Android or iOS that is (I used a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ for this review). It is sufficient to activate Bluetooth, and the recognition – the so-called pairing – is almost immediate.
There are no physical keys, everything is entrusted to the touch of our finger on the sensitive surface of each of the two earphones: it can be a pro if it gives greater value to the design, cleaner and linear, but in the long run risks becoming a versus since the command given with the touch is not always accurate and sometimes it happens to have to repeat the action to activate a certain function (switching to another track, answering a call or interacting with the voice assistant). From this point of view we are not up to what competitors offer more noble.
AUDIO QUALITY: MUSICAL REPRODUCTION
Too bad not being able to set the parameters manually, or at least select pre-set audio profiles: in fact, there is no ad hoc app that allows access to sound customizations. For this we must rely on the equalizer of the smartphone or app that we are using to play music. Of course, the end result is what matters, but in terms of practicality something more could be done.
Despite this, the sound quality of WiShake 2 is definitely good. Excellent treble and bass even at high volume, the sound is clean, balanced and immersive, and no noteworthy distortion has not been found. Of course, we are not at the level of high-end solutions on the market, but considerations must be made based on the price range to which the Wiko earphones belong.
There is no active noise suppression system, so if we are looking for an insulating solution it is better to opt for something else. WiShake 2 is for every day, to wear maybe during a walk without losing contact with the external environment. By the way, the Wiko earphones are very comfortable to wear: light and ergonomic at the right point.
AUDIO QUALITY: CALLS
Here we are average: we cannot expect a timbre of the voice of the interlocutor perfectly adherent to reality, nor risk in any way to hear it croak. The audio is slightly metallic (and in this case it means really "slightly"), but all in all of good quality.
Even who he is on the other side of the handset receives a clean signal, feels good despite the fact that in some contexts (our) voice tends to reverberate a little too much. However, it is not a risk to say that these Wikos can be a good solution for those who want to use headsets to make and receive calls. The weight is reduced to a minimum, there are no wires that get in the way and can also be used individually, right or left makes no difference. In short, they are practical.
VOCAL ASSISTANT AND TOUCH INTERACTION
Wiko WiShake 2 allow you to access your smartphone's voice assistant with a simple tap, without distinction on the right or left earpiece. At the first activation, it will be up to the user to decide which assistant to rely on (only once or always). In this specific case, Google Assistant, Alexa and Bixby were proposed as alternatives, ie the three assistants installed on the Note 10 Plus used in the test.
Here comes the first, true sore point of these earphones: the touch is always fascinating, it allows to keep the surfaces of the devices clean while being able to interact to access certain functions. But the difficulties encountered in the test concern the activation of the voice assistant:
- to activate the voice assistant it is necessary to make a long tap on one of the two earpieces to 2 seconds
- to turn off the headset you need to make a long tap for 3 seconds
Result: for the first 100 times I found myself in speak to the air, turning off the earphones and failing to try to activate the assistant. Calling up two such different functions with actions so similar to each other (I challenge anyone to guess the precise time!) I don't consider it an effective choice. In addition, if the success rates have increased since the 101st time, I found the interaction too difficult, as the assistant does not (always) provide acoustic feedback when it is activated. Did I really activate it? did I start talking too soon? or maybe too late?
It would perhaps have been enough to set the assistant's activation differently, with a gesture "detached" from the others in such a way as to make it more recognizable and simple to implement, especially when in motion. Of course, the classic can be used "Ok Google"vocal (which obviously passes from the smartphone and whose response is provided through the earphones), but sometimes the touch interaction could be useful as it is more" discreet ", and when you are in noisy environments (just be on the road) the command is not always received by the smartphone's microphone.
Touch controls, therefore, that have not convinced enough: comfortable switching from one song to another with the double tap on the left (to go back) and right (to go on), but there is no volume adjustment and times that are given to the user to perform certain actions are too close. Several times (especially walking) it happened to want to activate the voice assistant and get the result of starting a piece of music, just as it was not uncommon to turn off the device when the intent was to ask what time it was or what the weather was tomorrow …
The judgment on autonomy is definitely positive, since the earphones really do what they promise: listening to the music 5 hours are reached (note that each earphone has a 60mAh battery), and the charging case offers up to 4 full recharges. In short, given also the decidedly contained times to go from 0 to 100 (1 hour to recharge the earphones, 2 hours for the case), from this point of view Wiko WiShake 2 pass the test with flying colors.
CONCLUSIONS AND ALTERNATIVES
Wiko WiShake 2 they are good quality earphones, with an attractive design and a reasonable price. It was said in the introduction, and is confirmed at the end of this test. Compared to the first generation they gain in aesthetics and connectivity (Bluetooth 4.1 vs 5.0), and they lose the physical keys. We cannot categorize this last feature as a negative aspect, but in the light of what has been said, the judgment may not be so obvious.
The music feels good, it is pleasant to listen to and rich in all its frequencies; the sound of phone calls is also good, although in some cases the quality is not particularly excellent. Postponed instead the speech "voice assistant": put it this way, it is impractical and risks "irritating" the user who, every time, has to cross his fingers hoping "to catch us". And being one of the main functions of the earphones, it is not a trivial matter.
Too bad for the lack of water resistance, it could have been an appreciated plus.
And the alternatives? The AirPods with non-wireless charging case are not so far in price, since on Amazon you can find them around 150 euros. By maintaining the same design one could also opt for the Mobvoi TicPods Free (on the market for about a year), Anker Soundcore Liberty Air or Huawei's FreeBuds Lite, available in Italy from the beginning of April. The classic Samsung Galaxy Buds are also very valid (released in February 2019), although the form factor, in this specific case, is different.