Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3103 review: Budget sound

Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3103

The Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3103 isn't the best-sounding pair of wireless earphones around. It will do in a pinch, but you're better off with the ANC-equipped Nokia E3511 instead. But its low price, comfortable fit, and long battery life are fine if you're not too fussy about the sound.

Quick specs

  • 13mm drivers
  • IPX4 water resistance
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Up to 7 hours battery life, with case adding 18 hours

The Nokia E3511 is an open-fit wireless earphones like the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), but that's where the similarities end. Depending on how deep the earbuds are, your sound will differ. I didn't experience this with the AirPods, which sound great without needing to be pushed deep into the ear. For the E3511, if it's too far out, it will sound hollow with a weak bass. If you do push it deeper, the sound will feel a bit more balanced, but also slightly more uncomfortable to wear.

Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3103
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The overall sound feels a little flat, with the trebles and mids sounding a tiny bit congested. It's not quite as clear and crisp as higher-end headphones. In comparison, the AirPods sound a lot better and clearer with a fuller sound. But again, if you're not too picky, the Nokia will do. The mic quality also isn't the best, you'll have to speak up to be heard. Even then you won't sound good.

Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3103
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Battery life is great. It can last up to seven hours on a single charge, with the case providing another 18 hours for a total of 25 hours. Our tests at full volume resulted in a battery life of 6hr 10m. There isn't an app to adjust the EQ. You can tap and hold the earphones to increase (right) or decrease (left) the volume. Pinching the stem pauses music playback.

At S$69.90 discounted (or even cheaper), the Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3103 provides budget sound for non-fussy listeners. I personally wouldn't buy it, but if you want just a pair of casual earbuds with good battery life, then by all means, pick it up from Shopee (discounted) or Lazada (full price).

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Note: Review unit provided by Nokia.

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Good battery life and low price, but poor audio quality.

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