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Nothing ear (1) vs. Ear (stick): Which should you buy?


Nothing ear (1) vs Ear (stick): What’s the same

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Nothing Ear (stick) review

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There are a lot of similarities between the ear (1) and Ear (stick), and inconsistent naming convention aside, Nothing nailed the design brief with both earbuds. They share a similar design for the stalk that sees a clear housing showcasing the insides. It is an interesting design, and while I would have liked to see a clear coat for the shell as well, that isn’t the case.

That said, the plastic chassis feels good, and it is durable — I’ve used both ‘buds for several months now, and they’re going strong. The case also deserves a mention here as that adds a lot of character to each earbud. The ear (1) has a square case with an indentation on one side, and it does a good job holding the earbuds. I like the design of the case and the fact that it is easily pocketable, but one issue is that it tends to scratch easily.

The Ear (stick) has a cylindrical case that looks more elegant, but it isn’t as good for pocketability. While I like the smooth twist action and the attention to detail here, I’m partial to the more muted design of the ear (1) case.

Nothing Ear (stick) review

(Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

Both earbuds have ingress protection of some kind, with the ear (1) offering an IPX4 rating while the Ear (stick) has IP54. So while both earbuds have the same level of water ingress protection, the Ear (stick) has dust protection as well.





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