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Back in July of last year, Nokia launched a range of new and affordable wireless earbuds across a number of lines, including their new ‘Clarity’ line. This particular line included the base ‘Clarity’ earbuds along with the more premium ‘Clarity Pro’ model which include ANC. For this review, we take a closer look at the more affordable Nokia Clarity Earbuds to see if they can handle every day use and how they perform when it comes to sound quality and battery life.

Design & Build Quality

The Nokia Clarity Earbuds feature 10mm drivers and a stem-style design. Their understated dark grey/black colour palette with hints of turquoise inside the case along with a small blue LED on each earbud give the buds an inoffensive appearance if a little tame.

Nokia Clarity Earbuds | TheEffect.NetWhilst the buds themselves are quite small in size, the case is slightly larger then your average earbud charging case but, thanks to its pebble-like form, it’s not too difficult or obnoxious when slipping them into your jean pocket.

Nokia Clarity Earbuds | TheEffect.NetThere’s a handy pairing button on the front of the charging case and the lid closes with a satisfying magnetically-held click. Overall, the design of these buds won’t blow your socks off but they get the job done and aren’t too loud and gaudy.

Sound & Call Quality

These new earbuds from Nokia have Bluetooth v5.2 for connectivity with multiple devices and an IPX5 build. They also use Qualcomm CVC technology to reduce background noise during phone calls. Testing out a number of different music genres, the Clarity earbuds performed impressively and it was only extremely bass-heavy tracks to seemed to really push the buds to their limits and showcased the more entry-level price point.

Nokia Clarity Earbuds | TheEffect.NetThanks to their stemmed design, call quality was very good with callers on the other end of the line saying they had no issue hearing us, even in louder outdoor environments, which is great to see for such affordable earbuds. Unfortunately, there is no accompanying app to let you control the earbuds with more finesse so don’t expect to be pushing software updates to these earbuds or tweaking their EQ once you’ve bought them.

That said, many phone manufacturers have their own EQ options built into their sound/Bluetooth settings so you might be able to play with their sound profile there.

Battery Life

The Clarity earbuds are said to come with a battery life of nine hours and an additional 36 hours of battery life with the charging case. The charging case also supports wireless charging. During our testing, we definitely managed to get close to this claim and we appreciate the wireless charging support on the case as well as it’s not something you usually see included at this price point. If you’re not a fan of wireless charging, the case also supports USB-Type C.

Nokia Clarity Earbuds | TheEffect.NetConclusion

The Nokia Clarity Earbuds are a solid if a little uninspiring pair of earbuds. At €69.99, we weren’t really expecting to have our minds blown but they’re more than capable of getting the job done with respectable sound quality and impressive battery life of up to 9 hours. The inclusion of wireless charging is also a nice bonus.

Pricing & Availability

The Nokia Clarity Earbuds can be picked up for €69.99 from Nokia.com and GameStop.com. 

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REVIEW: Nokia Clarity Earbuds
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Sound & Call Quality
  • Battery Life
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Summary

The Nokia Clarity Earbuds are a solid if a little uninspiring pair of earbuds. At €69.99, we weren’t really expecting to have our minds blown but they’re more than capable of getting the job done with respectable sound quality and impressive battery life of up to 9 hours. The inclusion of wireless charging is also a nice bonus.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net