You have conflicting goals here. For business calls I'm back to Plantronic headsets. For music and such I go with the AirPods if I'm on Apple and then something like the Beats for sound quality (I'm going to get slapped around for that!)
This is my first post because I just can't find an answer to this or the right guidance. Also, the TWS space is so expanded now that this community could help with some real feedback or even the "bingo" moment I'm looking for.
I have been researching now, for a couple of weeks, the perfect TWS Earbuds and have quickly realized that I care much less about the sound quality (most I've tried sounded ok) and much much more about the microphone quality. I work in finance in NYC. So that is THE most important - Calls. That is my job day, night, dusk and dawn, whether in the streets, the office or during a shave in the morning. It surprises me when I look for something designed for this particular purpose and run in to the same USP's around sound quality, waterproofing, etc. Am I not using the right terms? Has no one really addressed this? Maybe or maybe not.
The following are requirements that I would like the ideal product to meet:
Call quality: I am on numerous conference calls everyday so they would need to be rockstars, i.e. the other side should feel as if I am on the phone. This would mean my volume, voice clarity, cancellation of other sounds, etc.
Wireless: I do want something that is truly wireless, not even any wraparounds etc. Also, I know the perfect solution could be just a Plantronics type bluetooth headset but that is too limited (need sound in both ears) and looks like I work at a call center.
Touch controls: They need to be touch controlled. I've found that with wireless earbuds buttons just don't work well for me.
Bluetooth: I would need something where I have the ability to walk away from the phone, or connected device, may up to 10-15m at least, so nothing with BT 4.2, would probably need to be BT 5.0.
Charging/Battery: Ideally something that can last up to say 3ish hours. I can charge them when not in use so that's not a big concern. I would love for them to have wireless charging but not a deal maker or breaker.
The following are sets I have considered and my thoughts which may be helpful:
TaoTronics TWS: Good sound. Bad call quality.
Sennheiser Momentum: Great sound. Bad call quality. (I've read reviews where these are considered "good" so my call quality benchmark is higher) - expensive, I tried a friends and was glad I didn't make the investment based on online or youtube reviews (no pun intended).
Jabra Elite: Have not tried but they have buttons and aren't touch enabled from what I understand, so no.
Airpods: Would like to stay off the bandwagon even though I am an Apple user through and through. I also like the "CIA" type look more than the Airpod design, i.e. not the elongated bud but that stays where they should - the TaoTronics were similar, maybe more designed off the Anker Soundcore, but still not my taste. HOWEVER, please be honest and say, if you truly believe, that these are the solutions and I will take the dive.
Sabbat e12 pro: Friend has recommended numerous times but have not tried (nor can I) so need more comments to see if they could actually be the solution.
Hearables: These intrigue me very much although options are limited since Here Ones and Bragi's are gone now and probably outdated if not now then very soon (I'd like something with some outlook). I do love the IQBuds Boost but again, am not sure how they measure up from a call quality standpoint.
Others: I've read most other reviews on the usual suspects and tried some as well, i.e. B&O, MD, Sony, JBL, Skybuds, RHA, etc. but just don't know enough to jump in, and would like to avoid the constant trial and error.
From a budget standpoint, ideally the more cost efficient the better, which is why if the Sabbat E12 pro's are intriguing, but I would be willing to make the investment in something that I can be assured is the perfect fit for my needs, whether it be something I haven't heard of, overlooked or something like the Airpods or IQbuds where I need some further validation.