How does it fare?
One mostly overlooked feature that it has is the media controls that is used for playing, pausing and switching of songs, answering of calls, and even activating Google Assistant/Siri. This removes the need to actually touch your phone which is pretty handy. And yes, you can make/receive calls through the Niva as there is a built-in microphone. The user’s voice also stays clear, even though it is quite a distance away in the ear.For those who are coming from a wired earphone, this feature is a great replacement without sacrificing any functionality. Speaking of convenience, here is a pro tip: placing it back into its case automatically turns off the Niva. Although, it would be a lot more convenient if they also turn on its own when taken out of the case. This would complete the whole seamless experience of that a wireless earphone should provide.
The Sudio Niva houses a 55mAh battery that enables 3.5 hours of continuous playback, which is above average when compared to many competitors out there. Together with the charging case that comes with a humongous 500mAh for 4 additional full charges, the 17.5 hours that Sudio claims is pretty on point. We managed to stretch it to roughly 5 days of usage at near full volume, with it being used mostly while travelling. Although its case’s battery is larger than typical, this results in it being pretty chunky when placed in pockets. It would be nice if it is of similar size as the AirPods’ case, which fits into even the tiny pocket found in most jeans. No one wants to see a bulge in someone else’s pants.