When Airpods first came out, I didn’t get them because I couldn’t afford them. It was probably a good thing, because I got to read all the reviews and think long and hard about what I wanted in earphones.
I really like having passive noise isolation. Earpods don’t fit my ears and tend to fall out. If I’m on the go, I’m listening to music or podcasts, but never video. My previous go-to setup was a set of MEE Audio M6 Pro IEMs (wired), and MEE Audio X8 IEMs (Bluetooth). The Bluetooth X8s are advertised as providing 7.5 hours of music playback, but I never got more than 4-5 hours out of them, and by the time I stopped using them the battery had dwindled down to 2-3 hours per charge, meaning that the only use I had for them was in the gym.
I constantly adjust the volume of whatever I’m listening to. I constantly pause and unpause. I constantly move to the next track or go back to the previous track. I almost never use Siri, and if I ever do, it’s always at home when I don’t have headphones on. I’m in the gym several days a week and the earphones need to work well in that environment. When I’m sitting down to work for an extended period of time, I’m using either speakers or headphones (Sony MDR7506, generally for audio or video production). I do not own an Apple Watch (yet!)
Given my particular set of requirements, the Jabra Elite Active 65t was the better choice for me. If I watched video on my iPhone regularly (where the 65ts suffer a slight but noticeable audio lag) or constantly switched between multiple devices while wearing one pair of earphones — who knows. Additionally, the 65ts sound amazing. I can’t say how they compare to Airpods, but I will say that the first time I put the 65ts on I made some happy noises!