The Ultimate Guide to the Best Bone Conduction Sunglasses in 2019
If the idea of wearing technology-powered frames appeases you then, Bose and Zungle have something interesting in the store for you. I recently tested out the bone conduction headphones presented by both pioneers; therefore, I want to articulate my thoughts and feedback on the top-tiered frames introduced by both companies. Let’s dig into the pros, cons, design, structure, and performance, as eluded by both electronic spectacles.
Bose and Zungle reached out to me, and they were generous to provide me with their device to speculate my thoughts on. I am immensely grateful to both companies; however, the Bose Frame vs. Zungle Viper review is conducted on my own discretion.
Bose has been around for a long time, and the term “Bose” is relatively synonymous to a household name among the tech-lovers. It does not need an elaborate introduction, as you might have heard your friend or colleague praising their headphones and its role in the innovation of headphone devices over the years. However, when it comes to technology-powered glasses—this is their first attempt, which intrigued me to learn what they had to offer to me, as a user.
On the contrary, Zungle Viper was introduced in 2016, and the main focus of the company since its commencement has been based on developing, launching, and introducing the Zungle Viper glasses to its audience. The idea behind the glasses was to transform almost everything on the market. More so, I was intrigued to learn about the difference between the Zungle Viper and its competitor, Bose.
While my experience with both audio-powered sunglasses was new, it was interesting to learn the similarities and differences between the two types of sunglasses—it should help you with narrowing down your choice if you are on the hunt for such sunglasses.
Right off the bat, the packaging for Bose Frame is beyond elegant, and it truly aligns with its predecessor headphones and earphones. On the contrary, the packaging for Zungle Viper would take you by a pleasant surprise. The sunglasses come packed in a white flimsy packaging; however, when you take off the wrapper, you will find that he Zungle frames come packed in a premium packaging. The packaging is indeed a delight to the eyes, and it bears the motto “Better than your ex-sunglasses,” which certainly reflects on the distinctiveness and unique features of the sunglasses. In terms of the packaging, I am going to give a rating of 10/10 to both types of packaging for their style, innovation, and overall simplicity.
The Bose frames are presented in a sleek and elegant case, which is an excellent addition in my opinion. You will find a user manual at the bottom. The frames are compatible with IOS and Android. On the contrary, the Zungle frames lack proper casing and presentation, which honestly does not live up to the hype around the product. However, the double casing of the sunglasses makes it immune to an inadvertent breakage; however, I would recommend the user to be careful with handling their sunglasses.
Nonetheless, the glasses feel premium to touch; whereas, the Bose frames lack a similar touch. The Bose frames come in small, medium, and large size. In terms of presentation, I would give 10/10 to both types of frames under discussion.
The Zungle Vipers are manufactured with an adjustable frame; however, the Bose frames do not feature a similar characteristic. When I put the glasses to a wear test, the Bose feels nice to wear; however, it does not feel comfortable. I feel like it could use a better frame design. On the contrary, the frame length of the Zungle’s could be adjusted as per the preferences of the user. I would give 10/10 to Zungle for incorporating such a unique feature to its glasses.
Lens and fit:
The lenses integrated to both sunglasses are spectacular, and they look and feel premium and luxurious. While Bose lenses could use improvement—the quality of lenses integrated to the Zungles is beyond incomparable. Nonetheless, both sunglasses score a solid 10/10 in this area. However, the Zungles are designed to fit perfectly, while the Bose would slide off your ears, which is why I would give a solid 7/10 score to Bose and 10/10 score to Zungle.
In terms of weight, the Zungle’s feel heavy to touch and wear, whereas, the Bose’s are fundamentally light in terms of its shape, structure, and weight. I personally prefer the Bose due to its lightweight; however, if you like heavy sunglasses then, Zungle would make the perfect fit for you.
In the context of actual sunglasses, they both bear a loose and movable structure; however, the Bose features an option of tightening, which earned it a rating of 10/10. On the contrary, the Zungle’s feature a movable feel, which is why I gave a rating of 8/10 for this particular feature.
In terms of the frame, the Bose’s frame is not vastly practical, and it features a considerate gap between the face and the actual sunglasses. Nonetheless, it is still worthy of a 9/10 score. The Zungle’s lack the feature, and it feels firm and lacks the space between a wearer’s face and sunglasses, which is why I would give a solid 10/10 score to it.
When connecting the devices, the Bose should be connected via the Bose app on an Android or IOS device. The configuration might take time to establish, which allows the user to calibrate the setting of the device according to its preference. With Zungle, you might struggle slightly with its connectivity; however, while the area is open for improvement—it is partially negligible in my opinion.
The quality of the sound produced from both audio-generated sunglasses is crisp, loud, and clear—I believe that the Zungle’s had a better performance in comparison to its counterpart. While there were ups and downs in the sound compartment, you can always value what sort of playback option you want when using one of the modern audio-integrated sunglasses.
While both types of technology-powered sunglasses make excellent contenders and competitors to each other—they certainly make the top choices when it comes to buying sunglasses integrated with speakers.
Specific Features of ZUNGLE Music Sunglasses V2 (a.k.a. Viper)
You can listen to music through the Viper while you’re protecting eyes from the UV rays.
One-click access to newly added A.I. Voice Assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, etc.), music, and phone calls. The bone conduction speakers with open ears enable safer outdoor activities. (Biking, running, etc.)
You can be aware of your surroundings such as upcoming cars or warnings from a passerby.
With Bluetooth 5.0 connection, it is compatible to any device (Smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.).
- Compared to V1, Panther, Viper has upgraded its sound quality.
- The speaker is newly equipped with the Vibra dual-spring bone conduction speaker system.
- The speaker is relocated close to the ear(temple) for powerful sound delivery and less sound leakage.
- Sound leakage is trivial for outdoor activities.
Viper lengthened the temple of the glasses to provide a more comfortable and secure fit.
The snug fit is necessary to deliver proper bone conduction sound and to stay in place during activities. Compared to V1, Viper’s frame and the legs of the glasses are sleeker and thinner.
Safety Issue & Durability
- Less than 1-hour charge for 4-hour durability.
- Pogo Pin charging: Enhanced the sweat resistant Level (IPX 4 – OK for light rain, sweat, and water splash)