Review: ​ Apple Airpods

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Fit
  • Usability
  • Battery life
  • Premium build

Cons

  • Price tag
  • No waterproofing
  • No noise cancelling
  • Can’t adjust volume on headphones

These are easily the most comfortable headphones right now. I have worn these for hours on end and a few times I forget they were there.

The Airpods are small and light and they fit snuggly in your ears. They don’t need to be jammed in your ears like in-ear buds or clamped onto your head like a set of cans. For me I have always struggled with the head popping feeling that you get when something is plugging your ears or sweaty warms ears that headphones give you especially on hot humid days. Also I would like to add. These are comfortable out of the box. No need to break them in like conventional headphones.

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They seem to stay in place.

I was really surprised but the Airpods fitted well in my ear and didn’t fall out. For those who have been holding back on purchasing these earphones because of fear these would just fall out.
Unless you’re the handful of people who have ears that can’t just can’t hold onto Apples ear buds. You won’t have a problem with the Airpods. But even if the wired versions fall out of your ears, you should still give the Airpods a try. I think the main cause of earphones falling out is the cable moving and end up dislodging the earphones.

It would have been nice to see some sort of waterproofing. Since these earphones are so small and have more than a few openings that moisture can get in. As you might already know there is a bit more electronics in these Airpods then you standard ear buds. I’m sure Apple of would have put some safeguards in the event of moisture. But with a price of over $200 AUD I am not brave enough to test these out. Though I have taken these on a few runs where they got a good serving of sweat. They seem to be unphased.

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Really small and light.

Charging has been one of the main issues that have held most people back from adopting wireless headphones. That heartbreaking feeling you get when you turn a device on only to find it devoid of power.
With the Airpods being so small it made sense to make a carry case for them. But Apple took that concept to the next level and put a charger in the case. In my use each Airpods gave a few hours of charge which more than I needed with each session. The case holds more and it’s so cool how it’s constantly charging when you’re not using them. I only ever charge the case on the weekends. No more dead headphones, just remember to put them back in their case when you’re not using them.

For the price Apple is asking for these. It would have been nice to be able to change the volume from the headset. You have to either double tap for Siri or physically pull your phone out and change from there. I thought this was a missed opportunity since it’s a standard feature on most headphones; hopefully in Airpods 2.

The sound of these things are fine. In fact pretty good for this type of headphones. They sound exactly like the wired versions. In my opinion the Apple headsets sound really good. Better than what most phone makers include with their phones. They have a nice clean sound stage. You won’t find crisp highs and booming lows. If that’s what you want than look elsewhere. That’s not what these headphones are trying to accomplish.

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Satisfying feeling when opening the case.

I thought I would save this point for last. This is what makes the Airpods really stand out. These things are so damn easy to use. No confusing paring processes or multiple button presses or combinations to do certain things.
To pair with your iPhone for the first time you just simply open the case near your phone and voilà. When you go to connect again you just open the case. Someone is talking to you and you need to pause the track. Just take one Airpod out of you ear and the whole track stops, put it back in and the track continues.
With an iPhone is where the Airpods work best. You get tap to Siri, you can see the an accurate battery reading on the iPhone.
I have tried the Airpods with Android it works you just don’t get certain features like Siri, no auto play and pause when you take an Airpod out and no battery indicator.

 

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