Apple AirPods Review

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If you are an Apple user and are looking for a great sounding pair of truly wireless earbuds, then you might want to consider the AirPods. Yes, you can use these if you are an Android user as well, but in order to take full advantage of the fantastic quality and amazing features, you will want to pair them with an iOS device. They connect to your devices with ease, and once you connect to one, it will automatically sync them with anything that is linked to your iCloud account, allowing you to use them with all your devices without having to reconnect them continuously.

The Pods are a bit on the pricey side, but that is nothing new for Apple products. Although, customers have said that they are worth every penny. The buds are chock full of great features and offer you a phenomenal sound quality that most customers love. They are highly durable, so you aren’t going to have to worry about them breaking on you prematurely. The thing you do have to worry about, however, is losing them. They are so small and easily misplaced, so make sure you are careful when wearing them.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Lightweight design

Easy to connect

Siri integration

Great battery life

Decent sound quality

Fast charging case

Cons

Expensive to replace

Easily lost

Proprietary charger

Activities

No matter what you are doing, you can take the Apple AirPods along with you for the ride. Whether you are heading to the gym, running a marathon, going on vacation, commuting to work, or almost anything else, let these earbuds help you make the journey more pleasurable. They offer you decent battery life and crystal clear sound so you will be able to enjoy your music no matter what you are doing.

One problem that some people experience is when they are going somewhere that is noisy. Sometimes the AirPods cannot block out the cacophony of sounds coming from the outside world. The buds don't always seal properly in your ears so they cannot block out the loud noises around you. If you want something to wear to tune out the world around you, then these might not be the right option for you. However, if you just want something so you can listen to your music with ease, then these are going to be a perfect choice.

Yes, you can wear these to the gym easy enough, and they will provide you with a decent sound and a pleasant experience, however, some customers warn about wearing them there, or for any other physical activities. Unless the actually fit in your ears securely, you run the risk of them falling out and losing them. They are small and easily lost, so use caution when you are out and about.

Features

There are a plethora of features that customers can take advantage of while using the AirPods. They have a decent battery life, to begin with, but with the latest model, you even get the ability to use the case as a portable charger so you can charge them on the go. The case can charge with a lightning cable, the same as your iPhone, which provides even more convenience.

The AirPods will automatically turn on and connect to your phone when you are ready to use them, no need to fuss with the settings in your phone or messing around with a power button. They feature Apple's new H1 headphone chip so it can deliver you a faster wireless connection to all of your devices. You can even transition seamlessly between one device and another, depending on what you are listening to.

These headphones feature quick access to Siri by merely saying, "Hey, Siri." You will always have her help when you need it, all you have to do is ask for it. You can control your music directly from the earbuds, as well. All you have to do is double tap the buds to play or skip to the next song — no need to take your media player out to fiddle with your music.

Sound Quality

The problem that some people will encounter when it comes to how the headphones sound comes with the way that they fit in your ears. Since there is no variety in sizes as Apple goes with the one size fits most design, they are not going to fit everyone equally. Unless you can get an excellent, snug fit that sits perfectly in your ears, they are going to let a lot of the noises from the outside world in. There is no noise canceling circuitry in these headphones and without the perfect fit, you are still going to be aware of what is going on around you.

On that same note, when you are listening to anything on the earbuds, the sound will leak out around them, allowing everyone around you to hear what you are listening to. If you don't want everyone hearing your music you will have to turn the volume way down, which can then lead to you not being able to listen to it very well.

The Pods give you a relatively bass-heavy sound, but your average listener isn't really going to notice it since they don't cancel or block out noises around you. The highs are great, which is a common feature in most headphones. The problem lies with the lows, they aren't that great, but that mostly comes from the lack of seal inside your ear. The mids are great, and vocals are clear. When listening to podcasts or talking on the phone, the sound is stellar there as well.

Customers seem to really love the sound quality of the AirPods, some even going as far as to suggest they sound better than their wired counterparts. For such a small earpiece, they can produce a fantastic sound. If you're an audiophile then you might not appreciate them too well, but for the average listener, they are excellent.

Connectivity

Connecting the AirPods to an iOS device is super easy; customers have no problems getting them connected so they can start using them. You just have to click on the connect button on the pop-up box that shows up on your device. Once you connect the headphones, they will automatically connect to every device that you have linked to your iCloud account. Once you get the initial connection, the Pods will remember your device and will automatically turn on and connect when you pick them up and put them in your ears.

Just because they are an Apple product, however, does not mean that you are out of luck if you're an Android user. You can still connect these to your Android device, but it is a little tricker, but still barely an inconvenience. You have to take off the back of the charging case to find and hold down the button there to go into pairing mode and then go into your phones Bluetooth menu and find the AirPods so you can link them. Once you have the synced, the headphones will remember your device, so you shouldn't have to pair them again every time you want to use them.

The connection is excellent when you are paired to an Apple device, giving you a decent range and offering you great sounding music. On the other hand, when connected to an Android device, the connection bogs down a bit and is not as stellar as you would like. The link will stutter frequently, and the range is shorter. None of these problems occur with Apple users, though, and that is because they were specifically designed to work with their products.

Comfort

When you are shoving earbuds into your ears so you can listen to your music, you want to try to be as comfortable as possible. You don't want your headphones to cause you pain or discomfort while you are trying to relax and enjoy your music.

For the most part, customers have stated that they feel rather comfortable when they're wearing them. They are made of plastic so you might not expect them to feel that great, but the design allows them to sit comfortably in your ears.

A lot of consumers worry about the fit of the Pods, as there is no variety and they come in one size fits most style. No, they are not going to fit in everyone's ears the same way, but most customers are happy with how they fit and have stated that they stay securely in their ears for the most part. Some have indicated that you might not want to wear them when heading to the gym, as they are comfortable, you will most likely spend the whole time worrying that you'll lose one or both of the earpieces instead of focusing on your workout.

Style

The Apple AirPods have the same design as the EarPods that come with your Apple devices when you purchase them. The one big, clear difference is that these ones have no wires at all, they are truly wireless. They are made out of gloss, white plastic with small chrome bands at the end. The Pods sit in your ears, leaving a long skinny rod to hand down your ears.

There are some consumers who not impressed by the long rod that sits outside your ears, some stating that it looks silly, but most customers don't care about that. They don't look any more or less ridiculous than any other pair of truly wireless headphones. Some users feel awkward walking around wearing these, using their hair or a beanie to try to hide the odd look of the headphones, but then again, there are some who just don't care and rock the earbuds everywhere they go.

There are no color options for the headphones, only coming the white. Some people would have liked to have seen a little variety, but it isn't a deal breaker for most consumers.

Durability

The AirPods themselves are pretty durable and will not break easily at all. They are constructed out of high-quality materials that aren't going to break on you prematurely. As long as you don't lose the headphones, you should have no problems keeping them in good condition for quite a while.

The biggest problems with these come from the tiny size. They are easily lost and can fall out of your ears without you noticing. There is no way to locate your lost earbud, so once they are lost, you are out of luck. You can buy replacement Pods, but they are pricey.

Durability is not a problem with the Apple AirPods, and you can keep them for, and they will continue to work and sound great. But that is all dependant if you can keep track of them and not lose one or both of the Pods.

Power Source

The AirPods are powered by a rechargeable battery that gives you a pretty decent playback time, especially considering that they are wireless. On a full charge, they will last you about 5 hours, but that is all dependant on a plethora of variables. Your battery will last longer if you are listening to the news at a moderate volume than if you were listening to loud bass-heavy music.

They can only charge in their carrying case, but the good news is that the case itself can be charged up and used as a portable charger so you can power your earbuds on the go if you find yourself with no juice left. If you lose the case or for some reason, it gets broken, you will have to spend a pretty penny on replacing it so you can keep your buds charged and ready to go.

Value

The Apple AirPods are a bit on the pricey side, but that is something that you would expect from anything that bears the Apple name. The high durability and great features the headphones offer make them a pretty good deal though, and customers will happily pay it. The biggest problem that customers have with them, though it is the amount it costs to replace one of them if they get lost. Since they are small and are easily misplaces, this is something that many people have to worry about. They are costly to replace, so try to keep track of the buds once you get them.

Bottom Line

If you are an Apple lover and are looking for a great pair of wireless headphones, then you may want to check out the AirPods. They are truly wireless, meaning that there isn't even a cord that links the two buds together, giving you a freeing experience while you're wearing them. As long as you are using them in conjunction with an iOS device, they are super easy to use and sound great. If you are pairing with an Android device you run the risk of sacrificing some of the sound quality, and they are a bit more challenging to connect. They are highly durable, but be careful with them as they are exceptionally easy to lose and are costly to replace. If you want something to wear to the gym, you may want to consider a different option. They will fit in great at the gym, but since they're easily lost it could become a problem while you're working out. They might be the best looking headphones out there, and they may make you look a little silly, but they are a truly fantastic product.