AirPod frustration

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by tl01, May 9, 2019.

  1. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I like my AirPods but not enough to throw them out and start fresh every two years when the batteries become useless. What alternative option have you been happy with?
  2. MacDevil7334 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    Battery degradation is something you’re going to run into with any set of wireless earphones. If the battery is the only reason you’re thinking of ditching your AirPods, you’re not going to be any happier with another wireless pair. Your only real options are to either accept that you will have to replace your headphones every few years or stick with wired headphones.
  3. steve knight macrumors 68030

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    the longer they play on a charge the longer the batteries will last of course. with only 4 hours of play they will get charged more then ones that last 10 hours like my jaybirds did.
  4. tl01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Well, I can buy something cheaper so I don’t have to throw away $200 every year. I know about battery degradation but almost all other products from Apple have the ability to replace the battery. I get the challenges of making that possible on the AirPods so that’s why I’m asking if anyone else used an alternative after AirPods.
  5. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    Yes, the limited battery life on such an expensive product is disturbing. I had thought about the AirPods and decided to take a very different approach. If battery life is short and technology constantly changing, why pay $200 to $300 for earbuds??

    Let me preface this with saying that I'm not an Audiophile who demands state-of-the-art performance. For those folks, $300 might be a good deal. Not for me. I'm 76 years old and my ears themselves aren't perfect anymore ;>)

    I want something with good functionality, reliability, easy pairing with Apple products and priced such that I don't need to have a meltdown if I loose one or need to replace them if the battery gets weak.

    After an hour or so of browsing on Amazon, I ended up ordering a pair of Tranya T-5 earbuds. (I'd never heard of them either). They were listed at $49.99, but when I went to check out they had some sort of $10 "flash sale" deal going on and they only cost me $39.99.

    I've only had them a couple days now and have nothing else similar to compare them with. But so far I'm quite pleased.

    They work well. Pair easily with my iPhone and iMac and provide solid reception throughout my 1500 sq .ft. condo. So the Bluetooth seems robust. Sound is fine.

    They allow either one to be used individually as well as as a pair which is important to me. When out hiking and biking I like to have one ear open to the outside world. And, they allow volume control by just tapping the earbud. That is AWESOME! I couldn't understand why Apple required you to use SIRI to change the volume. That is just bizarre. If I need to talk to something to change the volume after spending $250, I'll look elsewhere.

    By the way, the Tranyas do have SIRI functionality if you want/need it. It works fine for folks who want to talk at their headphones.

    Battery life is supposed to be 6 hours or so per charge from the case - similar to Apple and others. Still on first case charge after a couple days, so can't comment on total time. Nice case with magnetic retention of earbuds.

    I'm sure there are many other sub $50 earbuds that are as good or better. Not trying to sell you on this one. But rather suggesting that trying something at a lower price point could be rewarding. You could buy new ones every 6 months and still be ahead.

    Just my thoughts.

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