Is anyone still using 1st gen AirPods?

thadoggfather

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I am! Granted, got them replaced @ genius bar about a year ago after having them since launch because they didn't hold a call for long at all.. but I am still on them. Got a comp'd out of warranty replacement too, for reasons I cant recall at the time I think I just stressed that I don't care about the music playing being degraded but it got so bad in the previous 6 months, 6 months out of warranty, that I couldn't even complete a call without having to swap the left for the right, or vice versa.

Not going to upgrade probably until these are fully degraded, which might take longer since I don't use them as much as I used to (though still a lot)

And a good reminder even though these are just expensive degradables they have tremendous utility and the support is top notch - so I'll gladly buy an upgraded model when the time comes again
 

acorntoy

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May 25, 2010
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This February I had a gen one that were release versions. Right was slightly quieter than the left, battery was about 2 hours each instead of the normal, case was solid. Both right and left went through the washing machine at one point.

was going to give them to a friend so I bought a 2nd gen, they unexpectedly passed so I sold them cheap on eBay for charity. I have every hope those original AirPods are still rockin today. So that’s 3 years of service and going, not bad. Second gen fixed every problem I had with the first gen though, Apple has made a solid product.
 
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nfl46

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Oct 5, 2008
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Yep, I still use mines that I got on Day 1 they were released. They last about 2 hours before I have to charge them.
 
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OBirder

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May 13, 2015
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No and Yes.
No: My original launch Gen 1 from Dec 16 lasted two years. I used them basically every day and call time was down to less than 30 minutes and listening to 1 to 1.5 hours.

Yes: However I replaced them with another pair of Gen 1. Since I now as well have APP's these Gen 1 still may last a while. APP's connected to personal phone. Gen 1 connected with my work phone.

I have no regret spending the money. They get a lot of use. While Gen 1 in my view was one of best Apple inventions in recent years, the current APP's provided the icing on the cake.
 

jterp7

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Oct 26, 2011
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My gen 1 was used a ton until i got pbp. Now I use them for conference calls lol
 

ghostface147

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May 28, 2008
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I do. My right one has garbage battery life. If it's at 18%, the left one is around 35%. I will replace them, but not sure which model.
 

perezr10

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Jan 12, 2014
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I also think a lot of people are hard on the 1st gen AirPods. I would think that if you’re the type of person who listens to music or podcasts in small chunks, like an hour here or there. The 1st gens would still be great. Maybe even another year or two. Not everyone needs 4-5 hours all at once.

Seriously, before AirPods, I considered every other pair of headphones disposable because they never lasted much more than a year. Either the cord got ripped, they were destroyed in the wash, or just stopped working.
 

Tovenaar

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Oct 21, 2008
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Mine work fine for music listening, although they'll only last for about 40 minutes. But if the mic activates they immediately disconnect. Looks like the battery can no longer handle the extra load.
 

valkyrie917

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Jun 1, 2019
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I still have them but the battery only lasts about 90 min listening to music and much less on phone calls :( So they were replaced just a couple days ago with APPs. Will still keep them as a back up pair or just to keep at my desk instead of the traveling pair.
 

jterp7

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Oct 26, 2011
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I still have them but the battery only lasts about 90 min listening to music and much less on phone calls :( So they were replaced just a couple days ago with APPs. Will still keep them as a back up pair or just to keep at my desk instead of the traveling pair.
yeah on my conference call this morning i got the low battery chime of 10% left 45mins in. They were fully charged before lol
 

MultiFinder17

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Jan 8, 2008
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My wife got us both sets of AirPods around mid 2017, and we both still use and enjoy them. They’re great little wireless headphones! I use mine when I’m taking the dog for a walk or just jamming to music while doing lesson planning, she uses hers all the time on calls at work. I plan on using them until they don’t fulfill my needs any more :)
 

BugeyeSTI

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Aug 19, 2017
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Still using my Gen 1's and they've worked very well the past two years. I'm going to replace them with Pro's and gift these to a family member eventually
 
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locksmack

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Mar 6, 2012
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Had my Gen 1's for about 2 years now. I use them every weekday for about 3-4 hours (in 1.5-2 hour blocks). They still sound great and I'm yet to have issues with battery life.

I'd love a reason to buy some AirPod Pro's, but can't justify it while these are still working perfectly.

As another poster mentioned, I think I would have gone through quite a few wired headphones in that 2 year period - so owning AirPods has probably saved me money.
 

zorinlynx

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May 31, 2007
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Still using my Gen 1s. I don't use them a lot, but when I do use them, I use them pretty hard. Was on a 35 minute Zoom call this morning with them and they performed admirably.

I did notice batteries were down to 20%/35% at the end of the call, though. I guess you can't do much about battery aging even if they've gotten light use over the years.
 
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QCassidy352

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Mar 20, 2003
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Yes, still use mine all the time. They are coming up on three years old and still work very well except that the battery life has gotten pretty bad. About a half hour on phone calls (a lot better for just audio playback).
 
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