My AirPod Review

sdilley14

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My humble AirPod review

I've had my AirPods for about 3 weeks now, and so far I'm really pleased! The feeling of being TRULY wireless is...magical, lol. But really, it's nice not having to mess around with ANY wires. Like many though, I do have concerns that I'm eventually going to lose the charging case or one of the "Pods" at some point.

Sound quality is good, not great. Better than expected for me personally. There isn't any active noise cancellation or anything like that but they seal up in your ears pretty well and prevent a lot of outside noise from leaking in. I'm not an audiophile by any means, but these seem to have a pretty balanced sound, leaning a bit more into the treble spectrum and not very bass-heavy. I've actually noticed a few different sounds in some songs that I listen to regularly that I've never noticed before, so that's pretty neat.

Build quality is solid. The Pods feel more "substantial" in my hand than I expected. They don't feel cheap or or thin or hollow by any means. And I really like how they have a sort of magnetic "grab" when you put them in the charging case. While they feel like a quality item in your hands, I do feel they are still a bit over priced. $100-$150 seems like more of a reasonable price range, but they're obviously not priced too far above that.

They fit and sit really well - for me. I know this will vary widely depending on the shape of your ear. For me personally I put them in and they stay perfectly still. I run, walk, jog, lift weights, and everything in between. They don't shift, they don't fall out, they don't give you ear-fatigue. I actually forget they're even in - which I think is the highest compliment you could give.

Other random thoughts...
- I really like how I can set the tap function for each Pod (left pod - tap twice to skip song, right pod - tap twice to stop/play).
- You can use 1 pod instead of two if you prefer (I like having 1 in my ear while I'm out walking so I can hear what's going on around me).
- As many have said before, the pairing/connection process is great. Put one or both Pods in your ear and they "sense" that they're in - you hear a little confirmation chime and you're ready to play.
- Siri works well with the AirPods, though the performance was a little slow and lagged for me (I blame that more on my iPhone 6)

I might be overstating this, but they're almost addicting in a way. When I'm done working out or going for a walk I tend to just leave them in and carry about my business until I NEED to take them out. They're seamless, comfortable, convenient.

Overall I would say they've been an excellent purchase. I've tried JayBirds, Beats earpods, and a few others - I prefer the AirPods over all others and it's not even close.

Once they're able to make these a little smaller and a bit more affordable, I could see these being an accessory that will be very widely adopted (so many applications these can be used for aside from just music).
 

Volusia

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Had mine for several months now. I use them daily and am very happy with them. I am not a runner so I can't attest to how well they would stay in during a run, but, before I ordered them I used my ear buds for two weeks doing the things that I would be doing with the Air Pods (I had been using a different brand with ear hooks) and counted the number of times they fell from my ears other than when the cord was caught. It only happened a couple of times in the two weeks so I went for it.

I have had them fall from my ears a few times (interesting that it is almost always the left ear), but when that happens my music immediately pauses so I know that I have dropped one.
 
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unfortunately i returned mine after a few days due to constant cutting out with every leg kick as i walked if my hand was ever in my jeans pocket, and a decent amount of cutting out even without my hands in the pockets. this was happening in suburbs where i shouldnt have had any real interference
 

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unfortunately i returned mine after a few days due to constant cutting out with every leg kick as i walked if my hand was ever in my jeans pocket, and a decent amount of cutting out even without my hands in the pockets. this was happening in suburbs where i shouldnt have had any real interference
Weird

Did you talk to any genius or Apple support? Didn’t even. Return for a new pair?
 

axantas

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absolutely agree with sdilley14
Very short addendum:

- They just work (they do, what they are supposed to do): Into the ears, tap, music.
...the one minor flaw quite a lot of other BT InEars do have: they work sometimes.
- They connect every time immediately - no 10 times re-pairing or "bluetooth device not found"
- They really don't fall out of your ears. I sometimes forget them and start running (late for the bus, you know...) and they stay, where they are.
- The sound is astonishing for these little thingies.
 
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StumpyBloke

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Chaps. Have searched and can’t find an answer so my apologies in advance if this has been asked befores: Which AirPod is meant to make the confirmation chime when you put it in your ear? If I put in one at a time, regardless of which one, only the first one makes the chime. I should add that audio does come out of both of them when both in my ears i.e. music.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Chaps. Have searched and can’t find an answer so my apologies in advance if this has been asked befores: Which AirPod is meant to make the confirmation chime when you put it in your ear? If I put in one at a time, regardless of which one, only the first one makes the chime. I should add that audio does come out of both of them when both in my ears i.e. music.

Thanks in advance.
Only the first one will chime.
 
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Frankfurt

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Using mine mostly with Apple Watch LTE and leave the phone at home. Taking calls, dictating text messages, listening to music. It is the perfect accessory for the Apple Watch!
 
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iGeek2014

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I recently purchased some AirPods and on the whole they are great but I do feel the sound is better with my PowerBeats 3; I know I'm using beta software but I am finding periodically a loss in quality with iOS 11.1 on my 8 Plus.

Have submitted feedback to Apple so hopefully in the next couple of public betas it'll be solved.
 

Davidhedge

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I just actually bought my first pair yesterday. So far I’m in love, and was going into this product with average expectations but that was raised quite a bit. I think 159 is well worth it for this product. Nice review and agree with 95% of your review!
 
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akash.nu

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I want a pair but feel I need to wait until Pods2 come out. Hopefully they can shorten them and make them ANC capable.
Do you know if there’s any rumours about the next version coming out any time soon? I haven’t heard anything at all.
 

akash.nu

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Really interested in grabbing some of these
Current offer to get them for £127
But I'm also debating waiting for 2nd gen as I'm in no rush
Where did you see £127?! I bought them from Apple at £159.
 

MjWoNeR

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What next gen? There hasn’t even been any announcement yet. Stop fretting over nothing and just get them!!!!!!!!
Pretty much. I waited for gen 2 to be announced at the iPhone event. They only announced a wireless case so I jumped at the first offer I found. I will be receiving them today!
 
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