Occasional headphone user - Airpods an expensive luxury?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by MyAppleWorld, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. MyAppleWorld macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    I had a spare set of airpods (long story) and so decided to open them today to try them out - they were originally for someone else.

    Now, I seldom use headphones, except for Skype calls at work (EarPods and windows laptop) and when in bed if I want to watch something and my partner is also present.

    I have never owned wireless headphones or felt the need to buy them but what attracts me to the Apple ones is the simplicity of connecting and charging them. I thought this might mean I would be more inclined to use them and listen to music more.

    Today after a long walk using the headphones, I felt one side falling out constantly. This really made me uncomfortable wearing them outside - I would probably never wear them outside again.

    That leaves me with using them in the house when I'm stationery e.g. In bed. I used them for a couple of hours this afternoon on the bed and they never came loose.

    My theory on using them more often here is that normally my headphones are tucked away and tangled in a drawer and is often a barrier to me consuming some online media.

    I love the sounds quality and simplicity but the fitting has now limited my options.

    I know I should send them back but I really want them, it's just hard to justify!
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Rechargeable devices that are seldom used will be an even larger barrier for you. When you want to use the headphones, they won't be charged. Just return the AirPods and go back to wired ones for your occasional use.
  3. eroslws macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    I agree here. The other issue is that you have a Windows laptop. Until Bluetooth 5 is ubiquitous, you're better off with wired headphones, especially if in-ear phones don't fit well.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    At least you tried them and realized they weren't for you. Not one size fits all. Everyone's experience will vary. I enjoy mine and they have worked exactly how I expected them to.
  5. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    everybody ears are different. I can't do anything to make them fall out but end of the day everybody is different
  6. RMSko macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Exactly and that's why many headphone manufacturers make different size earbuds. Apple is trying to maintain that everyone has the same fit, when it is abundantly clear that they don't. I wonder what the design would have been if the AirBuds didn't stay in Tim Cook's ears - we may have seen much better innovation.
  7. MyAppleWorld thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    It is ridiculous that Apple have now fixated on this single design.

    I've decided to try them out until holiday return ends.
  8. RMSko macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    I returned mine. They wouldn't stay in my ear and I envisioned losing one or both for sure. I also was very disappointed that they didn't auto switch when you paused on device and started playing trough another. I bought the Bose wireless buds instead. They fit in my ears and also auto switch between two devices.
  9. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    If they don't fit your ears you can't use them as intended so in that case they're an expensive luxury.

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