If you’re like me, you might of held off on buying a pair of Apple Airpods’s. I finally decided to buy a pair and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.
I primarily held off on buying a pair for two reasons. The first reason is because of the price. These earbud’s at $ 159.00 made me hesitant because Bluetooth earbud’s typically don’t have the best sound quality. If they were priced at around $60, I would have been one of the first to buy them. With a price point at $ 159.00, I wanted to wait to hear what others had to say about them. The second reason was due to availability. I knew that these Airpod’s would be in high demand. Rumors were circulating that lead times might be as far out as 4 to 6 weeks. I decided to wait for the demand to level out so I could go in to a store and pickup a pair.
Overall, I am impressed by the sound quality. I can hear small details that I haven’t been able to hear with other wired and wireless earbuds. The level of detail I can hear with these Airpod’s is typically noticeable on high quality wired headsets. I tested these earbuds with music, podcast, and phone calls. They produce great quality in all three scenarios.
These Airpod’s are packed with technology. They feature dual beam-forming microphones that work with a speech-detecting accelerometer that help reduce background noise so that your voice is as clear as possible during phone calls. An optical sensor along with a motion-detecting accelerometer work together to detect when they’re in your ears. This helps in two ways. If you have the earbuds in your ears and your listening to music or a podcast, simply pulling one out of your ear will pause whatever it is your listening to. This comes in handy so that you don’t have to reach for your phone to pause your audio media. Secondly, the earbuds will re-route audio depending if you have one or two earbuds in your ear. If you have one earbud in your ear, the audio will be routed to the one earbud in mono and only that microphone will be active. Once you put in the second earbud in your ear, the audio will be routed to both earbuds in stereo and both microphones will be activated.
Apple specs state that battery life on the earbuds should be 5 hours of listening time and up to 2 hours talk time. The battery case will provide roughly 5 complete charges to the earbuds. In my time using these Airpod’s I can confirm that listening time is fairly accurate and I was able to get the promised 5 complete charges out of the case. I haven’t been on a 2 hour phone call using these Airpod’s but I suspect that they should be able to last at least 2 hours since the listening time was fairly accurate. Once the case is in need of a charge, it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to bring it to full charge.
Lastly, the pairing process across any Apple device is seamless and almost effortless. Apple did a great job at removing the nuances of pairing a Bluetooth device. You can also pair these Airpod’s to non-apple devices. You simply hold down the button that is found on the backside of the charging case to put the Airpod’s in pairing mode. Once they are in pairing mode, you simply find the Airpod’s on your non-apple device and select them and they should be ready for use.
I highly recommend these Airpod’s to anyone who is looking for a wireless earbud solution that output’s high quality audio. If you are an Apple device owner, these earbuds are definitely a must have.