So Here's My AirPod Review

So I’ve had the Apples AirPods for a while now. Luckily I managed to get them as soon as they were released, and before Apple put the ridiculous 6 week waiting list in place. That being said, I struggled to get anyone’s 2 pennies on them because not one person I knew had them!

No Headphone Jack Makes Me Sad.

I don’t want to talk about Apple removing the headphone jack on my iPhone 7 as this is “the future of technology”… and then adding it again to the new MacBook Pro 🙁

In fact Apple’s marketing boss, Phil Schiller told the independent:

"These are pro machines. If it was just about headphones then it doesn’t need to be there; we believe that wireless is a great solution for headphones. But many users have setups with studio monitors, amps, and other pro audio gear that do not have wireless solutions and need the 3.5mm jack."

— Phil Schiller, Apple inc

Which okay, that makes sense. People in these industries need that headphone jack. So why on earth did they also remove the SD card slot? It makes it a complete pain in the ar*e for any creative agencies such as Divink, pro photographers or anyone else that still needs to transfer huge amounts of data via an SD card! ARGH!

Anyway

I’m pretty sure I said I didn’t want to talk about that. Back to the AirPods, and my not so comprehensive review.

I love these little bad boys, they’ve become one with my ear. A lot of people have asked me if they can only be used with the iPhone 7 – the simple and exciting answer is no. Any device with a Bluetooth connection can be paired with the AirPods and they work the same as any other Bluetooth headphone would.

The Sound

The sound is also amazing considering their size. They’re of course not going to compare to some awesome studio headphones, but they are however a lot louder than the standard Apple EarPods.

"The battery is amazing & the price isn't"

The Battery Is Amazing

The battery life on the AirPods is amazing, the slick case (which by the way, looks like dental floss) acts as a battery bank so if your individual AirPods are at 100{1a1fcc49602ddcc9ee540aaa6a99c4919341ebfd4c5908137faa24bee5f56de2} and so is your case, then you’re not going to find yourself out of juice anytime soon. But if you did, a simple 15 minute charge will give you another 3 hours of play time.

I’m just going chuck some positives and negatives together in this quick scribble but I’ll link a more comprehensive review below from Matthew @ TechCrunch.

Another thing I love is that each pod has a built in ear sensor on the back meaning that when you remove one from your ear, your music or video stream will automatically stop or pause and once placed back in, will continue to play.
They also have these brilliant accelerometers built into them meaning you can activate a certain command just with a double tap, such as Siri or answering a call.

Huff

One thing that has hugely let this product down for me though is that with all the great tech that went into this, you can’t change the volume or skip tracks. You manually have to go into the phone or of course, ask Siri to do this for you.

Standing in the gym and asking Siri “can you turn my music up”, is a little awkward.

The Bluetooth

Bluetooth Distance
The Bluetooth distance is strong! 🙂 It can easily get to around 45/50 feet before things start to crackle, and that’s including behind walls and in different rooms! A great bonus.

Do I Look Like A Complete Di*k?

Probably. Yes, in fact, I know I do. But you soon get comfortable with these and just like everything in this Apple world, before you know it, everyone will have them! So chill, it’ll be fine… <em>”Look at him! He looks like he has a toothbrush head stuck in his ear”</em>

The Price

The price hurt my soul – £159 for these little bug*ers! Now I get it, compared to other top of the range Bluetooth head/earphones priced at £249, it’s not so bad… BUT not everyone needs top of the range earphones. Poor little 12 year old Dale sat in his room watching vlogs on youtube, is going to struggle to get his mum to buy these.
My guess is everything will become Bluetooth in a few years and Apple will probably (hopefully) just place the AirPods inside your iPhone box for free.

Watch a more detailed review by the main man at TechCrunch Matthew:

So, if you don’t like the normal apple ear pods, don’t buy these.
If the normal apple ear pods don’t fit in your ear, don’t buy these.
If you’re allergic to Apple prices, don’t buy these.
and if you’re too vain to look like an idiot for a couple months, don’t buy these.

On the flip side, if you’re in the Apple community and the tech outweighs everything else… Then I would seriously pick a pair of these up!