Apple AirPods Review Roundup

fter being delayed by a few weeks, Apple AirPods were finally available for sale a few days ago, though, they were immediately short on supply, at least online as delivery dates slipped to more than six weeks, very soon. The Apple AirPods suffered a lot of mockery when they were announced a few months ago due to their wierd design, that they basically looked like Apple's wired EarPods with the wires snipped off. However the initial reviews of the AirPods seem fairly positive so far.

 
The Apple AirPods (Image Source: Apple.com)

The Apple AirPods (Image Source: Apple.com)

 

Some Of the points of interest from the reviews are:

  • The AirPods fit pretty well (in most of the cases at least, except The Verge's reviewer's ears) and they stood in place, i.e. inside the ears at least during moderate movements. The lack of connecting wires help this cause as they reduce the downward forcing weight.
I cannot get them to stay in my ears for long periods of time. This isn’t a new problem for me — I’ve always had a hard time keeping AirPods’ wired predecessors, EarPods, in my ears. It was a side effect of Apple electing a one-size-fits-all, somewhat open-air design for EarPods, instead of designing earbuds that insert and form a full seal in your ears.
— The Verge
  • The sound quality is anywhere from slightly better to actually noticeably better, at least relative to other bluetooth earphones.
  • Though their $159 price seems a bit steep, relative to other similar bluetooth ear buds, Apple's rtirpods are actually pretty competitive price wise.
Apple AirPods seem fairly priced at $159 (Source: The Verge)

Apple AirPods seem fairly priced at $159 (Source: The Verge)

  • Almost all reviewers unanimously agree that the AirPods' biggest strength is how well they work with Apple's devices like the iPhone, iPad and the Mac, be it seamless connectivity or switching between devices automatically or pausing the media automatically as soon as you remove them from the ears, thanks to the on board sensors. And all this credit of course goes to the W1 chip, yet another specialized chip that Apple built in-house that lives inside the AirPods.
  • Similar to the previous point, almost all reviewers (unfortunately in this case) unanimously agree that the AirPods' biggest downside is Siri and the lack of simple gestures like volume Up or Down or skip forward or backward controls on the AirPods. The only such control seems to be tap for Pause and tap again for Play.
  • The battery life of the Airpods seems to be satisfactory if not good according to most of the reviewers. The AirPods' carrying case being capable of charging them to additional charge is a welcome added convineance, given the fact that the case itself is very portable & compact. The case also is capable of quick charging the Airpods (similar to the Apple Pencil), to the effect of getting something like 3 hours of charge with around 15 minutes of charging.
AirPods' battery life appears to be good and the battery case itself can charge the AirPods further (Image Source: Apple.com)

AirPods' battery life appears to be good and the battery case itself can charge the AirPods further (Image Source: Apple.com)

A few other miscellaneous points to note are:

Spigen's solution to keep the AirPods together and safe (Source: Spigen.com)

Spigen's solution to keep the AirPods together and safe (Source: Spigen.com)

  • Apple AirPods do work with other Bluetooth devices like Android phones, though a lot of their functionality will be missing on non-Apple devices.
  • Though the Airpods seem to be severely supply constrained, sources claim that Apple will try to restock its Retail stores with fresh supply regularly.
  • The lack of at least one wire connected the two pods makes it a usability nightmare (as the pods can be easily lost though it helps them stay light weight), third party, affordable solutions like this Spigen solution, already exist.
  • Though Apple does / did not tout the AirPods as being very resistant of duress, the AirPods are apparently pretty durable under stress.

Find the Apple AirPods' Wired Review here.

So what’s that premium pricing going toward, aside from no strings attached? For one, the microphone is fantastic. The dual-mic setup, along with Apple’s clever noise-cancelling tech that uses subtle vibrations to know you’re speaking, makes for one of the clearest remote-input devices I’ve ever used.
— via Wired

And the Time's review here.

But I wish the AirPods did more for the price. It’s asking a lot to pay $159 for headphones that offer a similar experience in terms of audio quality and Siri functionality as the EarPods that come with every new iPhone. (Apple will charge you another $69 for a replacement AirPod if you happen to lose one.) Yes, $159 is cheaper than most wireless earbuds, like Samsung’s Gear Icon X ($199.99), and the Bragi Dash ($299). But both of those devices offer more functionality, like fitness tracking, more playback controls, and internal storage for playing music when your phone isn’t nearby.
— via Time

And CNET's preview here.

Apple’s sound nice. I can’t yet say they’re the best because we’re still comparing them with rival products. But they’re priced competitively, almost identically to the better “wired wireless” headphones like the aforementioned BeatsX and Bose SoundSport Wireless. And the EarPod-style plastic earpiece, while it fits me fine, won’t appeal to a lot of people. It feels looser in-ear than any normal sport-type earphones.
— via CNET

And one more from TechPinions here

I’ve been using Bluetooth headphones for years, so the awesomeness that is wireless headphones was not new to me. But, these were the first I’d used which are independently wireless — not connected to anything. With sports Bluetooth headphones you notice and feel the wire on the back of your neck as you move. Similarly, with over the hear wireless headphones like the Bose QuietComfort or Beats Wireless or similar ones, you feel the band that goes over the top of your head. The point is, they don’t disappear. I was surprised and delighted by how comfortable the AirPods are in my ears and how easily you forget they are there.
— via TechPinions