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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
A few other miscellaneous points to note are:
- 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.
And the Time's review here.
And CNET's preview here.
And one more from TechPinions here.