I Don't Get Airpods

#1

Read huge enthusiasm for AirPods… never owned any. But I also read about poor battery life and minimal controls onboard.

I use an old version of these.

Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Waterproof Earbuds with On-Ear Controls for Running and Workout, Power Blue $75

My Old Ones

Ok sound, 7 hour battery after a couple years, finicky but useable controls by touch — volume, track, pause … verbal announcement of battery time left on startup — mine are water/sweat resistant. Don’t like band they make no band models — stay in ears

Why did you choose AirPods as opposed to less expensive or ones with pretty good sound?

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#2

I purchased two pair on day 1 (mid December 2016?) and gave a pair to my brother for Christmas.

Up to that point I had not found any Bluetooth headsets that sounded decent and were reliable. And these were from APPLE.

And I was right, AirPods were the most reliable I had ever tried, and they sounded OK. No complaints - until later. It never occurred to me that they wouldn’t last as long as the phone. That’s on me.

I’m sure AirPods 2 will be even better for the people who want to renew their subscription.

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#3

I have been using different types of Bluetooth headsets for a long time, usually with the short cable connecting the two buds. This was a nice step up from a fully wired solution from a convenience point of view and decent enough sound for podcasts.

In December, I got my first pair of “true wireless” and I love it. Reasons I did not to go with AirPods were

  • fit (very uncomfortable in my ears, poor isolation of external sounds)
  • less than stellar audio quality for music
  • styling
  • limited, touch based controls

For a similar price, I chose the Jabra Elite 65t and got a significantly higher value for money imo. They fit me very comfortably, the play controls are easy and reliable and they sound surprisingly good too. Bluetooth 5 is probably an important enabler to push more data to the buds. (I have applied a slight EQ curve to compensate for my age.)

For maximum musical bliss, I still put on my wired open back cans or IEMs hooked through an external DAC, but obviously this is less convenient on the go.

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#4

I loved mine, but then I started travelling to work every day on a train. Took me a while to decide, but then I bought a set of those Sony noise cancelling cans that are never on sale. Pretty happy with them, and all music listening now takes place on those when outside the home.
I still use the airpods for phone calls and listening to podcasts while puttering around at home, but when time comes to vacuum, the Sonys shine again :wink:

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#5

@RichardC How can you make your recommendation based on something you’ve never owned? Did you try them out for a couple of weeks? Makes no sense. I love mine, getting a second pair.

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#6

Problem is you’re making a bunch of assumptions about my requirements that aren’t correct.

I’ll get the AirPods because they meet my requirements at a price that I find acceptable. The option you suggested lacks the features, and I’d use my old Sennheiser cans before I bought those.

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#7

Please read again… I asked a question set in a context. At least that was my intention. No recommendation… Also I’ll see if I can add “I” to my title.
To read, " I don’t get airpods"

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#8

That “I” is pretty key to the meaning in this case :laughing:

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#9

I bought them because I got tired of other portable ear buds breaking and falling out of my ears. There weren’t viable competitors at the time and are some now, but I still use Airpods because the sound is good, the battery is good and I prefer something that shows up on Find my Phone.

I don’t like the aesthetic of the Plantronics at all, so I didn’t consider them. I’d rather run wires down my shirt.

I have more serious cans when I need to focus on audio or block sound, but the need is rare. I prefer non-noise-cancelling in most situations, especially outdoors.

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#10

Agrred, yes, “I” is a a key qualifier. In a few more years I’ll alway write what I mean.:confused:

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#11

I chose AirPods based on reviews I read from people I trust. The points I found most compelling were:

  • Better sound quality than Apple’s wired earbuds
  • Stay in the ears better than Apple’s wired earbuds
  • Effortless shifting of connections among paired devices
  • Good sound quality for the microphones for phone calls
  • Simple ability to switch between using both or just one at a time
  • Audio turns itself off when you pull them out of your ears

All of those ended up being true for me. The shifting connections among devices does occasionally fail, but not often enough for it to be an issue.

I’ve had my AirPods for over two years and have used them every day, I think. I enjoy them even more than I would have imagined.

On the few occasions when I’ve had to go back to using wired earbuds, I find them to be almost comically inconvenient — like the wire is some sort of cruel joke somebody is playing on me. I can’t believe I ever tolerated them.

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#12

AirPods are the only new product from Apple in the last few years that is simply truly magical. They simply work, do exactly what you want, and are a joy to use.

You really can’t judge them unless you use them.

Everything else from Apple has tradeoffs, limitations, and issues that require a lot of pro/con decision making. For most people, AirPods are truly plug and play exhiliration.

Sure there are edge conditions and feature wish lists, but they are the closest thing to 100% pure delight from Apple in a long time.

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#13

Their usefulness in phone calls is a big deal for me. I reach for them any time I pick up a call now. I use them to initiate calls, and the sound quality generally seems to be better than the onboard mic and speaker.

I think it’s a mistake to think of the AirPods as wireless earphones, really. They’re actually iPhone mic and speakers that work at range. May sound a little like splitting hairs, but when you think of the many tasks the iPhone mic and speakers are used for, and how the AirPods improve virtually every one of those uses, you start to see that they’re not just for convenient content consumption.

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#14

Additionally, AirPods share the same connection with your iPhone and Apple Watch, meaning there’s no hand over. AirPods turn the Watch into an actual, functional phone and audio steaming device. If I have my AirPods in my pocket, and my Watch on, but my phone is ten miles away, I can still make calls, deal with texts and e-mails, and listen to podcasts or music.

It’s not the ideal solution for those things, but it does decouple those use cases from the iPhone for convenience, or in an emergency.

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#15

I guess you have a cellular Apple Watch? I really wish I could get one just for this ability!

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#16

I do, kind of accidentally. I wanted a steel one, and so cellular was unavoidable.

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#17

I didn’t buy airpods when they originally came out as I didn’t care for the wired version. My Wife bought them for me as a gift because I do spend time on the phone with clients. I would not have purchased them for myself.

However, after using them and loving them, I bought her a pair as a gift. The sound quality is fine for me, and they just work (no matter if with my iphone, macbook, or Ipad. I don’t use them at the gym, but that’s more personal preference for the workout headphones I had already.

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#18

Positive Review

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#19

Owner of Gen 1 AirPods.

If you’re buying earphones with a very specific use case in mind (in the gym, on the airplane, podcast recording, etc.), maybe AirPods are not for you. But if you’re buying earphones because, well, you just need a pair of earphones, I don’t think there’re, if any, better choices on the market. The product is not successful because it’s excellent from a certain perspective, but because it’s arguably good from all perspectives.

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#20

When Airpods first came out, I didn’t get them because I couldn’t afford them. It was probably a good thing, because I got to read all the reviews and think long and hard about what I wanted in earphones.

I really like having passive noise isolation. Earpods don’t fit my ears and tend to fall out. If I’m on the go, I’m listening to music or podcasts, but never video. My previous go-to setup was a set of MEE Audio M6 Pro IEMs (wired), and MEE Audio X8 IEMs (Bluetooth). The Bluetooth X8s are advertised as providing 7.5 hours of music playback, but I never got more than 4-5 hours out of them, and by the time I stopped using them the battery had dwindled down to 2-3 hours per charge, meaning that the only use I had for them was in the gym.

I constantly adjust the volume of whatever I’m listening to. I constantly pause and unpause. I constantly move to the next track or go back to the previous track. I almost never use Siri, and if I ever do, it’s always at home when I don’t have headphones on. I’m in the gym several days a week and the earphones need to work well in that environment. When I’m sitting down to work for an extended period of time, I’m using either speakers or headphones (Sony MDR7506, generally for audio or video production). I do not own an Apple Watch (yet!)

Given my particular set of requirements, the Jabra Elite Active 65t was the better choice for me. If I watched video on my iPhone regularly (where the 65ts suffer a slight but noticeable audio lag) or constantly switched between multiple devices while wearing one pair of earphones — who knows. Additionally, the 65ts sound amazing. I can’t say how they compare to Airpods, but I will say that the first time I put the 65ts on I made some happy noises!

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