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Apple Airpods Review

May 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I am not an Apple fan boy! 

I use Dell computers running Windows 10. But I do have a iPhone 6 (which I love) an iPad Mini.

Recently my lovely, generous, beautiful wife (in case she reads this...) bought me the new Apple Airpods for my birthday. I wanted to take a moment to share my opinions of them.

I often photograph long events and it's good to be able to listen to music and podcasts while having camera in hand, I found using the standard wired headphones super frustrating. They were always knotted, would get caught up around the camera and I'd often move quickly to get a shot a only to catch the wire on something and rip the headphones out of my ear... (not ideal!). All of these problems go away with the Airpods.

The sounds quality is excellent, if in all fairness no better than the standard free headphones and they fit my ears well too. I've read that if the standard headphones fit you well, then the Airpods will do too. 

The batteries in the Airpods (according to Apple) last for 5 hours and the case will further charge the headphones for 24 hours usage. The case itself doesn't take long to charge when plugged in via the USB to Lighting cable. A small orange/green light in the case lets you know if the Airpods are charging or charged. Open the case next to your iPhone and the power percentage in both the case and headphones is displayed on the iPhone screen. 

When listening, Two taps on a Airpod opens Siri and if you take one pod out of your ear the music or podcast will pause. Two taps also answers and hangs up on calls. 

Once they are setup there's no need to touch your phone, all everything can be done through Siri - although adjusting the volume with Siri is slow and a little painful. 

At the time of writing this post, I've had the only had the Airpods for a couple of weeks, but I'm loving not unknotting and untangling the wire!! I've also enjoyed the flexibility that comes with not being tethered to the phone. When on long calls, I use the headphones now as it enables me to be heads free.

So far, I'm delighted with them and would highly recommend them, Apple fan boy/girl or not!

Currently delivery from Apple is 6 weeks but it's well worth the wait - that said rumours are that the iPhone 8 may ship with them as standard...


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