It’s been right around a month exactly since I first posted about my AirPods. I figured this would be a good time to share an update and mini review now that I have had some more time to play with them.
While it seems like Apple has been losing the plot lately when it comes to simplicity and intuitiveness with some of their products, the AirPods totally get it right in this area. This is one of few Apple products since the loss of Steve Jobs to really live up to those design ideals for which they were once known. The things just WORK. Setting them up and pairing them for the first time is easier and faster than most third-party Bluetooth headphones. I love that there isn’t any cables attaching them to one another. Each of them can operate autonomously or you can use them both for stereo sound. The sound quality is good. Some have claimed it’s better than the stock EarPods, but I’m not sure I agree. They sound about the same to me, which I consider pretty good for my purposes. I was somewhat concerned that they might easily fall out of my ears and thus become very hard for me to find. That has never happened. In fact, they seem to stay in my ears better than their corded counterparts, because its usually that very cord that snags on something and yanks the EarPods from my head. I get several hours of battery life from them, and another several from the charging case itself, meaning these things never die unexpectedly. Overall, I just find them comfortable, intuitive and ideal for listening to things on the go. It’s nice not having to deal with the constant tangling of cables.
As discussed in my original post a month ago, there is some noticeable lag when using AirPods with voiceover. As many of you pointed out, you do get used to it with time but I can’t say it isn’t still slightly annoying. As you can probably tell, though, I am generally happy with these things so it’s not a dealbreaker for me. Still, I had expected Apple to have some special technological tricks up their sleeve‘s with their proprietary wireless protocol that might result in less lag then standard Bluetooth. As it turns out, these are basically standard Bluetooth and susceptible to the same limitations as some other headphones on the market. I don’t have many other gripes, but it does take some getting used to that there are no physical controls on the AirPods whatsoever. If you want to adjust the volume, for example, you will need to do that from the device itself.
The overall verdict:
Probably kind of redundant at this point, but yes – I like the AirPods a lot. They aren’t cheap, but they feel like high-quality technology and they function exactly as advertised. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these if you are looking for wireless headphones that pair with and operate intuitively with Apple products.