- Super convenient
- Comfortable and surprisingly secure fit
- Easy setup and integration with other Apple devices
- 15 minute quick charge feature
- Not a fan of the volume controls and track management – must use Siri for everything
- No native music storage
Super easy and convenient to use but there are definitely some features we would change.
The Apple AirPods are definitely one of the most convenient headphones we have tested. They are true wireless headphones – no cable or cord connects them and they stream music via Bluetooth. The fit is comfortable and surprisingly secure. When the AirPods first got announced, I thought they would fall out easily but they actually stay in your ear with no problem even if you shake your head, run, sprint, jump, etc. They don’t completely seal off your ear canal so you will hear a little ambient noise (a good or bad thing depending on your preference).
The battery life on the AirPods are slightly disappointing coming in around 5 hours. However, they do come with a charging box/travel case that charges via lightning cable and offers an additional 24 hours of battery life. So if you are running a little low on battery, simply put them back in the case and they will start charging. The AirPods do have a quick charge feature (thanks W1 chip) so about 15 minutes of charging will give you around 3 hours of playback. Your connected Apple devices (MacBook, iPhone, Apple Watch, etc.) display battery life percentage, which is super helpful or you can always ask Siri as well.
The setup process is also pretty mindless – just enable Bluetooth on your iPhone, open the charging box and you will be prompted to pair them. Each earphone has a built-in proximity sensor so they can tell when you’re using the AirPods or when you’ve taken them out so they will pause whatever you are streaming. For me, the biggest downside to the AirPods has to be how you control your content. Everything runs through Siri, so whenever you want to play, pause, skip a track, volume up, volume down, etc. you have to double-tap to access Siri and then proceed from there. I would much rather prefer an inline remote so i can just control everything myself. Update – with iOS 11, you can now turn off the auto-pause feature of the AirPods and customize tap controls for each earbud.
Another negative is that the AirPods do not offer on-board music storage – that would have been a big thumbs up from Apple. They are also kind of easy to lose or forget since they are so small. But that’s really it – I’m a big fan in terms of convenience and comfort. Apple made them super easy to use but I would obviously make several changes if I could.