I’m sure by now you’ve read all the reviews on how great Apple’s AirPods are and why you should get them, but before you dish out the absurd price they’re asking, I want to give you some anecdotes about them to make you consider your options.
First and most obvious, they’re expensive. I blindly walked into the store and said, “Give me AirPods” and was a little shocked when they rang me up. I wasn’t feeling too great about myself that day so I just decided to go with it and return them if I didn’t like them. I have yet to return them, which means I’m not unhappy about them, but had I known it would be like this, I probably would have not. I could have done something else with the money more productive, like buy more camera equipment.
Here’s the deal, if you have long hair. These things are a pain in the ass. My hair is constantly getting stuck UNDERNEITH them, meaning, when I put them in my ear, hair goes with it. “My wired earbuds do the same thing”, you say. Well, Since there’s no wire, they actually end up getting tossed onto the floor. I spend a good amount of time at the gym, which is where they get the most use and if I’m on a treadmill, I run the risk (no pun intended) that they’re be flung out of my ear, onto the tread, and thrown across the room. This has happened, and I suspect it will happen again at some point. When it does, I just hope they survive. Surviving is the name of the game with these. Will they survive x number of falls. I’m still in the process of findinout out many, but its onwards or 12 falls or so to date.
One thing that I did not anticipate was living in fear that these will fall out of the car. Building on the explanation that long hair may possibly sending these flying, I now live in fear that when I’m listening in the car, I might just pull my hair and throw them out of a moving vehicle. So, instead of enjoying fresh air, I now think “What if?” And promptly roll my window up. Even if my hair is tied up, these things are so light and easy to “toss” out of ones ear, I can still see a strong gust just releasing them out into the wild. I hope you have AC.
Lastly, wireless pairing, while super easy with them, is still wireless pairing. It’s not perfect and often I have to tell my phone where to send audio despite being “connected”. Since I’m such a good drive and would never admit to using my phone while driving, I can say the pairing issue has resulted in a few disappointing drives and confusion about what microphone I should speak into on occasion.
And here’s a bonus issue for those of you even caring to read this, when you have them in your ear while not playing anything, they have a strange clicking noise. Maybe this is specific to my AirPods, but it drives me crazy. It’s just a barely audible click that almost sounds like scratching. My guess is it’s the result of being wireless.
If you can handle all these inconveniences then you’ll be very happy with them. They’re good, I wouldn’t say great, as all the reviews may say. Not worth what you’re paying for, but I guess these days we’re just paying for the branding more than the actual product.