If you use Apple products, you’ve thought about getting a set of AirPods– sleek and wireless, they are marketed as the perfect match for the iPhone 8 or iPhone X.
But are they worth it?
What do the AirPods really do? Let’s take a look at them in action.
The AirPods are Apple’s answer to Bluetooth, wireless headphones. They are designed for convenience.
Pairing them to your device is wonderfully simple– no need to hold down buttons and tap your heels three times. After the initial set up, just holding your AirPods near the device prompts the pairing.
Let’s take a look at some of their best features.
1. The case acts as an on-the-go charger
If you need to charge your headphones, just pop them into the case for a few minutes and you are good to go.
2. Track battery level of your pods and case from your phone by swiping right
Not sure how much battery you’ve got left? Swipe right to check.
3. Apple watch/pods integration
You can download music to your watch and go on a run with just your watch and AirPods– no need to bring the phone along this time. However, there’s no easy way to download podcasts to the watch which can be frustrating.
4. Automatic ear detection
When you put your AirPods in your ears, the sound from any other devices is instantly transferred to your headphones. And when you take them out of your ears, the music pauses so you don’t miss a beat. You can toggle this feature on or off in settings.
5. Announce calls
Want to know who’s calling you? Get the caller ID announced through your earphones by heading to Settings–>Phone–>Announcing Calls–>Headphones Only.
This will only work if the caller’s number is in your contacts but ot saves you taking your phone out every time.
6. Use the “find my iPhone” feature to find your headphones
Misplaced your earbuds again? Ask your pods to play a sound so you can find them. You can mute either side if you’re only searching for a specific pod.
7. Disguise your case with stickers
Ok. This isn’t strictly a feature of the headphones themselves, but it’s a pretty great way to disguise your case.
You can buy stickers that make your headphones case look like breath mints or gum to discourage theft.
Customizing your AirPods
Part of the AirPods appeal is their exceptionally clean design. However, this means there are no buttons to control the output.
Apple does give you one control option– the double tap. By double tapping on your earbud, you can invoke one of four commands:
- Next track
- Previous track
You can only have one command per earbud active at a time. To set it up, go to your Bluetooth settings and pick an option for each headphone. You can change these at any time.
But all’s not perfect in AirPod land
While the AirPods are pretty handy, they aren’t perfect. I’ve got two specific frustrations.
- The elegant design doesn’t leave room for volume control. The only way to adjust your volume at the moment is through your phone.
- Too quiet. While the AirPods are perfect for listening to music while you workout or clean the house, they aren’t great for traveling. They are too quiet for any mode of transport that has loud cabin noise– like a plane or the underground. For that, I use the Bose QuietComfort.
Yay or Nay?
Personally, I really like the AirPods. They sync seamlessly across all my devices and the charging case makes it easy to keep them ready-to-go.
However, I would like to see Apple improve some features– adding an easy way to listen to podcasts through the Apple Watch would be a great start.
What do you think? Are you tempted to invest in a pair? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
Have fun storming the castle!
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