Apple MMEF2AM/A Airpods Wireless Bluetooth Headset for iPhones with iOS 10 or Later White
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- Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out.
- To adjust the volume, Change the song, make a call, or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri.
- Because the ultralow-power W1 chip manages battery life so well, airpods deliver an industry-leading 5 hours of listening time on One charge.
- They’re made to keep up with you, thanks to a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.
- Need a quick charge? just 15 minutes in the case gives you 3 hours of listening time.
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Airpods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your airpods out of the charging case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac.
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I don't know what the angry reviewers were smoking. None of their grievances are necessarily true, and that's coming from someone generally skeptical of Bluetooth headphones. If anything I did not expect these to be an upgrade in sound quality from my Bose MIE2i buds, but they were.
Firstly, the sound quality - miles above and beyond the EarPods GIVEN that they fit in your ear, not just "slightly better". You have to be deaf to not appreciate the difference. The upgrade over the EarPods in sound quality is night-and-day - I'm really confused about why so many reviewers are disappointed by the sound (my suspicion is that they didn't fit them snugly enough?). Everyone who's tried mine has noted the same thing - they genuinely sound good. On top of that - given how difficult it has been to even get a pair of these, I don't understand why internet minions who clearly have never even tried a pair are already giving them bad marks. It's almost a DISADVANTAGE to Apple that they made them look like EarPods - because while they look like EarPods, they sound nothing like EarPods. I find them much more pleasant to listen to than even my Bose MIE2i buds, which I've cherished for years. I did all my listening just using Apple Music's 256kbps AAC files. For those audiophiles out there, I would say that the sound profile is "scooped" - the midrange is underrepresented, but otherwise they sound really surprisingly nice.
The low ends are punchier and tight, the highs are crisp, and the soundstage produced is nice and wide and easy to get lost in. In comparison, the old wired EarPods had a subdued low-end and airier highs. No, I don't get the level of detail in the highs I do from my $400 over-the-ears, but for casual-to-intermediate listening these are more than sufficient. In jazz the hi-hats and cymbals are finely detailed and ring as they should, and you can appreciate the subtle "twang" of a double bass, which I'd say the EarPods certainly did not deliver. In classical the sound is detailed enough to detect the wispy scratching of a bow gliding gently over the strings of a violin. You can relaxedly tell all the instruments apart in an orchestral piece. Pop music does well with a satisfying, thumping bass that doesn't distort much at high volumes and clear vocals. On top of all that - these get noticeably louder than the EarPods - definitely ear-damagingly loud if you so desire.
Obviously all of this holds true only if they actually fit snugly in your ear - if they don't, they'll sound worse and they'll fall out. I was glad I tried them out in-store before deciding on them.
I've heard a lot of people say "they look like Q-tips in your ear! They look so silly!" Perhaps I'm missing something but if they look just like EarPods and those had a long windy cable, why were the EarPods not "silly"? I also don't understand why "but you'll lose them!" is a reason to make fun of the product. Isn't the future necessarily predictive of a world in which we are fully wireless? Do people not buy smartphones because they're afraid they'll lose them? Sure, at one point. We get used to our wireless products and we adapt to not losing them. Furthermore, many of the the comparisons people make to the AirPods don't even make sense - like the Bose bluetooth earbuds (which I actually think sound notably worse), which also aren't even fully wireless earbuds. There are so few, true AirPod alternatives on the market in there are truly no wires at all between earbuds; admittedly I have not tried them, but I haven't heard the best marks about those either. I considered of course the Earins (connectivity issues apparently?) and the Samsung Gear IconX (shorter battery life), but even those aren't the same category of buds because of their in-ear-canal design, whereas the AirPods resemble more classic earbuds. I personally detest the in-ear-canal feeling of squishing into my ears (I perceive the soundstage produced to be much narrower and literally inside my head), but I realize this is PURELY personal preference.
The AirPods have great battery life, and the charging is so fast I just stop listening to them to use the restroom, make a cup of coffee, come back, and they're ready to go again for hours. I have yet to exhaust their full 4-5 hour run in one sitting. The pairing was ridiculously easy and fun to do, and the transitioning between iCloud-linked devices is seamlessly albeit still laggy (fingers crossed for an update).
Try the AirPods before hating on them. It's an easy time to hate on Apple - the removal of headphone jacks from the iPhone, the death of MagSafe chargers, a world full of dongles, etc. Just know that if you join the hate bandwagon you'll be missing out on some genuinely good audio and handy wireless technology. These are not just EarPods with the cables cut.
Be warned - you WILL lose these! There is a way to track these with Find My iPhone App but it never works when I need it. If they are in their chaging case you cannot track them or send a sound to playback and locate them. It only works when they are out of the case and with a charge. When I washed mine they had died and I couldn’t locate them in my pocket :( Luckily, they seem to be waterproof