I have always liked the wired EarPods that come with Apple products as the sound quality is pretty good and they fit perfectly in my ears. Therefore, it was a no-brainer for me to try Apple’s wireless equivalent – AirPods. Retailing at £159 with a wired charging case (there is a wireless charging version available for £199.95), they are expensive in comparison to the standard EarPods (which only cost £29.99).
Connecting via Bluetooth, the AirPods will automatically sync with your iPhone when you open the case and are ready to go once you put them into your ears. If you take an AirPod out of your ear, it will automatically pause any audio. You can then either resume by putting it back in or press play on your phone and use just one.
A feature I really like is that if you only want to use one AirPod and keep the other one in the case, it recognises this and plays both left and right channels into the one, helping a lot for some music that is mixed unevenly.
They have a fairly good battery life – Apple claim up to 5 hours of listening time or 3 hours of talk time and the case can charge them multiple times before needing charging itself. Although not designed specifically for this, the lack of noise cancellation when listening to audio could be a drawback for some, however they do perform well during phone calls with built in microphones.
In summary, although they are essentially the same as EarPods just without the wires, I do think that if you want to treat yourself they are worth the money for the convenience and freedom they give you, allowing you to keep listening to music all day long – especially if you have an iPhone that constantly needs to be charged! 4/5
Tips and Tricks
Summon Siri by simply just saying ‘Hey Siri’
Control your AirPods by double tapping the outside
To customise the double-tap controls, go to Settings – Bluetooth and then click the ‘i’ next to your AirPods. You can choose between Siri, Play/Pause, Next Track and Previous Track.
Add ‘Batteries’ to the iPhone Home widget page which allows you to see the percentage of your AirPods and their case.