Just got a set of AirPods…
I know these have been out a while but here are my thoughts for anyone that cares. I have to say, I’ve never been more satisfied with an Apple product since my original iPhone.
If anyone’s on the fence, here is a layman non-techy type review.
I picked these up to replace a plantronics headset I’d had for a while that seems to have disappeared. I had been pretty happy with that unit and intended to buy another until I took another look at the AirPods. So, my review is basically weighed against that headset.
Cost- at ~$160 I thought that seemed a bit high. However, for someone like me that uses a single bud at a time most of the time, I’m essentially getting 2 headsets for about $40 more than a replacement plantronics unit. That leads directly to the second advantage
Battery life- I get about 5ish hours out of each earbud. That’s already better than the plantronics, but then, when it dies, I drop it in the case and pop the other in. No down time. That’s a huge plus for a guy like me that is operating remotely and on the phone all day. Then, since the case itself recharges the other bud in the case, I have PLENTY of power to work all day. I never could do that with the Plantronics.
Sound quality- the AP’s have far higher audio quality than the Plantronics. Call clarity is equivalent as well. None of my callers have complained about noise despite me talking from inside a jeep. Which is another thing- in noisy environments I can put both buds in which makes it easier to hear without having the volume at maximum.
Ease of use- open the case and go. Couldn’t be simpler.
All in all, I’m thoroughly satisfied!