Howdy folks. Got the AirPods on Thursday, opened them on Friday, tested over the weekend. Go find any recent review by Recode for my review - no sense repeating their findings, which are accurate. The bass response is noticeably better than regular EarPods. Shoveled snow for hours on Sunday, never worried once about losing a 'bud in the process. Great battery life. Pairing is seamless, easy, great user experience. The battery case is deceptively simple for such deeply functional tech. Good size and heft. Microphones and beamforming/noise cancelation completely transformed a call in a very rowdy restaurant from impossible to completely audible. Switched double tap for Siri to play/pause. Apple Watch for volume control is seamless (or just use iPhone/iPad buttons). Love the "pull out one AirPod to pause, put it back in to resume" feature. Haven't tried a call with only one earbud yet (this is selectable to force mic to left, right, or "automatic".) Only down side, I wish they came in black. Looks totally dorky at the office. The functional experience is so good, I don't actually care.
Verdict: if this is what we have in a first generation product, the future for Apple wearables looks very bright. Did a demo and already "sold" two more sets to my co-workers...
Setup generally painless, switching moreso after you've connected your AirPods to a Mac or iPhone already.
Firmware still may need optimizing. Minor audio cutouts and stuff now and then, even on the 3.5.1 version.
I get the sense, from AirPods' very good bass response, that there may be a bit extra performance/tuning left to address in firmware
Sound obviously can't compare to wired/over-ear headphone cans, but you just can't beat the versatility. The AirPods will stay pretty much where they are without external forces around your ears. In the office or at home, for instance, you could just keep them on for hours at a time.
Charge case (MagSafe kinda lives!) is great and does its job very quickly, and considering how small the AirPod batteries are, talk time (maybe 2 hours near max volume) and listen time are entirely satisfactory.
8 to 9 out of 10. Great product at a class-competitive price., hope to get at least a solid couple years of active use out of them.
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