AirPods battery case

I finally received my AirPods yesterday, and after doing a quick unboxing and first impressions video, I took them out in the wild and put them to the test during my daily 2-3 mile walk. What follows are some random observations about this new product, ranging from overall design, feel, performance, and more. You will see that while I’m very satisfied with the AirPods overall, it’s not quite perfect yet.

Do they look awesome or just plain ridiculous?

I’m very conflicted about the design of the AirPods. I shouldn’t be shocked because I’ve been using EarPods for as long as I can remember as my main earbuds, but there is something about the AirPods that doesn’t sit quite well with me, visually speaking. I find them perfectly fine when I hold them in my hand, but as soon as I put them in my ears and look at myself in the mirror, I feel a little ridiculous.

“Ridiculous” is actually the word my wife used when I asked her how I looked with them. I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t have any wire, or because the stem of the AirPods is fatter than that of EarPods. Or maybe I’m just not used to it yet?

bluetooth headset douche
Pretty much how AirPods make me feel

While I won’t be losing sleep over it, it’s definitely something I will be conscious about for the days or weeks to come. It actually reminds me about how I first felt (and still feel) about using Siri in public. There is nothing wrong with that, but I still feel awkward doing it. I feel the same with AirPods.

This is obviously very subjective, and you may find them to be the coolest design ever. This is just my opinion after 24 hours of use.

Taking them out of the charging case is awkward

I don’t have particularly fat fingers and having played guitar for years, I’d even say I have a certain dexterity, but in my limited time with the AirPods, I’ve found them awkward to get out of the charging case. They’re not hard to pull out per se, but I definitely feel it could be easier.

The fact that the lid of the charging case opens only at a 45 degree angle makes it so that it gets in the way of properly grabbing them and pulling them out. This is not an unsurmountable obstacle to overcome, but it’s something I have definitely noticed. Again, your mileage may vary.

I’m addicted to opening and closing that lid

Speaking of the charging case, there is something to be said about the feeling of opening and closing its lid. It reminds me of my smoking days when I would play with the lid of my Zippo lighter. The feeling and the sound of it are addictive, and dare I say, fun!

Build quality is subpar for Apple

This is something I haven’t seen anyone mention in their reviews, which lends me to believe I might just have a one-off unit.

As soon as I took my AirPods out of the charging case for the first time, it actually jumped at me that there were dark marks at the seam that connects the top of the stem to the speaker assembly, which you kind of see on this picture, although it’s much more obvious in person.

Dirty AirPods

I tried to clean this up with some rubbing alcohol, scratching it with my nails, but it’s not going away. Having bought Apple products for over ten years, this is the first time I unbox a product that looks like it’s already been used.

Worse, on the left AirPod, there is a tiny scuff at the seam that makes it look like someone inserted a tool or something to open it up. This is just me drawing conclusions here, and is probably not what happened, but this is how it looks like. Unfortunately, that scuff is so small that I couldn’t capture it with my iPhone camera.

If AirPods weren’t so hard to get these days, I would return and exchange mine for that reason alone.

They stay in my ears. Will they stay in yours?

We can’t talk about AirPods without addressing the elephant in the room. Will AirPods stay in your ears? Well, that is one dumb question, if you ask me, because we all have different ears of different shapes and sizes.

While they fit my ears extremely well, they could be the worst possible earbuds for you.

One good way to figure this out is to try your iPhone EarPods on because the part that goes in your ears is the exact same shape/size as the AirPods. If EarPods fit you well and don’t fall off, then AirPods should fit fine as well.

For those interested, I shook my head for a few seconds like a crazy headbanger in my video, and you can see AirPods staying in place. Personally, losing them or having them fall off my ears is definitely not a concern.

Sound seems slightly better than EarPods

I’m not an audiophile so I really don’t qualify as the best person to ask about sound quality, however, I can tell there is a slight quality improvement over the EarPods. More specifically, I feel like the basses sound fuller and deeper. This was particularly noticeable on some reggae tones I was listening to.

Of course, audio purists will complain all day long about the sound quality of AirPods, and that’s fine because these aren’t for them. To me, AirPods, like EarPods before them, are more than good enough for my needs.

Some reliability hiccups

Pairing the AirPods with my iPhone was a breeze and worked as magically as advertised, but once in my ears and playing a podcast, I encountered a couple hiccups.

The first one happened when playback became very briefly out of sync between each AirPod. During that very brief period of time, what was playing in my left ear was different from what was playing in my right ear. It was just a split second, and I assume that if I hadn’t been paying attention, I probably wouldn’t have noticed. This happened three times, and each time, playback came back in sync as quickly as it went out of it in the first place, no interaction needed.

I have also noticed some crackling sound from time to time. At first, I believed it was just the quality of the podcast I was listening to, but when I rewinded to listen again and didn’t hear that crackling sound, it was clear that it was not the audio that was at fault there, but rather the AirPods. Again, this was very mild and brief, but enough to make a note of it.

Finally, I encountered a weird issue that I can’t really explain. I was walking while listening to audio when all the sudden, the audio dropped and Siri talked to me saying “I’m sorry Sebastien, you’re going to have to unlock your iPhone to do that.” The audio resumed immediately after. Not sure what was happening here, especially because I wasn’t invoking Siri.

These are definitely not deal breakers for me. If anything, they are problems to be expected with anything truly wireless. I’m just hoping Apple can make some tweaks, maybe on the iOS side of things to prevent this in the future.

More gestures are needed

The only gesture you can perform on AirPods is a double tap towards the top, which by default invokes Siri. You can also set that gesture to act as a Play/Pause option. While this is better than nothing, I feel like there is room for improvement with gestures and sensors.

I know this is Apple’s first shot at making truly wireless earbuds, but I am already hoping future versions of AirPods will allow you to do more.

Specifically, I’d like the ability to have different gestures based on what side I’m tapping. For example, a double tap on the right AirPod could invoke Siri, while a double tap on the left one could act as Play/Pause. I feel this is something that can be taken care of with an iOS software update.

I’d also like to see more than just double taps. As you can see in our post about how to use your iPhone EarPods like a pro, there are many things you can do with current EarPods, and I would love to see some of that coming to AirPods.

For example, here are some gestures I can think of. Note that these would require extra hardware, but one can dream:

  • Increase volume: Slide your finger on the right AirPod.
  • Decrease volume: Slide your finger on the left AirPod.
  • Play or pause a song: Tap on either AirPod once. Tap again to resume playback.
  • Skip to the next song: Tap the right AirPod twice quickly.
  • Return to the previous song: Tap the left AirPod three times quickly.
  • Invoke Siri: Tap and hold on either AirPod.

These gestures are heavily inspired from current EarPods, and although it would add complexity to the product, I feel like this is something that will be needed at some point because having to invoke Siri just to increase volume is not practical.

Automatic set up and device switching is magical

One of the best features of AirPods that only a company like Apple can achieve is the automatic setup that happens across all your Apple devices linked to your iCloud account. Thanks to that feature, I can be listening to audio coming from my iPhone, then go to my MacBook Pro and beam the sound from that machine to my AirPods very easily, no unpairing/pairing required.

Apple says sound seamlessly switches instantly between devices, but this hasn’t been quite the case for me. I still find the process a bit finicky and unreliable but it definitely beats pairing and impairing devices manually.

More precisely, when I switched to my MacBook Pro and selected my AirPods in the sound output, the video I was watching paused, my MacBook Pro took a few seconds to connect to my AirPods, and when it did, nothing happened. Pressing the play/pause button on the video did nothing. Finally, I took the AirPods out of my ears, put them back in, played the play button, and audio started coming in. This happened every time I tried switching devices. It isn’t perfect yet but it’s pretty close to it and I still find this feature magical.

Verdict

Not everything is perfect with the AirPods but the pluses far outweigh the minuses. From the dead-simple initial pairing to the complete freedom of not having a single wire get in your way, it really is one of my favorite Apple products of the year.

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a pair of AirPods, I would love to hear what you like and don’t like about them.

  • nova12

    agree 100% with the gestures opinion. I like the idea of sliding up and down to change volume — that would be awesome. But at a minimum, would be like to use one for Siri and the other for play/pause.

    as for appearance, mine don’t have the scuff/black mark issues.

    I also LOVE putting them back in the case. The magnetic pull is great. Also opening and closing the case, yeah.

    Sound: I think they sound great.

    Fit: flusher in my left ear than my right, but still okay.

    Look while wearing: yeah, jawbone goofy. BUT, if you’re wearing a beanie (winter hat), the stem is the perfect length to just poke the mic out of the beanie for perfect mic clarity. So that’s a good thing.

    It’s money well spent for me. But I got two pairs, and I’m auctioning the other set on eBay, which is going to pay for the pair I keep (thanks, Apple for selling out so quickly!)

    • Icisz

      Pro tip: being a reseller is one thing and nobody understands supply and demand better than I do. But being openly proud of it (reselling your second pair for double retail) in a pro Apple centric forum might be a little umm. Not so cool. Whatever.

      • nova12

        I started the eBay auction at around $110, which is almost $50 less than I paid. Being happy that the buyers bid it up over the course of a week to almost double what I paid, well, I don’t see how that’s “not so cool.”

      • Icisz

        Really? Regardless of your starting bid. Ha ha. Well I guess you can ponder that one on your own terms. Clearly you don’t get it and I’m not going to expand on it. I stand by what I said. Lovely that you could get yours for free.

  • [RECON1]

    I think it will take some time for me to get use to it as well. Kind of like Apple Pay. I enjoy trying to use it, but it doesn’t always work and then I just look dumb.

    I also think having to use Siri for volume and track changing is completely dumb. Talking to Siri in public or disrupting the music.

    • fishbert

      > Mine also disconnect from Bluetooth a lot. Anyone else?

      Yes. A lot. They’re easily the worst bluetooth headset I’ve ever owned. Just got done with a 14 minute call where they disconnected mid-call three times. Going to be returning mine this week.

      • [RECON1]

        What version of iOS are you on?

      • fishbert

        10.2 on an iPhone 6s Plus

        I’ve tried resetting the AirPods by holding the button on the back, and I’ve tried resetting network settings on the iPhone (both things that other people online said Apple support suggested to troubleshoot), but neither did any good.

      • [RECON1]

        I’m on 10.2 whatever the latest beta is. I’ve had some other BT devices disconnect a lot too so I’m not sure if it’s something to do with iOS or not. But yeah, I was on a call too and during the hold time I was disconnected like 3 times. Was only on hold for like 5-10 mins.

  • appletimemac

    I agree, needs more gestures (keep them optional), but one of my biggest gripes is when using 1 AirPod. I use 1 so I can hear my team with the other in the office, and I take it out, it pauses (Good), but when I put it back in, the video/audio doesn’t auto-restart. It does work with 2 AirPods.

    I am on iOS 10.2.1 beta 2, so I’m not sure if that’s why, but I would like Apple to figure that out.

  • malhal

    You experienced audio out-of-sync between the ears on the second day, unbelievable! I thought that issue was going to be very rare, will be interested to hear how many times it happens to you in the future. Thanks for the great article, I dunno what’s going on with other reviewers wanting to put them in the washing machine or under water

  • Merman123

    I noticed my AirPods had that dirty seam at the closure too. My first reaction was to blame my ears but now that you mentioned it , they might have been like that from factory.

    Other than that, everything is great about these earbuds.

    The sound, I’d say it is substantially better sounding than EarPods, though not louder.

    This is the one Apple product of the past year or two that I actually feel 100% sure on my purchase. It’s an all around great buy.

    • MMA Rules

      I have them too but I try playing around with the EQ settings and they seem not to work, have you try yet?

    • Nathaniel Lindberg

      Does th
      e seam scratch your ear at all
      when they are in a certain position?

      • Icisz

        Absolutely not

      • Nathaniel Lindberg

        I exchanged mine. New ones perfectly fine no issues

      • Icisz

        Ahh so you had a flawed pair… my mistake.
        Mine also have a no rough edge but it could have been a little more seamless of a transition if one was being uber critical.

      • José Ramón

        Apple exchanged yours because of the factory scratch? Mine have it too! 🙁

  • Joey_Z

    skip the beta product

    • Amid Abdul

      yeah, they were in a rush so the first batch might not be perfect, so maybe its better to wait

  • MMA Rules

    The sliding gestures are for the 2nd gen, you know how Apple is! They come out with the second gen and everyone will be all over them again just because of the gestures

  • techfreak23

    So tempted to get them. Went to try them out in an Apple Store and loved everything about them. Obviously I wasn’t able to use them long enough to see if they had any of the issues described. I would be okay with using my watch to control volume and playback, but there are a few situations where that would be inconvenient.

  • Lit

    Rule #1 of ANY apple product: NEVER get a 1st gen.

    • englishmike

      Dog shit rule!

      • ProllyWild

        If no one buys first gen., there won’t be a second gen.

      • M_Hawke

        But it’s Apple–there will always be buyers for 1st gen stuff. Always.

      • ProllyWild

        Buyers for first gen, and enough buyers of first gen to warrant a second gen are two different things.

      • M_Hawke

        Nah–moot point, my friend.

      • M_Hawke

        Really good rule. Especially these days.

  • Mike M. Powell

    You’re gesture examples….why aren’t they intergrated though? Seems like something that’s make em worthwhile to buy whilst also being wireless. Bad move Apple, and yes they just look ridiculous as quoted by you’re wife

  • Docservlet

    My quick review since I got them yesterday:

    Sound quality: fantastic! Better than my Jaybirds, better than my PowerBeats 2.

    Fit: Excellent! I always had problems with EarPods. No problem with fitting the AirPods.

    Appearance: Huge step up from traditional BT headsets. Sennheiser, Bose etc…are worse looking than these.

    Build quality: Surprisingly Great! The feel of the carrying case is amazing. The fit and finish of the AirPods themselves is great and I din’t have the issue with black marks or whatever.

    I have no problem removing them from the charger.

    Tech:
    Pair only once with all Apple devices! What a lifesaver.
    Auto pause and Auto start – magical
    Range – magically amazing!

    • Amid Abdul

      I wish I ordered them, know I have to wait until february… However I dont think they are going to sound better than an in ear style earbuds..

      • Docservlet

        They won’t have the noise isolation but I prefer them to my jaybirds which fit horribly. I don’t like in ear style earbuds because they are very sensitive to the position and angle of the ear bud and how far you can stick it into the ear.

      • Icisz

        I find my jaybirds annoy me more than ever now. Not that a wired pair wouldn’t do the same thing in terms of assesment (that will be my next test)- but play a song on the jaybirds, then listen to that exact same song on AirPods… it’s really – I mean seriously dramatic.
        I got a pair of new Jbirds at a Black Friday sale, before the AirPods were released. Here we are half way through Jan and I can’t find a single reason to unbox them. Air pods and the old pair for work… live and learn I guess

      • Docservlet

        Exactly….The sound I get from the AirPods is expansive which I really enjoy. It might not be the most perfectly isolated sound but it’s a big sound.

        I don’t use my Jaybirds, Bose, Sennheiser any more.

        “Hardware deeply integrated with software that just works.”
        That’s exactly why I buy Apple. Everything just works and I don’t have to load a bunch of software and hacks.

  • Johnny

    Lol
    The iphonebattery suck without wireless shit
    Why add anything more then the watch to drain it.
    And ugly as well on top of it.
    And 5 hours of use then charge again?

  • Briggamortis

    Someone needs to make a skin for these or a black (or other color) “sleve” to go over the stem. I think its the white color that is making everyone say they look rediculous. I love mine got them the 19th. Wore them today while doing last minute shopping. I did catch quite a few people looking at them. The two that said something gave them positive responses. I think they sound great. But I cant decide if I want to take them out to pause or double tap. I keep going back and forth.

    Overall sound and fit great.

    • Jon20

      One thing I haven’t heard anyone try is to invoke SIRI by “Hey SIRI” with the Airpods on to see if you can do that and leave the play/pause feature as the double tap feature so you get the best of both worlds.

      • nova12

        just tested that out. that works, but if your phone is in your pocket (or your watch isn’t raised close to your mouth) the phone mic doesn’t pick up the “hey Siri” activation command.

        If you’re working at a desk with the phone on your desk, then it works just fine.

      • Jon20

        I wonder if it’s the Airpods that pick up the voice or the phone because I have a Bluetooth headset and I’ve used this feature when my phone is far in another room and it usually picks it up since it’s supposed to be always listening. If you get a chance, try it out. I’m curious. Thanks.

      • nova12

        here’s what it seems like: the mic on the airpods does NOT pick up the hey Siri — that is only picked up by the watch and phone.

        HOWEVER: if you do hey Siri with the phone and your airpods in, Siri activates, but does not pick up commands after “hey Siri.” Which is weird.

        BUT: it DOES work like it’s supposed to with the watch.

        in other words, with airpods on play/pause, hey Siri command will activate Siri on phone, but the phone won’t hear the commands after “hey Siri”. But the watch WILL hear “hey Siri” and will execute voice commands after saying “hey Siri”

        But in neither case are the airpods activating Siri with the “hey Siri” command — it needs the watch/phone mic to activate.

        At least that’s how it seems to happen with my setup (iPhone 7, Nike watch, airpods).

        did that make any sense?

      • nova12

        Ok, just shut down my watch and tried it with my phone on my desk — worked perfectly through the phone. Went in the other room from my phone and tried hey Siri. No dice. Though I was able to play/pause on the airpods in the other room. So the airpods definitley aren’t listening for commands.

        And it appears that if you have a watch (based on this post and the post above), the watch’s hey Siri listening takes priority over the phone.

        Hope that made sense.

  • Mikael

    Any comments on the sound quality for phone calls, specifically for the person at the other end?

    • [RECON1]

      Personally I don’t see a difference between the EarPods and AirPods. Other person didn’t have any issues hearing me at all. Haven’t tried it outside yet though.

    • nova12

      My wife said I sounded fine. “sounds like you’re on a speakerphone” (lol)

  • David Pomerleau

    I love them! I’ve run, rode bicycle and even rode a scooter and they stayed put w no problems. Had them drop connection and had to “forget device” a couple of times to re pair which was worrisome. I do wish they stuck to each other as I’m finding putting them back in the case between uses kind of annoying. Also can’t settle on a double tap behavior. More gestures works be great or “hey Siri” would help so I could play/pause on double tap. Having fun incorporating something so new into my life though.

  • Aviorrok

    We need custom gestures tweak

  • Robert Mathews

    As soon as I took my AirPods out of the box I noticed the dirty looking seam. I went on a 2 mile run this morning also and constantly the audio would pause for no reason. I had to keep double tapping on the AirPods to play my running music again. So that kind of made me mad, when I payed $170 with tax for these headphones. Besides that I really do like these headphones they are easy to use and truly wireless. I do wish they had different gestures. Involving Siri to do everything is a little too cumbersome. Lucky though I do have an Apple Watch which makes it a lot easier to do things. So I’d give it a solid 4 1/2 out of 5 due to this being apples first try at wireless headphones.

    • Amid Abdul

      The Airpods detects touch with a motion accelerometer, this bug and the one in the article must be because in certain kind of movement, it senses like you touched it. This is quite strange, but I think it could be improved with a software update in the future.

  • John Smith

    Nice article, but you really missed about the gestures. Apple would never make different gestures on L and R AirPods. Increase volume would be sliding up, and decrease volume would be sliding down.

    • I actually thought about that but then I quickly realized about how unpractical a sliding up/down gesture on an AirPod would be when you are working out.

      Imagine you are running. The bouncing of your body, and more specifically your arm while running would make it difficult to precisely adjust anything, let alone precisely go up or down. If one AirPod is volume up and the other is volume down, then it doesn’t matter anymore if you’re sliding up or down. It makes it much easier to control the volume regardless of the sliding direction.

  • “unsurmountable” = ghetto version of “insurmountable”

  • this is the first time I [HAVE] unbox[ED] a product

  • “…but this is how it looks like.” should be “…but this is how it looks.”

  • “Personal, losing them or having them fall off my ears is definitely not a concern.” should be “Personal[LY], losing them or having them fall off my ears is definitely not a concern.

  • “I’m not an audiophile so I really don’t qualify the best person to ask about sound quality” should be “I’m not an audiophile so I really don’t qualify [AS] the best person to ask about sound quality”

  • “More specifically, I feel like the bass sound fuller and deeper” should be “More specifically, I feel like the bass sound[S] fuller and deeper”

  • “I have also noticed some crackling sound from time to time.” should be “I have also noticed some crackling sound[S] from time to time.”

  • “At first, I believed it was just the quality of the podcast I was listening to, but when I rewinded” should be “At first, I believed it was just the quality of the podcast I was listening to, but when I [REWOUND]”

  • “I was walking listening to audio when all the sudden” should be “I was walking [AND] listening to audio when all the sudden”

  • whoops… posted the last one too soon… there’s more…

    “I was walking listening to audio when all the sudden, the audio dropped and Siri talked to me saying” should be “I was walking [AND] listening to audio[,] when all the sudden [COMMA REMOVED HERE] the audio dropped and Siri talked to me saying”

  • “Not sure what was happening here, especially because I wasn’t invoking Siri.” should be “Not sure what was happening [THERE], especially because I wasn’t invoking Siri.”

  • “I’m just hoping Apple can make some tweaks maybe on the iOS side of thing to prevent this in the future.” should be “I’m just hoping Apple can make some tweaks[,] maybe on the iOS side of thing[S][,] to prevent this in the future.”

  • “I’d also would like to see more than just double taps.” should be “I’d also [REMOVED ‘WOULD’] like to see more than just double taps.”

  • “These gestures are heavily inspired from current EarPods, and although it would add complexity to the product, I feel like this is something that will be needed at some point because having to invoke Siri just to increase volume is not practical.” is a run on, better put: “These gestures are heavily inspired from current EarPods. And while it would add complexity to the product, I feel like [THESE ARE SOME THINGS] that will be needed at some point because having to invoke Siri just to increase volume [ISN’T] practical.”

  • another run on: “One of the best features of AirPods that only a company like Apple can achieve is the automatic setup that happens across all your Apple devices linked to your iCloud account.” . Better:
    “One of the best features of AirPods[,] that only a company like Apple [COULD DELIVER,] is the automatic setup that happens across all your Apple devices linked to your iCloud account. “

  • “Thanks to that feature” should be “Thanks to [THIS] feature”

  • whoops – once again that last sentence needed more work: “Thanks to that feature, I can be listening to audio coming from my iPhone, then go to my MacBook Pro and beam the sound from that machine to my AirPods very easily, no unpairing/pairing required.” would be better written:

    “Thanks to [THIS] feature, I can be listening to audio coming from my iPhone, then [SWITCH] to my MacBook Pro and beam the sound from that machine to my AirPods. And all this instantly with no pairing or unpairing.”

  • “Apple says sound seamlessly switches instantly between devices, but this hasn’t been quite the case for me. I still find the process a bit finicky and unreliable but it definitely beats pairing and impairing devices manually.” – this statement seems to directly conflict with exactly what you said one paragraph prior. makes no sense in context…

  • badly written: “More precisely, when I switched to my MacBook Pro and selected my AirPods in the sound output, the video I was watching paused, my MacBook Pro took a few seconds to connect to my AirPods, and when it did, nothing happened. ”

    better:

    “More precisely, when I switched to my MacBook Pro and selected my AirPods in the sound output, the [CURRENT VIDEO DID INDEED PAUSE AND] my MacBook Pro seemed to attempt connection, but nothing happened.”

  • “Pressing the play/pause button on the video did nothing. “should have been “Pressing the play/pause button on the video [ALSO] did nothing. “

  • “Finally, I took the AirPods out of my ears, put them back in, played the play button, and audio started coming in.” – better written: “Finally, I [REMOVED] the AirPods [FROM MY] ears, then put them back in, then pressed the play button and [THE AUDIO FINALLY CONNECTED PROPERLY]

    • M_Hawke

      Geez, Ray, while I agree with some of your corrections, couldn’t you have just put them in one post or send them directly to the author for correction instead of littering up this thread with so many? And with many, of not most, of your “corrections,” they are merely corrections to formal English rather than that of conversational English. I guess we could debate all day about using conversational English on a blog like this. I find many of your “corrections” to be overly picky, in my opinion.

      • there’s several reasons why I did it this particular way.

        1. I keep commenting on various posts about how terrible the grammar and spelling are from various authors, but this one really took the cake. it was magnificently error laden. so i wanted something that would stand out. notice I did not make any personal attacks to or about the author or say anything nasty in any way? i just made corrections
        2. having said that… the majority of what I’ve corrected is actually on an 8th grade level. that’s very telling about those who run the site as it relates to their desire to be taken seriously and compete.
        3. equally important was my desire for the proprietors to receive the corrects much the same way the errors happen for us… one after another, like rapid fire.
        4. you’re incorrect that this is formal english, this is simply proper english. the corrections I made are those a 9th or 10th grader would be expected to deploy even in a basic essay. this is definitely not formal. also known as “neutral” english. it’s the same type of editing and final drafting every other website that wishes to be taken seriously does. Having said that, even if you were right that it’s formal , it’s still the correct english for a professional blog site if you want to be taken seriously by anyone above the age of 30.
        5. it’s clear the management hasn’t bothered to hire a proof reader of any kind, as even the simplest of errors regularly make their way into the posts here. So assuming management is even paying attention, my hope is that they will see the sheer volume and finally do the right thing and hire an editor.

      • M_Hawke

        Well, I would definitely agree with you that the level of “professional” journalism has gone to pot! Typos, grammatical and spelling errors galore! Everywhere. Even from the so -called “main stream,” “professional” (not blogs) digital rags and mags. I really do not understand how some of these reporters and columnists ever graduated from college or how they even got hired in the first place. Ditto about the editors, too.

  • “Not everything is perfect with the AirPods but the pluses far outweigh the minuses. ” should read “Not everything is perfect with the AirPods[,] but the pluses far outweigh the minuses. “

    • Anonymouse

      People historically take longer to learn a second language (or any subject)) when the instructor has a poor delivery method. Likewise humiliation can also be a hinderance for accelerated learning.
      Having an ugly mug like yours stymies the flow. People on talk radio should be heard and not seen.

      • 1. of course you post anonymously, coward
        2. not once did i personally attack the author, yet you show yourself for the troll you are for both the personal attack as well as the anonymity
        3. you attempt to put yourself in the camp of those opposed to “shaming” techniques (having wrongly attributed what I’ve done to shaming) , yet you then deploy that exact tactic. showing yourself to not only be a troll but a hypocrite.
        4. while the issues with spelling, grammar and the like are out of control in this one particular post, this is par for the course with this site. it is riddled with major issues that are easily solved with a competent editor. ie: they are either editorless or need to replace them with someone competent ASAP if they ever expect to have an audience beyond the 12 year old fan boy trolls that fawn over them.
        5. your primary defense seems to be that he’s in the progress of learning english, so I’m being too hard on hm. this shows you have no idea what the issue actually is. the issue is not the grammatical, semantic or punctual issues this post is plagued with.. it’s that no one upstream of the author reviewed it before allowing it to be posted, which in turn transforms their site from a credible news information source into what can only be described as a high school blog fest.
        6. I don’t disagree with your assessment of my looks. that’s why i do radio. however, at least i’m not a gutless, anonymous troll

      • oh…
        7. you said “People historically take longer to learn a second language..”

        when you should have said

        “Historically, people take longer to learn a second language”
        8. longer than what?
        9. what evidence do you have to prove your claim?

      • Anonymouse

        1. A coward is one who is lacking in courage to endure or do dangerous or unpleasant things. You need a reality check or access to a decent dictionary.
        2. If you didn’t attack the author, then who did you attack, his secretary?
        3. Yes, they refer that to ‘tasting your own medicine’. Not nice is it? Given the number of posts you felt it necessary to publish on the errors just shows what an insensitive A$$hat you are.
        4. If it was out of control then the message would not be comprehended. That’s not the case. This is a BLOG site with the emphasis on BLOG. They are not highly trained journalists in fact they don’t necessarily have or need to have a journalistic background. I’d say they do their own editing as most BLOGGERS do. This isn’t the Wall Street Journal. If you’re not comfortable in the company of we 12 year olds, then I suggest look for another sandbox to play in, one with a lot of cats as they tend to bury crap that’s exposed.
        5. My ‘primary defence’ was asking how long does it take to master a second language. You no doubt are master at baiting.
        6. Refer to point 1.

      • 1. you fit this definition perfectly – hiding behind a keyboard with no name, picture or identifying marks. and the fact that you don’t realize this shows not only a lack of courage, but intelligence.
        2. see point 1

        come out of the shadows, put your picture up and your name, and reveal who you are, and we can continue the discussion.

      • Anonymouse

        I find it somewhat disturbing that you feel the need to see a pic of me and aIso amusing that you believe a threat to cease communication will somehow convince me. Batman doesn’t get nagged half as much to remove his mask. So I guess this is goodbye.

      • Anonymouse

        17. Before you go, you also remind me of those bigots who ridicule migrants for not being able to speak the ‘lingo’. Does it serve you well asserting your mental superiority over others?
        18. I see M.Hawke displays no photo yet you don’t pine for it. Does the name do it for you?
        19. If it’s any help, picture me as a cross between Andy Garcia and Al Pacino. Now take that thought to a quiet spot and have some alone time with it. Otherwise there are plenty of apps and magazines that may assist.
        20. I started numbering from 17 as I felt empowered to follow your example but the novelty wore off by 20.
        People historically, historically people take longer to learn, longer than what? Longer than the designated hours in a school day.
        You’re not the result of one of those who wasn’t breast fed or physically tormented by your bigoted parents for being stupid? When you sought your spectacles did you request ones that made you look more intelligent, you got ripped off. At school were you always following the teachers around the playground or first in the classroom to clean the chalkboard? These formative years of yours have sought to produce an individual who rather than accept the sort of bigoted bully that you are, rather call someone a coward for not providing a picture. But then converses with another who doesn’t, so I neglected to include a hypocrite.
        Now apologise to Sebastien for your pathetiic, childish, bigoted and ridiculous number of posts addressing his grammatical errors.
        And because you have been awarded the internets A$$hat of the month, you can take your extremely high iq and spectacles and rack off to another sandbox

      • spoken like the coward you are, hiding behind a keyboard anonymously over the internet… unable to process the actual issue, and instead focusing on what you think is the issue… missing the point entirely… repeatedly.

      • Anonymouse

        equally important was my desire for the proprietors to receive the corrects much the same way the errors happen for us… one after another, like rapid fire.

        Corrects? Corrects you say. I think you need some correction.

        Regardless as I thought you also lack integrity, you won’t communicate if I don’t provide a photo, yeah right, you’re as predictable as a mullet in nascar.

      • spoken like the coward you are, hiding behind a keyboard anonymously over the internet… unable to process the actual issue, and instead focusing on what you think is the issue… missing the point entirely… repeatedly. yep…

      • Anonymouse

        Don’t you mean written, not spoken? This isn’t radio. Speaking of which, you work in radio but here you can’t communicate without a photo. Do callers to the station need to send a photo of themselves in advance?

  • The King

    Wouldn’t worry about gestures or different taps with the airpods. I’m sure some weird tweak in a jailbreak will come for this.

  • Icisz

    A really well written article and also objective. I concur with most thoughts expressed, and the criticisms were constructive and valid. A rare quality in today’s journalism. Kudos.

    The idea that they were probably pushing the factory at full steam ahead for the Christmas rush may indeed have played a role in the fit and finish of this product. Frankly the look of them always kind of irritated me, so much so, I had never given the wired ones a real workout.
    That being said, after doing a test with the wired ones last week, I decided my reason for disliking the asthetics did not justify the notion that looks would impact the products performance.

    So after much debate and wanting to get a little taste of the W chips performance- decided to pull the trigger, despite having several jaybird tethered Bt solutions that worked really well.

    I don’t think I have to repeat the pros, cons and concerns. Sebastian and others have pretty much nailed it. For the record however, I am absolutely delighted, and this is a great beginning to the truly wireless connectivity many of us have only dreamt of since childhood. They are fantastic for me. Very happy to have these without question.

    • Anonymouse

      According to the internets A$$hat of the month Ray Junior, it was a poorly written article.

      • Icisz

        Well most of us adults know that opinions are like an A$$hole and everyone has one, and everyone is also entitled to having their very own lol. I guess from my point of view, and having owned a pair now for several days my feelings have not changed, so my comment stands and I still think Sebastian’s article merits praise for being objective and well thought out, as well as giving potential buyers some imperical insight on the pros and cons of such a purchase. I am not sure what buddy said to criticize it, however for me at least, it flowed nicely and maintained an objective approach.

        One further adendum might be, that I wish the case was instead made of alooominnniuuuum. Though I love the current case and it’s functionality, it does scuff easily in the pockets quickly; Crazybabys upcoming case impresses me in thier iteration of Bt headphones coming soon, however serious battery life restrictions and lack of the W chip were the deal breakers for me. I still give CB credit for a nice first run, and as someone who prefers ear buds to pods, might give them a whirl when battery life issues can be addressed.

      • Anonymouse

        The volume control (or lack thereof) and Apple’s choice of Bluetooth codec are major letdowns. What is interesting/annoying depends how you look at it, is during the initial review by the handpicked journos, not one highlighted nor gave an in depth unferstanding of either two.

      • Icisz

        Having an Apple Watch has certainly given me a nice way to control volume however I can absolutely appreciate the concerns in this area for those without one. Even the Apple Watch volume control seemingly needs to be adjusted some as I have caught it briefly getting louder before it *should* have reduced volume using the Digital Crown. (That was only for a second); software will fix that and I am not worried in the least. BT range has matched my Jaybirds as one would expect from 4.X. Again all in all it was better than expected, for me at least.

      • Anonymouse

        Sure I understand the watch can play a role in volume control, but come on, does one need to spend an additional $5-600 odd just for a volume remote? Now you’ve got three devices with varying battery life. But yes I’d be pushing people to buy a wrist remote if I had shares in the company, which I don’t. This year Apple has come across as not being Apple if that makes any sense and it’s painful to watch as the next best tech company is a distant distant second place.

      • Icisz

        Hang on a second ha ha. Let me be crystal clear at the risk of exceeding my fair share of disqus data and harming the environment expressing my views once again

      • Anonymouse

        I hear you loud and clear and for the record I did say ‘this year’ Apple hasn’t been like its old self. But then agan history does repeat itself aparently so I suppose we’ll sit on the sidelines for the next two decades and ‘watch’ it play out.
        Speaking of watches, yes here in Australia your basic 42mm series 2 silver Aluminiun is $579 plus $79 for the ocean blue strap that I believe compliments it perfectly; but alas that’s subjective and subjective costs thrugh the nostrils with Apple. There’s your $658 volume remote thanks for coming. A damn mighty fine looking volume remote if ever there was one. 🙂

        Your comment re: failure is a critical part of success is spot on and the achilles heal at Apple when it comes to openly admitting faults publicly. What publicly listed company has the stones to come out in the open and admit so? Answer: none.
        As long as Schiller remains there they’ll always have someone on hand to explain away a problem or go into spin doctor mode. Apple’s leading irritant

        As for Samsung they do cop a bad rap, considering that mobile phones are but one of their product lines, it seems to be the stick by which they’re measured.

        Isn’t 2017 shaping up as the year we’re one year closer to tech utopia? 🙂

      • Icisz

        ha ha well I sure hope so! Startups, and big companies alike… it is my hope everyone gets what they wished for under their proprietary virtual Christmas tree. Sadly I think if it doesn’t cook you breakfast and hold your hand at night when things don’t go so well (a $499 AVA – ex machina lol), it won’t be good enough for the comments section. Cheers 🙂

      • Anonymouse

        I read an article some time ago and the subject evolved around the teenagers of today and their addiction to mobiles, from the moment they wake up it’s the first thing they reach for. It made me realise how times has changed, when I was a teenager in the 80’s the first thing we reached for when we woke up wasn’t a mobile.
        Youth is wasted on the young. 🙂

      • Icisz

        We could well be the same age… though I would confess my apple ][ and I were extremely well acquainted… we sure didn’t fight about it like they do now. Lmao. For whatever it’s worth my journey to becoming an adult was not being held by the hand of a Goliath brand marketing department. Though as time goes on, one can’t help but ponder what comes next.
        Guess we (as individuals) are in charge of the answer to that.

      • Anonymouse

        Likewise here re: no slave to a Goliath brand growing up, a consequence of a low income household. 🙂
        As you get older and the financial constraints are removed, (dependant on circumstances) quality over quantity was soon discovered. Another consequence brought on when comparing attire made in Italy vs made anywhere else. 🙂
        A quick question, do you ever recall a game on the Apple II called Wavy Navy?

      • Icisz

        Ha yes… I’m trying to remember the cover. A boat with a smily face on a dark blue ocean? Lol… I aspired to have a massive collection of programs and games especially! (so yes, was indeed an Og apple software pirate). Lmao.
        Anyways I got very good At locksmith (all of them lol),back it up, edd, macro copy, (basically all worth mentioning) and eventually quick shot/snap shot (hardware) and more. The Ultima series, Gorgon, Karateka, 1942 (I think??) and yeah… Wavy was pretty fun too now that recall. Ha ha. It is always a pleasure to think back to those days. Soooooo many titles and amazing programmers.(oh and a tip of the ol hat to the hackers. Can’t forget them). Tee hee. Some day I will get myself an Apple 2 gs just for fun.
        Man I miss those days.

      • Icisz

        Perhaps I was hasty in my somewhat embarrassing enthusiasm- and blunt honesty with regard to my childhood activities. I think of developers today and how truly inspired they all are (or were) that they were the very foundation of what made Apple great,
        and what makes all technology of today so great. We knew not clearly that we were hurting the birth of a technological evolution, but our thirst for knowledge, understanding code and what made things work… those encryptions were state of the art and we had to know how. All these years later and you see it all so differently!

  • M_Hawke

    My only experience was Saturday at the Apple Store where a Genius demonstrated them to me while I was waiting for tech support. They paired up really slick! They do sound a better than regular Ear Pods with a little richer bass. Just don’t think I will fork out the bucks for it, though. Maybe a subsequent generation can tempt me. I do not think that having a wire for a BT headphone/earbud like LGs is much of an issue. And I think it is just a pain to have eliminated the headphone jack. I’m not seeing the benefits of “stereo speakers” when they are only .75 of an inch apart at the bottom of my phone. They could have left that jack in and still made the Air Buds. And the battery time for these is not very impressive for the price.

  • Raveena Wadhwa

    I just got mine yesterday and out of the box the left airpod had the same black line on the seam. I called the Apple Store and they said they would hold a pair for me to exchange with when they get their new shipment. However, they called me back saying that someone returned an unopened pair of airpods and are holding them for me. I hope these ones aren’t scratched!

  • José Ramón

    My left AirPod have the scratch or that dark mark that seems that from factory the 2 parts doesn’t match correctly, I though I was the only one but now I am reading the comments I’m not the only one, do you think Apple will exchange this because of this factory mistake? I will try tomorrow…