Tech Review: Apple Airpods
I want to start doing more reviews on my blog since I am terrified of Youtube and will never be a Youtuber, but love doing reviews. If you guys have any products you want me to review then let me know. There are some exciting reviews coming up that link to mental health, so stayed tuned.
As always all reviews on this blog are my own unless otherwise specified. I am an Apple brat, I won’t lie, I just prefer Apple to Microsoft, or Google devices. This isn’t to say that I won’t give an honest review, but it’s more to let you know that if I say something is crap and it’s my favourite tech brand then it’s crap.
What are Apple Airpods?
Apple released Airpods on 13th December 2016 and are wireless bluetooth earbuds that connect to the majority of devices (even non Apple devices.) They play audio, but also have a built in microphone that can filter out background noise, allow you to talk via bluetooth on your mobile phone and you can also speak to Siri, Google or whoever your AI assistant may be.
How do they Work?
They are Bluetooth connected earphones that connect to other Apple devices and allow you to remain listening to whatever it is you are listening to whilst moving from room to room in your house.
I have mine in when cleaning my house, constantly. The only time I get any interference is when I am near my microwave and it’s on, or if I’m in another room and I kneel down. For example, if I am in my kitchen and my Mac is in my living room playing a Youtube video, if I kneel down to go into my cleaning cupboard it does sometimes jump, but not all the time.
How much do they Cost?
On the Apple website they cost £179.99 for a wireless charging case, £149.99 for the Airpods I have which have a usb charging cable that is the same cable used for my iPhone XR and the wireless charging case on it’s own is £79.99.
Amazon prices Airpods at around £149.99 which is the usb charging cable, case and Airpods.
Are they Worth the Cost?
In all honesty, no. Nothing you stick in your ear should be worth £150. That’s just my personal opinion, then again we spend £700 – £800 on mobile phones, so… Seriously though, £150? No, you can literally get bluetooth style earphones just like them for a third of the price.
I’ve had mine for around two years and I only recently starting having issues with them. The right airbud wouldn’t charge properly. I thought it was because I dropped the charger down the toilet (which was thankfully just cleaned with bleach and flushed before I dropped it down there). Charger was fine, though I just left it in rice for the day and then plugged it in and charged it for 8 hours before trying to use it, again and it was fine.
I was lucky enough that I decided to bite the bullet and buy the 5 year guarantee policy with mine so when I took the Airpods to Apple they swapped the Airpods for new ones and I kept my charger. I haven’t had any issues with them since then *touch wood*.
Charger battery has 24 hours worth of juice in it fully charged. I usually charge mine overnight and the charge lasts me a good few days. The Airpods last 3 – 4 hours and are charged in 15 minutes. It’s like everything with batteries, though, it’ll wear down over time. My Airpods always die at the worst possible moment, usually at the climax of a good Creepypasta or horror movie and whoever is with me usually gets a good jump scare.
Are They Waterproof?
Well, I dropped my Airpod charger in a (thankfully) freshly bleached toilet and ran downstairs as quick as I could to clean it out and stick it in some rice I’d boiled. I left it there for the majority of the day and then charged my Airpods at night and haven’t had an issue.
I also checked online if it is actually waterproof, rather than you take my word for it and drop it down the loo and it not work. According to Apple.com they are water proof/water resistant. However, I wouldn’t go out of my way to just drop them in some water to find out if it’s true.
I had to laugh, because when I looked online to find out if they were waterproof I came across this little gem…
“It is recommended to keep AirPods away from water as much as possible. That being said, AirPods are designed for use during workouts, which means they could be exposed to sweat.“
I don’t think anyone would be able to sweat enough to break their Airpods, kid.
Do I Recommend?
I really had to think about whether or not I’d recommend them to people. I love them, I really love them, but the price is just a bit too much especially if you are a student. I got lucky and have a friend that worked for Apple so I got a bit of a discount (shout out to my friend Mark) so I didn’t pay the full price and I had to save for months for them.
If you are like me and love listening to music or audio books when you are cleaning or studying then 100% yes I recommend them for that. You do tend to get a bit of interference with the bluetooth if you are at the other end of your house or outside from where you are playing the music/audio book. I usually leave my Mac in my room and clean the house so if I’m on the opposite side and kneel down to get something from the cleaning cupboard it does jump.
Yes, I recommend them, but I suggest shopping around for an alternative as there are plenty out there as I just don’t think the price is worth it despite how good they are.
I’ve included a link to the Apple UK shop as there is a deal on that gives you Apple Music for three months, however there are very interesting T&C information at the bottom of it that you should be aware of before you decide whether or not to purchase it.