Do Apple AirPods fall out of your ears?

Apple's AirPods, the tiny wireless earbuds with a record, 5-hour battery life on each are now finally available after months of delay...
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42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactky. Which is 100% fair. We all have different ears. I have seen peopel jog with Apple AirPod (wired) and they seem to have no issue. But I don't jog. I don't use headphone in bed or when just sitting in my car. I only use them when I ride. I have to consider begin outside where the wind is always blowing and I also create wind. I reach speeds as high as 35 mph when I ride, especially going down hills. The last think I need is to be flying and one falls because I am not goign back to get it, and I'm not goign to pay apple $70 to replace it either. They are a waste of money for me. I do like them. They sounded decent, but not even as good as headphones I own that cost 1/2 as much and are also wireless. Apple as per usual went for cool vs practical and useful.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro. Apple fanboys will lie, and Apple haters will lie by voting yes.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I did pre-order them. But then I cancelled my order, mostky because apple didn't post the range of response. But while I was at the Apple Store gettign an Apple TV, I did try them on and just liek the AirPod Corded, I barely shook my head. I am a cyclist. I have yet to find any headphones that don't have ear-hooks that will stay in my ears. My Icon x will stay longer, but do loosen and have fallen. Though it took me falling on the ground for them to pop out. But the issue for me is, when I read at any speed above 15MPH, the wond loosens them and also my chewing and because i do encounter bumps All of which shkes earbuds from my ears. I ride a $4000 bike. I surely can afford 4160 for headphones. No I don't own them. I did try them on an as expected they fall easily and in my case with very little movement. I have to consider how I plan to use them. if I was only goign to be sitting on a bus commuting everyday or on the train or in the back seat of a cab, they would be find. For for anyone with active lifestyles where they are running or bumping around, they are not goign to stay in your ears. Anyone who thinks they will is living a pipe dream. The plastic is too smooth vs many headphone that use a rubber cover that would help witht he slipping. Apple chose to only use glossy plastic.

8. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I've never had luck with ear buds staying in, so I'd probably lose mine if I had them. I do appreciate the tech behind them though.

10. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Probably depends on the individual. I would hate to lose one after 160 bucks. That's why I just buy something cheaper. Not a audiophile anyways.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

These aren't for audiophiles. The sound quality is no where close to being good.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Do you own them or have tried them?

27. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

They are being and have been tested by some audio quality people, and the general vibe so far is that they are 'ok' audio quality wise, so for most people they are probably more then fine. But for audiophiles, probably not.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes I agree, they are OK. But they aren't $160 quality. They are maybe $49.99 quality. I paid $129.99 for my BOSE which are usually $149.99. They sound way better. I know because that is what I took with me when I went to the Apple Store. They arent eve close to my BOSE. At least my BOSE have "some"bass that doesn't sound liek static. I tested them on full blast. Because when I ride, my normal headphones I use, have noise cancellation which is a must, because when I ride with headphone sin my ears, the wind noise passing over them is very loud. Apple didn't even offer noise-cancelling for their garbage. The downside to such a feature is, it drains the battery on my Icon X, but its a small price to pay for keeping my hearing in tact. when I ride, my rides usually is 3 hours in one direction and 4 hours back. which means my ICon X only last 50% of my ride. I wanted the AirPod because it was claimed 5 hours. The other downside to the Icon X is they are not very ambient in the wind even with noise-cancellation, so I have to have them at the max and that too drains the battery. I always carry my corded pair as well. But my BOSE fall out because when the rubber gets wet from me sweating, then they don't hold as tight and fall, which drives ne to my beats with the Ear-Hooks. They just make my ears sore because my helmet strap press against them and after hours of riding, its literally painful..

13. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

So, AirPods are earphones that you can drop and lose easily, with mediocre quality, impossible to repair and massively expensive. It's clear that they exist only as an excuse for the lack of 3,5mm jack on the iPhone 7 which brings no advantages on the phone, as it's not thinner or with smaller bezels or anything else in comparison to the 6s. Way to go Apple. Meanwhile I enjoy great quality and integrated Digital Noise Cancellation from my Sony earphones which cost half as much.

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In all fairness, do you know of any repairable headphones? The only headphones you can repair are over-the-ear ones because they have larger parts. There si no such thing as repairable in-ear headphones...PERIOD. That whole iiFixit teardown was total BS. heaphones in general have never been repairable. I see plenty of broken headphones when I ride. Especially corded ones. Because as you ride the fall and then get caught in the wheel, which is why I stopped using them where possible. The worse thing that happened to me is, they fell and the wind blew them back and down and they got caught in my bike rear derailleur. I literally had to take it apart to get all the wire out of it. Noise cancellation is a must. For Apple to charge $160 and not even have that is BS. Good luck to all the fools who waste their money just too look cool with low quality typical overpriced garbage from Apple. Loving my BOSE, loving my BEATS and loving my SONY'S.

16. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

The earpods do fall out of my ears, but i don't blame Apple for that. I have tried so many forms of earphones, none of them worked for me. Dunno whats wrong with my ears, but earhooks are the only solution for me. Thank God for KZ-ATE with earhooks, bought directly bunch of these ATE-S, ZS1 and ZS2.

17. Fizzlebottom

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 29, 2016

Earbuds/Airpods or anything similar are made for people that have a narrow gap between their ear Tragus and Anti-Tragus. I have a wide gap that doesn't enable a secure fit with any earbud type headphones, so the active variety work best for me.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Looks like you're having some kind of seizure Victor...I don't see people moving their heads this way in public unless you're standing next to a mosh pit.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

He is moving fast so no one see's the tape holding them in

22. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

Apple and other earbuds won't stay in my ears. I need foam or rubber-tipped earbuds or over the ear hooks.

23. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Any hard or even rubber buds that don't have wings or foam fall out of my ears. I think this one size fits all without even the option to attach foam or wings for comfort or exercise purposes is pretty lame. Especially for something that has no cord to retain it once it falls out. People will be losing them all over the place. PS i didn't vote at all. But shaking my head after putting them in isn't going to instantly cause them to come out. But talking or eating or running for 2 min and they fall right out.

24. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Apple introduced new Hang-ear headset

28. LilJokr unregistered

I have a feeling that this poll was answered by trolls.

31. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Mine haven't fallen out, but they have cut off twice, and the music I was listening to reverted back to my iPhone for several seconds before my AirPods could reconnect. Very disappointing, considering my Skullcandy Hesh 2 wireless headphones have NEVER done that.

44. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Option 3 for me - haven't tried it yet and won't be trying it anytime soon... And it just doesn't worth it's asking price.

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

agree. No internal storage, no noise cancellation, terrible frequency response, poor design, cheap speaker drivers...cool look, faster charging is a huge plus which is why i wanted them. Vs The Icon X take 2 hours to charge from the case. Samsung shoudl have used fast charging, especially with up to only 3 hours of usage. But they are the first in-ear models, to actually stay in my ear when I ride and that is it's biggest Pro and I had to pay the price to get them. My ears are very wide. They won't hold any standard earbuds/airpods.

47. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Guess the good thing is you have a choice. Some people will moan and groan. Then say they bought them anyways.

52. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

"Apple's AirPods, the tiny wireless earbuds with a record, 5-hour battery life on each are now finally available after months of delay. " It definitely not a record at all, especially as this is the claimed life which you always have to reduce in real hard use. I have been using wireless earphones for years, most of the time for training and have been through many pairs. The only ones that have stayed put, lasted over a year and have great sound has been Sony Walkman waterproof earphones (the latest the b-trainer). These do fall out of the ear occasionally (under heavy stress and only when very sweaty), but stay firmly secured, I just press them back in again, so are never lost; I swim with them and sweat is not a problem; they have a full set of controls on the earpods themselves; sound great and last more than 5 hours. I have swam, ridden and run with them and used them in the gym, so they are thoroughly tested. They are supplied with lots of buds so will fit your ear too. The Apple ones are disappointing, one size, limited controls, not waterproof, they are not secure and easily lost or damaged if they fall out. The sound is average and cost too much for what they can do.
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