Apple AirPods Review

Battery


Apple AirPods Review

Last but certainly not least with a product along these lines, let’s talk battery life.

Apple is claiming that you can get up to 5 hours of continuous playback on the AirPods without having to charge them up, and that charging the AirPods in the charging case for just 15 minutes will allow you to get up to 3 hours of additional playback time.

In my testing, I found the AirPods to either meet or beat these claims.

During my test of the battery life on the AirPods, I connected them to my iPhone 7, opened up a radio station via the iHeartRadio app, and let music continuously play until the AirPods finally died. I started playback at 11:04 AM, and the AirPods didn’t die until 5:06 PM that evening. Do a little bit of math, and that comes out to 6 hours and 2 minutes of use on a single charge. I then placed both AirPods back in the charging case at 5:08 PM, and both units were at 100% at just 5:29 PM (21 minutes). Those are insanely impressive numbers, especially when you compare it to something like the Samsung Gear IconX where both units died after 60 to 75 minutes of playback and required either 90 or 100 minutes to get a full charge once again.

The long-lasting stamina for the AirPods units themselves is impressive enough on its own, but the charging case is the real star of the show here in my opinion. Being able to drop the AirPods into the dental floss-looking case when you aren’t using them anymore is such a natural action, and the fact that the case is able to charge up the units so quickly pretty much means that you’ll never be hurting for battery life. The case itself charges via a lighting cable when it runs low on juice, but during my time with the AirPods, I found myself only needing to charge the case every 3 or 4 days depending on my use.

Apple AirPods Review

Conclusion


Apple’s AirPods certainly may be one of the more controversial products that the company released this year, but after spending some good quality time with them, they just might be one of my favorite gadgets of 2016.

Apple AirPods Review
Headphones/earbuds usually aren’t products that I get that excited for, but what Apple’s done here with the AirPods really is something special. The W1 chip that’s packed into the AirPods is one of the biggest reasons for this, as the simplicity of being able to open up the charging case and have AirPods instantly connected to your iPhone or other Apple gadgets is quite magical. You can choose to use AirPods with any Bluetooth-enabled device, but at the end of the day, this really is best-used for someone that’s completely immersed in Apple’s ecosystem of products. That ecosystem certainly isn’t for everyone, but for those who exist in it, this is a product that compliments it perfectly.

Ease of use and the tight integration with Apple products aside, the AirPods also do a fantastic job at being really great wireless earbuds. They’re comfortable to wear (provided they match your ears well), audio quality is great, and battery life is unmatched for truly wireless earbuds such as what we’ve got here.

For the price of $159 that Apple is asking for the AirPods, I’d say that they’re worth every penny of it. Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds retail for $199, and the AirPods are superior or similar to Samsung’s option in nearly every major category. If you can get past the somewhat odd design of the AirPods and you’re someone who owns an iPhone or other Apple gadgets, the AirPods are a truly excellent product and are a great way for Apple to end 2016 on a high note.



Pros

  • Minimalistic design
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Ridiculously easy pairing process
  • Gesture controls work well
  • Audio is clear and surprisingly punchy
  • Battery life is incredible for headphones this small
  • Price is competitive against similar gadgets

Cons

  • One-size-fits-all design won’t fit everyone’s ears perfectly
  • Limited gesture controls

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

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116 Comments

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

http://www.phonearena.com/news/AirPods-Teardown-Impossible-to-repair-or-recycle-feature-low-quality-chips_id89237 It uses low quality chips and still got a 9 score.......whahahah PA how much Apple paid you this time?

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The whole repair concept was BS to begin with. Who repairs headphones? ifyou headphoens break, you get a new pair. No one I knwo has ever repaired headphones. IFixit teardown was more of a lets see whats inside deal. I agree with rhe review they do sound betetr than the EarPods, but not by that much. Punchy Bass? iPhone's don't even have bass, so that's a lie right there. Hwoever, I use PowerAMP on Android and I connected the AirPods and adjusted the bass to my liking. It took for me to go past 3 to even get any bass to begin with and when I did, it was bass with static,. Comfort? They are not uncomfortable, but since they don't fit and they dont come with rubber cushions to make them fit, I can judge if they are comfortable or not. They fall right out. You keep talkign about the Icon X. Far different breed of earbuds. First off the Icon X get up to 3 hours, if you actually put the music on the earbuds. Which is very easy. You can do it with your phone, or your PC. An hour to charge is along time. Nice for Apple to offer rapid charging. With Samsung using QuickCharge on its phones I am surprised the earbuds didn't have it, other than its so tiny the battery would have to be even smaller to fit coils. My Icon X wont fall out. 3 hours is ok I guess. I only need them for a ride or so. I don't use them while sitting on the couch. But a 9? really? For what exactly? Cause its made by Apple/

68. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

If you can't repair them, then they ought to be recyclable.

69. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? headphones, at least the earbud types, have never been repairable. Why do they need to be recyclable?

91. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I agree that the repair part is not necessarily the thing we do with headphone but remember : the d*mn price of this things is insane. I can get a cheap 20$ earphone, even 10$ and throw them after few months. More than 100$ and for an easy to lost item, slow charging, they could at least make the thing more reparable. And remember also the new iPhones you are forced to get expensive things like this to listen to your music. I am sick of Apple paying iPhonearena to give good marks to their products. This is so evident and biased. This is unacceptable. Some authority must go in the details of this company because this is like false and almost fraudulent behavior.

94. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

So Apple can sell them CPO. Certified Pre-Owned. Refurbished.

120. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

two time now i had my senheiser over the ear headphone repaired. those costed me like 80$ back a few years back and another 20$ each time to repair ( always same thing thats break lol damn cable :P ) Still they sound much better than any wireless crap :)

5. dnomadic

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Ooo Reallllyyyy???? These are audio devices that sound very similar to the basic earbuds you get with every iPhone, yet these are now a 9... Somebody been smoking the Apple Sausage.

9. aman5mathur

Posts: 236; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

You are losing your commendability PA. Try to atleast not contradict yourself when you talk about low quality chips and their impressive performance!

10. shaineql

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Great audio quality , 9, what are you smoking ? But I guess you have to sell your soul to apple in order to get event invites and demo units , also the money .

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3089; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"Price is competitive against similar gadgets" HAHAHAHA I can't stop laughing iPhonearena. You forgot to add another con : no Apple logo to show it off to other sheep.

16. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Believe it or not it's true...the ICONX costs between $179-$199.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17074; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Similar products. The Icon X include fitness tracking and on board storage. They're not simply wireless headphones.

24. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Doesn't the IconX also have built in storage for music so you dont even need your phone

15. cozze02

Posts: 119; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

hahaha this review is ridiculously biased, even ifixit said they are low quality and just plain junk lol!!! this has to be a joke right?

17. dnomadic

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Now what I believe to be great about these headphone is the battery life, battery charging, the charging case, and the syncing feature...All are nice....Design seems to suck and since these are audio devices that cost $169, I expect, not decent, but excellent audio to be streaming in to my ears. I come here daily to increase my anger against all things Apple...Thank you for my fuel. Because of sites like this I know that Apple incentivizes good reviews and likely incentivizes marginal reviews on other quality devices....Shame shame shame

21. aegislash

Posts: 1434; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So does build quality just...not matter? Didn't you guys just recently write an entire article about how Apple used poor quality components to build these?

31. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

"the stark white nature of both the AirPods and their charging case is very sterile and futuristic." so we are praising the white colour now lol.

43. Diego!

Posts: 854; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

God prevent us from Apple releasing a Jet Black set of AirPods xD

32. Diego!

Posts: 854; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Oh please! A 9 for the Airpods? Are you kidding us? The are impossible to repair and as you mentioned, they won't fit in everybody's ears. I'll give them a 3 the most. That's it. You really lost your reader's respect by giving every Apple product a 9 or a higher score.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can you show me a list of reparable earbuds? Because I don't know of any. But the main issue is the cheap parts...!

121. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

i would give them a 6 or 7 max...

33. drunkenjay

Posts: 1632; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

no thanks. jaybirds bluebuds x2 gets a 9 instead of airpods.

36. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

A 9? These pods should have 13/10 score. I did not even read the whole thing, as I already know that they will say everything works flawlessly. And Price is competitive against similar gadgets? Are you guys kidding? Only 2 cons? And not really a con by the way. Sound more like sheep everyday. Why don't they put an APPLE logo there, so that people can get a cover, which strategically cut just to show the apple logo. I think they can give a 9+ score for that stunning apple book or whatever they call it. I can imagine reading the article, stunning paper with the ink that can pierce your very soul

126. pt020

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

It is 9 from a 100

37. SealBeachBum

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I still hit this site first thing in the a.m. for the latest of everything, even on weekends. As long as they keep the great coverage of everything up, I can handle one of their incredibly biased Apple reviews. Anybody in any picture wearing these things looks like an utter tool tho, case in point...

76. TheOracle1

Posts: 1867; Member since: May 04, 2015

They certainly don't cover everything. I'm still waiting for an article on the Honor Magic that virtually everyone but iPhonearena carried.

38. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The best in the market as usual. Apple always put the bar very high.

72. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO

81. aegislash

Posts: 1434; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Setting the bar high by using cheap low quality materials to build a $159 pair of earbuds? Yeah, the reeeeaaally set the bar with these.

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