Have you ever held out on buying something (not wanting to be one of those people who bought the thing that everyone had and won’t shut up about), only to have it turn out to be one of the most magical things you’ve ever bought? That was me with my Apple Airpods. I am, admittedly, a pretty huge Apple geek. My ex boyfriend did this to me (he started me on his old MacBook Air and I never looked back). I have the iMac Pro as my desktop. And the MacBook Pro for when I’m on the go/on the couch. I have an Apple TV and even sprung for the iPhone X despite mixed reviews (I actually really love it, for the record). I think what I love most about Apple is how seamlessly all of their products work together. Their (for the most part) impeccably designed, easy to use, but best of all if you are an idiot with technology they work together without you having to do much.
But for whatever reason, I was a little bit of a holdout when it came to the Airpods. They looked dorky. I thought I’d lose them (I’ve had them a month so far – doing pretty well!). I worried they’d be hard to work.
Nope, they are magical. I bought them after a session at the gym where my headphones kept falling out of my ear. It was time to upgrade. I’d been wearing my Beats wireless headphones (great for working in coffee shops, NOT for the gym – hot ears!!) So today I wanted to tell you guys all the reasons I love them… they are far and away the best purchase I’ve made in a while, I could not love them more.
First of all, they come with their own pretty cool charging case, which charges them FAST and holds quite a charge. I love this because I’ll commute somewhere, wearing my Airpods, stick them back in their case and by the time my meeting is over, they’re back to 100% charge.
Second, I love how seamlessly they synch with my phone. Literally, you open up the case and your phone immediately recognizes them. Put them inside your ear and a little chime will play… your phone knows to turn them on. And when you take them out of your ear, they’ll stop playing whatever you’re listening to. So damn smart!
I love them at the gym. And they stay IN. It takes a lot to knock them out. I’ll run 3-4 miles with them (although the very fastest I’ll run on the treadmill is about 7.5mph… if you are a speed demon, I can’t confidently say what will happen) and be totally fine. The only time I’ve ever lost one was pulling a t-shirt off over my head with them still in. They’re perfect for the gym. If I was doing a stretch or weights session I always found it annoying as I had to hold my phone or wear leggings with pockets while doing the sequence. Now I can stick my phone on the floor or the bench… it’s so convenient!
They’re also great for conference calls. I’ll be walking home and listening to music and just switch it over to the phone. I’ve taken at least ten calls with them in now and haven’t had a single problem.
As for the sound quality, it’s good! MUCH better than the headphones your phone comes with and any of my other regular headphones, not quite as good as my Beats (but those are noise canceling so it’s a different story).
Overall, I am sold. I could not love these little guys more!
photography by Trent Bailey.