Be it Apple smartphones, tablets or laptops, they become the talk of town in no time, months before its launch. That’s Apple, a brand that has always been one step ahead and the leader in new technology. In fact, apart from the iPhone 7, if there’s anything that iPhone lovers have still been discussing, it’s the company’s own, first-ever wireless headphones that it launched in 2016 – Apple AirPods. When Apple first announced the AirPods, there was a lot of criticism from people on social media because Apple also announced about doing away with the headphone jack for iPhone 7. For most people, the aunch of AirPods seemed like a forced move to wireless on the iPhone 7 series. It was also mocked on social and other consumer platforms for its “ugly design, small size and unbelievable pricing.”
Especially, after the release delay of over two months, Airpods were already given the ‘flop’ tag but things changed soon after its launch. We wouldn’t say this wireless technology went on to become a huge hit but definitely not a flop. Also, in case you thought Airpods only pair with Apple devices, let us tell you that they also pair with Android smartphones, tablets, Windows PC and tablets, Apple TV and any other device or gaming system. AirPods are just like any other Bluetooth headsets but what really differentiates it from the rest is its sound quality. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Apple AirPods…
How to Pair Them With Android or Windows Devices
The procedure for pairing your AirPods with your Android device is simple. All you need to do is…
1. Press and hold the pairingbutton on the back of the case.
2. Launch the Bluetoothsettings on your device.
3. Select AirPodsfrom the list.
4. Confirm the pairing.
How do they charge?
AirPods come with a magnetic case that does the job of carrying and charging them. The case is charged via a lightning port, the same as on the iPhone or iPad. The AirPods connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth using a combination of software in iOS and a processor inside called W1chip that makes connecting to your phone a piece of cake, literally! The W1 chip inside each AirPod is what makes it perform better than a normal wireless headphone.
As far as the AirPods battery life is concerned, in a single charge it has over 5 hours listening time and 2 hours of talk time. Also, charging it is quite easy and quick. 15 minutes of charging in the case equals 3 hours listening time and over an hour of talk time. Not bad! Imagine, if you charge it fully you wouldn’t have to worry about its battery life for the next 24 hours. Not to forget, W1 also helps the AirPods better manage power, giving them longer battery life.
Sound-wise It Does Stand Out
Though AirPods work like any other bluetooth pairing devices, it does stand out from the rest for its sound quality. It’s got a good audio quality and comes with dual beam-forming microphones that filter out background noise, according to Apple. We’d say, AirPods don’t sound as good as high-end, over-the-ear headphones but of course, they sound better than the wired EarPods that come with your iPhone.
The AirPods can actually detect when the earphones are being taken out of your ears. This is possible because of the built-in optical sensors and motion accelerometers. It also pauses your music, the moment you take them out of your ears. Not just this, if you get a call while you’re listening to music and you’re more comfortable taking a call without your earphones, you can do that! Once you hang up and put the earphones back into your ears, it will resume music playback automatically. Another cool thing about the AirPods is that double tapping on it connects you to Siri for any assistance. However, this is possible only if you have an active internet connection and frankly that’s difficult if you’re often on a flight with low to no network.
What’s Not Good?
One thing that’s disappointing about the AirPods is that it has no physical controls and that means depending on Siri for everything. If you want to turn up or lower the volume while listening to music, you’re expected to double tap one of the AirPods. The music will then pause and you can tell Siri you want to turn up or turn down the volume. This can get a little annoying with time.
You Can Also Share Your AirPods
Yes, that’s possible, unlike the wired earphones. You can put one in your ear and the other in someone else’s and enjoy your music but you can’t share a pair for phone calls. And guess what? In case, you happen to lose one, you need not worry! With just one bud, you can still have a perfectly functional headset for making calls or listening to music.
We’d conclude by saying, AirPods are pretty cool and the right investment for people who’re fitness freaks, travellers and music lovers. They’re lightweight, water-resistant and truly wireless earbuds. When we say water-resistant, we mean you can use them in the rain but do not dive in the swimming pool with your AirPods. Of course, there are plenty of other options available in the market but if you’re brand conscious and a die-hard Apple fan, this one’s for you.