Review: Apple's new wireless AirPods put a smile on 2016

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  • Reply 21 of 92
    sog35sog35 Posts: 12,408member
    I concur with your 5/5. In my two days of use at home with an iPhone 7, iPad Air, and iMac (late 2012) I have found the learning curve for use to be simple for iPad and iMac and immediate with iPhone.  I haven't used the AirPods with telephone calling or answering yet.  I've used my iPhone charging dock to recharge the pod's case. They are everything I hoped for at this point.
    does double tap work for you?
  • Reply 22 of 92
    sog35 said:
    sog35 said:
    Wow.

    First 5 out of 5 I've seen on this site.

    I agree 100%

    This thing has literally changed my life and made my life more enjoyable.

    A key is to pair this with an Apple watch so you can easily skip tracks and adjust volume.


    Only problem i have is the double tap to envoke Siri does not work. I don't know why. Tried it dozens of times.
    You have to tap pretty hard. It's more like a finger hit
    I've tried it. VERY HARD. Still does not work.

    probably will return it for a new pair when these are in stock in a few months.
    I read something about settings for the AirPods, where you could choose between basic tap controls and Siri. Tried that?
  • Reply 23 of 92
    sog35sog35 Posts: 12,408member
    talexy said:
    sog35 said:
    sog35 said:
    Wow.

    First 5 out of 5 I've seen on this site.

    I agree 100%

    This thing has literally changed my life and made my life more enjoyable.

    A key is to pair this with an Apple watch so you can easily skip tracks and adjust volume.


    Only problem i have is the double tap to envoke Siri does not work. I don't know why. Tried it dozens of times.
    You have to tap pretty hard. It's more like a finger hit
    I've tried it. VERY HARD. Still does not work.

    probably will return it for a new pair when these are in stock in a few months.
    I read something about settings for the AirPods, where you could choose between basic tap controls and Siri. Tried that?
    Yes. I switched between, Pause/Play, and Siri.  Even switched it to off and on again.

    None of them worked. 

    probably defective, but won't return it until I can get another pair off the shelf
  • Reply 24 of 92
    dougddougd Posts: 140member
    "In the future, you'll wear AirPods"  Like hell I will.  
    baconstang
  • Reply 25 of 92
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,616member
    How does the sound quality compare to Bose SoundSport and QuietControl 30? 
    Dave Spence
  • Reply 26 of 92
    I can't believe how many denizens of this site have them! Mine due 1/12. What's your secret? 
  • Reply 27 of 92
    vahancouvervahancouver Posts: 4unconfirmed, member
    woodworks said:
    Eric_WVGG said:
    I've heard that Airpods don't work so hot, where the bluetooth signal doesn't benefit from walls to bounce around.
    I've taken two hour-long walks outside while playing music, and I have noticed a few momentary dropouts. But they've all been less than a second interruptions. Annoying, but not a deal breaker. My guess is that most bluetooth headsets wouldn't perform any better. And being able to double-tap the ear bud and ask Siri to play anything in my library is kind of cool.
    I'm having similar issues. Seems like a short droput or skipping of a few bits. Kinda annoying, though I like hem overall and they sound really good.
    Dave Spence
  • Reply 28 of 92
    The stock Apple EarPods' fit is OK for me (but not great) and don't fit  my wife at all. What would be nice is if Apple Stores had some dummy (or real) AirPods to so that I could test the fit before purchase. I know I could probably return them if necessary but a few seconds of shaking my head around in the store would make me confident they are going to work.
    Dave Spence
  • Reply 29 of 92
    sog35 said:
    andrewj5790 said:

    You have to tap pretty hard. It's more like a finger hit
    I've tried it. VERY HARD. Still does not work.

    probably will return it for a new pair when these are in stock in a few months.
    Try to tap with your fingernail instead of the fleshy part of your finger.
  • Reply 30 of 92
    SoliSoli Posts: 2,897member
    I'd give them an objective 5/5. It's amazing how seamless the setup, sensing (IR), and switching (input source and earpiece) is. They also don't fall out. That really was an issue with the cord. Tapping to call Siri works, but I wish Siri responded a little faster, but that's an issue with Siri in general.

    However, even a few minutes of use is not kind to my ear cartilage so I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep them.
    edited December 2016 Dave Spence
  • Reply 31 of 92
    fmalloy said:
    sog35 said:
    Wow.

    This thing has literally changed my life and made my life more enjoyable.

    Only problem i have is the double tap to envoke Siri does not work. I don't know why. Tried it dozens of times.
    A set of mid-fi earbuds which become disposable after the battery no longer holds a charge "literally changed your life"? Seriously? The double-tap to invoke Siri doesn't work, and yet deserves 5 stars?
    Did the article's writer say his double-tap Siri didn't work? He's the one who rated 5 stars and I didn't read that it didn't work.
    williamlondonavon b7brucemcMacsplosionDave Spence
  • Reply 32 of 92

    djsherly said:
    Dang, somebody got paid for writing an article...
    With your logic, I guess no one can write a positive article about a product they really liked. 
    I'm sure they're amazing headphones, but effusive isn't the word I'd use for this article. Fawning might be a better one. 
    Why? Because he really liked the product? The product that has people lining up outside of stores for? If he found it to be as good as hope, why on earth wouldn't be enthusiastic in his article? Should he throw in some made-up negatives in an attempt to be perceived as "fair & balanced"? I think that would be disingenuous..
    friedmudbestkeptsecretwilliamlondonbrucemcmacguiDave Spence
  • Reply 33 of 92
    sog35sog35 Posts: 12,408member
    chromos said:
    sog35 said:
    andrewj5790 said:

    You have to tap pretty hard. It's more like a finger hit
    I've tried it. VERY HARD. Still does not work.

    probably will return it for a new pair when these are in stock in a few months.
    Try to tap with your fingernail instead of the fleshy part of your finger.
    man, I finally got it to work.

    But it means pushing REALLY REALLY HARD. Like almost making my ears soar hard. 
    Dave Spence
  • Reply 34 of 92
    yoyo2222 said:
    The stock Apple EarPods' fit is OK for me (but not great) and don't fit  my wife at all. What would be nice is if Apple Stores had some dummy (or real) AirPods to so that I could test the fit before purchase. I know I could probably return them if necessary but a few seconds of shaking my head around in the store would make me confident they are going to work.
    They have real, working pairs you can try with your own music.
    williamlondonDave Spence
  • Reply 35 of 92
    sog35 said:
    Wow.

    First 5 out of 5 I've seen on this site... ...Tried it dozens of times.
    That's what I was going to say... 5 out of 5 oh yeah easy... It's like nano technology kinda. If you see and feel just how small and light they are once you start using them you are kinda blown away at what they actually are doing. I think an Watch is mandatory for skipping songs and volume, which why wouldn't you, and answering a call on the watch with auto-transfer is just a joy. I think with the three, iPhone -> Watch -> AirPods, all working in union is just SICK. Bluetooth 4.x in it's prime! The cool part too is if you switch devices, when you switch back to the iPhone the Watch auto connects it's bluetooth without you having too... Fearsome!
    StrangeDaysbrucemcDave Spence
  • Reply 36 of 92
    sog35sog35 Posts: 12,408member
    rezwits said:
    sog35 said:
    Wow.

    First 5 out of 5 I've seen on this site... ...Tried it dozens of times.
    That's what I was going to say... 5 out of 5 oh yeah easy... It's like nano technology kinda. If you see and feel just how small and light they are once you start using them you are kinda blown away at what they actually are doing. I think an Watch is mandatory for skipping songs and volume, which why wouldn't you, and answering a call on the watch with auto-transfer is just a joy. I think with the three, iPhone -> Watch -> AirPods, all working in union is just SICK. Bluetooth 4.x in it's prime! The cool part too is if you switch devices, when you switch back to the iPhone the Watch auto connects it's bluetooth without you having too... Fearsome!
    yup.

    The airpods made my Watch an even better purchase.
    Plus now i can watch TV without disturbing my dog.
    Dave Spence
  • Reply 37 of 92
    Wish List:
      1. Siri for audio controls w/o iPhone (e.g., with Watch)
      2. Siri phrases for direct volume level ("Set volume 80%")
      3. Software update to handle user taps differently in each AirPod.  e.g.,:
               Left AirPod = Volume
                   - Single Tap   = lower volume
                   - Double Tap = higher volume
                Right AirPod = Play / Pause
                   - Single Tap  = toggle Play / Pause
                   - Double Tap = Siri
    edited December 2016 StrangeDaysDave Spence
  • Reply 38 of 92
    can we please have a black version... !
    Rayz2016brucemc
  • Reply 39 of 92
    fracfrac Posts: 446member
    sog35 said:
    sog35 said:
    Wow.

    First 5 out of 5 I've seen on this site.

    I agree 100%

    This thing has literally changed my life and made my life more enjoyable.

    A key is to pair this with an Apple watch so you can easily skip tracks and adjust volume.


    Only problem i have is the double tap to envoke Siri does not work. I don't know why. Tried it dozens of times.
    You have to tap pretty hard. It's more like a finger hit
    I've tried it. VERY HARD. Still does not work.

    probably will return it for a new pair when these are in stock in a few months.
    My method - tap and make contact with both the end of your finger and fingernail, works every time. You can hear the fingernail tap through the body of the AirPod. 
    They also sound way better than EarPods. No treble sibilance. 
    To answer another question...I left my phone in the kitchen this morning when I went to the workshop - that's four walls and around 20m away and they worked fine. I was quite disorientated when I got a call and automatically reached into my pocket only to panic a bit that I had dropped it somewhere. That's a pretty seamless experience. 
    The case charges at a fairly leisurely rate. 
    Dave Spence
  • Reply 40 of 92
    mtbnut said:
    "The company failed to detail how, exactly, it plans to target offending users."

    Damn, at least give them more than 5 minutes before declaring that they've failed? Didn't this just start happening a few weeks ago? Maybe 'did not' instead of 'failed to'?

    Where was that quote? I searched page for a few of the key words and couldn't find it.
    Dave Spence
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