I don’t understand why the AirPods are so popular and so widely referred to as perfection?! I bought a pair and returned them the same day. The main things they have going for them is they are very comfortable and light, and the mic is great for calls. And of course that they fit into the apple ecosystem, but really that was it. The most important factor for me in headphones is sound quality and these sound like absolute garbage. That alone is a deal killer. They sound like the cheap earbuds they hand out for free at trade shows. Listen to any decent ear buds and you can’t possibly tell me these sound anywhere close. Absolutely no bass or isolation. Very hard to listen to if there’s any ambient noise. Too quiet to use on an airplane either. The case is nice and compact but getting the headphones in and out is a pain. They should pop in and out of the case. The tap gestures don’t work all the time either. I could go on and on. I know a lot of people love these, I just am surprised is all. I would love to own a pair if they could improve the sound quality but I really hated v1.
Airpods stay put in my ears, but they hurt so much after about 10 minutes, that I can't use them. Same for Apple's hard ear buds - just too uncomfortable. Apple could generate a new income stream by offer custom molded silicone Airpod inserts. You could be measured and fitted in an Apple store. Would also be smart to allow the insert to be removed and added to a new pair of Airpods when you upgrade.I actually don't use any ear devices, either in-ear or over-ear. I don't like not being able to hear what is going on around me.