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When the Powerbeats 3 work, they are great. The inclusion of the W1 chip make them generally switch automatically between my phone, watch, Mac and iPad. However, they do seem to have a high failure rate from my experience. I use them for general use as well as running, walking and at the gym, so they are subjected to sweat from exercise. My first pair lasted 6 months and then every subsequent replacement pair would last 2-4 weeks before failing again. They finally went out of warranty. Apple replaced them one last time just after warranty, but again they failed not too long afterwards.
My second pair lasted 2 months before intermittently failing. As example, the volume would just turn up randomly. Now they will occasionally just not charge, but then start again. I purchased a second pair, because the first ones were being repaired and had a 10K I wanted them for.
I never had complaints about daily battery life. Usually, I would just plug them in after morning run or evening exercise. But maybe I was doing it wrong by not waiting until it was fully discharged to recharge.
I tried the AirPods, but I am part of the, supposedly, small percent of people whereby they just fall out of my ears. Well, to be fair, it kept falling out of my left ear when doing nothing and right ear when motion was involved. Trying any of the attachments to AirPods to make them stay on seems counterproductive since the attachments would need to be removed (and quickly lost) when needing to place them in the case to charge.