Apple wasn't the first company to launch a pair of truly wireless headphones. And, it's safe to say that when the company did finally unveil the AirPods they were met with plenty of criticism. Not so much for how they worked, mind you, but the knee-jerk reactions were primarily aimed around how they looked. Now, all these months later and the AirPods are basically the default match-up for truly wireless headphones.
Who could've seen that coming, right?
I'm the crowd that's stuck in the middle when it comes to the design. Yes, they do look pretty silly. And yes, I do kind of wish they were an all in-ear design, without the stem. However, even while I can admit that I don't think they're so ridiculous that they shouldn't be worn outside or in public. I wear mine all the time, and I see others wearing theirs all the time, too. AirPods are the truly wireless headphones I see out in the wild. I've never seen any other alternatives.
The AirPods quickly became my favorite device after I bought them back at the beginning of 2018. Almost a year later and that's still the case. I've used them with my Apple-branded products without fail, switching between one and another with ease. And I've used them with Android devices, too.
Actually, one of the best discoveries I made was when I realized if I switched the tap function on my Mac, it would keep those changes for my Android phone. So if I switched it to double-tapping on the right AirPod to skip ahead, and double-tapping on the left AirPod stopped playback on the Mac, that's how they would function with my Android phone.
I honestly have no idea if that's still the case, but it was definitely a nice find when I stumbled on it months ago.
When Apple announced new AirPods, I didn't immediately jump at the chance to order some. My AirPods are fine. They're fine! Except that's not really the case. My battery life has definitely taken a hit over the months, which isn't too surprising. Ever since I picked them up I've been using them almost every single day. And while they can typically still get me through whatever I need to get done, I definitely notice that I'm counting down the percentage a lot faster than before.
And talking on the phone, while very (very) rare, takes a huge chunk out of the battery life now. So much so, in fact, that I find myself not using the AirPods for a phone call as often as I used to. The fact I'm avoiding that was definitely a sign for me that I needed to upgrade.
But, what about you? Are you upgrading to the second-generation AirPods? If so, are you opting for the wireless charging case, or saving some money and sticking with the standard case? If you aren't picking up the new AirPods, why not? Let me know!