When Apple announced its first truly wireless headphones, the AirPods, the design was met with plenty of backlash. They stick out of both ears with long stems, and they are definitely noticeable. Sure, they offer an in-ear design, but they certainly don’t disappear from sight once you put them in. And maybe the initial backlash, while most of it was joking, was warranted! They do look pretty silly.
But the AirPods work, and they sound fine for what they are and how they’re priced. If they fit in your ears, then they’re probably pretty comfortable, especially over long listening sessions. Battery life isn’t bad, and the charging case (which now supports wireless charging) is small and discrete, small enough to fit in a small loose change pocket in a pair of pants.
All-in-all, the AirPods are a pretty incredible piece of technology. So it shouldn’t be surprising that they are so wildly popular.
You hear about AirPods being popular enough. Apple touts the truly wireless headphones’ popularity when it gets a chance. And analysts aren’t shy about backing up those claims in their own reports looking over the wireless headphone market as a whole, either. The AirPods are apparently a success for Apple, which is good news for the company.
(Maybe not so much for the consumer who wants to buy every new version of the AirPods, because Apple could go the route of upgrading them on a semi-regular basis. Which wouldn’t be great!)
I’m sitting in an airport while I write this, and the reason why I decided to write about AirPods is because I’ve seen them all over the place. I haven’t been sitting here long and I’ve already counted 27 people using them. There is a couple sharing a pair right now, right across from me. They’ve got them synced to an iPad and they’ve been watching something for a little while now. It’s pretty awesome.
Smartphones are definitely still the leader as far as seeing devices out in the wild. There are plenty of laptops and tablets out here, too, sure, but smartphones reign supreme. But it feels like AirPods are a close second. And it has a lot to do with the fact that they work with Android phones, too.
(Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of iPhones out here. It’s borderline ridiculous.)
Which is what I’m curious about. I don’t know if I’ve seen someone using AirPods with an Android phone, but I’m sure it’s possible. Unlike the Apple Watch, just because you see AirPods being used doesn’t mean the person is using an iPhone, too.
I’ve tried out using AirPods with an Android phone in the past, and it worked well enough. It wasn’t anything great, of course — just Bluetooth-equipped headphones. But all of the mainstay AirPods features (battery life, comfortability, the charging case) were still there.
So, I’m curious: If you use an Android smartphone as your daily driver, and especially if you’ve never considered switching to an iPhone, are you using Apple’s AirPods? If so, how do you like the experience? Are the AirPods your go-to headphones? Let me know!