Apple AirPods Pro Hands on Review | A huge shift for Apple

by birtanpublished on May 18, 2021

Here they are folks the air pod Pro hot on the heels of the Amazon echo buds and mint I think these guys went from credible rumor to actual product on the Shelf in like three weeks from Apple when does that ever happen I feel like these are a legitimate ly big deal for Apple this is the first time since they've been making earbuds that they got away from the actual earbud style and went with an in-ear right off the bat that's gonna improve sound quality but they also tossed noise cancelling in there something that they've never done before sure they've got the beats brand and access to their noise canceling

Technology but this is a new one for Apple so there's a lot of big expectations around these let's unbox these quickly and I do mean quickly because we have a lot to cover here so it's very similar to the air pods standard air pods or air pod to whatever you want to call them the new air pods here's the case you can tell right away that's a little bit different underneath we'll find a lightning cable not USB see a lot of people are going to be a little bit hurt about that and then we've got some other ear tips available in this little piece of packaging now here we

Have the original air pods and the new air pod Pro so the case I think on the whole is a little bit larger but it's definitely a different shape that's the most noticeable thing so if we pull out one of the original air pods you know what those look like but it's great for reference compared to the new air pods which pave this place right there so the little golf tee design has definitely gotten shorter it's not quite half as short but it's a noticeable noticeable difference and then aside from that other than you know the fact that it's not an earbud and has a

Silicon ear tip you can pop this right off now you don't have to fit it over a little nubbin like you do a lot of other buds it just magnetically clasps in place and this is not going to come off in your ears you don't have to worry about that you really have to pull it off to to get it off at all and then yeah looking around the earbud we see some microphones and that's really about it from an aesthetic point of view the case is what I expected a nice magnetic snap when you put them back in provides about 24 hours or more of total charge time five hours

Of listening time more or less depending on the volume three and a half hours of talk time and about five minutes we'll get you an hour of listening time for talk time also this is a wireless charging case you don't have to pay extra for that and you shouldn't because these cost two hundred and fifty bucks to get these set up just like any other ear pods you just open the case should be immediately detected by your iOS device press connect if they've been paired to something else you might have to press and hold the button on the back as I will have to do here so we'll do

That and it will complete the process once it's connected it's gonna you know tell you about some things you can do with the air pods it actually describes media control so you basically squeeze the end of either one of these guys long squeeze I'll turn on the noise cancelling or turn on the transparency mode and then of course you can pause and play and skip with a number of different combinations of presses I'm gonna go back out of here and then I'll show you once you are connected you open this guy up it's gonna give you a battery status both for the case and for

The air pods themselves so how about that noise canceling well let me recount the tale from when I first put these in I first put in the right bud and I hear a little tone and then actually I can hear some sound being piped in and then I put in the other bud and all of a sudden noise is shut out and I was immediately impressed because there's something that happens when you first experience noise cancelling really quality noise cancelling there's kind of a suck out a little bit of a pressure change going on there's it's kind of forceful that there's a high level of

Effectiveness to it so I ran right outside and started getting myself into noisy situations by a bus by the light rail you know there's wind whipping by and from what I could tell just purely subjectively it was really really good so I grabbed the Sony WF 1000 XM 3 true wireless earbuds because we know those have some of the best noise cancelling in the market for an earbud and I did an a/b comparison and I got to tell you it's there on part it's a head-to-head race between the two which totally shocked me I didn't expect Apple to get noise-canceling down so

Well the only thing left for me to do at this point is hop on a plane and if I could I'd go do that right now because the true test of noise cancelling is when you're on a plane with the whir of the jet engines how much of that can it shut out and how good does your audio sound while it's doing all that noise canceling one of these days I will do exactly that but I got to tell you for everyday use the noise cancelling on this is fantastic light up your music and you're not going to hear any of your coworkers doing anything you are locked into your

Own little world everything else is shut out now of course on the opposite side of noise cancelling is pass-through sometimes you actually want to hear what's going on around you whether you're just trying to speak to somebody or you don't want to get mowed down by a bus this is also very effective it brings things in in a very natural way a lot like the solo pro from beats it doesn't sound very digitized it sounds very natural and I love that as well so another win from Apple on that oh hey look we're outside yeah I decided

To step out to the streets of Portland in order to test the call quality of the new ear pods Pro so what we're gonna do is we're gonna wait for a light rail train or a bus to come by a pretty loud background noise and see just how much of that bleeds through and how much gets canceled out by the ear buds and then we're gonna try the same thing with the sony true wireless earbuds as well make a comparison what you're going to hear when we do that is an audio recording of that call from the other phone so the feedback I got from the other end of that call was that the call quality just

Wasn't that great so to eliminate the cell signal aspect you were recording this with the voice recorder on the iPhone I'll let you be the judge of whether it's actually better or not again this is the air pod pro recording on a voice recorder on the iPhone right next to allowed so as you can hear for yourself the airport pro cancelled out way more background noise than the Sony's did and in general had a better overall call quality sound now let's talk about sound quality and I gotta be honest with you I was ready to dump all over these things because Apple

Just hasn't made a really great sounding product before then again they've never had an actual in-ear headphone either so I was expecting an improvement in the bass response but overall I didn't expect to hear a lot of detail what have you I gotta tell you I am super impressed the bass response is quality and yeah some of that comes from the fact that you're getting a really good seal but I listened to some of my favorite tracks and it's not booming bass it's not especially deep bass but it is rich enough to be satisfying and it's very tuneful like I listened to one

Of my favorite tracks the test with is Fleetwood Mac's the chain because it's got really great kick drum in the beginning and then it's got an electric bass solo in the middle very telling whether you like the music or not it's a great test track and I got to tell you it sounded fan stick through the air pod Pro the kick-drum you could hear the drumhead it was definitely warbling in there just enough of a punch to be meaningful and then when that electric bass guitar came in it sounded totally organic on the whole the sound quality is really really

Good I actually put it right up against those Sony's there's a little bit of a difference there the Sony or maybe just a little bit more refined I would characterize the air pods as crisp which is a word I don't like to use I hate to use the word crisp but there is a crispness there to it there's a lot of attack there's a little bit of a brilliance to the treble it shines but it's not overly harsh by and large it's exactly what I think's a high-end headphone user would expect from something that costs two hundred and

Fifty bucks so again Apple knocked it out of the park so who should buy these little guys well first of all if you're already an air pods owner and you want an upgrade these are a significant upgrade both in terms of sound quality and the fact that they bring the noise canceling plus they're smaller they're more comfortable all around a much better product now let's say that you're in the market for true oz earbuds for the first time this be your first purchase if you're an Apple device owner absolutely totally makes

Sense works great with Apple devices I would also recommend them to anyone who wants a comfortable earbud and there are other great options we like the Sony we like the Amazon echo buds for the price they can't be beat but overall this is a very premium product totally worth purchasing I would absolutely at least give these a shot and decide if they're right for you folks thanks as always for watching what did you think about what I had to say about the air pods Pro here were you surprised because I know I definitely was leave a comment down below

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