Apple AirPods: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on November 27, 2020

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg and today we finally get a chance to take a look at the air pod so these are long overdue they were supposed to come out with the iPhone 7 and 7 plus back in September but we're here in December and we finally get them now these retail for 159 and are essentially wireless versions of the Apple earpods that come with your iPhone 7 and I actually really like these so let's dig in to find out exactly what I like so much about them first up let's get to the unboxing and as always Apple does a very nice job with this packaging design in fact on the top of the box you'll find the Apple

Earpods embossed into the surface which is a nice touch lifting up the lid the first thing we'll see here is some paperwork slide that out we'll find a QuickStart guide in addition to some regulatory and warranty information the QuickStart guide explains how you set these up and it's pretty basic and we'll go through the setup process next up we have the ear pots in their charging case the case has its own battery as does the ear pod the case itself is very nice and compact has that very glossy white plastic that Apple is known for and at the bottom

You'll find the charging port which is a lightning port so you can recharge this using any lightning accessory also include it in the bottom of the box is a very neatly tied up lightning cable although a power adapter is not included along the back there is a bluetooth pairing button so this actually begins the bluetooth pairing process we'll explore this in just a moment they also make pretty liberal use of magnets so the lid of the case is magnetic so when it opens and closes you get this very nice satisfying click and is pretty secure so it doesn't accidentally open

Up the air pods are also magnetic so they cinch into the casing and stay secure there's also a really nice metal hinge along the back that actually resembles a lot of their previous MacBook designs as soon as you open up the lid to the air pod you'll see an LED indicator which tells us the charge status of the air pods that are installed so if it's amber that means it's currently charging and if it's green the air pods are fully charged so anytime the air pods are within the case they're charging until they're maxed out and of course you can charge the case

With or without the air pods installed now pairing the air pots to your iPhone couldn't be simpler I have to do is flick open the lid of the air pods when it's next to your iPhone and this will initiate the pairing process so if the air plants are not already connected you'll be prompted to start the pairing process which involves holding the Bluetooth pair but along the back of the casein and that's all there is to it once it makes the connection you're ready to start using the air pots in the future you will not have to pair these again these

Will automatically work soon as you pop open the lid this activates the Bluetooth connection and you can start using them right away now thanks to the battery widget within iOS 10 you can check the battery status of both the air pods and the casing themselves now easily one of my favorite aspects of the air pods is that once you sync them to one device on your iCloud account they're synced to all of them that include your Mac your iPad or any device running iOS 10 or Mac OS so for example if I go to my iPad and go to my control center I'll find my ear pods already

Available so again all I have to do is make sure that bluetooth is turned on and I can connect to them right away all without having to pair specifically to this device this also works with in Mac OS I have to do is go to your Bluetooth settings again make sure it's turned on and you'll see them automatically add it to your Bluetooth list by the way this also extends to Apple watches so you can use your air pods with your Apple watch alone so that means if you have music Sai loaded on your Apple watch you can go ahead and use your air pods and leave the iPhone at home and although air pods

Are designed specifically to work with iOS or Mac OS devices these are Bluetooth headphones so they will work with anything that supports bluetooth that includes Android devices windows phones or even older Mac's so the pairing process is very simple just pop open the lid tap and hold the pairing button along the back of the case until the light changed through a blinking white LED light and then you can go to your Android device or whatever and look for Bluetooth devices that are available and you can go ahead and select your ear pods these also work great with the

Apple TV but I find this does not work via iCloud so you will have to pair these through the bluetooth pairing process right on the Apple TV which can be done by going to settings Bluetooth and entering the pairing mode on the air pause again by holding down the pairing button along the back and waiting for the light to turn to a white blinking light for the most part air pods look like ear pods but with the wire cut off but obviously there are some more significant differences than that for the most part these speaker design is identical they've just added a few

Components to make these work a bit differently obviously we need the battery so the stem is a bit thicker there's also a larger vent toward the top and overall I do think the air pods do sound a bit punchier than ear pods which means there's a bit more bass so they do sound a bit richer than these standard ear pods but definitely not significantly more but there are a few components added here so for example you'll find infrared sensors on the inside and the outside of the earpiece this allows the air pods to know when it's in your ear so when you

Take one out it automatically pauses playback and resumes it soon as you reinstall it of course you can listen to audio in just one earpiece if you want but it automatically pauses playback on the other ear piece now thanks to my camera I can actually see the infrared light emitting from these diodes which means they're always on to sense whether the earpiece has been reinstalled into your ear now essentially each of these air pots have the exact same hardware they have the same battery microphones speaker and infrared sensors they also have an accelerometer which is used for

Gesture control right now all we have is a double tap gesture so you can double tap either one of the air pots to activate Siri or pause playback unfortunately this is the only gesture we have and only works for one command so you have to decide whether you want that gesture to work with Siri or to work with pause and play now if you receive a phone call a double tap polite to pick up that call now if you want to change any of these settings you just go to bluetooth and this allows you to change the settings for this specific set of air pods now I can rename them if

You want you can change which action the double tap brings up whether you want it to bring up Siri or just to pause playback of audio you can also turn off automatic ear detection which may save a life for me the air pods fit perfectly as did the ear pods the only issue I had with the ear pods is the cable constantly snagging and pulling the ear pods out of my ear and of course with air pods that's not an issue so these things stay in my ear no matter what I do I think I have to be punched in the side of my face in order to knock these out but

Your Anatomy may be different so you're gonna want to try these out if you can in the Apple store of course audio quality is subjective but to me I think they sound fantastic as I thought the ear pods did as well and for me Bluetooth audio quality definitely is not a concern to me they sound indistinguishable from hardline audio the other thing that really shocks me about the ear pods is the range it has especially for something that's so tiny so I was able to walk around my in higher house even my basement and upper floors while maintaining connection to

My iPhone the only time I ran into issues is when they stepped outside and started walking away from my house so I think that's pretty amazing but of course that really depends on the barriers in your house or interference now when it comes to using these with a Mac it works basically the same a DoubleTap can even wake up Siri to bring up the voice command there is a slight difference here so if you go to Bluetooth and take a look at your ear pod you'll actually see the battery status for each ear pod so you'll see the right and left indicated now when it

Comes to using this with other devices you don't get the same smart functionality so for example if you're listening to audio on an Android device when you take the earpiece out it doesn't automatically stop audio playback on that earpiece or pause audio on the Android device we still get DoubleTap functionality with other devices so in the case of Android this actually pauses playback now when it comes to battery and battery life you have to remember there are actually three batteries throughout the system we have 93 million watt batteries in each

Air pod and then we also have the battery case which has a 398 milliamp hour battery built in so that delivers in combination 24 hours of listening time so that's five hours on air pods per charge and then you can use the case to charge that multiple times to reach about 24 hours of continuous use now these tiny batteries in the air pods charge very quickly so a 15 minute charge will give you three hours of listening time now the battery and the antennas are housed within the stem of the air pot and if you look at the bottom you'll see these electrical

Connections which is how the air pods interface with the charging case so if you look at the charging case you'll see those connectors at the bottom of the reservoir where these fit into so in the end I find I like the air pods far more than expected and it does show you the benefits of living within sort of apples closed ecosystem because this just works with everything in that system you don't have to pair it to each device and it's pretty easy to switch between them that's definitely not the case with most bluetooth headphones now for me the most obvious and immediate problem I have

With using the air pods is the fact that it relies too heavily on siri for basic functionality such as volume controls so in that case you'd have to go right to your phone for quick access to volume controls or you have to bring up Siri to ask it to adjust the volume which is just not a the reliable solution but this is easily my favorite solution for wireless headphones I'm looking forward to see what beats does with the same technology alrighty guys hope you enjoyed this look at the air pods if you did please give the thumbs up to let me know and I'll

See you again in the next video

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