Admittedly, in the beginning we did not have much more than a tired smile for the AirPods. The snow-white, wireless Bluetooth headphones from Apple with their case had not convinced us, especially for visual reasons. Then we became curious and tested the AirPods while testing sports, jogging, telephoning and in everyday life. And the results with the in-ear headphones are amazing.
As of fall, 2016 wireless Bluetooth headphones AirPods of Apple We had little more than a mockery of the snow-white earphones sticking out of the ear like two white stalks, looking like slightly misshapen earrings from a distance. At the same time, there were more and more reports about customer satisfaction with the supposedly strange sound system. Then we asked ourselves: what is going on with the people, that they are leaving on such ugly headphones? But we were curious then and finally bought a pair of high-tech earphones. For testing purposes only, of course.
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AirPods: Almost too good to be true?
To date, the preferred over-ear headphones for us was the Bose QC35 II. The high-end headphones come with noise reduction and rich, balanced sounds. A great headphone for all everyday situations and also to the sport, Then our AirPods fluttered into the house and with a necessary dose of skepticism we opened the small, white box. This hid another, snow-white box: the cargo case, which is also the case and charging station for the AirPods. And as soon as you pull the AirPods out of their case, the magic starts. The AirPods connect almost automatically with all devices such as iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Only a few seconds pass from the first unpacking of the in-ears, until rich sound comes from the headphones. The pairings process is quite simple: the case is opened next to the iPhone and then you just have to wait 3-5 seconds - the AirPods are already connected to the iPhone. The Technical works really smoothly. Since we are really out of wonder no longer out. You could say we were flashed!
The technology behind the AirPods
Visually, the AirPods are reminiscent of the wired EarPods. But that's where the similarity ends. Because the small, white headphones are crammed with the latest technology and sensors. Especially the W1 chip from Apple, which also in the PowerBeats and in the Apple Watch ensures proper performance. It creates a trouble-free connection between the headphones and the iPhone, as well as optimal battery management that allows five hours of battery life.
Overall battery life: Considering that each headset weighs only 6 grams and is tiny, 5 hours of runtime per charge are already enormous. You only have to put the AirPods in the charge case for 15 minutes to use them for three hours. In this way, the AirPods last up to 24 hours, if you put them in between in the charger. Also very pleasant is the charge level indicator: On request, the charge level of the AirPods and the charge case is displayed directly on the iPhone or via Siri with the question "How much battery have the AirPods still?" Communicated.
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