What are your thoughts on the Apple Airpods?
I got my AirPods based on Dave Hamilton's was positive impressions, after being initially skeptical (hope I did not put words into Dave's mouth).
I use my AirPods when working around the house, riding my bike, rollerblading, if I do not want to listen to the TV but I do want to be in the same room with my wife, or when I'm in a cafe or other public space and want to listen to music, podcast, YouTube, etc...
The AirPods stay in my ears better than corded earphone, where my head turning would eventually cause a cord to pull one or the other corded earphone out. I even own a pair of Bluetooth earphones, the kind that has a cord that goes around the back of your neck. They still pulled the earphones out of my ears.
The AirPods do not fall out on their own. The only time I have to worry about them falling out is if I bump something against the bottom of the AirPod. While that does happen from time to time, it is not a common occurrence, and I am aware that it is an issue, and try to avoid it
I like that the case goes in my pocket and are almost always with me, and I can quickly put them into my ears or quickly take them out of ears and put them away. Corded earphones do not do that as easily, and the behind my neck Bluetooth corded earphones do not pack up easily at all.
My iPhone is the Apple product I could least do without, followed by my Macs. AirPods come in 3rd. I'd definitely give up my iPad before I'd give up my AirPods. And I bought AirPods instead of an Apple Watch or Apple TV or HomePod.
Old UNIX Guy
I have no interest in AirPods. I prefer earphones with isolation - I used Apple's wired earbuds in the past, and I have no desire to turn the volume level up to damaging levels in order to be able to hear over urban environmental noises. I use a pair of Westone in-ear monitors. They're basically earplugs with built-in drivers. They're not the best option when you have to be able to respond to / communicate with others, but otherwise I'm very happy with them.
As Dave said, it's a trade-off between audio quality and convenience. For me, the added convenience is not enough to accept the loss in audio quality. Plus, I don't ever want to have to think about charging them. (And that includes keyboards, mice, etc. as well.) I also prefer wired options over wireless because of the impact all those batteries have on the environment.
BTW, I don't mean to be controversial, but most people who are into high-end audio consider Bose to be snake oil. Beats are awful as well. Bang & Olufsen can be good, depending on the product, but you're paying a huge premium for the design. Grado, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, etc. headphones may not look as cool, but they sound much better, especially from a price-to-performance standpoint.
When AirPods were announced, like pretty much everyone else, I did a double take and laughed my socks off.
However, I thought I'd give the a try and bought a pair shortly after launch with the full intention of returning them within fourteen days.
How wrong was I? They're fantastic. If I lost/broke mine now, I'd buy a replacement set tomorrow. That's how good I think they are.
Normally my best friend poo-poos the idea of my liking Apple so when he bought AirPods on my recommendation and then raved about them, I felt vindicated!
I use them for podcasts at night before sleep so if I do go to sleep with them in, I know that if they fall out they won't be damaged by my laying on them or getting totally lost in the bed. Nor will they attempt to strangle me! The other relevant bit of info is that I use a sleep apnea mask which is operational all night and I can use that and the AirPods without any problem which would be very difficult if I had any form of "string" attached.
As far as audio quality is concerned, I am now old enough not to worry about hearing up to 20khz - the few frequencies I am still left with are more than adequate for day-to-day usage and the phones themselves are more than comfortable.
All-in-all, a great product.
@datafornothingandbitsforfree accurately represented my thoughts here. The AirPods are a product I use daily, and love them. And by all accounts I should hate them, given that I'm a picky audio nerd and all of that. 😉 But instead they are an absolute delight. Mostly I use them as a bluetooth headset at my desk for phone calls, but I also use them for listening to music when walking. The work quite well, though the sound quality is not going to match high-end audio gear.