Everyone that knows me knows of my love for Apple devices. My college professor used to tell me I was in the Apple Cult. My employer in 2006 gave me my first ever Apple laptop to use for work. It was love at first sight and I have never used another computer brand since. I loved the iPod when it came out, the iPhone, the iPad and if I had a child I would probably name him iRich!
It is unfortunate for an Apple enthusiast like myself to come across an Apple product that I would not recommend. In January 2019 I bought a pair of Apple AirPods. I loved them. They are light weight. They do not have the annoying silicone tip that goes inside my ear, they are customizable and sync perfectly with my Apple devices. The sound quality is great considering the size. Everything points to them being a home run like my iPhone, iPad, Macbook Pro, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, if for one single flaw. The batter life is dismal.
I understand that to cram all Apple did with the AirPods in such a small space some sacrifices needed to be made. I understand that other bluetooth headphone that are larger can have larger batteries. I was also fine with talk time being around 3 1/2 hours and listening time about double that. None of that was a problem for me. But now two and a half years later I am lucky to get 45 minutes on a call and maybe a couple of hours of listening time. That seems to me like a big drop in the time that I have had them considering I spent nearly $200 on them. Even now they go for around $160.
That brings me to the title of this blog post. The Apple AirPods are the one Apple Product I Can’t Recommend. Below are some alternatives including the ones I just bought this month from Amazon.com for $40. Are they as great as the AirPods? Absolutely not, but if 2 years from now they only last 45 minutes, I will not feel that at $40, I have been ripped off like I do with the $200 AirPods.
Haylou Moripods True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth (The ones I bought this month for about $40 I am getting about 4 hours of talk time and even longer listening time.
If you don’t mind the silicone tip going in your ear theses are highly recommended online. I have not used them personally so be sure to read the reviews before purchasing.
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