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Apple AirPods

Updated: Aug. 14, 2018

Ranked 1st of 10 wireless in-ear headphones with a Quid Score of 85.

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Apple AirPods

Ranked 1st of 10 wireless in-ear headphones with a Quid Score of 85.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 1st overall.

Product Specs
  • Weight: 0.14 oz each
  • Foldable: N/A
  • Fit Options: One size fits all
  • Portable Charger: Yes
  • Siri Compatibility: Yes
  • Adjustable Headband: N/A
  • Built-in Microphone: Yes
  • Ear Cushion Material: N/A
  • Quick Charge Feature: Yes - 15 minute charge gives 3 hours
  • Sweat/Water Resistant: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth + W1 chip
  • Additional Information: N/A
  • Multi-Device Connectivity: Yes - special feature only accessible with Apple devices
Key Information
  • Fit: In ear - true wireless
  • Case: Included - doubles as portable charger
  • Battery Life: 5 hours
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Play/Pause Control Access: Automatic

Expert Rating: 70%

Ranks 9th among competitors.

Expert Rating: 70%

Ranks 9th among competitors.

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Experts like the reliable connection, long battery life, and effortless device pairing (at least with Apple products), but they’re underwhelmed by the sound quality and wish the buds fit better and looked cooler. Overall, the AirPods are a decent option for truly wireless earphones, albeit a little pricey considering the sound quality they deliver.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Fit In-Ear - Average
  • Connection Quality - Above Average
  • Sound/Call Quality - Average
  • Charging Capabilities - Above Average
  • Noise Cancellation - Below Average
  • Battery Life - Above Average
Notable Positives
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable connection
  • Quick charge
  • Long battery life
  • W1 chip
Notable Negatives
  • Poor fit/fit is not adjustable
  • Poor noise cancellation
  • Poor sound quality
  • Works best with an iPhone/Apple products
  • Ugly
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Fit In-Ear - Average
  • Connection Quality - Above Average
  • Sound/Call Quality - Average
  • Charging Capabilities - Above Average
  • Noise Cancellation - Below Average
  • Battery Life - Above Average

Customer Rating: 89%

Ranks 1st among competitors.

Customer Rating: 89%

Ranks 1st among competitors.

Watch: My Take on the Apple AirPods by Audra R

Apple fans love these earphones for their quick charging time, long battery life, and effortless compatibility with Siri and iOS devices. The fit is not perfect for all users, however, and some customers feel the sound quality and access to volume controls could be improved.

Ideal for people:

Casual listeners who enjoy the easy integration among Apple products and aren’t looking for outstanding sound quality.

Not ideal for people:

Audiophiles, athletes who engage in vigorous workouts, and those looking for earphones to wear in super noisy environments. The AirPods won’t fit all ears perfectly.

Notable Pros:
  • Easy integration with Apple devices
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • User-friendly
  • Wireless charging case come in handy
  • Easy set-up
  • Auto-pause when one earbud is removed
Notable Cons:
  • No control buttons on earbuds
  • Bot the best for vigorous exercise
  • Microphone only in right earbud
  • Audio quality is not stellar
  • Fit isn't super secure
  • Expensive
  • Phone calls deplete battery life fast

Brand Score: 100%

Ranks 1st among competitors.

Brand Score: 100%

Ranks 1st among competitors.

Apple specializes in tightly integrated hardware and software, a sleek design aesthetic, a streamlined customer experience, and elegant user interfaces. The company is a major player in today’s technology and consumer electronics industries.

Heritage - 5/5

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple in 1976. The company quickly made a name for itself with the Apple I, a visionary personal computer that became the archetype for successive models from many other tech companies.

Innovation - 5/5

Since its founding, Apple has consistently set the industry standard, trailblazing beyond personal computers into new product categories like the iPod, iPhone, Apple Watch, and more.

Reliability - 5/5

Apple’s customer service system is one of the best in the tech industry. Customers can reach Apple for inquiries via multiple channels: phone calling, visiting an in-store Genius Bar, using the Apple Support App, through Twitter, or via live online chat. Additionally, customers can opt to purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to cover hardware and software malfunctions and accidents.

Social Good - 5/5

Apple’s 3 core values are education, environment, and charity. The company pledged $100 million of support to 114 underserved American schools, annually reports on its environmental impact, and donates to charities like Product RED and Stanford University hospitals.

Relevance - 5/5

Apple makes a strong effort to engage with consumers on social media. The brand’s Instagram account, which consists solely of reposted photos from customers with the hashtag #shotoniphone, has 3.6 million followers. Apple’s YouTube channel is equally robust, featuring catchy videos that highlight new products, features, and Apple Music skits

Retail: Best Price $159.00

Ranks 7th in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $159.00

Ranks 7th in value among competitors.

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Apple’s 1-year Limited Warranty covers manufacturing defects in equipment, charging case, and battery. The warranty doesn’t cover wear from normal use. If the required battery service isn’t covered, or the technology gets accidentally damaged or lost, Apple will replace the damaged or lost item for an out-of-warranty fee.

Best Purchase Options
Apple - $159.00
Best Buy - $159.99
Other Purchase Options
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Best Purchase Option
Apple - $159.00
Other Purchase Options
Best Buy - $159.99
B & H Photo Video - $159.99

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