Apple AirPods provide an almost perfect future for anyone who wants to don fully wireless earbuds. With superb sound quality and seamless device pairing, all you have to worry about is if they fit your ears and if you can deal with the lack of an in-line remote to control your music.
- Battery life is exceptional
- Sound is great
- Pairing is quick and easy
- One-size-fits-all design
- No in-line remote
- Controversial looks
If you’re looking for true wireless headphones, these are the ones that are not only ideal for your new iPhone, but also your ears. You may not like Apple’s move away from the headphone jack – we’re not so sure either – but there’s no doubting the quality of these earbuds.
With every iPhone of recent years, from the iPhone 7 to the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack, the AirPods are you best solution – albeit an expensive one. Otherwise you’re stuck carrying around an adapter or Lightning EarPods.
These fully wireless Bluetooth earbuds are impressive. But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. For starters, they rely almost entirely on Siri for controlling audio playback, which is never going to be the most convenient option.
In that way they’re like Apple’s button-less 3rd generation iPod Shuffle, which relied entirely upon the included headphones’ in-line remote to be controlled at a time when no other headphones included this functionality.