Let's get the
bad out of the way first, shall we?
For starters, that charging case is huge. There's no way around it. It is something that will be more and more of a warmer weather. If you shell out the money for these, you'll be thinking about this a lot, too. How long you plan to be out of the pocket bulk
There's also the issue of cost. A few years ago, $ 250 might not be a crazy for a pair of wireless earbuds. When you’re out-pricing Apple's primary earbuds, however, it may be time to reconsider. I have been eager to see their paces since the day they were announced and been disappointed. Given the choice between the AirPods and the Powerbeats Pro,
The Powerbeats Pro are a wholly different, and they are precisely where they succeed. Sure, Beats has been operating under the Apple Banner
That's not to say that Apple wasn't involved. The company's fingerprints are here, but that's a good thing, honestly. The H1 chip is the clearest example. Using the same silicon, the initial pairing process is as simple as opening up the case.
Assuming, of course, you have an iPhone. You can pair it up with an Android handset and just about anything else with Bluetooth, but you 've got to go through the more traditional rigmarole. The flip side of the is a ship with a lightning port. I´ve expressed my frustration with the Apple's proprietary connector in the past, but honestly, most of it comes down to the fact that Apple is the rabbit hole.
And, of course, the Pro case isn't wireless yet. Gotta save something for the second gen.
Beats has over the AirPods, that's three-fold. First is battery life. The upshot of the massive case is a ton of time on a charge. Beats puts them at the earbuds, with a full 24 hours, when the case is factored in. I never found myself short of juice, and I 'm pretty psyched to take them on the next cross – country plan.
That means, in most cases, you' re totally fine to leave home without the case. Though beware that both the case and the buds tend to scuff easily, i'd use it when possible. The buds' placement inside the case is also a little tricky. Unlike the AirPods, I found myself repositioning them the first few times.
The design of the buds is not for everyone – but the same can certainly be for AirPods. It is true that they are probably the best suited for those who have to worry about it. More importantly, there are quite comfortable. Apple is still kicking and screaming against silicone tips, and that's AirPods especially divisive.
Removable silicone tips offer a more adaptable fit, coupled with a better seal. That, in turn, means less sound leak. The headphones might be tuned a little for some tastes.
I will say that the design wore is one of my ears, but I was able to do it. I like to work with them, but with minimal annoyance.
Also they are work. I routinely walked into the other room while leaving my desk with no problem. This is the only way to get the best out of the Bluetooth technology.
The Pros are the lesser of the Apple Brethren. The bit ironic, perhaps, for a brand that was seemingly built around the image. They are a good indicator of how far they are,
Assuming you can stomach the high price and massive case, for the most of the users, is the way to go.