Random Thoughts After a Day with AirPods

Rather than give a ton of information about how the AirPods work, here are a few highlights on my impression so far.  

Open the case and the battery status pops up on the phone. 

Open the case and the battery status pops up on the phone. 

Battery status on Apple Watch

Battery status on Apple Watch

  • Sound quality is crisp. Not muddled at all. Bass is similar to what you'd experience with wired EarPods. Could be better, but it's decent for the size of these little things.
  • How the AirPods switch from mono to stereo depending on if I'm using one or both is perfect.
  • The way they automatically pause music or podcasts when taken out of an ear is great too. 
  • They are really light. 
  • The ways to check battery on both the iPhone and Apple Watch are done well. 
  • Battery life appears to be near what Apple claims (24 hours with the charging case). 
  • Switching between iPhone and iPad with the W1 chip is nice. I've been using the Beats Solo 3 for the past month which work the same way. It'd be great if Apple would allow other manufacturers this ability, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
  • Range is fine. At about 20-30 feet away from the phone they can cut out. Not all that impressive, but I've had earphones that were worse. Maybe I've been spoiled with the Solo 3 headphones which have incredible range.
  • Double tapping to activate Siri needs some serious attention. It barely works.
  • Some reviews say that Siri is very accurate using the microphone on the AirPods. This has not been my experience. Siri will get my request right about 1 in 5 times.
  • Comfort is better than expected.
  • They fell out twice in the first day. Once when I bent down to pick something up. Another time when I accidentally bumped one.