Magic Like Works

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

At first glance, the AirPods look funny. These Blue­tooth ear­phones look sim­i­lar to the EarPods, but are wire­less. I was im­pressed at how com­fort­ably they snug­gled into my ears, and re­mained so even while walk­ing or mov­ing my head from side to side.

AirPods come neatly placed in a mag­netic case which not only car­ries them, but also keeps them charged. The case can slip into your jeans pocket (how­ever skinny). Each AirPod weighs 4 gms and the charg­ing case weighs 38 gms. The con­nec­tiv­ity of the Ap­ple AirPods is far su­pe­rior to other Blue­tooth head­phones. As soon as I took them out of the charg­ing case, the AirPods de­tected my iPhone 7 Plus for pair­ing (iPhone’s Blue­tooth was turned on). A pop-up ap­pears on the phone and on hit­ting con­nect, the AirPods get paired with your iPhone, and also get linked to your iCloud ac­count. This en­ables has­sle-free pair­ing with all Ap­ple de­vices on the same ac­count, in­clud­ing Ap­ple Watch on WatchOS 3 and iPad on iOS 10. The ex­pe­ri­ence is in­cred­i­bly seamless and sim­ple within the Ap­ple ecosys­tem. There is a cir­cu­lar but­ton at the rear of the charg­ing case that comes handy while pair­ing the AirPods with An­droid de­vices, and Ap­ple de­vices not run­ning on the lat­est OS (iOS 10).

There is a beep ev­ery time you snap the AirPods on. Each has a mi­cro­phone, and can be used for an­swer­ing calls and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. There are no con­trols on the buds for chang­ing tracks or con­trol­ling mu­sic, but

dou­ble tap­ping the bud brings Siri into ac­tion. Dou­ble-tap can be used to an­swer and dis­con­nect calls, too.

Pow­ered by the W1 chip, each AirPod has dual beam-form­ing mi­cro­phones, dual op­ti­cal sen­sors, mo­tion-de­tect­ing ac­celerom­e­ter and speech-de­tect­ing ac­celerom­e­ter. The su­pe­rior hard­ware can de­tect when the AirPods are in the ears. As soon as the AirPods are taken out, the mu­sic pauses. One need not wear both the buds to an­swer a call or lis­ten to mu­sic. Be pre­pared for a sur­round sound ex­pe­ri­ence with good bass, and an even bet­ter sound qual­ity than the EarPods. Each AirPod of­fers al­most five hours of mu­sic play­back or up to two hours of talk time. The charg­ing case stores power for a cou­ple of charges. As soon as I in­serted the AirPods back into the case, the charg­ing would start. A fif­teen-minute charge juiced up the AirPods to last a cou­ple of hours. The case can be charged us­ing the light­ning con­nec­tor used to charge an iPhone or iPad.

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