Apple AirPods (2019) review: A subtle, but meaningful upgrade

“I’m often asked what my favorite gadget or gadgets are, and for the past two years, without hesitation, my answer has been Apple’s AirPods and the Nintendo Switch,” Jason Cipriani writes for ZDNet. “The AirPods took wireless earbuds and made them something I actually wanted to use and made it easy to do so. The Switch, well, I like to game when and where I can, so the portability combined with the ability to dock on a big screen TV has won me over.”

“For the past few months, however, the battery life on my original AirPods has been suffering. I’ve used them a lot since their release in 2016, and the small battery inside each earbud has suffered enough,” Cipriani writes. “For the past week, I’ve been using the 2019 version of the AirPods and they’re every bit as impressive. On paper, the changes are subtle, but in use, there’s a meaningful difference.”

New AirPods build on the magical experience customers love delivering 50 percent more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” and the option of a new Wireless Charging Case.
New AirPods build on the magical experience customers love delivering 50 percent more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” and the option of a new Wireless Charging Case.


“What does the H1 chip bring to the table? Double the talk time of three hours, faster connection speed for incoming calls and when switching between devices, and hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ use,” Cipriani writes. “Over the past two weeks, I’ve yet to completely drain the AirPods during my normal use in my office. I’ve pushed four hours of constant listening and had just under 20 percent battery left, putting the five-hour estimate within reach.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. Have to STRONGLY agree with MDN. Using AirPods with the Apple Watch is remarkable. For over 30 years I’ve enjoyed music while working out. I have always had a little “pouch” I wear as a belt with a multitude of radios, music players, iPods (of every shape) and a head set with the cord routed under my clothes. Last year I moved to AirPods and my Apple Watch and it has given me a level of freedom I have dreamed of for years. If you haven’t tried it it really improves the whole experience in a remarkable way.

      1. Problem is the same with literally every earbud, headphone, etc. Nobody makes one that works for everybody, so it’s best to try before buying when at all possible!

      2. Sorry to hear that, Ronner. They fit me pretty well and I really like them. Being able to freely walk around without an attached cable is awesome, and the sound is extremely good for phone calls, even when it is reasonably windy.

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