AirPods – Seven Months Later

I’ve accumulated several thoughts on AirPods since I reviewed them, and now I have enough to consolidate them into a post.

Minor connection problems

The connection seems to have gotten worse, although not so much worse that I’d stop using them – it’s still far from getting to that point. It’s just that every once in a while I’ll catch myself waiting for the chime for a long while, 15 seconds at least. Updating to iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra didn’t slow things down further, though, so that’s not an issue.

The experience is not quite seamless anymore – maybe I just got used to it – but they’re still great.

Ubiquity

A year since their unveiling, I’m just starting to see them in the wild. I recently had this one commute to and from school, during which I saw three people wearing AirPods.

They’re catching on, albeit slowly. They didn’t look stupid either, which was somewhat reassuring, although again, maybe that’s just cause I’ve gotten used to it.

Durability

In my initial review, I assured that functional damage is nothing to worry about. I don’t know whether or not a few bumps affected the aforementioned connection problems, but besides that, they still work very well.

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However, because they’re just plastic, and because they’re objects for everyday use, expect wear and tear. Thankfully, I think the AirPods age fairly well. The AirPods themselves don’t show scratches unless inspected very closely, and though the case definitely shows its damage, it’s got a good kind of wear on it.  The inscription hasn’t faded away. The stainless steel hinge shows the least damage – I can detect only 3 scratches at the moment. (Having been okay with carrying around a white iPhone 5c without a case for three years also helps.)

Keeping them clean

Yeah, you read that right. Having to keep these things clean is not something I expected to do.

There are a lot of nooks in the case for dirt to nestle in, and the dirt will very much stay there until you do something about it. Rubbing it away with a cotton bud or toothpick should do the trick, but it’s still annoying to have to do it all. That’s one point for wired earphones, I guess.