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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thoughts on using Airpods on Android

I have an Android phone--a Pixel 2--but I recently got Apple Airpods, after failing to get Bluetooth or wired headphones to work properly with my pretty good so far.

Observations:

Pairing is so much better than with my old crappy Aukey BT headset. I've never had this good an experience pairing anything with Bluetooth ever.

You can barely hear them on the subway. I suspect the speakers would be better if the design pushed them a bit into the canal (or, obviously, given a rubber closed canal sheath, but I understand that's a distinct direction with its own tradeoffs). My guess is that if they could have that functionality without doing what everyone else does and making them look like something from eXistenZ, they would :) On the other hand, the open air design makes it easier to just leave them in.

The double tap thing is totally inconsistent. A lot of the time it just doesn't work. Could be my pixel's fault, though it very consistently responded to the Aukey's single button.

Taking them on and off is a bit of a chore compared to the pixel buds-type necklace design. Does anyone just pocket them, without using the case, and leave the case plugged in at home?

The charging case does make running out of juice way less of a thing. It's just nicer to plug them in than the direction specific, fiddly micro USB port on my Aukeys. Apple does power capacity so well (when it isn't secretly using it to prematurely render its devices obsolete)

Sound sometimes flickers in and out on one or the other, which makes me think it's the Airpods' fault.

They produce that "duh-dumm" event sound at kinda random times sometimes, trying to figure out why. Might be my pixel's Bluetooth coming in and out.

Also, I ordered a black matte wrap for them for $15 so I can pretend I'm not a glasshole :)

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