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Apple AirPods Review Roundup

AirPods are must-have wireless headphones for iPhone and Apple Watch owners who want the convenience of hands-free calling, wireless listening and Siri voice commands.


AirPods are awkward to some, but so convenient to others they can’t live without them.

3.61 out of 5

Average Overall Rating


3.61 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

Critics Reviews (Around the Web)

★★★★★★★★★★ 2.5 out of 5 stars

Never have Bluetooth headphones been so easy to pair. AirPods turn Siri into an omnipresent being. Battery life and fit are both better than you might expect. Read full review →
The AirPods are pretty good wireless headphones for a specific sort of person. You need to like Apple’s EarPod design and be OK with the way they sound and fit in your ear — the audio quality in the AirPods is noticeably better, but it’s not night-and-day. Read full review →
Ridiculous amounts of cool technology packed into ridiculously tiny space. It’s nice to see some of the old Apple magic. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 3.5 out of 5 stars

AirPods end up disappointing because other headphones allow you to control your music more quickly, and more easily. Siri is no match for a dedicated in-line remote, and it feels counter-productive having to constantly take your phone out of your pocket to control music. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 3.95 out of 5 stars

Look past their offbeat design and you’ll find that Apple AirPods’ compact size and high convenience factor are a winning combination. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 3.8 out of 5 stars

AirPods reproduce music clearly for such tiny earbuds, though that’s provided you can get them to stay in your ear canal; the sound quality was harder to enjoy as the earbuds slid toward the outer part of my ear. Read full review →
These are the best truly wireless earbuds I’ve used, but their limitations show the category still isn’t ready for prime time. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Apple AirPods feel like a big step for wireless in-ear audio — but it’s more about innovations and features and less about audio performance. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars

Apple’s AirPods are the best fully wireless earbuds you can buy. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars

The sound quality could have been better, and I wish we had more options where the controls are concerned. That said, I’m intrigued by the possibilities they present and there’s no denying that they’re still some of the most convenient earbuds I’ve ever used. Read full review →
Apple AirPods have enough utility, smarts, sound quality and wearability to overcome what some see a potentially awkward design. Read full review →
Apple AirPods
Apple AirPods


  • W1 Chip makes pairing intuitive
  • Great battery life
  • Good sound
  • Convenient
  • Double tap for Siri
  • 15 minute recharge lasts 3 hours
  • 5 hours total battery life (per full charge)
  • Seamlessly pairs with multiple iOS devices on the same iCloud account
  • Carrying case doubles as backup battery
  • Rock-solid wireless reliability, range
  • Best-in-class battery life
  • Independent earbud operation
  • Replacement parts available
  • Siri and calls work very well


  • All the best features only work with Apple gear
  • Won’t fit everyone’s ears
  • Open design lets in outside noise
  • Awkward looks
  • Lack of ear canal seal means less bass response
  • Not suitable for fitness activity
  • Average sound quality
Apple AirPods Connect
Apple AirPods Connect

Our Final Conclusion

AirPods are must-have wireless headphones for iPhone and Apple Watch owners who want the convenience of hands-free calling, wireless listening and Siri voice commands.

Apple AirPods with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Apple AirPods with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Product Overview

September 8, 2016Apple today introduced AirPods, innovative new wireless in-ear headphones that use advanced technology to reinvent how we listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri, providing a wireless audio experience not possible before. The $159 AirPods eliminate the hassles of wireless earphones, by just flipping open the lid of its innovative charging case and with one tap, they are instantly set up and ready to work…

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Dec 13, 2016
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