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Apple claim they spent 3 years designing their new headphones/earpods. There is certainly a noticeable difference between these and the old generation headphones. First of all the shape is completely different. They are a little awkward to begin with but I soon got used to them. There are actually 5 speakers on each earpod, the largest of which sits deep in the ear. There is then another on the back of the earpod. I don't know why this speaker has been placed here as all it seems to do is project sound in the opposite direction to your ear, so that others around you will hear your music more clearly than they otherwise would have without the addition of this speaker. There are 2 speakers at the bottom part which sit outside the ear which are for bass. Finally the fifth speaker lies flat against the skin of your ear while the ear pod is in use. The design is obviously more intricate and more thought has clearly been put into the making of this product which is only a good thing. The earpods aren't the most comfortable I've ever used, and as I said they are a bit awkward to begin with. After 2 hours of use they can become irritating and begin to ever so slightly hurt the ear. However, the sound quality is good for the price but obviously doesn't come close to the quality of the higher quality branded products which are far more expensive. No changes have been made to the remote which lets you pause, play, skip and change volume. To conclude the earpods are a good quality set of headphones - better than Apple's previous attempts. I recommend them to those buyers who do not want to spend vast amounts of cash on headphones but want a good product nonetheless.
This time apple have really got it right. They didn't really do that well with the previous earphones, the previous pair were rather terrible. The only reason I stuck with the old ones was that they were reliable in that they didn't break all that easy and the remote and mic were handy with changing music tracks and phone calls. The first thing you notice when you listen to music with them in is the bass, it's brilliant compared to their predecessors. Sometimes it's brain melting, I loved it. The volume also seems to improve which also gave a great first impression. One thing I noticed after a year of using them was that they looked new, still. The fact that apple ditched the rubber rim around the end of the EarPods has meant that there's less to get stained through time. The white rubber on the old earphones stained and ended up looking old and grey, the white plastic casing of these stay white and stand the test of time. Obviously the fact they come free with most apple devices is a brilliant plus point to having them but the fact they're generally around the £25 mark is a brilliant positive to them. They aren't top dollar yet they feel like a premium product, once again apple add another great product to go alongside their main sellers. I would totally recommend these to people who have different earphones. The shape looks weird but trust me they feel good and they aren't clunky. Some earphones feel like they're stretching the inside of your ear but these just slip in and you don't notice they're there, the plastic rather than rubber helps that. I use them for phone calls all the time. I actually prefer to speak to people with these in rather than holding the phone up to my ear. The amount of time I find myself saying "let me just put my EarPods in" you wouldn't believe, brilliant advantage here.
Everyone knows that the old Apple Earbuds were terrible. Nothing about them appealed, other than in the early days when it was cool to be seen with the white 'buds. In reality, they had dreadful sound quality, didn't sit in people's ears properly, and they broke every 2 minutes. Apple have spent years and millions of dollars improving them, and these are the result. Right from the start, they look better than the old ones. A bit awkward looking from some angles, but still they have a modern look, which is still recognisably Apple. Nobody's going to think you're using an MP3 player from Poundland when you're using these (unless of course you've bought them separately, but read on to find out why you shouldn't!). The remote is a bit bigger, making it pretty easy for answering calls and changing tracks and volume. Call quality is pretty decent overall for a free bundled pair, but I've been spoilt with Bose and B&W products, which of course run rings around them, for a hefty price. They fit much better than the old ones. Apple made a song and dance about scanning millions of people's ears and finding common properties, and this is the result. They don't fall out every 2 minutes in normal use, but I haven't had the opportunity to really test the theory in the gym (yet, watch this space!). Sound quality. The single biggest letdown of the old model. It irked me to see so many people sacrifice decent sound for the cool factor, much like Beats do in the modern age. It must be said that this new model is much improved over the old one, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. The bass is much more present, as seems to be the trend with headphones these days, and again it intrudes a bit into the midrange. Treble is boosted over the old model, but again it's too much, and the midrange is just sandwiched out, leaving a harsher sound. Still better than the old ones, but from my point of view, destroying the listening experience. Price is something to take into account too. Sure, they're bundled free with most new iThings, but for those of you with the old earbuds and wanting to upgrade, Apple sell them at £25 a pair, but claim they sound 'more like headphones costing $100s more'. What complete rubbish. They sound average for a £25 pair, let alone anything like my Bose models. At this price, you're better off going for Sennheiser's CX300, often regarded as the best budget headphones. If you have to have the mic/remote on there, the MM30i is the CX300 with this option. So, the verdict? As a freebie, they're not bad, and certainly an improvement over the old ones. Probably would make an OK gym pair of headphones if you don't have a dedicated sports pair like me. But at £25, they're a waste of money, and not even worth going to the shop for. Avoid paying for them if at all possible.
Earlier Apple headphones where the let-down amongst the Apple products. Given away with Apples iPhone, iPods and pads they performed in this manner. Not as good as the competitions headphones they were substandard. Now however comes the new Apple Earpods and they are a true improvement. The new Earpods have a much higher quality of bass and a generally clearer acoustic sound. The Earpods are somewhat more comfortable but I have found the problem with these and many other earphones to be that they do not fit very securely. Apple have said they developed the shape in order to reduce sound leaking. They have managed to do this to a certain extent but a little bit does escape as you higher the volumes. Compared to a higher end earphone the Earpod is no match but then they are much cheaper and as a freebie thrown in with you Apple product they are now well up there with the completion. Compatible with all devices with a 3.5mm headphone jack I use these headphones with my pc and laptop. In the house they fair well and are exceptionally clear. Once out in the street with a little back ground noise they still perform well but it's a different story once walking alongside a busy road or anywhere with greater background noise. Unfortunately the earphones are eventually drowned out. As you move down the right ear pod cable you will find the hands free controls. I have found these to be very effective, with a good clear tone and quality to the speaker's voice. Overall a very good set of earphones to be gave away with Apples products and a good choice of upgrade form the original Apple earphones.
I recently got the Apple ear pods when I brought my iphone and at first look they look really nice as Apple has redesigned them. They are made so that the sound can be maximised in your ear without any noise leaking out and also to reduce noise from the outside. The ear pods fit perfectly in my ears and have never dropped out no matter what position I am in. The ear pods are really comfortable and you can barely tell they are in your ears as they are so light and small. The sound quality is much better than the previous ear phones that Apple has made as the vocals can be heard much clearer so you can understand it without having to put the volume too loud. I can even hear much more bass from the ear pods as Apple have made better speakers and produce deep bass as well as being able to listen to clear lyrics. You can also use the mic for siri which is Apple's companion on the phone. The mic helps reduce outside noise which means when you are talking on the phone the other person can hear your voice much clearer than previous earphones. The build quality of the ear pods seems really good as I have been using them for a few months and have had a few accidents where I have stepped on them and they still work perfectly. The wires may get tangled sometimes when you fold them up so you have to make sure you fold them properly.
So I'm a massive fan of Apple products and I'm extremely proud of my little Apple family of gadgets which I have managed to collect over the last few years however, after trying these I was extremely disappointed. -- Design -- Apple have changed the design of their headphones, instead of standard in ear headphones they're now 'pods' and to be quite honest I found these extremely awkward, I don't even think they rested in my ears properly? Maybe it's just me but I found them extremely uncomfortable and they kept dropping out no matter how hard I tried to secure them in. -- Quality -- The quality of the sound was average and really don't even live up to the headphones I got with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus... Now to talk about bass... Wait what bass? In all honestly I couldn't hear a thing just terrible treble. I guess these headphones are okay for the average user but if you're an audiophile then I would definitely say invest in a better quality pair of headphones. I am extremely disappointed with these headphones, at first glance I thought they looked amazing (well they do look nice I guess) but after testing them out I just can't rate them anything above 2 stars as I wasn't satisfied one bit. Sort it out Apple!
Recently I have just written a review on my new iPhone 5 and although I really love my new phone, as noted in the review I feel the Apple designers could of done a lot more to bring the new handset up to scratch against the other competitors in the market in terms of design and features... so although its a brilliant phone that I would highly recommend I feel more could of been done... but one thing they managed to get right this time around was the re-design of the Apple ear pods which come with the handset and now have the redesigned name of "Ear Buds". One of the first things I noticed upon opening my new iPhone 5 box was the neatly presented half transparent and half white plastic box travel container containing the ear buds. The lid is transparent which can be lifted on and off with ease and the base is the white section. The main sections of the buds which you put in your ears sit in the molding of the box facing outwards and the wire itself is wrapped around the outside, leaving space for you to place down the transparent lid to keep them protected. When you turn the container over you see the Apple logo engraved in the middle. In my opinion the travel container holding these is very durable and well made and has survived being thrown around a lot by my young daughter and has not suffered any damage to the outside or to the product which is kept inside. When I say Apple have done the ear buds right this time around, I mean they completely redesigned the look and comfortableness of them which were the two things I detested about the old design. The previous ones were round in shape which were very irritating and uncomfortable sitting in your ear. Now the shape is kind of oval and as well as looking good they sit in the ear a lot better making them more comfortable to wear and as a result I actually enjoy listening to my music through these instead of my big usual chunky headphones! Using them is easy enough... as previously mentioned these are wired and you simply plug your connection at the end of the wire into your music device - however these can be used for anything to play sound such as laptop, TV's and portable game consoles - all of which I have tried and they work perfectly in everything I have tried. In terms of sound, its clear even at loud volumes... I would say there is better ones out there but they come free with an Apple product and you can't really complain about something that's free as long as it works to a decent standard... can you?! As like the previous model of earpods, these come with a volume control half way down the wire and a microphone - which is great for those who like to use hands free. ********** Generally for me Apple fixed all the issues with the old ear pods - which were comfort, sound quality and appearance. Although the new phone wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be they have got everything right on this little freebie. The only thing I would say to make them better is a larger choice of colours other than the plain white that they hand out... As previously noted I was given these for free with a new iPhone 5 but if you do want to buy them separately they will set you back £25.00 from Apple direct.
The new apple earpods are without doubt an improvement from the last earphones by apple. The notorious 1st generation of apple earphones lasted for 3 months if you were lucky before falling apart. Sound: Lets start with the most important bit. No earphone can be worth buying unless it has good sound and although it isn't there main selling point, the earpods aren't a disappointment. The way the sound is streamed straight into your ear makes the acoustic very clear but echoes the bass at the same time. This makes the quality of sound higher then that of any other earphones I have tried and can compete with most headphones too! They are also a lot louder then the previous model as all the sound actually goes into your ear rather then playing it to everyone in the same room as you. The volume is also ideal for sharing an ear each and still being able to hear everything but I wouldn't advice this as the sound is strongly defined to the correct ear in songs that use panning. The one down side to the sound of the headphones is something that you only realise because the rest of the sound is amazing... They let in a lot of background sound so if you are on a train you have to turn your iPod up quite loud to hear a song clearly. I think I've covered everything there is to know about the sound of these magnificent earphones so onto comfort. Comfort and design: Apple have focused strongly on advertising that the earpods are made to fit your ear. They aren't lying! The shape fits tightly in your ear and the smoothness of it looks genuinely good. I'm sure you will of seen these before but if not then you owe it to yourself to have a look at their sleek design. I find these earphones ridiculously comfy and would strongly advise that you buy a pair. They are very light and smooth which makes wearing them feel good as oppose to the previous design which was itchy and made my ears hurt after wearing them for too long. Problems: I haven't managed to find too many problems apart from the jack doesn't work in all computers. In some older computers then they don't work due to having a microphone but if you have one of these computers you probably want to think about saving up to buying a new computer before buying new earphones. Also noise cancelling would help but that's more of an improvement for the next generation then a problem with this one. Should you buy them? If you like earphones rather then headphones then you aren't going to find any better then these for such a reasonable price. The sound quality and comfort both excel any other pair of earphones I have come across and they look really cool. The only reason I would suggest headphones instead is for the noise cancelling experience but you are looking at a lot more money for that. Overall I would strongly suggest buying these earphones and would love to say thanks to apple for making them so well.
I have had an iPhone for around three years now. I currently own a 4S version of the phone and one of the things I love about the iPhone is the music that I have on there. I have always used the headphones that come with the phone and have always been fairly happy with them. However, I recently got hold of a new pair of the Apple earphones, so I though I should give them a review. The most noticeable difference with these new earphones is the shape. The old version were rounded whereas these are shaped in more of an oval shape. This is significant as it means they actually fit into your ear better. The old ones were pretty good and would only fall out when I turned my head, the new ones are even better though and they hardly ever fall out. This means they are ideal if you are using them when exercising, you can jig around and have then stay in at all times, really good. Other than that there is not that much difference. The earphones once again have a very handy little remote which is attached to one of the wires, this means it is easy to use and always to hand. The remote allows you to simply turn the volume up or down and you can also pause, skip forward or back on your play list. Again this is ideal if you are exercising. As you can see from the picture the earphones are white as it the norm with Apple iphone products. They look pretty slick and the have a nice looking design to them. The wire is long enough whilst not being to long which is important really. Sometimes you find that the wires are to short and this causes an issue but this is not a problem with these. There is also a hands free device on the earphones, so you can use this to make calls, it's very easy to operate and easy to get the hand of. I don't really tend to use this feature very often but on the odd occasion I do it seems to works fine. Some people will no doubt find this a very handy feature. The sound quality is also very good. This is not an area that I am any kind of expert in but for my needs the sound quality is more than good enough. The new design is also quite comfortable, even after wearing the headphones for an hour I don't experience any discomfort with them which is obviously a good thing. When it comes to price you can pick these up for quite cheap. Apple also now give them out with most of their new products be it phones, iPods or iPads. The earphones are compatible with all the more modern iPhones and iPods so you should have no problems getting them working. Overall then these are really an excellent pair of earphones and although they are very similar to the old model they are certainly a slight improvement.
Unlike traditional, circular earbuds, the design of the Apple EarPods is defined by the geometry of the ear. Which makes them more comfortable for more people than any other earbud-style headphone.
The speakers inside Apple EarPods have been engineered to minimize sound loss and maximize sound output. So you get high-quality audio that's just as impressive as what you'd hear from more expensive headphones.
The Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic also include a built-in remote that lets you adjust the volume, control the playback of music and video, and answer or end calls with a pinch of the cord.
|Product Description:||Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic - headset|
|Product Type:||Headset - wired|
|Recommended Use:||Digital player|
|Headphones Type:||Headset - binaural|
|Headphones Form Factor:||Ear-bud|
|Sound Output Mode:||Stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode:||Mono|
|Designed For:||iPad (3rd generation); iPad 1; 2; iPad Air; iPad mini; iPad mini with Retina display; iPad with Retina display (4th generation); iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5; iPod (4G, 5G); iPod classic; iPod mini; iPod nano (1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, 6G, 7G); iPod shuffle (1G, 2G, 3G, 4G); iPod touch (1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G)|