So, it didn’t take long for the AirPods to go back in the box and not do a lot.
I don’t quite know why it happened, but there are some specific reasons that pertain to how I need to use wireless headphones.
The first one is that they are open and let background noise in. This is an advantage for some tasks, but a disadvantage if you want to concentrate on the podcast you are listening to or really enjoy some music in a noisy environment. Or if you happen to sit near someone called Andy at work who has the loudest voice you have ever heard and who talks nonsense all day and every day. In that circumstance the AirPods don’t work brilliantly.
The second is that they are open and let a lot of noise out. When playing music loud, there is no other way, I found that I was disturbing those near to me and so I was conscious of how I used them.
The third is that the Motorola VerveLoop+ Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds sound better with a deeper sound that works for a variety of reasons. They are closed so do not let noise out and almost completely block (Andy) annoying noises coming in when you take the time to fit them properly.
The fourth is that the Motorola VerveLoop+ Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds have a stunning battery life which is easily as good, if not better than the AirPods and without the need for the charging case. I also prefer having a wire between the two earbuds because they look better and there is a lessened sense that you could lose them at any time.
The fifth is that in a straight comparison I paid £100 less for the Motorola VerveLoop+ Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds than for the AirPods which is a hard one to ratify in my head. The Motorolas connect every time by a simple button press and disconnect the same way, and they have never lost the connection yet. Also, the buttons are ‘much’ more convenient than using Siri on the AirPods.
It is true that if I did not have the Motorola earbuds I would still be using the AirPods, but it is also true that Apple’s offering if not always the best depending on your use case. Don’t get me wrong, the AirPods are brilliant, they really are, but they don’t quite do what I need them to.