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AirPods have been Apple's best product in years, and their clever, intuitive user experience has won over fans around the world, silencing critics that have ridiculed their polarizing design and were long overdue for an update, here are AirPods 2 and you might be surprised what Apple changed and what not …
Note: Apple simply calls the New Model & # 39; AirPods & #; 39; but to avoid confusion, I'll refer to it in this guide as "AirPods 2".
Design – Love / Hate Remains
Perhaps the most surprising thing about AirPods 2 is what Apple has not changed: their design.
- AirPods, AirPods 2 – 16.5 x 18 x 40.5 mm (0.65 x 0.71 x 1.59 inches), 4 g (0.14 oz) each
- AirPods, AirPods 2- Charging Case – 44.3 x 21.3 x 53.5 mm (1.74 x 0.84 x 2.11 in) 38 g (1.34 oz)
Yes, side by side, there is no way to distinguish AirPods 2 from its predecessor. There is a new wireless charging case that is slightly heavier (40 g). However, this is an upgrade option for AirPods 2, which can be purchased separately for AirPods owners – more on that later.
In conclusion, the new AirPods still look like Toothbrush Heads and there's not even a new color option to spice things up. So, if the design of the originals was a dealbreaker for the first time, it will be again.
Performance – Performance> Sound Quality
The good news is, if you look closely, AirPods 2 will deliver some significant changes.
The core is the new "H1" chip, which replaces the proprietary W1 chip of the original AirPods. H1 is about efficiency: AirPods are 2% faster, have 30% lower latency (ideal for gamers), change devices twice as fast and increase talk time by 50%. Apple also says H1 offers a more stable connection, even though it was already awarded AirPods.
This brings us to the headline of H1: "Custom Audio Architecture". In practice, this means that AirPods 2 are voice-activated. Just say "Hey, Siri," and you can make calls, change songs, adjust volume, give directions, answer questions, and more. To activate Siri beforehand, a headset had to be pressed twice.
AirPods have always been about comfort, and AirPods 2 has increased it.
On the other hand, AirPods 2 have no sound quality improvements. AirPods have always delivered sufficient audio without compromising the output of specialty brands like Bose and Sony. AirPod's sales shows are enough for most shoppers, but AirPods 2 will not convince audiophiles.
Battery life – necessary unevenness
As mentioned earlier, AirPods 2 have 50% longer talk time, but in fact, an upgrade from two to three hours was essential and only brought them into competition with the competition. More impressively, with the AirPods 2 enclosure, you now have over 24 hours of battery life that should be enough to stay in the charging process for a week or more.
The AirPods 2 also offers three hours of listening time or two hours of talk time of only 15 minutes of charging time. That's impressive, but AirPods did the same.
Instead, the new AirPods 2 Wireless Charging Case attracts attention. Visually, it looks almost the same as the cable housing with a tiny charge gauge on the front, but it works with any Qi charger. The case is also compatible with AirPods, but at a significant cost to us …
Price – Wireless
The good news is that the AirPods 2 have the same price as the AirPods, but wireless charging and things get a little more eye-catching:
- AirPods / AirPods 2 – $ 159 (£ 159)
- AirPods 2 with Wireless Charger – 199 $ (199 £)
- Wireless Charger (Sold Separately) – 79 $ (79 £)
For $ 159, AirPods 2 are good value for money, and those who appreciate wireless charging should be pleased about the $ 40 charge for the Wireless Charging model. However, the purchase of the radio suitcase is separately expensive. To put it bluntly, the outstanding OnePlus Wireless Bullets cost $ 10 less than this case ($ 69) and deliver better sound quality.