Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
I'm not in any way a fan of Apple or their products but you guys are being a little ridiculous about the Airpods IMO. Like it or not Apple definitely revolutionized the wireless ear bud market with the Airpods back in 2016, making BT not a pain in the ass for a change, adding innovative features like automatically pausing when you remove one of the buds, and being typically Apple-unafraid about the concept of the product even though it was so heartily mocked and memed after release.
Are they the perfect product? Absolutely not and in fact their are wireless buds around nowadays that do many things a lot better than Airpods do (though no products do EVERYTHING quite as well as Airpods do). Do they excel at sound quality? Nope, there are wireless buds that sound far better than Airpods do. Are they overpriced? For a product that is now almost three years old with absolutely no update to the tech (until yesterday anyway) and that do have definite limitations, yes, but the thing is that they are very well-rounded and people are more than willing to pay that price obviously.
I think the new additions to the Airpod feature set really do a lot to help mitigate some of their shortcomings as they finally have wireless charging and the battery life (which was already the best out there) is now even better. You have to credit the Samsung Galaxy Buds IMO for really taking the competition to Apple to such a degree that they HAD to respond, and even though I've heaped praise on the Airpods in this post (which just feels wrong to me as a normally big Apple-hater and someone who would never actually buy Airpods myself) I do think that the Galaxy Buds have done a good job in taking the fight to Apple and being worthy of consideration (especially if you have a Samsung device of course; not so much if you have an iPhone or iPad).
You needed a company like Samsung that has the credibility and resources to put a product out there to directly compete with the Airpods head-to-head so that Apple couldn't just monopolize the wireless earbud market with impunity, and they managed to do it very well while costing significantly less (especially than these new Airpods which only match the Galaxy Buds in most features but cost $70 MORE). Either way, let's give credit where its due and not crap all over a largely great product in its niche just because we all dislike the company that makes it.
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