When you first open the dental floss-like lid and place an iPhone nearby, the two gadgets talk to one another, and a little window pops up on the iPhone’s screen to begin pairing.
Opening the lid and holding down on the earbud case’s single button, the system is placed into pairing mode when the LED turns white.
It should then show up in the phone’s Bluetooth menu.
Once paired to any Android phone the experience was superb.
But once paired to any Android phone — I mainly used them with the LG V20 and Google Pixel — the experience was superb. Pairing, as said, was reliable, and I have yet to experience a lost connection.
AirPods sound a lot like EarPods, Apple’s in-the-box wired headphones.
And while there’s a bit more oomph to the bass line and a slightly more even sound at the high-end, this is by no means an audiophile experience.
That Apple discourages the use of seal-tightening ear tips makes it even harder to find an ideal placement, and while I have been lucky enough to find a position where the AirPods fit nicely and sound full, other people may not be as lucky.
There are plenty of great Android-compatible Bluetooth headphones that are both cheaper and sound better than the Apple AirPods.
AirPods are even more useful if you use a Mac, since the included W1 chip — the thing that makes it super easy to pair with an iPhone — also works with Apple’s laptops, so it’s easy to switch between phone and computer in a snap, if necessary.