I love my AirPods!

I bought my AirPods a month ago and they work like I expected. Brilliant.

I wanted to get rid of the wires and have the same form factor as before. The EarPods work just fine in my ears as you can se below.

I really love the way they fit in my ears and gives me hours of music without any uncomfortable feeling in my ears.

AirPods also feels more sturdy and the sound is better. The sound gets more body due to better lower register in the speakers. More balanced. I have dropped them a couple of times, getting them out of the case, but they seem to stand abuse in a good way. They have never fallen out of my ears.

Bluetooth pairing

AirPods and iPhone pairing is really simple. Just put them next to each other and open the case lid. Thats it! It just works. And at the same time all my other Apple products (iMac, Macbook, iPad) pairs with the AirPods. Its kind of magic to me but at the same time what I expect from Apple.

Something odd happened when I paired the AirPods. At night my iWatch and iPhone dropped all battery in a very short time and I had to reboot and recharge both but after that everything has been fine. It has not happened again.

AirPods + iWatch = Perfect match!

At first I was trying to control the music like I was used to. EarPods offer simple buttons and AirPods don’t. I realized that using iWatch to control the music was the best solution. Volume control is better on the iWatch. Turning the crown to adjust volume in a more controlled way. Nowadays I’m not missing the old EarPods control buttons.

Battery life

I have been using the AirPods everyday since I bought them and battery has been running out on me just a couple of times. I use them going to work and during work in the morning and put them in the case during lunch. Then I use them in the afternoon as well. There might be people using the AirPods differently but for me it just works. Once I got the low battery signal going home from work and then I put the AirPods in the case for 5 minutes and after that I could put them on again and used them for another hour or so.

I have added the battery widget to the iPhone start menu and it is just there if I need to know the battery level. Brilliant!

Dropping connection

I have experienced connectivity problems between AirPods and iPhone. Sound drop outs. It repairs automatically within a second but can be annoying. It doesn’t happen a lot. I have the same intermittent problem with my Bose QC35. I suppose it has something to do with Bluetooth protocol.

Siri integration

At first I used to double tap to tell Siri something but I stopped within a couple of days. Siri took to long time to react and I never knew if Siri heard my command. Especially in a noisy environment. Now I use the double tap to put the music on or off. Instead I call Siri using my iWatch or iPhone and it works much better.

There needs to be major improvement to this feature.

Summary

It is obvious that this is the first generation of AirPods. The next generation will have better Siri integration, more reliable Bluetooth connectivity and battery life.    To me this is a natural and essential companion to iPhone and iWatch.

 

Bose quiet comfort 35 review

Silence.

The first thing that i notice is the feeling of being cleansed from noise. Not hearing the ventilation. Not hearing the high pitch from electric appliances. Not hearing, just feeling, the roar of jet engines while I’m flying. Just silence. Putting these headphones on makes me calm and more relaxed.

Other people have the same experience and tells me how amazing this feels. Seeing there eyes bulge “What!?? That can’t be true!”. To stop hearing noise like that changes everything.

I try to wear the headphones as much as I can. Working and commuting. There is a problem outdoors since wind can be heard quite loud (but not louder than my usual Apple headset so for me it’s not a big problem) and I can imagine others having a problem with that. I consider it a minor issue. These headphones are optimized for use in a office or commuting.

I have had three wireless noise cancelling headphones before this one and this is the best yet. Especially the microphones are better than the others making it a delightful headset. To me the music in these headphones sound just right. I’ve had noise cancelling headphones with more treble or base but not with this balance. I like it.

Yes, they are expensive. But hey, you get what you pay for right?

I love Elon Musk

First of all, I have never met Elon Musk and I don’t know how Elon treats people.

Nonetheless, I love his message och actions. What they do at Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City is just right.  I really, really want Elon to succeed. His visions for the future makes me believe in mankind again.

With Tesla Elon has started to eradicate the combustion engine and at the same time keeping the freedom cars give us all and combating global warming. Next step is automatic driving. Perfect, in my opinion. I love the sensation of driving but it can be achieved in other ways.

SpaceX gives me goosebumps. SpaceX gives me hope that I will som day experience the future I have always dreamed about. Spaceships traveling space. Giving new possibilities and opportunities. Building better worlds. Exciting.

I’m currently living in an apartment but with solar power and appropriate batteries I could soon be owning a house again and be self sufficient on electricity. Fantastic!

I really hope Elon makes it. And succeed in keeping the dark forces of the world (oil industries, power-hungry men) at bay while he makes the world a better place.