I don't know what Apple is doing differently from other manufacturers but I have been addicted to their ear buds ever since I bought my iPod a few Christmases back. Sound quality is light years better than the other guys! Looks like these will be more comfy, too.
A Guide To The New Apple EarPods
Everybody knows that the design and quality of earphones or headphones really matters when it comes to how good your music is going to sound. This is why many brand name earphone manufacturers spend lots of time and money into research for producing the best accessories possible to go with music-based products and cellphones. Apple is no different, and their latest release is the EarPods, which accompanied the release of the iPhone 5.
It’s important to note here that, due to the popularity of Apple’s iPod range, the previous Apple earphones are some of the most commonly-used earphones around the world. They are also iconic, due to their unmistakeable white color. However, they were never considered a superior piece of equipment. In fact, most music lovers would quickly ditch the included earphones in favor of a different manufacturer.
So what’s different about the EarPods when compared to Apple’s previous earbuds? Quite a bit apparently, according to Apple as well as individual reviewers. There is a general consensus that the EarPods are better in quality than the old earbuds, though only to a certain extent.
Here’s a list of features of the new EarPods:
Thinner cord than previous earbuds,
Larger in-line remote with user-friendly buttons,
Better quality in-line microphone,
New ear-friendly shape with excellent positioning of bass ports,
Better, more snug fit compared to old earbuds,
Better noise isolation and smaller amounts of sound leakage,
Better bass and high frequency notes.
Of course, some of the features above are subjective, based on opinion rather than pure fact. However, for the $29 price tag, most people agree that the EarPods are a good buy, and as for those who receive the EarPods in a bundle with an Apple product, they would probably not complain about the abilities of these earbuds.
Now, you’ve probably heard that Apple says the quality of the EarPods is comparable to more expensive headphones that cost much more. Is this true? Again, this is pretty subjective. When reviewers compared the EarPods with other more expensive brands of earphones and earbuds, some brands offered around the same quality, while others were superior. Simply put, the results were inconclusive. So it’s difficult to say whether Apple’s claims are true.
The bottom line is that the EarPods are definitely a step in the right direction for Apple – they are far, far better than the previous earphones. However, they are by no means the best in the market, which is to be expected given the price tag, and that any iPod/ iPhone owner will get them for free.
If you already own a pair of the old earbuds, and want a slightly better experience, you can go ahead and invest in a pair of EarPods. For much superior quality though, you will have to do some research on the more expensive earbuds, earphones, canalphones and canalbuds available on the market.
I have never believed you have to spend hundreds of dollars on earphones to get a quality product, but they do need to be comfortable and fit well enough to avoid noise leakage. These look like they will fit the bill. Good move Apple.
Thanks for the rundown! I have small ears that regular earbuds just don't fit in at all. I was hoping that these earbuds would be more comfortable.
I've had earphones in the past which, while they sounded wonderful, would not stay in my ears. This review was very helpful, as it describes the fit of the buds. I am now very interested in these earpods.
I received my Apple iPhone 5 this week and packaged with it
was the EarPods. I simply love the EarPods! They look so elegant and stylish! Sure,
there are many better, and more expensive, earphones out there – but, this is one
I won’t quickly write off. Thank you for the review!