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Apple AirPods (1st Gen, 2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2164 reviews of Apple AirPods (1st Gen, 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People really like the size and design. The comfort and sound also get good reviews, but many are less positive about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Apple AirPods (1st Gen, 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Beats Powerbeats Pro review: Bulkier than AirPods, but with better sound


Bulky charging case and high price tag aside, the Powerbeats Pro combines all the features that make the AirPods great while delivering richer sound and better battery life in a design that won't fall out of your ears.

The Powerbeats Pro have better sound and battery life than the AirPods and will stay on your ears securely. They offer all the same basic conveniences of the 2019 AirPods, including fast pairing, rock-solid wireless connectivity and always-on Siri...

The Powerbeats Pro are more expensive than AirPods. The charging case isn't pocket-friendly, nor does it offer wireless charging. The headphones deliver some treble push, and may not fit all ears perfectly.

If you can overlook the jumbo charging case and high price, the Powerbeats Pro true wireless headphones are superior to the AirPods in a few key ways.

May, 2019

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

A pricier, better sounding alternative to Apple's AirPods


Although some small design gripes remain, Bose's SoundSport Free are among the best totally wireless earphones available now.

Bose's SoundSport Free, a set of totally wireless earphones, offers richer sound than Apple's AirPods and a more secure fit. The buds are water-resistant and durable, battery life is decent and a charging case provides two extra charges on the go.

The buds stick out pretty far from your ears. The case is a little large compared to the AirPods' and Jabra Elite 65t's cases.

Although Bose's SoundSport Free may not be perfect, thanks to some software upgrades and a price drop, it's become one of the best -- and best sounding -- totally wireless earphones.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Apple AirPods updated review: Getting better with age


Apple's AirPods still aren't perfect, but a series of small software upgrades have made them better.

The ultra-lightweight Apple AirPods are fully wireless headphones that offer a reliable wireless connection, effortless pairing with Apple devices, decent sonics and good call quality. The included compact charging case quickly charges the buds. You...

Will fit more securely in some ears than others. Their open design allows for a lot of ambient noise to leak in. Similarly priced wireless models deliver better sound. And yes, they still look kinda dorky.

Look past their offbeat design and you'll find that Apple AirPods' compact size and high convenience factor are a winning combination.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Apple's AirPods may look weird, but they'll change the headphone market (hands-on)


When Apple launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a lot people were expecting it to announce new wireless headphones from Beats, which it acquired last year, and a wireless version of its EarPods that rumor had it would be called AirPods.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Stephen Fenech (

Apple AirPods review - the earphones with wire-free convenience and excellent sound


When the iPhone 7 was revealed it didn't have a headphone jack and to prove customers wouldn't miss it, Apple introduced the AirPods – a pair of wire-free earphones. The AirPods look just like Apple's regular headphones but without any cables – not...

Great design, excellent sound quality, charging case, decent battery life. ; Maximum volume and bass level might not be high enough for some. ; The AirPods are an impressive new product featuring Apple’s typical design excellence and ease-of use. They...

Maximum volume and bass level might not be high enough for some. ; The AirPods are an impressive new product featuring Apple’s typical design excellence and ease-of use. They offer wire-free comfort and convenience as well as superb sound quality...

The AirPods are an impressive new product featuring Apple’s typical design excellence and ease-of use. They offer wire-free comfort and convenience as well as superb sound quality whether you’re listening to music or making a call. The AirPods are an...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Staff Writer (

Apple’s AirPods reviewed: who needs a headphone jack?


Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack from its latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets attracted plenty of criticism. Sure, they included an adapter in the box that will connect regular headphones to the Lightning socket, but it won't charge...

AirPods aren’t meant for everyone. Many will be happy enough with the EarPods that come in the box with the iPhone 7. But the AirPods are meant for people who want to free themselves from a life of tangled wires and a physical tether to their phones –...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Trevor Long (

Apple AirPods review: Amazing but with one key problem


Apple's AirPod wireless earbuds are finally available and they offer a familiar sound to those users of Apple earbuds in the past, paired with some of the most outstanding wireless technology but with one key flaw....

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Can’t live without !


I listen to EVERYTHING on my AirPods. I never take them out at home or at the gym. and highly recommend for those who love to jog, walk the dog, exercise etc.

Apr, 2019

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Love them, so much easier than the corded ones!


I got given these for Christmas and I love them. At the gym they are fantastic and so much easier without the cord. They are so helpful driving also because you can double tap the side of them and use siri. “Hey Siri, send a text message” etc while...

Apr, 2019

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Cord Free Loving


My Apple Airpods are the best purchase i have ever made. Will never go back to cord earphones again. They are so easy to connect and use, the charging case is amazing and the battery life lasts me a week plus!

Mar, 2019