Thursday, March 26, 2020

Are AirPods Worth The Investment?

Almost two weeks into working from home, this blog post seems even more applicable than when someone reached out to me on Instagram, knowing I had recently purchased AirPods and asking if they were worth the investment. I told her that hands down, they were one of the best purchases I’ve made this year and that I really don’t understand why it took me so long to finally purchase them after having them on my wish list for so long. Now, as I’ve adjusted to working from home, that couldn’t have become more true.

shirt (similar) // airpods // airpod case (comes in tons of colors)

I’ll be the first to admit that when AirPods were released I didn’t fully buy into the concept. I was used to doing things with corded headphones and had the mindset of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” There is still absolutely nothing wrong with corded headphones, and I am fully aware of the fact that being able to purchase headphones that rack up a price tag of over $100 is a luxury. However, when I did finally buy a pair, I was able to truly understand the hype no matter how funny it looks to me to walk around with headphones in. To fully show how much I have loved my AirPods since I got them, my original pair was unfortunately taken off of my desk one day after office hours and since have gone unfound. I was SO bummed as I am not good at “losing” things and fully intended to not buy another pair as seemingly punishment for not thinking to put them somewhere other than out in the open. I think my parents were so sick of me talking about how much I missed them that for Valentine’s Day, they sent a card with a little bit of cash to help me purchase a new pair (and probably also shut me up from whining about not having them). It took me well over a year to finally decide to purchase my first pair, and in the span of a week after losing them, I had purchased a second pair. If that doesn’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed them, then I don’t know what will.

I became a little less hesitant to purchase a pair when the newer model was released, causing the original model to decrease some in price. I don’t really know what differences the two models have aside from the newer pair being noise-canceling, but knowing what situations I would be using them in, the noise canceling feature didn’t have any major appeal to me as I need to know when a coworker is trying to get my attention and be aware of my surroundings while working out. So, I found the original model on sale on Amazon and purchased them not once, but twice. The second time around, I was wise enough to get a case that can easily connect to my keys or water bottle, which will hopefully ensure that a third time purchasing them won’t be necessary. Below I’ve included why I like using them at work and working out while also sharing a few tricks I’ve only recently learned that AirPods are capable of. Hopefully, if you’re on the fence about purchasing them, this will help to make that decision a bit easier. 

phone case // airpods // airpod case (comes in tons of colors)

For Work
In my role as a stylist, I am out of my desk, moving around a lot. Whether that’s pulling props in the prop room, ironing linens or arranging flowers for a shoot, or packaging returns to be shipped back to vendors, a cord started to get in the way. I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks while I work and discovered that I was doing that a whole lot less since I didn’t want my headphones to be in the way and, in turn, would opt to just not listen to anything. 

Now, as I’ve adjusted to working from home, it has been really nice to be able to put my AirPods in for phone calls so as not to distract my roommate while she also works. I’m able to easily walk to the kitchen to grab a snack without pausing my music or book and carry on once I get back to my desk. While taking headphones in and out certainly isn’t hard, the convenience of not having to worry about doing that is one I love. 

For Working Out
When I ran my half marathon in March of 2019, I joked that I would place first in the age group of “Under 30 With Corded Headphones” since I felt like EVERYONE was using AirPods. I was initially going to purchase a pair before the race but ended up needing new running shoes instead and never got around to it. Now, running while keeping my phone in my legging’s pocket without maneuvering a cord out of the way of my arms has been a game-changer. I also love them for spin workouts that have me in and out of the saddle since I don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting the cord and sending my phone flying. Again, they are a convenience more than anything but have made both activities even more enjoyable. 

Things I Didn’t Know You Could Do
Did y’all know that if you take one of the pods out of your ear, it automatically pauses your music? Or that if you double-tap a pod you can skip to the next song? You probably did, but both of these things were news to me! I’m sure there are tons of other features that I’d discover if I actually read the manual, but y’all are welcome to share any of the discoveries you’ve had with me here! 

If you do end up purchasing a pair go ahead and spend the extra $8 to get a case since if you love them as much as I have, you won’t want to go without them!

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