I originally had the 2nd Generation AirPods, only for around 2 weeks but I had them all the same. They were really good quality and I really liked them but I quickly realised that they weren’t going to be completely suitable for what I wanted to use them for. I like to wear headphones and listen to podcasts when I go on a walk and whilst I had zero issues with the sound quality, what bothered me a lot was that I had to have the volume up so loud to be able to hear it as the original AirPods have no noise cancellation at all and even then it was still a struggle in busy areas. The commute to work was much of the same, great sound quality but tonnes of background noise taking over everything. Enter the AirPods Pro.
The same week I bought my original AirPods my husband bought the AirPods Pro and this was sort of the turning point for me that I had bought basically the wrong headphones for what I wanted to use them for. As soon as I tried his headphones out I knew they were the ones I needed and so I got on eBay, listed my AirPods and at the same time bought the AirPods Pro. As my AirPods were so new and obviously in perfect condition, they sold super fast which was great as the Pro’s retail for £249. I collected the AirPods Pro the same day and instantly knew I had made the right decision.
So let’s cover the main features of the AirPods Pro before I really get into talking about what I use them for and why I love them so much.
In-ear headphones with customisable ear tips
The Pros fit inside your ear in a completely different way to the classic AirPods. These actually fit inside your ear with a snug ear tip rather than a plastic earphone that sits in the outer part of your ear, but not snug enough to offer any noise reduction. The AirPods Pro come with three sets of ear tips in small, medium and large, so you can find the size that fits your ears best. Even if that means your ears take different sized tips. This design is much more comfortable I find, you don’t have a hard piece of plastic pushing against your ear, the Pros are soft and fit really nicely (I wear the small size tips). They feel like they’re really in there and aren’t just going to fall out with a turn of your head which make them great for working out and running as well as walks, phone calls on the go etc.
Active Noise Cancellation
One of the main draws of the Pros was this feature. It literally blocks out I would say 95% of the sound around you, leaving it feeling like you’re almost in a quiet space when you might not be. I’m writing this blog post on a train and I have them in right now with a podcast on and noise cancellation turned on and honestly, I can barely hear the sound of the train on the tracks. It’s just a quiet whirr in the background that sounds like it could just be in the distance. Now I’m not going to try and explain in my own words how noise cancelling on the Pros works, because I really don’t know so here is the excerpt from Apple’s website:
“…AirPods Pro block out your environment so you can focus on what you’re listening to. AirPods Pro use two microphones, an outward-facing microphone and an inward-facing microphone, to create superior noise cancellation. By continuously adapting to the geometry of your ear and the fit of the ear tips, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) silences the world to keep you fully tuned in to your music, podcasts and calls”
You can turn ANC on either by swiping down and using the Control Centre or by pressing and holding the force sensor to switch between ANC, Transparency mode or both options being off.
This is another amazing feature of the Pros if you’re in an office listening to music and someone talks to you but you don’t want to pause or whatever, maybe you’re on a phone call and just want to be able to hear your surroundings perhaps. This mode allows you to hear background noise clearly whilst also listening to whatever you want through your AirPods Pros. I like this if I’m getting a train and I’m waiting on the platform and hear an announcement come on, I switch to Transparency mode so I can hear if there is a problem etc but without having to turn off my music/podcast. Much like ANC, I’m not going to poorly explain this technology so here again is Apple’s definition:
“…Outward and inward-facing microphones enable AirPods Pro to undo the sound-isolating effect of the silicone tips so things sound and feel natural, like when you’re talking to people around you”
Another way I quite like to use this mode is when I want to listen to music and talk to people at the same time, at length. So I might be in the office and have an album I really want to listen to, but with Transparency mode, I can still chat with people too. It’s basically the perfect compromise.
The sound quality on the Pros is fantastic, everything sounds good on them. I’m pretty obsessed with them tbh and I have been since I got them. I use them all the time for so many different things (more on that in a bit) and so I’ve tried lots of audio; different genres of music, videos, games, podcasts etc. “The adaptive eq automatically tunes music to suit the shape of your ear for a rich, consistent listening experience” – I have to say Apple has got the explanation spot on, everything sounds brilliant on the Pros and this is clearly why.
Unlike the original Airpods, the Pros are both sweat and water-resistant which makes them perfect for working out. They also don’t feel like they will budge even when you’re hot and sweaty after a long run.
In-case charging & wireless charging case
Like most things from Apple, if not all, the Airpods Pro are incredibly slick both in style and functionality. They connect merely by opening the case and holding them near your iPhone/iPad and the AirPods themselves charge within the case which, charges itself either with the lightning cable or wireless charger. Just 5 minutes of charging in the case give you an hour of usage which is pretty amazing. Around 20/25 minutes within the case will charge your Airpods Pro fully and will give you between 4/5 hours with Active Noise Cancellation turned on and a good few hours longer without.
When it comes to using the two audio modes I don’t actually use either one 100% of the time. I find the Pros are good enough at creating a seal within your ear that with no mode selected I can hear just fine. If I’m somewhere particularly noisy or on a walk then I’ll pop ANC on but it’s honestly not something I feel the need to use every time I use my Airpods Pros. The same goes for Transparency mode, I use it when I want to hear my surroundings whilst still listening to audio but again, it’s not something I need to use all of the time. This means that I generally get a really decent use time out of my Airpods and to date I’ve never had to stop listening to something because they’ve run out of charge mid-way and I use them alot.
So I guess now that we’ve covered the basics of what the Airpods Pro have to offer it’s time to talk about how I use them in everyday life. Before I had them I really didn’t use headphones a lot, I guess with the Pros they are just so easy to get out and use that it opened up a whole new realm of functionality for me. I use them for dial-in’s at work, listening to podcasts and music both whilst working, travelling or commuting and when out on walks, in bed whilst my husband is still asleep and also whilst playing Nintendo Switch when I’m somewhere where I can’t have the volume up. I literally use them all of the time in so many situations and I love them. The ease of the AirPods is what drew me in originally when I purchased the original AirPods and the Pros possess that same functionality, they’re just fantastic.
I’ve mentioned several times how much I love Apple products, I’ve made a few new Apple purchases recently and they’ve only cemented my love more. I’ve blogged about most of my latest purchases too and also about some stuff I’ve not blogged about before but that has always been a passion of mine since as long as I can remember; technology. I guess I just worried about people not reading it before whereas now, I write because I love writing and sharing stuff I find. That’s what my idea was when I started charlotterosewrites and I want to stay true to that. I love how intuitive Apple products are and how seamlessly everything within the Apple ecosystem works together and if you’ve been considering getting the AirPods Pro then I hope this review has helped you make that decision because I really don’t think it’s one you will regret.