AirPods Are The Future Of AR?

For some, the classic Apple EarPods was a thing of beauty, for others it looked stupid, fell out of your ear too easily and had poor sound quality. Now that Apple has brazenly removed the headphone jack from their iPhones, many people are turning to the wireless AirPods. As you might expect, opinions are just as big and polarizing as before. Let’s take an unbiased look at this product to see how it actually stacks up without the elitism or inflammatory anger getting in the way.

Comfort

Headphone comfort is a matter of personal preference since every ear is different and people like wearing different styles of headphones. That being said, the wireless AirPods are basically the same as the wired version in terms of shape and comfort. They feel somewhat loose but just snug enough to stay in place. Many people think this is a more natural shape that won’t hurt after several hours, while others think it’s too loose.

In short, if you tried the AirPods before, then you already have your answer. The overwhelming majority feel it’s quite comfortable, but there are many who disagree.

Falling Out

What’s the likelihood of AirPods falling out? This was a big problem with the wired version, so you would expect it to be even worse with the wireless. Thankfully, the headphones are properly balanced and it’s rare for them to come out of your ear, even when doing vigorous activity. So, don’t be scared to run, jump, climb or whatever else you like doing. The AirPods should stay with you the whole time.

Battery Life

The battery life is about middle-ground when compared to other wireless headphones. You can get about five hours of life with a full charge, and it only takes about 15–20 minutes of charging to get three hours. That’s better than many products, but then there are others that can last up to 40 hours or more.
For most, this five-hour capacity will be just fine. The quick charging ensures that if your headphones die, you won’t have too much downtime. Think of it as time to take a break, eat something small, and then you’re back on your way.

Gestures

This is probably the biggest problem with the AirPods and the most polarizing aspect of them. There are no buttons on the headphones. Many wireless headphones come with buttons to stop songs or change volume, but not here. There are two ways to change volume: either directly from your phone (which in many cases is inconvenient, you probably won’t have it in your hand if you’re listening to music), or enabling Siri.
Siri can be accessed by double-tapping one of the buds. That sounds cool, and it gives you access to her even when your phone is away, but you’ll quickly see some problems. Instead of instantly changing volume, you have to wait for Siri to load, give the voice command (which can be weird in public) and then hope the volume isn’t changed too drastically.

You can also use your phone or Siri to stop a song, and recently an updated was added that allows you to tap the bud as well. Another way to stop a song is to take out one of the buds, which will instantly stop the music.

Sound Quality

Sound quality is something that people have disliked about Apple EarPods for years. While certainly not terrible, many people think that these headphones don’t do music justice and tend to give a homogenous sound to everything. Apple has heard this complaint and is now using the new W1 chip in their wireless AirPods. This chip improves just about everything in the unit, but we are going to focus on sound.
Many reviewers note that the sound quality is surprisingly good, especially when compared to similarly priced units. The bass is considered a little low, so it many not be ideal for people who love that heavy thumping, but otherwise they work just fine.

Conclusion

Despite the outcry against the wireless AirPods, most of this is fueled by anger over the removal of the headphone jack. While AirPods are certainly not the first wireless headphones or top-tier, they are very good and solve many of the problems that AirPods users have experienced for years. If you already loved the classic EarPods, then the wireless version is even better. If you hated the sound quality, then the new version might change your mind. Not everyone will be pleased, but this is a fine addition to the Apple lineup of products.

Amazon Echo: Your Smart Speaker

You do not only have smartphones, but also smart speakers! Amazon is known to be one of the best websites where we can purchase different things that we need from personal to social. Now, because Amazon wants to be on top together with the advancements in technology, they will never be left behind as they developed the Amazon Echo. (For more, check out Cam’s Take.)

Amazon Echo is a hands-free smart speaker that looks like a tall cylinder. This device is 925 inches tall and is built up with the seven-piece microphone array. The amazing part? It is a speaker that we control the use of our voice that is why it is called a hands-free smart speaker. Really smart, right? The voice service is called  “Alexa” that echo connects with, so, I can ask whatever I like ranging from current events, news, sports, weather from different weather stations, and of course, music from the streaming music services of Pandora and Spotify and other services! All I have to do is ask and all the information that I need will be given to me.

The speaker can provide a 360 degree immersive sound. Whenever I feel like using the echo, all I need to do is to say the wake word “Alexa” and it will respond right away in no time With this speaker, I know that the “Alexa” word will be abused.

Now, for all music lovers out there just like me, this Amazon Echo will be great for us. Let Alexa do the thing, just ask. It is amazing, I can ask for a song or the artist, sometimes I request for a song with the type of genre, I can search for music by the album, the lyrics and I can even let Alexa pick a song for me and most of the time, Alexa chooses the best song for my mood. Just amazing.

Amazon Echo is not limited to the things I have mentioned; I can also use Alexa to other applications like Tuneln, and iHeartRadio. Aside from that,

18 is also packed with Bluetooth so you can connect with other devices. At first, Alexa was not that obedient maybe because of my speech and accent, but as I use it often, it is slowly adapting the way I talk and responds immediately to my requests. With Alexa, you can have your request done, order a pizza, switch off the lights, and open the garage and much moreAnother amazing part is that updates are made automatically. Sometimes, I am surprised that there will be add-ons automatically like applications, capabilities, and skills in Alexa. The device is just listening to the speech and will suddenly come to life when the wake call “Alexa” is spoken. Of course, never forget that echo requires an Internet connection for it to work.

An amazing smart device that you will truly love and I know you would love to have I find Amazon Echo as a smart, innovative and amazing device. But, I suggest that you do not abuse it because you also have to move around and not depend on the device. I say you use it in times only when it is really hard for you to do it yourself. Do not depend on Alexa. This device is amazing but does not depend on it, set some limitations and then you will live a happy life with your Amazon Echo.