Product Type: Apple headphones
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Another quality Apple product
Apple iPod Earphones
Member Name: chief07john
Apple iPod Earphones
Advantages: Good sound quality, cheap online
Disadvantages: Not overly reliable
As usual i'll split my review into sections:
As with pretty much any Apple product, the design is sleek and well thought out; the earphones have a white and gray colour scheme and feature a small rectangular block one third of the way down the right earphone, which acts as both a volume control and a microphone for phone calls.
The earphones are a good length and although i got mine with my iPhone, i have seen them packaged in the box and they look great packaged up.
Apple really are kings of design and they haven't dropped the ball with their basic iPhone / iPod headphones.
The earphones are very comfortable when you first put them in and fit very nicely; i much prefer these headphones to the 'in ear' variety as i always feel like the 'in ear' ones are going to fall out. These headphones however offer a far more snug fit and are extremely comfortable for the first 60-90 minutes of use.
If you keep the headphones in your ear for prolonged periods of time however, which i often do, they do begin to make your ear ache fairly drastically - this can only be resolved by removing the earphones.
So they are comfortable but i wouldn't recommend using them for more than an hour and a half.
The earphones feature excellent sound quality; the maximum volume is excellent and doesn't allow for any clipping or distortion at the upper volume limits. The earphones also allow for panning, meaning you hear songs as they were designed to be heard. (Panning generally refers to whether you hear a part equally through both speakers, or just through the left, just through the right or any combination of them - i.e. 30% L and 70% R
The microphone is excellent and i've never had a problem with people being able to hear me when using the earphones to make or receive phonecalls. It's extremely useful to have a volume control on the earphones, so you don't have to get the phone out of your pocket - i've also recently discovered it has an answer / end call button, meaning you don't even have to get your phone out when it rings. The only thing i can think it's missing is a skip forward button, as i still have to get my phone out if i want to skip a track on the iPhone.
To be honest this is probably the main issue with the headphones - they are reliable for the first couple of months, assuming you take REALLY good care of them, but i'm on my fourth pair now (in 18 months). After a while, or if they're not carefully looked after, the wires to tend to split or come apart and usually one of the earphones stop working (with mine it's always been the left earphone but i don't know if this is indicative of all earphones).
If you do look after them though they will continue to work for a good few months, and you can get them so cheap online that's it's not too much of an issue (you can get them for around 1p plus P&P on Amazon).
Overall this is another well designed, quality product from Apple. Could do with being a little more reliable and robust and could also do with a skip forward button, but apart from that i'd highly recommend them.
Summary: Another decent product from Apple
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