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When I got my iPhone 5 I wasn't really sure what sort of accessories would come with it to be honest. Whilst not a lot did come with the phone one thing that was included was the Apple ear phones with remote and mic and this is my review of the product.
My opinion of Apple on the whole is that their products are always sleek and attractive looking. When I opened up my iPhone box and found the earphones in there I have to say that this opinion was enhanced even more. The earphones come packed in a square plastic box which has rounded edges. The back of the box is white and features the apple logo whilst the front of the box is clear so you can see the neatly packed earphones through it. I have to say I have kept this little box but my earphones are just in one of my drawers now for when I want to use them as I think it would be a faff trying to get them in and out of the box all the time but it would be a nice way to store them to keep them safe.
I remember when I bought my first iPod and there was a big fuss about people having them stolen based on the fact that potential robbers could tell that the person was using an iPod based on the white earphones cable. This is still the case with the Apple earphones with remote and mic but frankly I don't think this would affect someone stealing them in the street if they wanted to and I think a potential robber would seek out their best opportunity based on various facts as opposed to just the colour of the earphones. I like the fact that the earphones are white having had black ones with all my other phones in the past.
The earphones have quite a unique shape to them and aren't just round and so they fit perfectly in my ear and they do not fall out which other earphones without this shape will often do as I potter around. They have L and R marked on them which represents the ear each is meant to go in and I do follow this as I find they fit perfectly like this. They feel comfortble in my ear and I can wear them for as long as I want without them becoming uncomfortable which is perfect for when I am travelling.
The earphones have a reasonably long cable which at the end features the metal jack which you plug in to either your iPod or in my case your iPhone. I find that the cable is long enough for me to pop the phone in my pocket with ease. I am only small so perhaps people much taller or with a longer body would find it a bit harder but I personally think the bulk of people will find these earphones a perfect length.
These earphones feature a remote and mic as is mentioned in the title. It took me some time to actually work out how to use the remote properly because as seems to be the norm with Apple products there were no instructions provided! Basically up on the wire leading to the right earphone there is a small piece of rectangular plastic which is the remote and microphone. The remote looks pleasing to the eye and blends well with the look of the earphones on the whole. The remote is quite high up on the wire because obviously as it is also used as a microphone if you answer the phone whilst wearing your earphones it needs to be put near to the mouth but I would personally prefer it to be a little lower simply because I don't use it as a microphone and only use it as a remote for listening to music through my phone. Points of note regarding the microphone though are that you can use it to record voice memos or ask Siri to find some information or call someone for you so it is a nifty little addition! To use the remote when listening to your music you do need to first of all set music playing through the phone or iPod but then you are free to just use the remote. There are two buttons on either end of the remote one of which has a plus sign and the other a minus and these are used for altering the volume of the song. In the middle of the remote there is no visible button but if you press there once the song will pause and if you press it again it will play again. Pressing the middle button twice quickly skips the song along one. The buttons are really responsive to touch and I have had no trouble using them whilst listening to my music but it would have been nice to have been told about the middle button somewhere as I had to seek this information out online!
So, the earphones look impressive, they fit my ears brilliantly and they allow me to alter my music without having to play around with my phone but what about sound quality? Obviously with earphones sound quality is one of the most important things and I have to say that the Apple earphones with remote and mic does not let me down on that front either! The sound quality is second to none in terms of what I have personally experienced before. The sound is really crisp and I can hear every beat so clearly that it makes it a truly brilliant listening experience. What is also great is sound quality is not affected no matter how loud you turn up the earphones where as with some earphones I have had in the past the sound will almost become scratchy the louder I turn it up. The volume on this one really does go high and I don't need to have it on full whilst they are in my ears but I do like my music loud and these earphones allow me to have it loud without affecting the quality in any way.
I genuinely think these earphones are pretty much perfect. I would prefer a slightly lower remote but I totally understand why it is positioned where it is and should I answer my phone with my earphones in I would appreciate the microphone being near to my mouth so I can hold it there and talk. It is safe to say that since getting my iPhone 5 I have been completely converted to the wonderfulness of Apple products but had these earphones let me down in any way I wouldn't hesistate to say so. Instead I totally recommend these earphones because to me they are second to none. You can buy these from amazon currently for £13.95 which I know isn't cheap but they are excellent. I would say be careful of fake imitations which may look the same but are likely to be inferior quality.
Thank you for reading my review!
I have been using my iPhone for around three years now. I am actually on my second iPhone and now have the 4. With each of the two iPhone's I have owned I was also given a little set of earphones. These come in very handy and I use them on a regular basis, so I thought I was in a good position to give them a little review.
So first of all the look of them. Well as you can see from the picture these come in white, it's pretty obvious they are apple ones as they always seem to be white. They are slick and stylish and look pretty good all round. I remember with the older earphones there were always little pads on the ear pieces which would supposedly make them more comfortable. These ones do not have pads on they are just hard plastic, but they are still comfortable and because there is no ugly looking padding they also look better.
Many people would say that the most important thing about earphones is the sound quality. I would actually disagree, for me the most important thing is how well they stay in my ears. These are the best I have ever used. When I go for a jog they stay firmly in place, they do occasionally pop out but it's only if I really tug on them. These are a massive improvement on the headphones I used to own as these would never stay in my ears for longer than a few minutes.
The sound quality is very good. I am sure you can buy better versions but as these come free with phones and iPod's then you really can't complain. The sound goes up loud and if you put it up all the way it's almost too loud. There is a little remote control on the lead that is easy to use, you can turn the volume up or down and you can also skip or pause a track you are listening to. This is very handy as you don't have to pull your phone out your pocket to adjust the settings.
To buy these you can usually pick up a cheap pair on eBay or something. You should not have to pay more than a few pounds for these. Most people just get them when they get a new phone or iPod though. So for all round value you really can't complain. The set of these I got with my first phone have been going for over a year now and they have shown no signs of breaking or stopping working. There is also a microphone on these so you can use them as hands free although to be honest that's not a feature I often use. Overall then these really are an excellent little set of earphones and I would highly recommend them.
Over the years, I have owned various pairs of these Apple headphones as they come with most Apple products purchased including iPhones and iPods. The headphones themselves can be bought on their own from Apple in their stores or online for the price of £25.00.
The Apple headphones are largely the classic Apple white in colour. The earbud itself has a grey rim around the inner part, and there is also a small grey piece of plastic at the bottom of the earbud where it meets the wire. I think these headphones look stylish and definitely have the signature Apple appearance. One problem I would note with appearance is that the due to the rubbery covering on the wires of the headphones also being white, this can become dirty and discoloured easily especially if kept in pockets or handbags. I have noticed that my headphones have taken on more of a greyish tinge after a while of use.
Unlike other headphones that are available, the Apple headphones are "one size fits all" and are not adjustable in any way. The ear piece of these fits quite comfortably into my ear and stays quite snug when I am sitting, standing or walking. I do find that if I am jogging, these headphones quite easily fall out, meaning I need to "jam" them into my ear a bit harder.
These headphones have a microphone attached, meaning you can talk to someone on the phone while you have these in. This is a function of the headphones that I really like as I will often call a friend for a catch up while I am out for a walk, and it means I do not have to hold my phone in my hand or up to my ear. I imagine that the microphone does it's job and picks up the sound of my voice well as I have never had any complaints that someone can't hear me.
The headphones also have a little remote bar attached to the wire that leads to the left ear. This has a "+" at one end and a "-" at the other which allows you to adjust the volume of the music/phone call that you are hearing. There is also a button in the middle which allows you to carry out some simple functions:
-If on the phone - pressing this once will answer/hang up a call
-If listening to music - pressing once will pause/restart the song, pressing twice will skip to the next song, and pressing three times will take you back to the start of the song you are currently listening to
I find this remote function really handy, particularly if I am out a walk or a jog as it means I don't have to look at the screen of my iPod to stop/start/change songs. The remote itself is slim and light and is barely noticeable on the wire of your headphones, and it does not get in the way.
What about the sound? Now I am no music expert and I'm not going to pretend to know about "bass" and the like. I think my music sounds absolutely fine through these headphones, and similarly during a phone call the other person's voice is clear and crisp. I have noticed a bit of a "tinny" effect if my music is up too loud, but I try to stay away from the habit of listening to music too loudly through headphones as I am aware it can really damage your ears.
Quality wise, with older pairs of Apple headphones I owned I found that they started to come apart quite easily - namely the wire covering would peel back around the ear bud leaving exposed wires, or the ear bud itself would fall apart. This meant I was often replacing the headphones. I do however think in recent times the quality of Apple headphones has improved, and the pair I currently own I received with my iPhone 4 which I bought over 2 years ago. Now I will confess that I don't use these that regularly, perhaps once a week, but I still think this is a reasonable amount of time to last.
Price wise I think that £25 is quite expensive for something that is a little flimsy, and I'm sure many music lovers could recommend a better quality pair of headphones for the same price. If my headphones were to break, I probably wouldn't replace them with an Apple set at full price, but I am happy to receive these when buying an Apple product.
All in all I think they are a decent set of headphones that look quite stylish and have some nice little functions in the way of the remote and mic. I am therefore giving them a rating of 4 stars. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review helpful.
In my household we have a basket that holds every set of these headphones we have all gotten. There is about 20 pairs in there because they are included everytime you buy an Apple Ipod, Ipad, or Iphone. Nobody in my family is really a fan of these and they are honestly less than average.
It is surprising that these headphones are not great because Apple is usually the one trying to outdo other brands when it comes to technology
One time, I lost my nice pair of headphones and I had a long car ride with the family ahead of me. I had no choice but to use these generic Apple headphones. I fell asleep on the car ride with them in my ears for a couple hours and by the time I woke up, my ears hurt! The size, shape, and comfort of these headphones are less than desirable. They barely fit in my ears and when I can manage to get them in somewhat comfortably they usually will just pop out again within a few minutes.
The sound quality with these headphones is average. They work, but after a few weeks of use the sound coming out is noticeably raspier and broken. So far every pair I have actually had to use have broken and the part of the headphone that goes into the ear has broken off exposing wires which entails a lot of hazard to the body.
I have only used the microphone that comes on these headphones once because I quickly learned that it is not great at all. The voice quality to the receiver is very difficult to understand.
The buttons that control music volume, play/pause, and next or back are not touch sensitive at all and especially over time they become even harder to use. They break super easily and if you use these headphones on other non-apple music playing items it does not work at all.
Over-all I would never pay money for these because the exposed wire potential is very high and sound quality is less than average. I will not even use these when I get them for free.
Considering how Apple like to be the best at everything they do, it is surprising to find they bundle these quite awful earphones in with every Ipad, Iphone and Ipod they sell, especially when you consider both an Ipad and an Iphone will cost you well over £300, they aren't exactly strapped for cash, Apple are currently the richest company in the world, and it is hardly surprising when they cut corners like this.
The sound quality is abysmal, it is tinny at high volume, has no depth whatsoever, When you get a good set of earphones, you can just feel it, the beat will reverberate through your body, it will be smooth and crisp, even at high volume, These apple earphones do not do this, they are the same quality as a set of earphones you would expect to see in a poundland store - Very poor.
The microphone isn't as bad, it picks up my voice well enough, I recorded myself to see how i sound (because i seriously have nothing better to do) and i sound pretty clear and crisp, so i have no complaints about the microphone, also, the volume control buttons work perfectly.
The style and design is good, one thing which Apple always excel in is making things look good, they stay in my ear well if i'm sitting still, but will sometimes fall out if i move around, using these while jogging is impossible in my experience.
A surprisingly average product from Apple, i will rate these as 2.5 out of 5, thank you for reading my rather brief review, there is only so much you can say about a pair of earphones.
Like many, I got my pair bundled free with my iPhone. And I couldn't replace them quickly enough. Yes, for a freebie, they aren't terrible, but then again, being a freebie, they aren't great. They'd be OK for the average consumer, but if you're looking for true quality, then look elsewhere.
First off, they do look good. That classic white earbud has been with us for over 10 years now, and back in my school days they were the headphone to have. If you didn't have these, attached to an iPod, you weren't cool. Back then the only downside was hiding them from teachers in such a way you could listen to music in class.
These days, I'm much better educated, and will echo the comments about how bad they are. They don't offer anything particularly good in terms of sound quality, everything just seems to be one muddy, barely audible mess. No distinct treble, mid and bass, it's just not the way to listen to music. Thankfully Apple now bundle the much improved EarPods with new iPhones and iPods.
The other problem was build quality. Mine used to fall apart so easily. They earbud itself would come apart, so lots of superglue was used repairing it, however this made them even more uncomfortable than they already were. Another pair I had, the wires just came apart; the cheap rubber tore very easily, and the bit where it connects to the 3.5mm jack was very flimsy and just broke away, exposing bare wire. Being on a very strict budget at the time, I simply used gaffer tape to hold it all together, but eventually it just broke.
I had mates who'd buy another pair again when theirs broke, please do not do this. If one pair broke with ease, what's to say that a second pair will last any longer? Save up and buy a Bose mobile headset (or just the in ear headphones if you're using an iPod rather than iPhone and have no need for the mic) for respectable sound quality, or just get the Sennheiser CX300s, probably the best budget headphone known to man, at a similar price to replacement Apple 'buds.
These earphones are made by apple and are a great buy. When you buy an apple iphone or and other apple audio device such as an apple ipod you will get a free pair of these earphones in the pack it comes with.
If you are not buying an apple product, but still want the earphones seperate in order to use it with an mp3 player from another brand for example, then you will have to purchase them seperately.
Also if you previously had these earphones free when you bought something from apple but then lost them or they broke which happened to me once, then this might be another reason you are looking to purchase another pair.
Know matter the reason that brought you to buy these earphones, they are definately worth all the hassle.
The earphones have changed and improved over the years though. They used to be very plain and parts of it were long unnessesary, but now these parts have got smaller and look better.
The part that plugs into the devices has gotten shorter and the part that comes off the actual ear pieces have also got shorter.
On the earphones are some useful devices too. There is a bar on it which is thin and comapct, and has a plus sign and a minus sign, with a dip in the middle.
The plus allows you to turn your music up, and minus turns it down. The dip button in the middle does two things.
One, if you press it once it pauses the music, and two, if you press it twice it will change the song to the next track on your playlist.
I find this very useful as many people travel around and like to have their device in the pockets/ handbags, or they just prefer to hide it away incase it gets stolen, so this resolves the problem of always getting the device out.
When you actually plug them in, the sound is very good, its sharp, clear, and has a good tone to it. It is also alot louder in gerneral compared to most other earphones.
These will fit into any apple device such as:
Ipods, Ipads, Iphones, and laptops ect.
The only annoying thing is that they dont have a jelly bit on them which means they fall out of your ears alot. They do some jelly made ones too if you find this problem.
When buying them they usually go for around £30 becuse they are made by apple and the price will probably never go down.
These are a good purchase and last a LONG time!
Hope you buy these earphones as they're one of the best makes around.
I'm pretty sure if you have ever purchased an iPod or know of anybody with one, you will have seen these little white earphones. This version of earphones is an upgrade from the standard Apple earphones with did not include a Mic or remote control. From what I can tell nothing has changed with regards to the actual ear-pieces themselves.
Over the years this style of earphone has become more developed through changing shapes and sizes as well as the odd upgrade with regards to hardware. I owned one of the very first iPods which came with the very first earphone design and I can't help but think that apple have gone towards catering for mass production rather than for quality.
The sound quality of these earphones is pretty bad in comparison to Skull-candies or Seinheisers and to be honest, the only time I use them is when I'm lying in bed reading a book or surfing the net and I don't particularly need great sound quality. I think it's only really when you use a high quality set of earphones that you realise what's missing from them. That thing that is missing is the entire lower end of the sound spectrum. You can just about make out the kick drum on a drumkit and as for the bass guitar, good luck making that out! It's already bad enough that so many bands turn the bass guitar down really low, now that these earphones are quite literally EVERYWHERE I'm really feeling sorry for bass players.
The mic and controls are handy when doing a Skype call, I'm able to plug the earphones directly into my MacBook and it will pick it up straight away as one of the inputs. I find though i have to almost hold the mic right up to my mouth in order to get a clear sound through. This means I just end up using the built in Mic in my MacBook (which sort of defeats the purpose of the mic in the first place). The only place I can think that this would be useful for is hands-free calls in the car or else whilst somebody phones you when listening to your iPod. Considering I have a built in hands-free in my car and I don't have an iPhone, this makes it pretty useless for me!
In summary I have no real need for these earphones: I get much better quality off my Skull-candy earphones and even better quality out of my Bose headphones. I don't really have any need for the mic or controls either so I would rather stick with the basic older version!
The earphones themselves seem to be build to withstand punishment from the everyday uses of an iPod. I mean guys let's face it, how many of us just wrap our earphones around our iPod and chuck it inside out pocket? After getting told off big time by our engineer in the studio for wrapping cables tight I know first hand this is very bad for them. The great thing however is that the iPod earphones seem to take the abuse for months upon months until the dreaded scenario happens where one earphone breaks leaving the other working perfectly fine..
These horrible little white headphones come pre-packaged with iPhones, iPods and can be bought separately for a frankly extortionate £26.00 from the Apple online store. It seems that Apple have taken care to design all of their products beautifully, with lovely glassy and shiny exteriors and then forgotten about how you're supposed to listen to them.
The sound quality is absolutely terrible and more often than not, more of the sound is lost to the surroundings than actually into your ears. I'm sure most people have been sat on a relatively quiet bus and can hear other people's music blasting out of these for all to hear. The build quality also seems to be lacking somewhat (alot). My free iPod Nano pair broke around the jack area and exposing the wires within a couple of weeks with moderate use. The rubbery material around the actual earpiece also quickly peels off, leaving a nasty and dirty peeling mess VERY quickly which is rather unpleasant. There is also the issue of the earphones being extremely recognizable. This becomes apparent when you're using them in a crowded area. Others instantly know that what you have in your pocket is an expensive item, rather than just a cheapy MP3 player (and somewhat less nickable).
For the price of these you could buy a decent pair of Sony, Panasonic or Sennheiser earphones which have far superior sound quality and might even last 6 months before falling apart. In my opinion, you should definitely steer clear of these if you're thinking of buying a replacement pair for the free ones which inevitably broke the first time around. For around £25-30 you can invest in a much better pair from other companies.
These apple earphones are sold for way too much. I bought mine to listen to music on my iPod touch 3g, and it really doesn't offer that much to be worth $30. I mean there only two good things about it and that's the mic for older generation users. The other is the voice control option, but the siri application on the newer gen have made these earphones pretty obsolete in today's technology. A mic is still a good reason for buying these kind of earphones, but for these kind of prices they aren't. I would recommend some different ones at a more affordable price. I mean the sound is nice but if you break it or lose it (which happens to me quite a bit) you're out $30. Plus these break easily within months and then you have to buy another one and in less then a year you've already spent a easy $100. the design isn't that appealing to me either. It also hurts your ears after 10 minutes of use. I would recommend headphones instead if you want a more comfortable listening experience, or if you just want some earphones you can buy some Sony or Panasonic ones because they look nice and cost less with a lot more comfort.
Though I am no huge fan of Apple products in general, I do not detest them and am very willing to try them out now and again. The problem with most of Apple's products is that they cost so much money for something that is ever so small, and most of the time I find myself far better off with a cheaper but more sturdy product. My first pair of Apple earphones actually came with my iPod, so that they were free and I did not really mind the fact that they were so expensive; you don't say no to free earphones!
Unfortunately, my little niece accidentally (or so she claimed!) stepped on my pair only a few weeks after I first received them, and, as you would expect, they broke and I could not listen to music in privacy any longer. This, understandably, I did not blame either Apple or the product for and decided that I would give the earphones another try, if only to get something to match my iPod. Except that this time, I was determined to keep them away from trampling footsteps!
I was in quite a hurry to get a new pair of earphones so that I could listen to music in peace (and that is why you should always have spares!) and therefore I bought my new pair from the most convenient, and therefore most expensive place I could find at that time: the Apple store. At over £20 a pair, I found this quite expensive, but not at all unexpected for an Apple product, considering the price I paid for my iPod in the first place.
Of course, there are more expensive earphones out there, but most of those are said to be of "professional quality" and those are the kind of products that people expect great things from. Even more expensive are most headphones, but the sound of those are meant to be much better, but I am no big fan of them as they are rather big, chunky and fairly impractical. So I paid up right there and then, feeling a little, but not too much, of regret.
You can get these earphones for cheaper than their Recommended Retail Price, though I rarely see any sales at all at the Apple store. The cheapest I see on Amazon are £8.80, however that price seems a little Too Good To Be True, so I would check out some reviews on the seller if I were you.
The design of these earphones do look quite aesthetically appealing, but very flimsy also. They are a pale white colour, and the earphone wire is quite thin, and when I first started using this, I was unsure about whether they would last me very long or not. The design, at least, is typical of Apple- way too compressed for their own good. This having been said, there is no denying that these earphones do look rather good, better than many other pairs of earphones at least, and far more sophisticated.
They do not come with ear buds, which is slightly disappointing as I prefer earphones with ear buds, simply because they provide me with greater comfort than those without. At first, they did seem like quite a comfortable fit, without you having to ram them too deep inside your ear, which I guess must be viewed as a sort of bonus. However, after a few hours of intensive music listening, they started to feel a little uncomfortable, and I had to keep taking them out and replacing them, trying to search for a more comfortable fit.
The sound quality was not bad, but not stunningly brilliant either. I can give this Apple product credit for working at least, but I suppose I could have achieved the same effect with some earphones I could pick up for a couple of pounds. However, at least the sound is clear and defined enough to be satisfactory, and the wire is secure, so that there is no static.
The noise isolation, I find, is pretty much useless. When travelling on public transport and listening to music at the same time, I do attract a few death glares which is far from pleasant. My friends often tell me to "turn the volume down" when I am listening to music near them, even if my music was not playing louder than usual (though maybe I do listen to my music a little too loud normally?). Of course, I have come across worse with other brands of earphones, but for the price I paid, I find it quite unacceptable.
The volume control is a useful accessory to have, though I would like to point out that it is completely unnecessary if you have any type of volume control on your music player or wherever you are listening to sound from. The remote, at least, seems to be OK, since I have tested it out quite a number of times by using Skype.
Altogether, I would not consider them as 'bad earphones', but nothing out of the ordinary at all. They are actually quite disappointing, for the price paid, and perhaps if they were less expensive earphones from a less esteemed brand, I would appear less harsh. Naturally, having paid quite a lot of money for a product, you expect the quality to match the price, and I am afraid this did not nearly meet my expectations. I give these earphone 2 out of 5 dooyoo stars, and if you want a good value and good quality pair of earphones, I would recommend for you to search elsewhere.
--What you get--
Outer ear headphones with adjustable volume control attached to the cable, compatible with most mp3 devices, but designed to match Apple iPods, iPhones and iPads.
--Value for money--
Really poor. I wouldn't mind paying this price for a really decent pair of headphones but the fact is I got through so many pairs! This price should reflect quality of product but unfortunately the quality of the product is below average.
I'm glad I got my first pair free with my iPod, yet they are long gone! I initially bought the Apple style headphones as I thought matching headphones for my iPod were more aesthetically pleasing than choosing a different brand. Now I would definitely say go for a cheaper and more reliable pair such as my £5-in-the-HMV-sale JVC's!
--How to use--
To adjust the volume, press the positive and negative signs on the easy to use click pad situated on the cable itself. I thought this was a pretty nifty feature, and it's my favourite feature of this product! This feature means you don't have to affect the battery life of your iPod by turning it's screen on and off when you want to change a track!
--Comfort of use--
I found these quite comfy when I first used them, but I'm now used to a different fit of headphones and consequently they feel quite uncomfortable in my outer ear (but my ears are quite small so this size may be perfect for someone with slightly larger ears.)
These headphones are just not designed for everyday wear and tear. When putting my headphones away, I tend to wrap them up and stuff them in a bag or pocket. The delicate connections just don't live up to being folded away and often tear, leaving your £26.99 headphones ripped and unusable. The most annoying thing is when you just have one headphone left working after a cable has fractured or when the sound quality is reduced after the cable weakening. That's when it's time to invest in a new pair!
Summary: Won't be buying these again as I've found much better quality headphones, which last longer, at a lower price!
When I bought my iPhone 4s, it came with a pair of these Apple Earphones, I was very pleased to get a freebee, however these are not my favourite earphones and I only really use them when I cannot find my pair of Skull Candy earphones.
What Are They?
These are a pair of white ear bud earphones that sit in the outer ear, these are good for people who do not like the in-ear style earphones. They have a volume control button to turn the volume of your music up and down on the right ear bud side and also on the right ear bud there is a mic that can be used to record voice memos.
The sound quality of these earphones is good, I wouldn't go as far to say it is amazing, however music does sound good and crisp on these and also they do seem to cancel out exterior noise quite well too.
The remote control is handy, it means that when I have been listening to music for a long time on my iPhone and it has locked itself, that I do not have to take it out if my pocket and unlock it change the volume. It is very self explanatory, + turns volume up slightly and - slightly decreases it.
I'll be honest, I really only use these to listen to music, however I had a little play with the mic to write this review and have found that is works quite well and I didn't have much bother getting it to work. (Though for me this is a pointless feature as I never really use it.)
There is a good length of lead on these earphones, making them more comfortable to wear as they do not tug easily.
These are not the most comfortable earphones I have ever used, I find that I prefer in-ear earphones. For a pair of ear buds however these are extremely hard to keep in my ears as they sometimes slip out when I tilt my head as they are too small for my ears, usually ear buds fit my ears perfectly.
I think that these earphones are really overpriced, you can buy these earphones for £27.99 in HMV. I think that these ear buds are really overpriced as they are not great quality and I would advise you to either buy the Gummy earphones for a third of the price or Skull Candy earphones which are about half the price of these as they are much better quality earphones and much cheaper too. As I said before, I got these earphones free with my iPhone 4s, I think that I would have been very disappointed if I would have bought them from the shop and spent £27.99 on them.
I think that these are an average pair of earphones, they have good sound quality and a little control to turn up and down the volume, but they are far to overpriced in my opinion. I got these free, and I am glad that I didn't waste money buying them. Overall I would give these 3 out of 5 stars, as they are average and overpriced.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Now, first things first, let me just clarify that I am not a huge fan of Apple products. I am not trying to say that I absolutely hate them; in fact I do not even in the slightest dislike them. All I am saying is that I, for example, would not go running to queue in an Apple store for its new generation of iPads. In general, I have always considered Apple's products to be quite hi tech, very thin and flashy in design, and completely too expensive for its own good. Being one of the major, most expensive electronic manufacturers in the world, it had major expectations to meet with in these Apple earphones. And did they meet them? Well, here is my review on this product, covering several main aspects of it.
Anyone who knows about Apple products will know that you cannot obtain one for cheap. These Apple earphones were no exception.
So when I discovered that some seller or other on Amazon was selling these earphones for around £4 each (and that was including the postage and packaging too!) I was amazed at the bargain and hardly hesitated at all in buying them. And they would have been of extraordinary value too, HAD THEY ACTUALLY BEEN REAL. Which, you can probably guess from my heightened use of the Caps Lock key, they weren't. They felt flimsy, tacky and too light weight to be able to withstand any strain at all. On top of this, though I was in no need of further convincing that what I ordered was not a genuine Apple product, it was missing its volume control, which a set of Apple earphones generally has. I would compare the quality of sound from these earphones to that of a pair of one pound ear phones I bought for back ups from the pound store, and the so-called Apple ones cost about four times as much! So that is just a warning to those of you who are planning on buying Apple earphones from Amazon- check the reviews and make sure the seller is trustworthy before spending money on these. In reality, you DO get what you pay for. However, I can't dock stars against these Apple earphones themselves because of this; after all, it is not the Apple company's fault that a seller on Amazon is taking advantage of people and using their brand name, which I am guessing is illegal. And I am not trying to put you off buying Apple earphones from Amazon either; I am sure there are perfectly decent, legit and genuine sellers of Apple products out there who are prepared to give you a better deal than the Apple Store will, but it was just that one seller that let me down. If the pricing is suspiciously low like the time when I bought them, then I would suggest that you give it a miss, rather than being severely disappointed, as I was.
Even so, it was a while before I could bring myself to buy from Apple again. I was really in need of some good quality earphones and many people had told me how good the real ones were, so I paid over £20 for one pair- more than I would have normally expected to pay for earphones. But you have to pay for quality, right?
QUALITY OF SOUND AND OVERALL QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT:
The quality of sound, I found, was very good; however, it was something that could have been achieved with a lower priced earphone brand. It contained the sound in very well- I could turn up my music quite loud in public without people shooting me dirty looks, and the volume control was very useful. The overall quality of the actual earphones is great, they are made of really good quality, hard wearing material - in fact, I am still on the original real pair now (though I suspect that I will have to buy some new ones soon, since my sister recently stepped on it). Though I only use this for my iPod, and have a separate pair of earphones for when I want to listen to something on the computer, etc., this is quite an achievement, seeing as i have had them for nearly three years. So, in some ways, though it is hard to think of it in that way, it is actually CHEAPER than some other earphones, because you really don't need to replace them regularly.
APPEARANCE AND FUNCTIONALITY:
When I say these earphones are flashy, I mean that they are hi tech and sophisticated, not that they are lit up in neon colours and very conspicious. These white earphones are lovely and sleek (as are with most Apple products) and you can wear them almost undetected. They also function very well with good sound, no static-y sounds as all, as mentioned in the quality of sound section.
IN CONCLUSION...? :
These are some lovely earphones from Apple, however, being the price they are, they should be considered as something of an investment. As I have said, though these are very good quality, and perfect for everyday use, you can find earphones of that same quality for cheaper. So, I shall have to dock one star for its price, but I would still highly recommend these, and even more so if they put these on sale (providing that they are actually genuine Apple earphones).
These ear phones made by apple came free with my iphone, and for the way I use it Im so glad I didnt pay for them.
They are all white apart from where the sound comes out which is like silver grating. Even the cable that connects to your music player is white. The buds that go in your ear are hard and dont fit that well especially when you are running.
They are extremely hard wearing, I have dropped them, used them in the rain, wear them for my commute and in between every day and they havent let me down yet.
The sound quality is not great, I can hear the songs and there is a small amount of bass. However when trying to listen to an audio book I just cant hear it unless its turned right up. This may be because its really loud on the tube generally but as I like to listen to a lot of audio books then I may have to invest in some better headphones when these die.
I have noticed other peoples iphone headphones leaking sound and I worry that people may be able to hear mine so I always check when my musics on and then turn it down.
The best thing about these headphones is that you can answer your phone without getting it out of your bag, just press the button and talk into the microphone that is attached to the cord. I find that this is so useful especially as I do a lot of walking around in the day and dont always want to get my phone out. When the phone rings it rings in your headphones and the music stops.
You can also start the music by pressing the same button once, without having to touch your phone. When you want to change the track just press the button quickly twice.
If you get them free then dont just discard them, but if yours are breaking then definately invest in something with better sound quality.