Product Type: Apple headsets
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Apple headphones with remote and microphone
Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
Member Name: 2012Saver
Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
Advantages: Look stylish, have a remote and a mic
Disadvantages: White gets dirty easily, can break
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.
Summary: Wouldn't pay the full price for these, but a nice set of headphones all the same