Product Type: Apple headsets
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iLove my ear pods!
Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
Member Name: k444tmc
Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
Advantages: great redesign - comfortable - great quality sound
Disadvantages: more choice in colours needed!
Recently I have just written a review on my new iPhone 5 and although I really love my new phone, as noted in the review I feel the Apple designers could of done a lot more to bring the new handset up to scratch against the other competitors in the market in terms of design and features... so although its a brilliant phone that I would highly recommend I feel more could of been done... but one thing they managed to get right this time around was the re-design of the Apple ear pods which come with the handset and now have the redesigned name of "Ear Buds".
One of the first things I noticed upon opening my new iPhone 5 box was the neatly presented half transparent and half white plastic box travel container containing the ear buds. The lid is transparent which can be lifted on and off with ease and the base is the white section. The main sections of the buds which you put in your ears sit in the molding of the box facing outwards and the wire itself is wrapped around the outside, leaving space for you to place down the transparent lid to keep them protected. When you turn the container over you see the Apple logo engraved in the middle. In my opinion the travel container holding these is very durable and well made and has survived being thrown around a lot by my young daughter and has not suffered any damage to the outside or to the product which is kept inside.
When I say Apple have done the ear buds right this time around, I mean they completely redesigned the look and comfortableness of them which were the two things I detested about the old design. The previous ones were round in shape which were very irritating and uncomfortable sitting in your ear. Now the shape is kind of oval and as well as looking good they sit in the ear a lot better making them more comfortable to wear and as a result I actually enjoy listening to my music through these instead of my big usual chunky headphones!
Using them is easy enough... as previously mentioned these are wired and you simply plug your connection at the end of the wire into your music device - however these can be used for anything to play sound such as laptop, TV's and portable game consoles - all of which I have tried and they work perfectly in everything I have tried.
In terms of sound, its clear even at loud volumes... I would say there is better ones out there but they come free with an Apple product and you can't really complain about something that's free as long as it works to a decent standard... can you?! As like the previous model of earpods, these come with a volume control half way down the wire and a microphone - which is great for those who like to use hands free.
Generally for me Apple fixed all the issues with the old ear pods - which were comfort, sound quality and appearance. Although the new phone wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be they have got everything right on this little freebie. The only thing I would say to make them better is a larger choice of colours other than the plain white that they hand out...
As previously noted I was given these for free with a new iPhone 5 but if you do want to buy them separately they will set you back £25.00 from Apple direct.
Summary: great redesign from the old model!