Intro

Listening to music or podcasts with the AirPods (2nd Generation) is a breeze for iPhone users because of strong connection and adequate battery life. These earbuds don’t sound impressive, but that’s not what they’re there for. The second-generation AirPods make sense if you’re willing to sacrifice comfort for convenience. If you are not satisfied with what they can offer, there are many other alternatives.

Read also: 3rd Generation Apple Airpods Review

Apple’s AirPods are among the most extraordinary sets of genuinely wireless earbuds because they combine ease of use and cutting-edge software capabilities. Even if the AirPods don’t fit in your ears, Apple’s audio system is fantastic. They were never made flawless, no matter how popular iPhone users have made them. For those who have an iPhone, the AirPods are a must-have accessory.

Pros

→Highly Portable

→Superb Connection

→Good battery power

→Superb Casing design

Headphonebeat Rating

Cons

→Poor fitting

→Poor Sound Isolation

→Poor Volume Controls

→Limited to iOS

User Rating

The 2nd Generation Apple Airpods – Casing Design

With the AirPod, Apple still reigns supreme in terms of quality and style. Despite its plastic construction, the charging case is comfortable to hold. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket yet strong enough to stand up to daily use. Even if you’re only using it to store the earbuds, the case is lightweight and compact. The 2nd Gen AirPods (also known as AirPods 2) have the same design and construction as the original AirPods.

The charging case features a single Lightning connector at the bottom, while a Bluetooth connecting button on the rear allows you to pair the device. However, the lid’s magnets are what truly set this case apart. The earphones are held in place by magnets within the casing. The LED light located at the casing base is a distinguishing feature between the original 1st gen AirPods and the 2nd gen AirPods. This LED light used to be inside the case, so you had to open the case to view it. You should make sure you have your headphones on hand to avoid losing or misplacing them.

Since the open-fit earphones don’t seal, some users may discover that the AirPods can fall out of your ears. AirPods Pro, on the other hand, offers a considerably superior fit and can be purchased for a somewhat higher price.

AirPods should be cleaned regularly, regardless of whether you were an early adopter or recently received a pair. To keep your buds clean and sterile, you don’t necessarily have to submerge them in water. Clean the Apple AirPods with extra caution because the water resitant capacity is limited.

The 2nd generation Airpods are not water-resistant. Anecdotally, it may seem like the AirPods are safe against water damage, but Apple does not have an official IP classification for the product. The new AirPods Pro are a better alternative because they are IPX4 certified. 

As for the Apple AirPods, they’ve hardly altered since they first debuted a few years back. There has been no dramatic change to the earbuds. Many issues stem from AirPods’ inability to seal your ears; thus, fitting problems continue to be an issue. You may have considerable trouble with outside noise since the lower Gen version of AirPods can’t completely block out ambient sounds. However, utilizing the sensor on the earbuds, you can adjust the volume and answer phone calls with the built-in microphone.

Find out more about the Apple Airpod Max

Since these open-fit earphones don’t wholly seal, some users may discover that the AirPods can drop out of the ear canal, thereby necessitating some support. These serious issues can send customers to other products or higher versions. Notwithstanding, the Apple Airpods are popular among millions worldwide and will continue to elicit a cult-like following. You can see how the Beats Powerbeats Pro stacks up against the AirPods if you’re looking for a pair of truly wireless earphones. If the 2nd Gen doesn’t provide the right fit for you, consider the AirPods Pro that offers a considerably superior fit but at a somewhat higher price.

Apple Airpod 2nd Gen

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Connecting with iOS Devices

To establish a connection with an iOS device, all you have to do is press the connect button on the device’s card when it appears. Connecting the device to your iCloud account also links all your other iCloud-connected devices. I have never missed a beat when playing music via my iPad Air, even while testing a little outside the recommended range.

All of iOS’s sensors and functionalities are also available. For example, when listening to music, you may pull one earbud out and put it back in your ear to stop the song and then put it back in. You can also activate Siri with the “Hey Siri” phrase, which is now possible with the new AirPods’ H1 chip (updated from the old W1 chip). You can, of course, disable this feature in your iOS device’s settings if you want to get the most out of your battery.

You’ll have to get accustomed to chatting with Siri since that’s the only way to manage volume. Changing the double-tap to stop or play music is similarly illogical in iOS’s settings. Remove the earpiece, and the music immediately pauses. Earbuds with adjustable volumes would have been much more convenient despite these features.

Furthermore, I haven’t experienced any glitches in my phone’s connection while I wander about my home without it in my pocket. In terms of distance, that’s approximately 18 meters, which isn’t awful at all. Overall, I was pleased with the iOS connection.

Connecting with Android Devices

Rather than the iOS narrative, connecting Android devices involves several steps. Even though the connection was less than ideal, you can still manage to pull it off. Just open the charging case, press the button on the rear to start pairing mode, and then locate the AirPods in your Bluetooth settings to pair them. That’s it. It’s not a huge issue once you’ve established a connection. However, the experience can be somewhat different.

After pairing with my Google Pixel 3’s, the signal strength isn’t as strong as my iPad (this is expected as Apple accessories are known to work well with Apple devices). In a little over two hours of listening, I counted nine glitches. When using Android, I noticed that the coverage range was reduced. I usually get to around 15 meters out before having problems with the connection. To make matters worse, I’ve noticed a delay in sound between the left and right 2nd Gen AirPods, which only goes away when I restart playback. There will also be no auto-pause when you remove one earbud; instead, the music continues to play. You can reach the Google Assistant by double-tapping the side of the AirPod, but it’s not as much control over your device as a device like the Sony WF-1000XM4.

Our research team highlights that connecting to Android smartphones might result in inferior audio quality (device dependent). Although how awful it sounds varies across devices. The varied sound is why not consider the 2nd Generation Apple AirPods as a truly wireless earphone. We recommend purchasing higher versions of the Airpods for better sound quality. Consider AAC-enabled headphones or earbuds to add versatility for everyone who enjoys listening to music.

Battery Life

We could not achieve Apple’s promise of a 5-hour battery life during our objective tests. Instead, we observed that the 2nd Gen Apple AirPods’ playing duration on an iPhone X with the AAC codec was about 4 hours and 7 minutes at 75 dB. The H1 chip in the latest Generation of Apple’s wireless earphones seems to extend the battery life by roughly 21%, translating into an additional 30 minutes of battery life.

Check out our review of the battery system of Apple Airpod Pro

Even with an iOS smartphone designed to function with the new H1 chip, the overall battery life is relatively low compared to even standard Bluetooth earbuds. For Android phones, the battery life is almost identical to the previous version at 3 hours, 29 minutes. Switching between iOS on your iPhone XS and iPad Air is made simpler with the H1 chip, which significantly enhances the quality of your audio conversations. In fairness, though, the quality of your call will be more dependent on the network service, but overall, the Airpods will do a good job

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Another consideration is that the Apple AirPods’ batteries are so small that they won’t last like those in other headphones. Because battery cells have a finite lifespan, even fair usage of the AirPods will hasten their deterioration. The AirPods’ batteries are non-replaceable, as is the case with all true wireless headphones, and this device will cease to function after a few years of use. If you purchase it, please do your part to recycle it since the materials in its batteries are harmful to dispose of and valuable when salvaged.

The Charging Port and System

Because of their compact size, the AirPods don’t have huge batteries, and they don’t last very long. If only there were a way to keep your phone charged while you weren’t using it. Simply putting it back in the case after each usage will keep it set for the next time you use it. A pair of tiny metal connections on the bottom of each earbud charge up when in contact with the case’s matching connectors.

These days, charging the case varies based on the specific type of AirPods you’re using. You can tell the Generation by looking at the lid’s interior just at the bottom. If you’re still unable to locate it, connect your AirPods to your iOS smartphone and examine the device’s settings. You should be able to identify the model number of your AirPods in the settings app.

Your charging case will only work with a Lightning connection if you have an older model (1st generation). So, you can use any old Apple Lightning cord to charge your phone. To charge wirelessly with the second-generation charging case, use any Qi-compatible charger. Put another way, the charging pad must connect to a wall outlet, but you can just lay the AirPods case on the pad, and it will charge.

Wireless charging is possible for those who already own the original AirPods without entirely replacing their headphones. For a little fee, you can get the wireless charging case without the AirPods

Noise Cancellation System

Because the earbuds don’t seal to the ears, the isolation is weak and among the worst we’ve tried. High-frequency noises aren’t much of a problem for the AirPods.

Sound Feature

The earbuds from Apple are a one-size-fits-all, so, likely, they won’t fit properly in your ear. As a result, sounds from the outside world might easily filter through. If you don’t want your music to be audible to the person next to you, you’ll need to lower the volume significantly. The AirPods provide a very user-friendly sound with a touch of more bass. This, of course, is only possible under ideal circumstances. Most consumers won’t notice the AirPods’ bass-heavy response since the AirPods don’t cancel or block out sound as other earbuds do.

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If you have ears that the AirPods don’t fit properly, you may noticeably under-accentuate the bass. Kick drums, toms, and basslines may sound quieter or “off” than they usually would. In addition, the effects of echoes and the like will be considerably more noticeable since the high notes are significantly accentuated.

Lows, mids, and highs of sound

The low end isn’t fantastic, but that’s mainly due to the absence of a seal. Like with the wired EarPods, vocals sound crystal clear thanks to a boost in the mids. This also applies to voice calls. Using the 2nd Gen AirPods, I’ve had the best Bluetooth phone conversations I’ve ever had. You can sing along to your favorite songs, but the background parts don’t mesh nicely together. I’m pleased with the highs, especially given how loud the headset can become. Even if a cymbal stroke doesn’t recreate much information, it never sounds harsh or unpleasant.

I’m pleased with the highs, especially given how loud the headset can become. Even if a cymbal stroke doesn’t recreate much information, it never sounds harsh or unpleasant.

The Bluetooth connection does not support lossless streaming, even if you can activate this on a suitable service provider. Unfortunately, unlike a wired connection, Bluetooth doesn’t enable lossless audio at present. Lossless audio has in Apple Music, but there’s no need to upgrade your AirPods if you’re not going to hear any difference in sound quality.

Sound Rating and Quality

  • Low 58% 58%
  • Midrange 70% 70%
  • Highs 86% 86%
  • Bass 73% 73%
  • Attenuation 32% 32%
  • Sound Quality 64% 64%

Microphone feature

Despite their small size, the Apple AirPods include surprisingly high-quality microphones. Conference calls and other voice-chatting services should be good with the headset since it handles its flaws quite well.

Newer Option: 3rd Generation

For the first time, Apple’s open-type earbuds, the AirPods (3rd Generation), feature spatial audio, which was previously reserved for the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. an open-ear design like the first and second-generation versions, but with a curved shape to accommodate more ears. Adaptive EQ, which debuted in the AirPods Pro and is responsible for the AirPods’ poor fit, is also included in the third generation AirPods.

Read also: 3rd Generation Apple Airpods Review

You don’t have to be concerned about your 3rd Gen AirPods getting wet now that they have an IPX4 water-resistant grade. The battery life is better, and you can now play for slightly over 6 hours on a single charge. Fast charging and four complete charge cycles are other features of the casing. A MagSafe magnetic charging connection is included, and compatibility for wireless charging through the case’s built-in antennas.

Final Thoughts

Let’s face it; you’re not going to be using AirPods just for the sound quality only. Because the AirPods are so convenient, they’re only worth purchasing if you have an iPhone and a pair of ears that fits with the device. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting your money. Removing one earbud to stop or start a song works flawlessly, and the connection is seldom lost. Optionally, the new AirPods have even greater battery life and can be charged wirelessly from the case.

Apple’s new wireless headphones, the AirPods Pro, are designed for iOS users, and they don’t provide much in the way of additional functionality for Android users. Additionally, the Apple AirPods now have more robust features that you should check out. You can have a better listening experience with active noise cancellation and iOS-specific capabilities for an additional $50 to $100. However, spending over $200 on a product with many competitors below its price range may not be worth the investment. But that’s just me ranting; Apple fanatics can pay for almost every device if they have the resources.

Fequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find below frequently asked questions and corresponding answers related to Apple Airpods 2nd Generation earbuds.

Is it still worth investing in an Apple Airpod 2?

Emphatically, yes. It is still worth the investment for the value it offers even although newer variants like the pro and 3RD Gen offer increased functionality, longer battery life, ricer audio and sleeker designs.

How can I differentiate between Airpod 1 and Airpod 2?

When comparing AirPods 2 vs. AirPods, the second-generation has a longer talk time than the first-generation because of the H1 chip. Apple claims up to 50% greater talk time yet lists three hours of talk time. The second-generation AirPods have also received an upgrade in audio and speech quality from Apple.

Is the Airpod 2 safe form water/ Water Resistant?

Despite the name, the AirPods 2 are not completely waterproof. The model’s circuit board has been coated with a water-repellent coating; however, these headphones should not be immersed in water.

Do they fit properly in the ears?

While this is a current problem, the Airpods will fall out easily form your ears, but you can get custom solutions for this in any store – make use of ear snugs to keep any earbuds or headphone in place.

Which iPhones are compatible with Airpod 2?

All iPhone 5 and newer versions are compatible with the Airpod 2nd Gen. This also includes most iPhone devices including Apple Watch.

How can I avoid fake Airpods products?

To put it simply, scanning the serial number on the inside of the casing is the easiest method to identify phony AirPods. To verify your purchase, enter the code you received into checkcoverage.apple.com.

Will the Airpod 2 work on a laptop or desktop device?

The Airpods are primarily designed for Apple devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. However, they may be used on a Windows PC as well as other devices. Siri connection is only available when the AirPods are linked to an iPhone or iPad.