AirPods Pro review: the perfect earbuds for the iPhone

AirPods Pro review: the perfect earbuds for the iPhone


– I’ve never been able to
use AirPods for two reasons, (electronic music)
first, they’re one-size fits most design just
doesn’t work with my ears. And I know I’m not alone, and two, they’ve got an open design that just lets in so much outside noise. I don’t know how people deal with that on trains or city streets. But now, with the $249 AirPods Pro, Apple has addressed both of those points and gone even further. For the first time, they’ve got active noise cancellation. I guess that’s what makes them Pro. These sound like the AirPods
I’ve been waiting for, and maybe you have too. There’s a lot that’s new here, so let’s start with the case. Now it opens on the longer end, it’s a little bit bigger than before, but still fits in your
pants pockets just fine. And it also still supports
wireless charging, so you can plop the Pro’s
down onto a charger at night with your iPhone when
you’re ready for bed. More importantly, Apple’s changing the way the new AirPod’S actually
go into your ears. The old ones are hard plastic, and they just kinda go in and sit there. For a lot of folks, that’s fine, they stay in place. But I’m someone who can’t
get them to stay put no matter what I do. The new ones have silicone tips and an in the ear design, and they stay put so much better. Now, some people don’t
like how in-earbuds feel, because they create the sense of pressure, almost like you’re
underwater or something. This happens because
there’s air getting trapped in your ear because of that silicone seal. So for the AirPods, Apple came up with a
really clever solution, there’s a vent on the
outside that equalizes the pressure on the outside and inside so that discomfort of hearing
your own voice too loudly, that’s not a thing with these. Apple also designed the Pro
so that the hard plastic doesn’t really touch your ear very much, and that also prevents soreness. Okay, so three sizes of silicone tips come in the box with the AirPods. Well, how do you know which one to pick? You can run this test
in the setting’s menu to make sure the ones you’ve chosen produce a good seal for the
best possible sound quality. You’re gonna hear a few seconds of music, and in inside facing microphone analyzes the sound in your ear
canal as you’re hearing it, and it compares that back
to the original audio. If there’s too much of a difference, the ear buds might be loose, and you’re told to try another size. Apple says some people might
end up with different sizes in each one of their ears, and that’s okay, as long
as there’s any seal at all the test comes back green, and you’re good to go. So when I took the test, I got good results for both the medium and large sized ear tips. Choosing one really depends on comfort, and how tightly it stays in your ear. Pulling off those ear tips
actually takes a bit of effort, and they snap back on
a little quiet click, so you know they’re on
there good and tight. If you lose them, Apple sells
replacements in their store for about four bucks. The old AirPods used a
series of taps on the side to skip tracks or bring up Siri, but now there’s a new force sensor, it’s this little indent on both stems that you squeeze to do things. A fast squeeze will play and pause tracks or answer phone calls, a double squeeze skips to the next song, and a triple goes back, but there’s still no way to control volume with the earbuds themselves. You’ve gotta pull out your
phone or have Siri do it, which is often just an awkward guess. And squeezing the stem does take a little bit more effort than tapping did. I would have liked having
the choice of either one. Squeezing and holding the
force sensor switches you between active noise cancellation
and transparency mode which amplifies outside
audio in a natural way so you can hear traffic
or flight announcements, or order a coffee without
yelling at the barista. You can have transparency
mode on whenever you want, so if you liked how the
old AirPods kept you aware of your surroundings on a run outside, you can get that same experience here. But the big sell is noise cancellation, and there are several ways to turn it on. You can do it with the sensor, you can do it in control center, or you can just tell Siri
to turn ANC on or off. Apple’s noise canceling system
uses a pair of microphones, one outside and one in. The outside mic takes a reading
of all the sound around you, and then blocks that out with anti-noise. And the inside mic, meanwhile, listens for whatever does come through and tries to cancel that out too. Apple says the AirPods Pro
can adjust their sound signal at 200 times per second to adapt
for the shape of your ears. Now, I can’t verify that number, but I can tell you that this
noise cancellation is legit. It’ll quiet down city
streets and your office. If you turn down the volume, you can hear some of what’s going on, these aren’t over-ear
noise canceling headphones like those from Sony or Bose. On a plane you can’t beat those, but everywhere else, I’m really impressed by what these AirPods can do. Now, beyond noise cancellation, you’re probably wondering
how the Pro AirPods sound. And the answer is good, very good, and way better than the
previous AirPods ever did. They’re balanced, they’re neutral, and the ear tips seal results
in a big improvement to base, which is right where I want
it to be on these earbuds. The Pros have all new drivers, Apple won’t say how big they are, and there’s this feature
called adaptive EQ that runs whenever you’ve
got noise cancellation on. That inside mic listens to how the music sounds to your ears and adjusts the low end and mids to make everything sound more full. Turning off noise cancellation
also disables adaptive EQ. And you can tell a difference. Now, there are headphones
that offer more deeper base, like the Powerbeats Pro, or the Echo buds from Amazon, and others. If that’s your style, these might not work, but I think a lot of people
are gonna be very happy and more than satisfied by
how the AirPods Pro sound. These are not audiophile headphones, they never have been, but they’re fun, and they’re
well suited for everything from Taylor Swift to Miles Davis. (funky music)
So the AirPods have this reputation as the best earbuds for making voice calls with, and that makes total sense, the stems put the microphone
closer to your mouth, and a lot of earbuds don’t have that. But for the new AirPods Pro, Apple made that stem a little bit shorter. So my question is, are these still the best way
to make voice calls on the go? I called Becca to see how they sound. – Just waitin’ for my
friend Chris to call me. (phone ringing) – Hey Becca, I’m calling
you from the AirPods Pro, or the AirPod Pros, or whatever we’re supposed to call them, but we’re inside a soundproofed
room, noise isolated, so it couldn’t get much better for testing earbuds in this situation, but how do they sound? And this is me back on my iPhone 11 Pro. Now, there’s no beating a phone, and now again, from the quiet room, I’m using the second generation AirPods, which, again, people loved
for their voice quality. And just as a wildcard, I’m also testing the new
Echo buds from Amazon, which are only $130, and also have pretty decent microphones. But the real test is calling someone outside on city streets, trying to overcome all this noise. The old AirPods did really
well in this regard, and you’re hearing the
AirPods Pro right now. And here I am on a second gen AirPods, where again, those stems reach a little bit closer to your mouth, and does that make a difference? And here’s the iPhone 11 Pro again, of course the phone still reigns supreme, but the AirPods sound pretty
good for what they are. Stepping away from Apple for a second, here’s what the Echo buds
sound like when you’re outside. They’re picking up my voice pretty well, it’s taking some time, but the competition is
catching up to Apple, and these cost a lot less
than the AirPods Pro. So apple says battery
life on the AirPods Pro is good for 4.5 hours
of continuous playback, with the noise canceling on. That’s pretty close to the
standard AirPods five hours, and you get that here too if you turn off noise cancellation. But that battery is nowhere
near the Powerbeats Pro, which can last nine
hours on a single charge, albeit, they don’t do noise cancellation. Now, the saving grace with AirPods, just like always, is the case, which holds enough juice for 24 hours of total listening time. So having heard all that, you’re probably thinking, Apple did it, these are the perfect AirPods. Not quite. See, much like iOS 13, these can be buggy. Sometimes the force sensor
just stops working briefly from time to time, and changing modes in control center doesn’t always do what it should. Now, Nilay is also
testing the AirPods Pro, and he’s had his noise cancellation just shut off randomly until he turns them off and on again. Now, these are minor issues, and they don’t happen very often, I fully expect Apple’s
gonna fix them through iOS or AirPod firmware updates, but you’re paying $250 for these earbuds, and any bugs are kind of disappointing. And second, you can
change devices really fast from your iPad to your iPhone to your Mac, but you can’t pair to more
than one device at a time. Other earbuds can do that, and I’d love to see the
AirPods do it as well. Here’s the thing about the AirPods though, so much about their appeal
is tied to Apple’s ecosystem. So if you have an Android phone, you lose out on a lot. You give up the instant pairing by holding them close to your phone, and you lose out on the
ability to configure what the touch controls do, and so on, and so on. Noise cancellation still works on Android, and the sound quality remains the same, which is good, but it’s still
not the ideal experience, so you might be better
off with the Echo buds, Sony’s, Samsung’s Galaxy buds,
or even the Powerbeats Pro for that battery life they have. And then there’s the
environment situation. If you use your AirPods a lot, the battery inside is gonna
last two years, three max. This is a problem for the entire category of true wireless earbuds. None of them are what
you’d call repairable. Maybe you’re okay spending $250 with the knowledge that these
things have a shelf life, and you’ll have to upgrade in a few years, but what happens then? I’ve asked Apple about this, and the company says it tries to recycle as much as it possibly
can of every earbud. No one wants to see these things wind up in the garbage or landfills, so when the time comes, be sure to take your
AirPods to the Apple store, or some other place that
can responsibly recycle them so that doesn’t happen. They’re a great product, but be cool to the earth. So should you get the AirPods Pro? If you’ve got an iPhone, you somehow don’t have AirPods yet, and you’re ready to upgrade, and you’re not turned off by
their high cost, absolutely. They finally fit my ears, and hopefully they’ll fit yours too. The noise cancellation really works, and the sound quality is a big improvement compared to previous models. We’ve come to accept these white stems hanging out of our ears as normal. The AirPod Pros, the AirPods Pro, are the best reason to do that yet. They feel like a next generation product. They’re not perfect, but they’re inching very close. Hey everybody, thanks a ton for watching, and stay tuned because we’ve
got more earbuds coming, somehow, from Microsoft, Google, and Jabra over the next several months.

100 thoughts on “AirPods Pro review: the perfect earbuds for the iPhone

  1. Would you buy the new AirPods Pro?

  2. Nah, i still love Earpods…

  3. Just picked mine up. Only 2 complaints. 1. Being the open and close part is kind of loose. 2. When you put pods back in charging case, they seem to not fit in right the first couple try’s. A message icon shows up on phone that they are not fitted correctly and aren’t charging.

  4. I think it’s funny that now that there is a new Apple product, people are opening up about how they actually hated the past AirPods

  5. i’m thinking of buying Airpods, which ones should i buy? (I don’t live in America)

  6. ok boomer

  7. There's Apple music on Android…so it would make sense for Apple to market these airbuds to Android users (with an app). I would probably buy them (if they were black). For now I am happy with the jabra 65t

  8. I got them today and the noise canceling worked great I barely heard my dad beating my mom and this only worth more 50 dollars

  9. I don't understand what is "pro" about it As you said those are not audio editing headphones and you can get better sound quality from other headphones like Amazon echo buds and it does the same as galaxy but which cost $130 and you can find it for way cheaper on secondhand sellers, Like I get calling the phone pro since you can do so much on the phone now days of those are some earbuds…

  10. Thank you 🙏. I just got mine and I love it!

  11. Why complain about earbuds in 2-3 years time? By then the next generation of the Airpods would have came out and most likely those who bought the original pro would have enough money to buy it again but with upgraded features. Its simple capitalism

  12. I just bought these for my Wife. They are a huge improvement from the previous gen. The new Pros are really awesome and sound fantastic with rich detailed bass with clean highs. I love the sound quality and the fit is very comfortable. Noise cancellation works well. Anyone on the fence should just get them because they are that good.

  13. 2017: I don’t speak broke

    2019: I can’t hear broke

  14. Does these pods have to be charged? Do they come with a charger?

  15. Should’ve used FaceTime audio

  16. I had to AirPods till I went to the bathroom and when I came back the bell rang. I went to my next class and opened my bag and they were gone

  17. hmm I never considered the "2-3 years" lifespan. Is it not possible to get a replacement battery when it starts losing capacity? I bought these day 1 and other than this, I love them… loved the original airpods but couldn't move without them falling out, whereas I can run in these. Worth it.

  18. i got these yesterday and im still amazed. The sound quality is so good!!

  19. Apple are also doing demos in-store so you can try them for yourself.

  20. Apple been so cheap selling technology drop by drop while other brands are coming out with a load of stuff eventually people will get it . Apple is for prestige

  21. So TIRED of the word “AirPods” for crying out loud. Enough

  22. Watching this video with my Airpods pro makes me weird lol..

  23. a thinly disguised ad. is "trending " "news" on utube…thanks for bringing us closer to to numbing stupidity of M.S.M. / t.v.

  24. Wow! Looking more like the Jabra Elite 65T that I have, except these have a long stem attached, needlessly. I like my Jabra Elite 65T just fine, glad I went with them instead if AirPods when they both came out.

  25. Imagine spending $250 for earbuds

  26. Any one else like the other ones better???

  27. 1000XM3 or these which do you think is better?

  28. I’d like to hear the phone call test using computer audio / VoIP?

  29. The thumbnail picture has low quality ☝🏼

  30. these tampons have gotten shorter

  31. Tf AirPods don’t sound that muffled

  32. I could only listen to the first 2 min – sounded like a apple commercial and less like a review

  33. Anything else from the Pros sounded horrendous outside.

  34. everybody complains about they cannot be repaired but what about others? they can’t neither, can they? 🤔

  35. Y'all are 🐑 🐑 🐑 The Headphones with wire $19,95 sounds the Same as these $229 airpods. Humans Are really Idiots the world will end soon for this stupidity

  36. $250 for some tiny earbuds that are easily lost and stolen, and which only last for 2-3 years before you have to replace them? NO THANKS. This is pretty much the definition of "useless materialistic status symbol".
    You can get some Panasonic ErgoFits on Amazon for $8. I think I'll make do with those. The sound quality is pretty good too.

  37. Gets paid by Apple sponsored to make a positive video. You need to watch you tuners that are honest and neutral.

  38. Thanks for showing how Airpod Pro works in Phone calls, and how its sounds.

  39. What is the ANC like on planes?

  40. After all that you saying They’re Not Perfect!
    Would please tell us how you come up with conclusion? I mean what the heck do expect AirPods to do exactly more than their main job?

  41. too expensive for what they are

  42. The worst thing I’ve found is the pros pop out your ear when you’re pushing heavy weights at the gym. The original AirPods don’t do that; probably because of the ear pressure.

  43. 250 for ‘fun’ quality. Wow

  44. I just want a new, different color…

  45. *Except that they look like a hairdryer*

  46. Will keep AirPods 2 for just a little while. I was late to switch from wired earphones too. And they still have some advantages over wireless, like easy volume control, and the fact you can not easily lose them. I do like the sound quality and Siri integration of the AirPods. I don't like the feeling of noise cancellation, as with the Dr Beats headphones, which I gave to my daughter. 😊

  47. Would be great to see mic compared to jabra elite 65

  48. Sounds like an ad tho, ngl

  49. I always hate people sharing music with their AirPods when I was on a train, metro or bus

  50. Thanks

  51. How about ear pods for Samsung phones?

  52. You should’ve done a FaceTime audio call as well to show how the mic sounds without the trashy cellular call quality

  53. Excellent review. Thank you.

  54. Не знал, что Андрей Макаревич техноблоггер 🤔

  55. Will AirPod pro atlest don’t fall off now ?

  56. Reviewer has terrible posture

  57. Hm. Call quality is still mediocre.

  58. Thank you for a review

  59. Can u use them with out the silicone

  60. Watching this with my airpod pros Great review man

  61. this guy explained everything! i love it! he even did a phone call test which i appreciate a lot. thank you, definitely subscribing and buying these airpods

  62. Grrreat review, loved this. You addressed my two big concerns with it right at the beginning!

  63. You can also adjust the volume via the Apple Watch, then there's no need to take out your iPhone or ask Siri to do it.

  64. Can you compare these to WF1000XM3?

  65. The Active EQ stays active, whether you have noise cancelling on or off. You seriously need to do more research to get the facts right.

  66. I feel that the AirPods Pro, are what the original AirPods would have been if Steve Jobs were still alive. I'm sure Steve would not have released the original AirPods (with their lack of sizing customisation).

  67. wow @5:26noticed the difference right away thumbs up. amazing

  68. How do you do the fit test?

  69. Great review and camerawork

  70. I will buy Sony's earbuds

  71. Cause android don’t deserve the power to be rich

  72. thanks mc'lovin

  73. Best review from the verge

  74. Bought it on the second day it was released. I skipped purchasing the previous once as they all don’t fit (and stay) on my ears since I don’t have that nice cup of ears that some have. It’s about time Apple addressed this issue. I can now finally enjoy owning an AirPod and I would have to say, I’m very impressed with the fit, sound quality, and how the transparency and noise cancellation works on this small device. Nicely done Apple. Now, anyone wants to buy my Samsung Buds? 😊

  75. Same i have the same feeling that airpods won't fits in my ears

  76. I would have bought these had they come out a month ago.

  77. Very well made review.
    Thanks

  78. To be honest the microphone sounds terrible on all in ear headphones you demoed.

  79. Very good review. One that makes sense and is thorough. I’ve made my decision

  80. What about water damage from sweat, will Apple replace/refurb these seeing they are more geared for cycling/running where they wouldn't for the previous iterations.

  81. Literally just bought the AirPods 2, i have 6 days to decide if i want to trade in for these but i cycle….and these apparently fit better….decisions decisions….

  82. Do you know if the AirPods pro will work with a base model IPhone 6 (not an iPhone 6s or 6s+)

  83. For me personally, I would be interested in upgrading to the AirPods Pro, but the physical shape and fit of the original AirPods fits better with my ears rather than silicone tips that tend to pop-out or create a pressured feeling when pushed-in deeply. Would I prefer the Pro’s or the originals based on this point?

  84. -like those from Sony and BOSE, You can't beat those.

  85. A very well thought out review Chris. Good work.

  86. Slouching is bad – sit up straight!

  87. The thing is, the air vent is not apple's "clever" way, many other professional audio companies were doing this for years. 64 audio, inearz, um, etc. Just that majority of people don't ever use such high end product that no body knows about it, and compare to those product, air-pod's sound quality is just abominable.

  88. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pair of headphones for more than 2 years anyway. Not without some type of maintenance

  89. so what will happen when the airpods reach its life span? will apple replace them or give money back?

  90. YES!! Hes back reviewing the airpods thank god!!

  91. Excellent review, Chris! Thanks a lot 🙂

  92. Can i use the AirPods pro with my iPhone 7??

  93. Yes, I would buy these. Probably not as good as my Bose QC35 for air travel but the space savings in my backpack will make that worth it. I am a big fan of the Airpods originals and cannot wait to get the pro's. They are pricey and was hoping for a $199 US Price but they got me to purchase them right?

  94. 2 years lifetime? We should call those disposable. And recycling doesn't make them eco-friendly.

  95. just buy galaxy buds they have all those features for $110

  96. Very well done! 👍🏻 NOTE: Volume control works best using Apple Watch ⌚️ (if you have one) If not, consider adding it to your Apple line up.

  97. I like Sony's

  98. Should I buy these or wait for the new Galaxy Buds in 2020?

  99. 3:23 – BMF! 😆

  100. I like it but is it gonna work with my note 10+?

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