Apple released the second generation of airpods – the Airpods 2 on 20th March 2019. The first Airpods were released in 2016 which were welcomed by the general people and criticized for their designs.
Airpods 2 is an improved version of the previous ones in every way. The design is now more attractive and comfortable on the ear. Wireless charger for the Airpods has also been introduced. The casing is pretty sleek too.
The only thing that has not improved is probably sound quality.
We will do a thorough Apple Airpods 2 Review here. Let’s start by discussing some features of Airpods 2.
The exterior design of Airpods 2 is identical to the design of the original Airpods. So if you didn’t like the original Airpods, you probably wouldn’t want the new one too.
Design of the casing, however, is pretty amazing. It is tiny and sleek.
The battery life of airpods 2 is 5 hours per charge. This is the same as the previous version of airpods.
However, the improvement is in talk time. According to Apple, you can talk for more than 2 hours continuously. So people who make tons of calls will be happy with the Airpods 2.
The main and much-awaited difference between the two generations of Airpods is the wireless charging case. Apple is selling two versions of the iPods. One has a regular charging case that accepts a lightning cable and the other more expensive one that comes with the new wireless charging case.
These wireless charging cases are available separately as well. You can buy these for 79 dollars at an Apple store. You can charge the first generation Airpods with this case as well.
Even though the wireless charging has been introduced, Apple hasn’t ditched the old lightning cable. One version of the Airpods 2 come with a lightning cable and lightning charger.
The voice activation feature of HEY SIRI is included in the second generation of Apple Airpods 2. This works better in Airpod 2 than the first generation. The voice of Siri is more clear.
Apple’s new H1 chip is used in Airpods 2 rather than W1 chip. It brings efficient performance and quicker connections. H1 chip is the reason why Airpods 2 have better talk time than the first generation Airpods.
Due to H1 chip, the hey Siri feature is more dependable and efficient. You can use it to say things like:
You can command the Airpods with even moving. Siri will respond privately in your ear and obey your command.
The H1 chip lets you switch devices faster than Airpods 1.
Switching devices while using the original Airpods took 10 seconds. With the new Apple Airpods 2, it takes hardly 5 seconds to change devices. This way H1 chip brings more efficiency to the Airpods 2.
Another advantage brought by the H1 chip is faster call connections. According to Apple the connection time of calls for Airpods 2 is 1.5X faster than it’s a predecessor.
But in reality that might be a stretch. Both the original AirPods and AirPods 2 accept transfers from iPhone to AirPods seamlessly.
Latency cannot be entirely eliminated from a wireless connection. It can be reduced. Apple has done that for the Airpods 2. The second generation of airpods shows 30% less Latency while you’re playing a game.
This means that the sound coming in your ear will match what you are seeing on your screen.
The team of 9 to 5 Mac tested latency by comparing how long it took for a sound to register in AirPods.
They tested this while interacting with a game title in a way that causes a sound effect to occur. For example, when pressing a button on the title screen of Riptide GP Renegade, there is a subtle, but noticeable delay in the resulting sound effect when using my original AirPods. This delay was minimized when performing the same test with the AirPods 2.
One drawback of the Airpods 2 is that they are the same design as the Airpods 1. So if the original Airpods didn’t go well with your ears, Airpods 2 won’t too.
Another thing that Airpods 2 is being criticized for is the sound quality. Most of the users said that they loved everything about Airpods 2 except the sound. It’s kind of ironic that the new Airpods excel at everything but the thing they are supposed to be good at; sound.
To summarize our Apple Airpods 2 review, we can say that if you like the first ones, you’re going to love Airpods 2. Apple has improved everything about Airpods but hasn’t changed anything except the charging. So if Airpods 1 did not go well with your ears, there is a high chance that you will not enjoy Airpods 2. Other than this, however, we highly recommend Airpods 2.
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