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I Finally Caved and Bought AirPods

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The day has come. I finally bowed my head to the powers that be (aka, Apple CEO Tim Cook) and purchased those striking little wireless earbuds that have taken our world by storm. It’s no secret that I have pretty strong feelings about AirPods. They’ve practically engendered a paradigm shift in the way we conceive of privilege and socioeconomic class. Sure, I’ve based a solid portion of my personality up until now on memes about AirPods. As the maxim goes though, “people change.” (Or is it “people never change”? The jury is still out on that one.) Either way, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and answer the ultimate question — do AirPods really live up to the hype? 

Why did I buy them in the first place?

It all started when I lost my earbuds during the first week of (mostly online) classes. After searching every nook and cranny of my living space, I realized that I only had one other pair of computer-compatible earbuds on hand. Unfortunately, these were not the sleek, microphone-equipped pieces that Apple provides upon purchasing a device. No, they definitely were not. Instead, what I was able to salvage from the deepest, darkest pocket of my backpack was a pair of airline headphones (JetBlue? Southwest?) that had probably been marinating in dust for the past few years. The quality was questionable, and I doubted I could make it through the rest of the semester on these alone.

At this point, I was confronted with a mind-shattering, life-altering choice. Would I try to get my hands on a new pair of wired earbuds, or would I take the plunge and switch over to AirPods? Clearly, I decided upon the latter, taking the situation as a sign from the universe that it was time to go wireless. The stars (and an Amazon gift card) aligned. I ordered them, and just over a week later, the United States Postal Service delivered them into my loving arms.

Did they live up to my expectations?

In all honesty, there’s never been a better time to make the move. With remote meetings and phone calls at every turn, I’m really appreciating the convenience of having one device that can connect to my phone and computer without having to dig multiple pairs of headphones from the depths of my backpack. (Are you seeing a theme here?) Of course, I must acknowledge that this is such a shallow and utterly unnecessary issue. It almost irks me to see how much I’m already enjoying them.

So far, the portability has been a major pro. I love that I can go for a walk or have a spontaneous dance session in my room without being literally tethered to my technology. In a twisted, ironic way, I have a sneaking suspicion that this new device might just help offer some separation from my other devices.

What’s the verdict?

I still think AirPods are revolutionary. I’ll genuinely never think of listening devices or class in the same ways. Do I think everyone should drop what they’re doing and purchase AirPods if they are able to? No. Do I think that AirPods are purely and indisputable superior to their more archaic wired counterparts? No. However, I’ve gotten quite a kick out of my AirPod experience thus far, and I won’t lie to you — I’m pretty psyched about them. 

Do you think AirPods live up to the hype? Let us know in the poll below!

Cover Photo by radovan via Unsplash

  • Do AirPods live up to the hype?

    • of course!
    • not really

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Written by Megan Pontin

Enthusiastic word-collector, avid pancake-consumer, and experienced hammock-lounger. Student at Cornell University.

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