What you need to know
- Consumer Reports said it cannot recommend the AirPods.
- The report cited sound as one of the biggest negatives.
- Consumer Reports said consumers should check out Samsung's Galaxy Buds instead.
Apple's AirPods are one of the company's most successful products, becoming an overnight hit following their release in 2016. Despite their popularity, Consumer Reports still won't recommended them.
In new sound quality testing between AirPods and Samsung's Galaxy Buds, the publication compares things like sound quality, form and fit, features, and ease of use. On almost every occasion Consumer Reports says the Galaxy Buds are better, especially when it comes to sound quality.
Consumer Reports also notes the design of the AirPods as a negative, saying their looser fit makes audio difficult to hear in louder environments. The report also lamented the AirPods' limited controls, especially when connected to an Android device.
Some praise was reserved for AirPods, such as the easy pairing with other Apple devices and call quality. Ultimately, however, Consumer Reports concluded that the wireless headphones aren't good enough to warrant a recommendation, despite saying sound is perfectly acceptable, pairing is convenient, and call quality is excellent.
Apple likely doesn't need approval from Consumer Reports. Although Apple doesn't reveal how many AirPods are sold each quarter, they're becoming increasingly important to the company's bottom line. During its Q3 2019 earnings report, the company noted that when its services and wearables, home, and accessories divisions are combined, they approach the size of a Fortune 50 company.
Apple this year introduced the second-generation AirPods and is rumored to launch a high-end version of the headphones with noise cancellation next year.
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