I still remember when I saw my first pair of Apple AirPods—wireless earbuds—out in the wild on my New York City subway commute back in 2016. Their release had been timed with the Christmas season, and by January, buy-in from the masses had already begun. As an Apple addict, I was intrigued for sure. But are AirPods worth it? I made a snap decision based on the person I saw—a random guy in a suit—using them on the train.
Sure, he had an iPhone, but he looked business-y. Like the kind of person who goes all in on the latest and greatest without waiting for the reviews. And, TBH, as revolutionary as AirPods seemed, my ultra judgy take was that they looked…silly, especially for $159 at the time. And like they would fall out of your ears simply because you swiveled your head around too fast.
Flash forward three years when my husband gave me what he refers to as “the best gift ever”: AirPods (the regular kind). “They’ll give you both hands back,” he joked after witnessing me struggle to hold my son in one hand and my iPhone in the other countless times.
Shortly after—and much to my husband’s chagrin—Apple released an updated version of the gift I had just received: the AirPods Pro, which promise a souped-up version of the original, complete with noise cancellation and a customizable fit. Lucky for me, I had the chance to test those for work.