Apple AirPods Review: Paired with Android

The launch of the iPhone 7 in 2016 caused a stir for many reasons (same design, price hikes, no USB-C), but none seemed to annoy people more than the exclusion of a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple AirPods Review: Paired with Android

Apple AirPods with the Huawei P10

I’ve been using an iPhone 7 Plus as my main phone since launch day, and the lack of a headphone jack encouraged me to move over the Bluetooth headphones, a change that has been fantastic.

I traded in my Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones for the Bluetooth-enabled QuietComfort 35s, and I haven’t looked back. Cutting the cord makes pretty much every usage scenario better, and the exceptional battery life on the QC35s mean I can go days without charging.

Apple AirPods Review: Paired with Android

Travelling with Bluetooth headphones is so much better, no tangled cords!

But the size of the QC35s mean I don’t carry them everywhere, and in these situations, I threw the included Lightning EarPods in my pocket.

Fast forward to a month ago, when my local Apple Store finally had stock of the AirPods, essentially a wireless version of the EarPods, and considering Apple’s generous return policy, I decided to give them a try.

Apple AirPods Review: Paired with Android

This came at a time when I’ve been using an Android device for review purposes, and since purchasing the AirPods a month ago, they have only been connected to an Android device (currently the Huawei P10) and my MacBook Pro 15 Touch Bar. My review will focus on their performance with Android.

Apple AirPods Review: Paired with Android


About the Author

Mitchell Oke

Mitchell is a video producer and director working with Australia’s leading motoring news sites and car companies. He’s always on the go with a camera in hand. With a Bachelor of Creative Technology (Digital Video Production), Mitchell’s worked for News Limited, CarAdvice.com and as a freelancer for many years.

  • iMowLawns4Cheap

    Do you have to bring up your phone to your mouth to say “Ok Google” or can you do it through the AirPods?

  • Degru

    For the firmware thing, it’s trivial to walk into the Apple Store and pair with one of the display phones if you really want to update it.

  • Talal Kooheji

    After connecting with an android for the first time, then do I have to go to sittings and bluetooth and connect everytime?? or does it connect automatically once I switch bluetooth on?

    Thank you

    • nate_CO

      no. it remembers it. for instance, on my Note 8 (and GS8 before it), as soon as I open my airpod case and place them in my ear, the Note 8 auto connects to the airpods and I’m ready to go.

      • Talal Kooheji

        Thanks a lot Nate, this is exactly what I needed to know

        Cheers

        • nate_CO

          You’re welcome!