Since Apple unveiled the groundbreaking AirPods in the 9th month of 2016, the asking price for the AirPods – $159 – has been an issue for most of Apple’s aficionados. For this reason, many people have turned to other wireless AirPods producers for what might seem like a better bargain. While a significant number of other true wireless earbuds have been released after the Apple AirPods, none of them have been able to match Apple AirPods experience. Yet, they cost just as much as the Apple AirPods or more.
In fact, you’ll find a lot of fake AirPods online if you poke around a little bit. By fake AirPods, I mean earbuds produced by sketchy producers to imitate the distinctive design, stem, and all of Apple’s AirPods. In some cases, you can even find fake AirPods case cover and AirPods accessories offered with these fake AirPods.
While the asking price of these fake AirPods (which ranges from $30 - $50) is a total knockoff from $159, it might not be the best choice for your iPhone and iOS devices. As a matter of fact, you should make it a point to maintain a strategic distance from poor imitations of AirPods, AirPods case cover, and AirPods accessories.
- Poor Sound quality
A standout amongst the many downsides of buying imitations of the original Apple AirPods is the fact that you won’t get the kind of experience that the Apple AirPods offer. It is simple really; you get what you pay for. Like we said earlier, the vast majority of the true wireless earbuds A.K.A Apple AirPods contenders that are available in the market today, cost just as much as the Apple AirPods. Indeed, quality does not come cheap. If sound quality is a major concern to you, then you’ll almost certainly regret your decision when you go for fake AirPods. In fact, in some cases, the AirPods 2 earbuds don’t produce the same sound quality. What’s more, the sound quality deteriorates over time. In the long run, fake AirPods can impair your hearing. Apple AirPods unique sound is a product of extensive research and calculations. Which makes it difficult for fake AirPods to compete with their unique sound quality.
- Poor Bluetooth connectivity
If you think the poor sound is the only downside of fake AirPods, you need to think again. To tell you the truth, this is one of the biggest problems that fake AirPods have. Try pairing fake AirPods with your iPhone or iOS devices, and you would see that they don't pair seamlessly with your device like the real Apple AirPods. In fact, you would have to stay a lot closer to your device to keep the fake AirPods paired to your device. A few tests have also shown that the fake AirPods 2 earbuds can go out of phase at some point. When this happens, one of the AirPods 2 earbuds would be working while the other one will be useless. This can put a dent to your vibe when you are listening to your favorite song, message, or audiobook.
- No accelerometer or Proximity sensors
If the smooth design of the fake AirPods will fool you into thinking they offer equal experience as the real Apple AirPods, their lack of accelerometer and proximity sensors will do the opposite. Unlike the real Apple AirPods, fake AirPods don’t have accelerometer and proximity sensors. As a result, they can’t sense when they are in your ears or out of your ears. Consequently, you would miss out on all of the cool tricks that the real Apple AirPods offer. For instance, when you remove one of the Apple AirPods 2 earbuds, it would automatically stop playback to resume when the earbud is back in your ear. To stop playback on fake AirPods, you would have to tap or double-tap the tap-sensitive buttons on the stem of one the fake AirPods 2 earbuds.
- Difficult to charge
Another area where the Apple AirPods stands out from all its imitations is the seamless way it charges. AirPods accessories or not, you can’t compare the real with the imitation. Normally, Apple AirPods case comes with an inbuilt battery that allows it to charge the earbuds without a USB. Even when you get AirPods cover case for your AirPods, you would still enjoy a seamless charging process. Fake AirPods, on the other hand, don’t have this feature. As a result, you need to plug the case with USB. Also, don’t expect them to charge on their own when you put the AirPods in the case. Also, you would need to press the charge button on the case to kick-off the charging process. Ultimately, this eliminates any possibility of you using AirPods cover case or any other cool AirPods accessories with your AirPods.
If you want to get the best out of your iPhone and iOS devices, you should probably go for AirPods that are designed specifically for your device.