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    Default Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    lol apologies on the silly question, but having spent a week in Vegas for CES it's actually somewhat a serious one. I saw a number of folks wearing AirPods on the show floor, and more than once (multiple times really) I had friends and colleagues comment to the effect of 'man, do those ever look stupid'.

    What say you? Do you think wearing AirPods makes you look... you know, silly? Or do you think they look hot? Or better yet, do you even care?
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    I have had the opportunity to see people using them on several occasions and I am indifferent to how they look. I do love the idea behind them. I think once they are seen more frequently in use people will become accustomed to them. Even more so once third party ones start appearing. If they were more of a neutral colour instead of white it might make a difference in how people would view them.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I personally don't care. It might be an odd sight at first, especially if people are not sure of what AirPods are. But as Bluetooth headphones begin to gain popularity in the wireless format then people will get used to seeing them and not think twice about how they (or the users) look.

    And by wireless I mean without the neck band thing. A lot of people use those so that's not an uncommon sight (imo).
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    Nope I don't care. Lol. I actually ordered skins today from slickwraps that protect the case as well as the AirPods themselves. I ordered black. I'll come back and post a picture once I get them on. Here's a link to them
    https://www.slickwraps.com/devices/cool-stuff/apple/airpods.html
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    Quote Originally Posted by firedept10 View Post
    I have had the opportunity to see people using them on several occasions and I am indifferent to how they look. I do love the idea behind them. I think once they are seen more frequently in use people will become accustomed to them. Even more so once third party ones start appearing. If they were more of a neutral colour instead of white it might make a difference in how people feel view them.
    That's a good point. If they blended in more (like a hearing aid) I bet you'd hardly notice them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Idelgado782 View Post
    Nope I don't care. Lol. I actually ordered skins today from slickwraps that protect the case as well as the AirPods themselves. I ordered black. I'll come back and post a picture once I get them on. Here's a link to them
    https://www.slickwraps.com/devices/cool-stuff/apple/airpods.html
    Cool!
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    Nope and frankly, I don't care. They are from Apple and they are different. Isn't t that Apple's slogan anyway, Think Different!?
    I like distinguishing myself from others and I have the feeling I'm doing that the good way by using the AirPods.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    It's the same with anything "new and different". When I first saw the wrap around neck Bluetooth earbuds, I said the same thing and then when I saw the ones with just the wire around the neck I was thinking the same thing. I eventually tried and have both...LOL . The AirPods definitely look different and will take some getting used to...again.
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    Default Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Idelgado782 View Post
    Nope I don't care. Lol. I actually ordered skins today from slickwraps that protect the case as well as the AirPods themselves. I ordered black. I'll come back and post a picture once I get them on. Here's a link to them
    https://www.slickwraps.com/devices/cool-stuff/apple/airpods.html
    Same here and I also ordered the black (50% off Sale). Still trying to figure out why it hasn't shipped yet. Thanks for reminding me. I will be giving them a call today.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I think they look like dog whistles hanging from the ears. They're just not for me. I doubt they would stay in my ears well enough anyways. I haven't found any pods or buds that do. I'm happy with my Bluetooth over the head headphones.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I have a few minutes before I walk inside and start working. I'm still on the fence about getting them. As stated a while back, if they had been released on time, I would have purchased them already. Anyway, in regard to the thread question, I think they may look silly on some people and not look silly on others. Personally, I wish the stems were shorter, but it's not a deal breaker or anything.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    Only @Tartarus looks silly in them
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    People used to think others with "phablets" looked silly. Now its the norm if not the majority to see folks with big phones ... give it a few, there's already an armful of copycats hitting the market ...
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    Suppose like anything new, can take time to adjust...
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Me_D View Post
    I have a few minutes before I walk inside and start working. I'm still on the fence about getting them. As stated a while back, if they had been released on time, I would have purchased them already. Anyway, in regard to the thread question, I think they may look silly on some people and not look silly on others. Personally, I wish the stems were shorter, but it's not a deal breaker or anything.
    As moderator it's your obligation to have them
    On a serious note: the stems being shorter would lead to shorter battery usage, which we don't want, obviously.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    Id have to order one of the bands for them like the one that Spigen has. One because it wouldnt be nearly as likely to lose them if they fall out of your ears or something. Two, because it would keep them from looking so ludicrous.
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    Default Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I do think they look odd, perhaps the shape reminds me of my grandma's big white earrings
    Darker colors might help but their shape doesn't look right
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I have yet to see AirPods in the flesh, but here's my take - I don't think they look stupid. How could they? To me, they look like regular earphones with wires, only they lack the wires. So, I really don't see what the big deal is. The only thing I can come up with as to why anyone would say they look stupid isn't so much that they're wireless but maybe because they're white, they stand out more? I personally have always preferred my earphones to be in black. I bet they wouldn't be as noticeable if they were that color.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    They certainly don't look as stupid as people wearing Google Glass did.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I think Steve Jobs said it best..."in general, people don't know what they want until you give it to them"....something like that anyways. Everyone can't and won't be satisfied.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I thought they looked stupid when I first saw them, but now that I have seen them in person a few times, I don't feel that way at all. I will be getting some myself at some point. I think it's just new. They look like regular iPhone headphones, but without a cord. Most people don't think the wired headphones look stupid. Personally, I can't wait to ditch that stupid wire for good. I already ditched it in the gym. Time to ditch it for phone calls too. (My PowerBeats 2 don't do very well on phone calls so I use the iPhone EarPods.)
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I'm surprised people think they look "silly" or "stupid". Have people forgotten the huge bluetooth headsets that covered half of someones face? Lol. The extra long mic extensions? I remember selling Motorola bluetooth headsets with the large base that wrapped around the ear and the mic extension that came just above the users mid cheek. These Air Pods honestly don't look weird or silly to me at all considering bluetooth headphones are nothing new. This is simply a new take on the idea that removes the wires for stereo listening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartarus View Post
    Nope and frankly, I don't care. They are from Apple and they are different. Isn't t that Apple's slogan anyway, Think Different!?
    Not since 2002!

    I'm torn... stuck on the $$ and how they'd look. Maybe the Spigen lanyard would help. I've seen @Tartarus with his and I definitely don't want that (lol)
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    Yes - it's the main reason I won't be buying them. The tech to have wireless earbuds sans stem is already here so how out of date with they look in 3 years? No wires = huge plus. Price point = acceptable. But I just can't get over how ugly they are.
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    Default Re: Do AirPods make you look stupid?

    I'd take the PowerBeats 3 with longer battery life, the W1 chip, and better design over the AirPods any day. I tried the AirPods and I just looked weird. The headphones just stuck out, and they don't blend in.
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