Review: Powerbeats3 Wireless

Review: Powerbeats3 Wireless

I got my hands on the Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones that were released today in the UK. I'm an owner of the Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones, having used them for a couple of years and made the upgrade for a couple of reasons.

The main reason for my upgrade was the addition of the new Apple W1 chip that will feature in the new AirPods when Apple finally release them. The W1 boasts advanced power management and a better Bluetooth experience.

I was getting tired of Bluetooth pairing issues I was experiencing with the Powerbeats2. Something I don't think is a unique issues with those headphones but a Bluetooth issue in general. The W1 chip promises to solve this issue, and also make it easy to switch between different devices. For me, this is really helpful as I have my earphones paired with an iPhone and two iPads. 

Thanks to the advanced power management of the W1 chip the battery life of the headphones has doubled in this new version to 12hrs. I never ran out of charge with version 2, though sometimes when I had forgotten to charge then I did come close. So, 12 hours should be more than enough.

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Why I Won’t be Buying the iPhone 7

No, it isn’t because they removed the headphone jack. 

Actually, its because they’ve made it waterproof. I’ve owned almost every iPhone since they arrived, except iPhone 5, 5S and 6S and every one I’ve owned has only last 18 months or so before I notice a severe degradation of battery life. 

Most recently my iPhone 6 Plus was no longer lasting a full day after about 18 months of use. A quick repair job with a battery and kit from iFixit and my iPhone 6 Plus was as good as new, lasting a day to a day and a half. 

This doesn’t look possible on the iPhone 7 due to seals and adhesives used to make the phone splash/waterproof. I’ll stand corrected when iFixit tear down an iPhone 7 in the next few days. However, I’m going to make a bet that its not user fixable, at least not whilst retaining the waterproofing.

What are your thoughts on iPhone 7? Will you be getting one? 

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