アップル iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5c Earpods with Remote and Mic (3.5mm) MD827LL/A
WITH REMOTE AND MIC
(Additionally, my cat chewed on them and so now it is harder to press the buttons, but I remember the buttons being easy enough to press before this. They still function despite my cat, though, so they're decently durable.)
Now let's get to the product...
This is a huge improvement over the regular Apple earbuds that came with my 4th Gen iPod, the design is much better and it is extremely comfortable to wear. It stays locked in comfortably in my ears but I can barely feel them because of the contoured design. The sound is excellent; you get enough lows (bass) and highs (trebles) and it is well-balanced with the mids, but above all, sound reproduction was crystal-clear to the least.
The +/- controller/mic button (and where the hell did they hid that mic???) worked well with my iPod, it controls the volume like it should and pauses/play when pressing the center part. I'm sure it does more but I haven't have time for that since I bought these pods for the purpose of using it as a hands-free device along with one of my cell phone while driving.
Android phones compatibility (non-Apple iPhones)...
Since most phones have ditched and gone away with their proprietary plugs (thanks to Apple) and seemed to embraced the old retro 3.5mm headphone/mic jacks, at least all three of my new smartphones came with it and I was hoping for the best. Here are the results:
1.) ---LG Optimus L9---
The mic did NOT work! It is dead silent during a call, or creates a high pitch feedback noise when using the voice recorder function. The pods can only be used for listening to audio as a headphone set. It also disables the mic from the cellphone unless you put it on speaker, but that defeats the purpose.
2.) ---T-Mobile Mytouch 4G Huawei U8680---
Also did not work similar to the LG and only can be used as a standard audio headphone/earbud.
3.) ---Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G---
This WORKED!!! The mic functions as hands-free unit where the other party can hear clearly. During the test, the mic from the cellphone seemed to work in unison with the pod where it can create a slight echo effect if the two are held too close to each other, but should be fine when making real-time calls distanced away from each other. The +/- functions from the controller did not work (as expected) but pushing the center part would 'end' a call.
Now some of you might be asking why would I spend the money and gamble on something like this that might or might not work. I have three reasons:
1. I've read many reviews and some people had commented that the mic on these Apple pods produces clearer more 'audible' sound compared to other headsets, also, some say that it works with certain Samsung Galaxy phones....and no doubt it did!
2. I can't have earbuds with the silicon plastic tips since my g/f will be pulling them in and out of the center console, if they fall off, it renders the headset useless.
3. They are not noise-canceling where it is crucial when used during driving.
I'm really glad that it worked out because I purchased these pods for the sole intention of using it along with the Samsung. The product would of been returned if it fails to operate, but then again the audio is so darn nice that I would of kept it regardless.