Top positive review
Good but not perfect
March 27, 2019
These Earhooks greatly improve my Air Pods and are well worth it. (Actually, Air Pods should come with these, but I suppose this leaves a nice opportunity for third party businesses.
They work great for holding the Air Pods in my ears. In two months and about 100 hours of use (mostly walking), I've had an Air Pod fall out maybe once or twice. Without the hooks, I was dropping an Air Pod about once every 20 minutes or so. (That was about the same as the original wired Apple Earbuds, but the consequences of dropping an Air Pod, especially in the snow, are much much worse!)
The hooks are odd-looking and at first I wasn't sure about them, but nestling in my ears, they kind of wriggle into place and then work great. I had some wrap-around hooks for my original iPod Touch that worked about as well, but they didn't fit the new Earbuds that came with my iPhone about 3 years ago so they are in a drawer somewhere. There seem to be similar hooks for Air Pods, so if you prefer the external hooks to these internal hooks, give those a try. There's a set appearing on the page as I type this in. and they're only $10.99.
They are made a a very soft, stretchy rubber (silicone?) and are pretty comfortable to wear for several hours. This might depend on the shape of your ears. (I imagine for some people the unaltered, straight from the factory Air Pods work great, but not for me.)
They would be a 5-star rating, but for some problems. Some of these could be fixed by the manufacturer and some are due to the design of the Apple Air Pods. I don't think the brand-new Air Pod 2's, released about 2 days ago, fix any of these issues.
1) They don't fit in the charger case. You can't close the lid of the case and they don't allow the Air Pods to slide in far enough to charge. So you have to remove them when you aren't using them. (I think this is an Apple issue because Apple didn't allow space for any accessory hooks in the case design.) This leads to several more problems.
2) It isn't absolutely trivial to install or remove the hooks. (My old wired iPod hooks just snapped on, but they were a two-piece design with a hard plastic shell that snapped over the in-ear part and a soft, rubbery hook that snapped onto the hard plastic part.) I don't think these hooks would work as well with a two-piece design because the whole thing has to fit in your ear.
3) There's no where to store the hooks. I just leave them loose in my pocket. If there was some sort of snap hook (like a tiny carabiner attached to a sticky pad that you could glue onto your Air Pod charging case) or a little pocket with a velcro closure for storing them so you didn't risk losing one of them, that would be good. But it would probably double the cost of these hooks. Also, the package comes with 3 sets of hooks, so losing one isn't a big deal unless you lose it while away from home.
4) Left and Right matters, but the hooks aren't marked in any way. The Air Pods themselves have a tiny little gray "R" and "L" on them but no marks on the hooks. I solved this by marking the Air Pods and the hooks with a magic marker. I put a red dot on the right Air Pod and right hook and a green dot on the left. I tried colored Sharpies, but the color faded to invisibility in about a week. A genuine Magic Marker seems to work much better.
Lack of visible markings on products is one of my pet peeves. I think the worst offender is socket wrench sockets, where typical engraved sockets are very hard to tell apart. I think one premium brand has the engraved marks filled with black or red paint, which makes the size instantly visible. This should be in Product Design 101 as a major part of the final grade! The manufacturer could easily emboss an R and L on these (though it would be hard to see if not a contrasting color.)
5) You have to put the hooks on the right way around, even when you get the "Left and Right" correct. This still, after 2 months, takes me some time each time I install the hooks. They don't fit quite right the wrong way but it is hard to tell until you notice the Air Pods have several small holes in addition to the big speaker hole at the end. These hole don't line up with the holes in the hooks unless you get them right way around.
6) The holes in the hooks need to line up and not cover the holes in the Air Pods, or various Air Pod features won't work right. For example, the iPhone might not notice when an Air Pod has fallen out of your ear. I've had other odd behavior when the holes are obstructed as well. It only takes a second to smoosh the hooks into alignment once you've got them on the right Air Pod and the right way around, but you have to know to do this.
7) There are no instructions with either the Air Pods nor with the hooks. I guess you are supposed to intuitively know all this. Another pet peeve with modern technology. You're supposed to Google other user's random and usually incorrect guesses whenever you have a problem.