So, I've had mine for just under a year now to really give it some wear and tear. The functionality of this set is pretty great and the sound, of course, is aces. The sound is basically the reason I buy bose. Here are my likes and dislikes...
1. SOUND ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pro: The sound quality is, imo, above all else.
Con: None whatsoever!
2. BLUETOOTH ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pro: The bluetooth function is very easy to set up and turn on. It reaches very far. Connection is 99% uninterrupted.
Con: Sometimes it will weirdly lag on waking up and connecting, but that is fairly infrequent.
3. BATTERY ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pro: The battery life on these things are UH-mazing! Lasts so long. Doesn't take long to charge back up.
4. STAYHEAR+ SPORT TIPS/EARBUD NODULES ⭐️⭐️
Pro: The technology being in the ears is pretty cool and innovative. It's dope to have a cable that isn't bulky or to not have to deal with an additional device you have to keep up with and clip to your clothes. And the nodules are very light. But...
Con: Unfortunately, having the tech in the ears is a bit of a double-edged sword.
Possibly the biggest disappointment with this set are the StayHear+ Sport Tips. I've been an avid Bose earbuds owner for years now because the StayHear+ Tips. They fit my ears so perfectly AND comfortably. And there's no one else out there making these earbuds with this sound. I transitioned from the regular Soundsport in-ears to the bluetooth because I upgraded my iPhone which, of course, no longer has an aux port. I was so disappointed to find that these StayHears slip out of my ears at the hint of physical exertion. ESPECIALLY, when these headphones are touted as being designed for sports activity and being sweat proof/water resistant. When I sweat, they do not stay in AT ALL. It's not even some-timey. The moment moisture comes into play, these are actually 100% useless to me. Major fail. I'm not sure if it's because of the weight of the earbuds that has ruined the Stay-ness of the tips or if they've just changed the design of the StayHears. I've tried all of the different sizes, none of them stay in.
And while it's innovative to have all the technology in the actual earbuds, it makes the earbuds pretty big and bulky. They stick out nearly an inch from my ears. It's not a discreet look, I've accidentally knocked them out, and they're frankly not very attractive...kinda makes me look like MAC from 'Mac n Me'.
They also get pretty uncomfortable after extended wear. My ears start to feel sore. A problem I never had before with the original in-ears. But I can listen to music for a really long time, so this may not be a problem for others.
Additionally, I loved sleeping with my old in-ears. I listen to music through the night, it helps me sleep. I don't sleep on my back, so I can't do that with these because they're so bulky.
If they figure out how to turn those Sleepbuds into full blown bluetooth earphones I can play my own music through, I will take out a second danged mortgage to buy 'em if I have to! I almost had a happy stroke when I saw those, because I thought "Oh snap! They figured it out!!" But alas...not quite. Hopefully, those buds are indeed a sign of what's to come.
5. CABLE CLIP ⭐️
Pro: Umm...I mean, it clips. It holds pretty strong.
Con: I am a bit perturbed by the little clip that comes with the headphones. It's this simple little cheap clip that can very easily pull off and get lost. And I have lost it. Had to get it replaced. I keep up with my stuff very well, but even this thing is asking too much of a human being. It's super teeny and it just grips the cable with this open clamp. So if it gets snagged or pulled off, you could easily never know it. You won't feel it, you won't hear it, it'll just be gone without a trace. Without having a secure clip, this puts me at potential risk of losing the actual headphones. I just feel like for a set of headphones this expensive there should be a more secure clip to go with it. Why not provide a 360º clip-that can clamp around the cable completely?
6. HOUSING ⭐️⭐️
Pro: The texture is smooth and easy to clean.
Con: After 10 months of use, the rubber housing around the earbuds are coming apart. Not tearing, but pulling from the plastic. I do intend to contact Bose about it and see if there's anything that can be done, but, that has been a bit of a disappointment given how well I take care of them. When they're not in my ears, they're in the case charging.
** CONNECT APP ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pro: The app is a cool idea and definitely helps me toggle between my multiple devices.
Con: The Find My Buds feature doesn't work with these, which is whack.
All in all, for the cost, because of the poor Stay-ness and total lack of sweat resistance, I wouldn't be able to justify purchasing these again after their end-of-life. But hopefully, given how well I take care of them, I'll have had them long enough for Bose to significantly improve on those Sleepbuds! Cuz, that's what I need! But I need to play my own music. Until then I shall dream.
FINAL NOTE: I'd be remiss if I didn't say clearly that despite the significant cons, they do their functional job very well: they play music, they sound spectacular, and the bluetooth tech is pretty darn seamless. This is the reason for my 3 star rating.