very now and again, I decide it’s time to treat my-
self. After my favorite pair of headphones fell apart,
I found myself ogling the Ultra Violet Solo3 Wire-
less Headphones ($299.95) by Apple-owned Beats
Electronics. I’m a sucker for a stylish product, but are Beats
more than just a pretty face?
After a couple months of use, I’ll share with you how the
Beats Solo3 measure up in five top categories and more importantly, if they’re worth the price.
The biggest factor for me when selecting headphones,
beyond even sound, is how comfortable they are. The vast
majority of headphones make my ears ache after a couple
hours. The Beats Solo3 headphones have small ear cushions,
which concerned me. But, depending on the day, I’ve gotten
anywhere from four to eight hours of comfortable use out of
Design & Style
While the Beats Solo3s are very pretty and sleek, they’re also
mostly made of plastic. At this price, I expect higher-quality
materials. But in practice, I don’t mind the plastic. The headphones are delightfully lightweight. They also have volume
and callback functions built in, but they’re touch based. Personally, I can never remember all the touch commands, so I
default to my iPhone.
An awesome design element of the Solo3s is the W1 chip
technology that Beats developed with Apple. This technology
is a dream when pairing your headphones to your iPhone running iOS 10. 3 or later. A simple message pops up, letting you
know the headphones want to connect. I tap Connect, and
I’m ready to play my music. The chip makes it easy to switch
from one iOS device to another too.
The most impressive part of these headphones is that they
deliver on their promise of a 40-hour battery life. I’ve charged
my headphones once since buying them. When I first bought
the headphones, I used them obsessively for the first three
days. Then I checked the battery life and they were still 95 percent charged. Another battery-life feature is five-minute Fast
Fuel, which claims you can get three hours of playback after
only five minutes of charging. And it works, which allows me
to use my Beats as they’re intended: wirelessly.
There are other headphones you can buy for $300 with better
sound quality. Apart from this price disparity, the Beats Solo3s
have a crisp immersive sound that uses each earphone to
separate the instruments and layers of the song. In general,
songs with various instruments and deep base sound amazing
on the Beats Solo3s.
I’ve been impressed by the Beats ability to stay on when I’m
jostling about. I usually do my cardio on a treadmill, and I find
myself forgetting my Beats Solo3s are on my head. I can get
lost in my happy place, tune in to the music, and go. This was
the cherry on top of my Beats purchase.
Final Score & Verdict
To be frank, I know I bought these headphones from an
emotional place—I wanted that Ultra Violet hue! The 40-hour
battery life sealed the deal though, giving me a logical justification for this emotional purchase. Having heard a lot of
negative comments about Beats headphones, my expectations were moderately low. The price tag is certainly steep,
but it’s an investment I was willing to make. Overall, Beats
Solo3 Wireless is a fantastic pair of headphones that delivers
on its claim of 40-hour battery, comfortable wear, high-quality
sound, and stunning style.
Conner Carey is a feature web writer at iPhone Life and a contributing writer for Love
U magazine. Her work has been published on Art Parasites Berlin and Chronically.
She holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in
Fairfield, Iowa. You can find her personal blog at connerleecarey.com or follow her on