Ok so, I’ve had my Ear (1)s for a year at this point, bought them before receiving the Ear (stick) from HeyUp as a tryout so it was great to compare the two. At the end I decided the (1)s would be my daily driver for a very important reason: the (stick) wouldn’t fit my ears, but also because I really use a lot the active noise canceling (ANC) feature of the first gen Ear (1) nothing earbuds.
So, you know everything about these earbuds at this point: great design, good sound (in my opinion), nice battery life and good noice cancelation. When I first talked about the Ear (stick) on here, I praised the build quality of these earbuds, both the (1)s and the (stick)s. But there’s a catch! More on this later.
So. After a year, I still like these earbuds, they sound nicely, they’re comfy and their battery still lasts. I think the case held up pretty well, even though a bit scratched up (normal because it’s transparent). The design and aesthetic is still the strong point of this product, it’s amazing and every now and then people ask me about my earbuds, so it could also be an icebreaker.
There’s just one problem: one earbud opened up. Here’s a photo:
After just one year, it’s pretty strange, and I’m a bit disappointed considering that I’ve been reading many reports of this happening, probably because of the high temperatures of summer (I live in Sicily and sometimes we reach even 40 degrees celsius). On top of that, the transparent part just opened, there’s no cracks, or signs of damage on the case.
I already contacted the Nothing customer service and will update you, since I’m still waiting for a response from their internal team.
My rating for these headphones at this point is 3.5-4 stars out of 5, it would have been a full 4 if the back transparent part of the earbud didn’t break so easily.
What do you think about this situation? I also published this review on the Nothing Ear (1) page on the heyupnow website.
UPDATE: after contacting the customer support, and even the sx bud breaking, Nothing sent me another pair of buds (without a new case, i guess) and i’m still waiting on receiving it.