This is my fourth Powerbeats model. The first Powerbeats, I had for a year and a half, of constant use. I loved the sound with the correct rubber plug, but the fit was not good. My ear actually got cut by the round drum thingamagingy and would be sore. Had to readjust the earhooks from time to time when working out. Went with it because of the sound which is great. I lost that one.
Bought another popular competitive brand/model, and did not like the sound as much as the Beats. Surprisingly, It began losing charge quickly after only 5 months, and eventually would last less than an hour.
Returned to the powerbeats2. Sound still great, still bad fit but, well for me, best sound out there so I stuck with it. This one however broke after 2 months. It would lose the signal or something (not Bluetooth related, more like loose connection) when moving, sometimes as simple as a head turn to the right or left, sound would cut in and out. Stuck with it. The volume control pod then began responding intermittently and eventually stopped working completely after 8 months. Looking at it I could see a seam and was able to open it just with my fingers. Maybe moisture got inside?? Too cheaply built for such an expensive item.
Because I like trouble, bought the Powerbeats3. Sound still great and EUREKA!!, apparently I wasn't the only one complaining about the bad fit, because they reduced the stem length. NO MORE EAR PAIN!! PERFECT. They also redesigned the ear hook, redesigned the volume control pod, its more ergonomic and more watertight I hope, plus now 12hr run time. 3 weeks go by. Perfection! Except I plugged it in one night as usual and the next morning its dead. No response, no white or red light nothing. 3 weeks! ~sigh~ Flung it in a corner and eventually returned it to BestBuy for exchange. By this time, a little more than a month has passed but Bestbuy, being as awesome as they are honoured the exchange without even a fuss. Lo and behold, the same unit that I had paid $199.00 a month ago, was now on sale for $129.00!! They now had the green one that was out of stock at the time, the one I wanted, for $169.00. Did I mention I like punishment? :-) Especially if it comes with a discount? :-). Soooo, I picked up the green and got $30.00 back in the exchange and am now crossing my fingers that this thing lasts. Love the sound. If this breaks, will update this review and it definitely will not be positive. But that sound though!! Gave it a 3 because of the hardware issues.
But that sound though!!