The title can't be too long, so I'll say here: "However... make sure you HAVE an AptX certified device to use the SOL Republic Shadow at its full potential"
These headphones are in no way affordable, there are plenty of bluetooth headphones even from name brands, such as Samsung for less than the $99.99 asked for the regular White/Rose and Black versions and especially less than the $119.99 asked for the Tiger Woods Special edition (which I bought, but for half the price.)
One thing that will probably make the owners happy though, is that it's cheaper and, in a way or two, better than the LG Tone Infinim.
Sure, the LG phones has a retractable cord, while this one doesn't, but the cord connecting the earbuds to the main unit is so flimsy that you know it's bound to break eventually.
Also, the main unit from the Infinim is solid plastic, while the Shadow is fully rubberized/silicone, so while the Infinim will stay put on your neck, or when you put it away, the Shadow can be bent and twisted to exhaustion, as the ONLY solid parts are near the controls, and I suspect this is for 3 reasons: To house the battery, to house the circuitry, and to make a weight on your collar so it doesn't move around or fall to your back while you're moving.
I bought these headphones for gym use, and I hope they will last long enough, but here's my first impressions:
*AptX will ROCK your world. I'm not an audiophile (if I was, I'd be using a $600 wired headphones instead), but I can tell that the quality from these headphones are close, if not superior, to any wired headphones I've ever used, for $150 or less. That's what AptX does, you can listen to your music the way it's supposed to be listened to: High quality, if not Lossless.
*Battery Life, these are rated to last at least 8, 8.5 hours, so if you're on a gym, or on an international flight, they've got you covered.
*Ease to use, the controls are pretty much straightforward, there are the volume rockers, and the multi function button between them. Wanna Play/Pause, Pick up/Hang up? One press. Wanna Skip track? Two quick presses. And so on.
*The Style, don't get me wrong but before I saw the Shadow, I had my eyes on the Infinim, because I needed something stylish, not too cumbersome, with great battery life and with great audio quality, because I'm listening to FLAC files, not AM radio!
*The portability. The Shadow, like I said, can be bent and twisted at will, and unlike the Infinim, the cord to the buds is way thicker, but the headphones will fit a small necessaire or a bag with the dimensions of a Galaxy S6 smartphone. By the way, you get one bag with said dimensions with the Tiger Woods Edition. Very high quality bag.
*Free ear tips for life. That's the edge of SOL Republic, they promote it because they know it will attract customers who, like me, lost quite a few ear tips here and there and can't find them anymore, even for sale, for a reasonable price. SOL Republic has a form where you fill your information and they'll send the ear tips set for you. If I went with the Infinim, I'd have to take good care of my ear tips, as I imagine they'd be very expensive to replace, if not hard to find.
*The weight. I couldn't believe it the first time I used but, yes, you can literally forget you're wearing that in your neck from time to time, that's how light it is.