Before you get all jumpy, these do look like the AirPods, but not quite exactly.
For most of you who don’t know, the Skullcandy Push was the brand’s first attempt at crafting a truly wireless earbud which did not turn out too well and we don’t blame them at all. So to make amends, Skullcandy kept two things in mind. First, a good team bashing and second, to keep trying until there’s something big enough to lure the masses.
And just after a few months, it gave birth to the Indy. These truly wireless danglers look like the bigger, bolder and blacker version of the Apple AirPods and cost exactly half the price of the 1st gen AirPods too.
Don’t roll your eyes and pass off judgements just yet, let’s discuss whether these do justice for what they offer.
Design and Build: Plastic, plastic everywhere
Apple’s AirPods are everywhere. And people love wearing it everywhere they go - while driving, running on the treadmill, binging at cafeterias, and in some cases, in human stomachs (yes, it’s true).
We believe Skullcandy replicated that exact design language, because it’s widely accepted by the mass and could market itself automatically. Except, these don’t come in white, so it’s easy to distinguish from afar. However, it comes in four different flavours to wear - Mint, Moab, Indigo Blue and Black.
The AirPods are definitely easier to plonk on, but it lacks noise isolation and lets a lot of background sound seep in while listening to music. Taking note from that, the Indy’s are built slightly bigger to keep away unwanted noises and also slaps a pair of silicone ear-fins on each bud for gym cutlets and commuters so they don’t need to pump up volume levels in noisy situations or keep sticking the buds every 15 minutes or so. Need this for work or home? Detach the fins and you’re good to go.
The charging case isn’t the best we’ve seen and it’s also quite bulky to slip into the pocket. Even the lid seems like it’ll get loose in the long run if one decides to keep themselves fidget-free.
Tap once to increase or decrease volume, tap twice to pause/play music, long press for 2 seconds to change tracks and long press it for about 4-5 seconds to power down.
Sound quality and calls: treble heavy
The Skullcandy Indy offers a typical ‘Skullcandy signature audio’. By typical we mean, it’s definitely not tuned to make audiophiles moan, but it does make you shake your head while some casual listening.
The Indys are more focused on delivering lows and a little on the mids, giving the listener a little ear massage to whatever they are listening to. Whether it’s Happy Birthday by Kygo or Beam by Petit Biscuit, this will sure sound bassier than usual, but it’s not dirty bass if you know what we mean. If you’re more into vocals, you will be unhappy with the muffled treble levels since the bass is so overpowering. We’d suggest you to find alternatives if you’re not a fan of bassy music.
But in general, these sound average and do the job if you’re not fussy about the particularities of a song. In terms of volume levels, these can go pretty loud enough to damage ears and since it’s isolated, you don’t need to pump up volume levels to max to silence out the noise at Dadar station.
Primarily buying these for calls? Hold on. The Indy has just one microphone on the right earbud and sadly, it doesn’t work quite well in noisy environments and office spaces. The receiver finds it hard to understand the audio and often complaints about softness and volume levels too. Now that’s a bummer.
Battery and connectivity: Does the job
The Indy carries about 4hrs of battery on each bud and 12hrs of battery encased in case, totaling it at a juicy 16hrs. Lift the lid to check the remaining battery from the three LED lights. (30%, 70%, 100%).
In a week’s testing, we charged it once and battery levels dropped to one LED light. If you own an iOS device, have a glance at the Bluetooth settings page and you’ll know how much juice remains.
We didn’t notice any kind of lag while YouTubing or Netflixing, but we found slight audio lag while streaming IGTV videos in particular. For some weird reason, it kept disconnecting while playing music, but that may depend on the device you’re using.
Apart from that, you can also walk around in your 2BHK apartment and not worry music getting jittery or disconnected if you’ve kept your phone in the bedroom.
Skullcandy Indy Verdict
The Skullcandy Indy promises a few good things for its asking price. It’s got the bass, a long lasting battery, a decent fit and comes in a variety of colours to wear from. It’s also got a few bad things like - plasticy hardware, poor microphone for calls, so-so connectivity and deep treble levels.
In terms of sheer audio quality it can’t please veteran audiophiles because it lacks that tonal balance, but you’re looking to headbang on bass, these will do justice.
The Indy is ideal for those who crave that ‘AirPod’ style without having to shelling out too much - or cross anything above the ₹10k budget. If you ask us, we’d save up a bit more and get the Galaxy Buds.