I also wasn’t expecting to care about the case design. Because of
their shorter stems and silicone tips, the case for the AirPods
Pro is shorter and wider than the case for the AirPods. Even
rotated 90 degrees, it’s slightly larger in both dimensions, and
it’s also a little thicker. It’s not bad, but where Apple got the
heft and hand feel of the AirPods case absolutely perfect, the
AirPods Pro case feels… slightly off.
I’m sure this varies depending on your hand size, but I find that
the AirPods case is an addictive fiddle — it’s like that smooth
stone from the beach that you just can’t put down. The AirPods Pro
case, on the other hand, is a little large in my pocket and just
doesn’t have the same addictive feel.
I just love this assessment. I’ve thought the same thing ever since getting AirPods Pro but never quite to the level of writing it down.
For me personally, though, the utility of noise cancellation wins out over all else. I too find the regular AirPod buds more comfortable in my ears, but the acoustic advantages of AirPods Pro lead me to prefer them strongly.