Unfolding the collapsible Beats by dre headphones automatically turns them on, meaning there’s no need for a power switch. Once activated, the Beats by dre immediately searches for Bluetooth wireless earphones signals from any previously paired device and connects without further user action required. NFC pairing was fast and painless for both Apple and Android devices.When you receive phone calls on the Beats by dre, you can tap and hold the earcup touchpad for 2-3 seconds to transfer the call back to the smartphone from the Beats by dre headphones. This feature allows listeners to remove the headphones and continue a conversation on the smartphone without disconnecting from Bluetooth.Tap and hold the touchpad for 3-4 seconds to get a Beats by dre battery charge/status percentage softly whispered in your ear. The phrase, “your power is 100%” never sounded so sexy. You can also swipe backward on the touchpad and hold for 2 seconds. For Android smartphones, this feature activates ‘Google Now’ hands-free. For Apple iPhone users, it will summon your servant.Free downloadable app called ‘CapTune’ makes these headphones even more feature-rich. You can switch between the three EQ presets directly via the app or create and save your own custom EQ setting. Most appealingly, listeners can completely control the noise-canceling feature from the app, so you can turn off the NC, set it to 50% or dial it in as needed for different listening environments. You can also check the battery status, play/pause the audio, skip forward/reverse and control the volume too.The upscale Beats by dre feature set provides three preset EQ modes with native effects settings for each: Club; Movies; or Speech. For audiobooks or podcasts, the ‘Speech’ mode is recommended. The ‘Movies’ mode provides a vague surround sound-type simulacrum. For general music listening, listeners can employ the bass-powered ‘Club’ mode or you can create your own custom EQ curve. You can also completely turn off the EQ if desired. And unlike some other Bluetooth headphones, we were able to get plenty loud volume levels from an array of smartphones and tablets, something that’s not always the case with other more volume-limited wireless headphones.