Skullcandy is known for its outrageously designed headphones. However, they also have a range of earphones that come with similarly bright colored patterns at affordable prices compared to the headphones. Today we have the Full Metal Jacket or FMJ for review. As the name suggests, the earphones have a metal enclosure as opposed to plastic bodies of almost every other earphone you will find in the market. The FMJ are also designed specifically for the iPhone with a built-in microphone and call pickup button. Read on to find out how they sound.
The Skullcandy FMJ are traditional in-earphones, except that the earphone casing is made of metal. This gives them a nice sturdy and weighted feel. Keep them in an air conditioned room and they tend to get nice and cool after a while.
The earphones come with five pairs of eartips. Three of them are made of silicon in three different sizes. On closer inspection you will notice that the eartips have the Skullcandy logo etched on them. I, however, found the logo a bit irritating as the edges tend to hurt your ears a bit after wearing them for some time. The other two pairs are made of foam and are of the same size. The foam tips were soft and comfortable and also offered a nice seal. They do tend to get soiled after a while though and can also get damaged easily, which is why there are two of them.
The cable has a nice translucent look to it. It is a bit stiff though and if you are in the habit of winding the cable after use, then you will notice that the cable tend to bend and even after straightening them retains those bends to some extent. However, it feels sturdy, so there is no worry about them snapping.
Lower down the cable you will notice the microphone with a call button for answering and ending calls. The enclosure for the microphone too is made from metal and feels good to touch. The microphone is designed to work with the iPhone. We tested the earphones with other mobile phones and found that we could not get proper output out of them. But again they worked well with HTC phones, so you cannot say that it only works with the iPhone. They work well with all the music players as well. I wouldn't suggest buying them to be used with mobile phones cause there is a good chance you won't get any sound out of them.
The FMJ comes in multiple color patterns, ten to be exact. We tested the black colored version, which looks the least offensive of the bunch and should go well with your iPhone. If you have the white iPhone then you can opt for the white colored version.