Samsung Galaxy Buds+
Don’t let the familiar design fool you, Samsung’s latest earbuds were overhauled to drastically improve audio, nearly double the battery life and boost call quality. There’s now an iOS companion app that brings most of the Buds+ features to Apple devices, making these more of an AirPod competitor. Plus, Samsung kept the price relatively low at $150.
- Affordably priced
- Improved audio
- Longer battery life
- Deeper iOS integration
- Better call quality
- Impressive wireless range
- No active noise cancellation
- On-board controls require sacrifices
- Still only IPX2 rated
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- Critic Reviews (10)
- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsCNET80AirPods competitor ramps up the performanceNew York can be notoriously difficult on true wireless earbuds with interference issues, but I didn't experience any dropouts or glitches. I also didn't notice any problem with audio syncing when using various video streaming apps (including YouTube, Netflix and DisneyPlus). Ultimately, I don't think these will slow the sales of AirPods, but the Galaxy Buds have only become a better option for Android users and may even earn some fans who use iOS devices.PC Mag80Samsung Galaxy Buds+ ReviewThe Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are just like the original, just with much more longer battery life for a slightly higher price. They deliver solid audio performance, good voice quality, and, of course, terrific battery life. They aren't perfect, however; the touch panels are a little too sensitive and the IP rating is very low. Still, they're a solid choice in this price range, and worth your consideration.SlashGear80Samsung Galaxy Buds+ ReviewImprovements in musical quality and battery life, not to mention much-needed finessing of in-call audio, leave these a capable accompaniment to your Galaxy S20. Though I suspect most iPhone owners will still look to Apple’s own AirPods, the addition of an iOS app by Samsung is a welcome bridging of the platform divide.SoundGuys90Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus reviewYou can now listen to recommended songs with a simple touch gesture, thanks to Spotify integration. While this feature is novel and one I greatly enjoyed, greater battery life, Qi wireless charging functionality, and improved mic quality also make these true wireless earphones a compelling buy.The Verge80Better sound, even better staminaSamsung has improved upon those original Galaxy Buds to an impressive degree, and the “Plus” name here is well deserved. The reengineered insides make for better sound quality, they’ve now got the longest-lasting battery life around, and the voice call woes are history. Yes, $200 earbuds still outperform them -- as they should -- and Samsung’s exclusion of noise cancellation might disappoint some.What Hi-Fi60Samsung's Galaxy Buds return for round twoThis feels like a missed opportunity for Samsung. The Galaxy Buds+ headphones boast useful features, excellent battery life and good build quality. They’re nice to use and comfortable to wear, too. That’s a lot of boxes ticked. But though the feature count has improved compared to the originals, there remains plenty of room for improvement in the sound department.TechRadar70The all-new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus boasts better sound thanks to two discrete driversThanks to its better battery life of around 11 hours (give or take) per charge, it's a decent pick for people who hate charging their headphones at night. That said, it doesn't feature a built-in virtual assistant nor does it have real water-resistance, it's just IPX2. Most egregious, however, is its lack of noise cancellation or even noise reduction, a feature that's available on the similarly priced Amazon Echo Buds.CNN80Samsung's Galaxy Buds+ deliver better sound, battery life in a pair of snug-fitting earbudsThe 11-hour battery life in a nearly identical design is terrific. And it's just enjoyable to listen to music on these. Sadly, there's no true active noise cancellation, and the Ambient mode will likely leave you wanting more, but for Samsung users, the Galaxy Buds+ are an excellent pair of true wireless earbuds...9to5Google90Come for Android compatibility, stay for SpotifyAt the end of the day, a lot of my complaints about the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are just nitpicky things Samsung can improve on with future generations. As it stands today, though, the Buds+ are an excellent, well-rounded product. There’s a lot they get right, and the Spotify integration alone has me trading out my AirPods.Digital Trends90Slick and simple, with monster battery lifeIf the Galaxy Buds+ kept everything the same from the original Galaxy Buds and simply doubled down on battery life, that would still be deemed an improvement worth the cost bump. With upgraded audio and a continued dedication to comfort and ease of use, Samsung has done a good deal more to add to the quality of its true wireless buds.
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