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Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung Galaxy Buds

from  $129.99+
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69 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Unlike Samsung’s previous true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds are tailor-made for its recent smartphones. To employ key features like volume control, you have to sacrifice other handy tools, and even then, the touch controls are frustrating. These are a solid option for Galaxy phone owners -- even with the caveats -- but if you’re planning to primarily use them with another device, there are better and more reliable options.

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Pros
  • Reliable connectivity
  • Solid battery life
  • PowerShare charging with the S10 line
Cons
  • Average audio quality
  • Frustrating touch controls
  • On-board volume control requires sacrificing other features
  • Disappointing microphone quality for calls
69 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

69
 

User Reviews

90
Yielar
Have owned these Buds for a couple weeks now and I'm really happy with them....read more
70
Sjaak
The Galaxy Buds are great. Very comfy, not too many over complicated features...read more
20
Adam
Seriously disappointing. If you have your phone sitting on a table close by...read more
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62
Average user Score
 
90
Yielar
Have owned these Buds for a couple weeks now and I'm really happy with them. Both the Buds and case are nice and slim with decent 6 hour battery life in the Buds and another 7 hours when charging using the case. All the controls you expect on the Buds including volume control which isn't always an option. They sound great and bluetooth 5.0 (latest version) and instantly connect to your phone soon as you remove the Buds from the case, which I've never experienced before with any bluetooth devices. I'm really enjoying the wireless charging ability as I simply throw them on my wireless charger as needed but they do have USB-Type C if you want to just use your phone charger. Overall, very happy with the Samsung Buds and do recommend them.
 
70
Sjaak
The Galaxy Buds are great. Very comfy, not too many over complicated features on the controls. it does what its supposed to do and do it very well. At this price point the sound it great. I have been using it while cycling and it worked very well with sweat and did not come loose
 
20
Adam
Seriously disappointing. If you have your phone sitting on a table close by they work great, but forget about walking around or even putting your phone in your pocket and getting good sound. If you move at all it cuts in and out to the point you cant listen to the music. I was very excited to try these and if they had not been free with the S10 i would defiantly be returning them
 
100
Julian
The galaxy buds have an excellent sound quality, this can be attributed to the noise cancelling feature which can be counteracted by turning ambient sound on. They are light and easy to carry in their charging case which holds more than enough battery to charge them fully once
 
80
Hector
Great, they're really comfortable and have good sound, the volume is also good enough..It depends on which music app you use weather or not you get more volume... Samsung's wearable app combined with the G-buds is helpful aswell...
 
90
Philip82c
Great value and quality for the price and easily pair with multiple Android and Windows devices. Coming from Jabra Sport Elite buds these are much smaller in the ear, allowing me to wear them inside a motorcycle helmet. Jabras were also much worse for battery endurance and connectivity glitches.
 
10
luca_xyz
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
 
10
Senita
They're pretty worthless no one can even hear me talking on them
 
90
Jon
I definitely love my Galaxy Earbuds. I have gotten proficient with using the tap controls that handle moving through the music as well as volume controls. Start, stop/pause is flawless. I like that when I have messages it also lets me know that. I have a Galaxy Note 9 and love the interface. People have heard me talk on them and it sounds crystal clear. About the only thing I would have wanted more of is the ambient noise control. I would have enjoyed having more of the surrounding sound piped in through the Galaxy Wearable control app, but outside of this, it is an awesome set of wireless buds. Fits EXTREMELY well. I have been able to sleep with them in my ears as well as work out vigorously. Further, they fit nicely in pocket when charging in cradle and time of music play is awesome and fits my needs.