Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus Review

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Quick Points

  • Fit: In Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: iOS & Android
  • Noise Canceling: No
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
  • Charging Cable
  • 3 X Ear Tips, 3 X Wing Tips
  • Charging Case
  • Galaxy Buds Manual
  • Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 8

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • The sleek, slim and all-plastic design of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ comes in 6 color options: Black, White, Blue, Red, New Aura Blue and limited BTS edition with a unique purple charging case, and the earphones have sporadic purple splashes over with the BTS Logo on top
  • Great battery life of up to 11 hours on a single charge, an additional 11 hours with the charging case and also comes with the fast charging feature that offers 1 hour of playback with just 3 minutes of charging time
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus offer high-level call quality, audio heard through two external microphones and an internal one sounds great
  • The "Spotify" functionality allows you to directly access the service from earbuds through the Galaxy Wearables app
  • New dual-driver system, which is tuned by AKG, offers rich and warm sound quality with deep and consistent bass, well-balanced mid range and treble, better suited for pop and hip-hop music
  • Three different sizes of ear tips and optional wing tips keep the buds comfortably and securely in the ears during running or gym workouts
  • Built-in microphone and touch-sensitive controls to answer calls, music play/pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume levels, ambient mode on/off and connect with voice assistant of your phone or you can use two new home screen widgets to check battery level, on/off Ambient Sound mode or lock the touchpad
  • Dedicated Galaxy Wearables app for pairing earbuds with your smartphone, select EQ presets, adjust Ambient Noise settings, monitor battery life and connection status, configure touch-pad options, toggle audio notifications, install software updates, find my earbuds and select voice assistant
  • “Ambient Aware” mode lets you keep an ear open for external announcements without removing the earbuds
  • Multipoint Bluetooth allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices to enjoy music and receive phone calls
  • The case can be charged either wirelessly using a charging mat compatible with Qi standard, or using a Type-C cord
  • Apart from AAC, SBC and Samsung's scalable codec support, the Bluetooth 5.0 delivers seamless connectivity and superior audio quality

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are almost indistinguishable from last year's model, without any visual change, it is very hard to tell the difference
  • Bluetooth connectivity is still not very reliable (this was the problem with the first-generation model as well), drops the signal and skips the tracks occasionally as you walk through the busy streets
  • The "Spotify" functionality, which allows you to access songs directly from the earbuds, works with Android phones, but not with iphones
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds do not have Active Noise cancellation to filter unwanted external sounds, a feature now quite common in high-end true wireless models
  • While the plastic construction saves weight, it is extremely cheap compared to other true wireless headphones in the similar price range
  • Ambient mode, which allows you to keep your ears open for external announcements, works with Samsung phones, but not with iPhones
  • Built-in proximity sensor pauses the music when you remove earbuds, but do not automatically resume after putting them back in your ears
  • Only IPX2 water-resistance rating, whereas competitors such as Jaybird offer completely waterproof models in the same price range
  • Unlike the Apple Airpod case, which contains an additional 19 hours of juice, the Samsung Galaxy Buds case only supports one additional 11-hour charge
  • No support for superior Bluetooth codec such as aptX, aptX Low Latency, LDAC and Qualcomm's True Wireless Stereo Plus

Highlights

  • Premium sound by AKG delivers superb dynamic range and exceptional sound accuracy
  • Perfect fit headphones to insulate you from annoying noises, so you can focus on what you want
  • Ambient Aware mode lets you filter in some of the outside world to be more in-tune with your environment
  • Included three adjustable silicone ear and wing tip sizes to ensure a comfortable fit
  • Up to 11 hours of non-stop music on a single charge
  • Put your Galaxy Buds+ in the wireless charging case and get almost 11 hours of additional music playback
  • A dedicated internal microphone and two external microphones ensure loud and clear call quality, even in noisy locations
  • Pause your Spotify playlist, answer calls and adjust volume levels with a tap
  • Switch seamlessly between two paired devices at once
  • Thanks to IPX2, Galaxy Buds+ can handle a light drizzle, a little sweat and even accidental spillage
  • Galaxy Buds codec support: AAC, SBC, Scalable (Proprietary)
  • Android & iOS compatibility through the Galaxy Wearable app on Android and the Galaxy Bud+ app on iOS

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : In Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Size In/Cm : 0.88 in (2.25 cm)
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 6.3 g (0.22 oz)
  • Foldable Design : No

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : Yes
  • On Device Controls : Call, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Ambient Mode On/Off, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : No
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant + Alexa + Bixby Voice
  • Companion App : Galaxy Wearable App

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : No
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : No
  • Sound Mode : Stereo

Features

  • Water/Sweat Resistant : Yes
  • Waterproof : No
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 11 Hours (Up To 22 Hours With Charging Case)
  • Auto Pause & Play : Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off : Yes
  • Quick Charge : Charge 3 Minutes = Up To 1 Hour Playback

Technical Data

  • Driver Unit : Dual Driver
  • Magnet : Neodymium
  • Frequency Response : 20 Hz - 20000 Hz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.3%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.3%
  • Supported Codecs : AAC, SBC, Scalable (Samsung Proprietary)

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
  • Radio Frequency : 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)
  • NFC : No

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : No
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : No
  • Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing : No
  • Ambient Sound Mode : Yes

Audio Cable

  • Audio Cable Length : N/A

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board 3 X Adaptive Microphones

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Charge Time : 2 Hours
  • Charging Cable : Type-C Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Limited

Android

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Limited

Xbox

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

User Manuals


Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Helpline : 1 (800) 726-7864
  • Email : bit.ly/sam-con


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