Samsung Galaxy Buds Review
Samsung galaxy buds (review) was one of the first companies to dive into creating even before they could be called a fashion train.
Given the number of other models that have appeared since then, with their imperfect Icon X., after a few generations of refinement, we now come to the downsized Galaxy Buds.
Slim, with a nifty case
- Headphones weigh 6g each, and the case weighs 40g
- Box dimensions 26.5 x 70 x 38.8 mm
- Built-in wireless charging
Despite the new name, there is still something very familiar about the design of the Galaxy Buds:
- Like the Gear brand’s predecessors, the outside of the earpiece still has that rounded triangle look, except this time, it’s finished in shiny, shiny plastic.
- However, there are other slightly more significant changes. For example, the overall footprint has been reducing, making them more comfortable to use.
- Likewise, the internal ear-gripping fin is much smaller, therefore much more subtle than the looping style featured on the Icon X.
- The case still has that pill-shaped design, the white one looks like a giant pain reliever tablet, but it’s smaller and sleeker than the previous shapes.
- However, the most important changes in the case are not so obvious. First, the lid is closed using only magnets, and there is no flimsy little clip insight.
- Second, there is wireless charging, so if you have a Galaxy S10, you can turn on wireless power-sharing.
- Turn the phone upside down, and put the headphone case on the back of the device and let it charge. Of course, that’s not your only charging method – you can also plug it in with a Type-C cable.
Simple setup if you have a Samsung
- Galaxy S10 showed the “nearby device” window
- Other phones require a portable app
If you take a new Samsung device, the configuration of the Galaxy Buds is really simple and intuitive:
- It’s very alike to pairing an iPhone with a pair of W1 chip-equipped headphones, like the AirPods or some of the newer Beats models.
- Just open the case, and once your Galaxy S10 detects the nearby earbuds, a pop-up will appear on your screen asking if you want to pair them.
- It then launches a Galaxy Gear screen to apprise the phone to support the full capabilities of the earbuds and asks you what notifications you would like to hear in your ears when you wear them.
- Pairing it with our Pixel 3 was a somewhat different experience. However, we had to download the Galaxy Wearables app and choose the device we wanted to pair with.
- And then download the appropriate plug-in before going through the pairing process. So while Buds work with all devices, they work best with a Samsung phone.
Short list of features
- Simple dial-based EQ
- Notifications are reading
- “Find my headphones” function
The Gear Icon X tried to do too much. It was a branded product and marketed as a fitness product, with built-in motion sensors to count your steps and help you keep track of your exercise sessions:
- The only problem was that there was no heart rate sensor, so it was quite a limiting experience.
- For the Galaxy Buds, Samsung has rightly shortened the list of features to focus only on music and performance.
- That means there is no fitness tracking of any kind. All of its features focus on what you hear and how well you hear it.
- In the companion app, you can adjust the sound profile using a simple dial to switch from bass to dynamic (our mode of choice) and even full treble mode.
- Sadly, for the audiophile, there is no fine-tuning, no granular equalizer (EQ). Instead, you can choose Bass Boost, Soft Boost, Dynamic, Clear, or Treble Boost.
- The sound quality is decent too. Of course, these in-ear headphones don’t have the punch or presence of some more expensive headphones, but they’re certainly good enough.
- Being critical, we suggest a bit more separation of bass, mids and treble, to make the sound profile less “confusing”. And something is missing in the bass.
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