Samsung’s original Galaxy Buds were decent true wireless earbuds: they offered impressive battery life, wireless charging, & a lightweight, comfortable fit. But sound chất lượng was merely okay, và their built-in mics were awful when it came lớn voice calls. If you got the $129 Galaxy Buds as a phone preorder bonus or on sale at a discount, there was reason khổng lồ be happy. But paying full price for them wasn’t as easy khổng lồ justify.

For 20trăng tròn, Samsung is baông chồng with the Galaxy Buds Plus. They look mostly identical to lớn the originals, but they contain several key improvements. Battery life has been extended to lớn a class-leading 11 hours; sound chất lượng has been ramped up, thanks to a new dual-driver design; & they’re finally a good option for making calls. Samsung has hiked the price by $đôi mươi to lớn $149, but the new Galaxy Buds Plus are more well-rounded than their predecessors in pretty much every way.

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Our nhận xét of Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

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Like other companies, Samsung packs in three sizes of ear tips and also gives you a choice of silicone ear hooks lớn help the Galaxy Buds Plus latch securely inkhổng lồ your ear. Comfort was never a problem for the old Galaxy Buds, và these retain the same excellent fit — provided the included tips work for you. They’re lightweight to the point of being unnoticeable, & the subtle design doesn’t draw attention to lớn your ears. If you’re someone who doesn’t lượt thích the feel of in-ear earbuds và the seal they create, these won’t vì anything to change your mind. They lack the vent system of Apple’s AirPods Pro that can help alleviate ear pressure. But at $149, it makes more sense to compare the Galaxy Buds Plus khổng lồ the regular AirPods and other competitors like the Amazon Emang lại Buds and Jabra’s Elite 75t earbuds.

I mention that because the main thing you sacrifice compared lớn pricier options is active sầu noise cancellation. The Galaxy Buds Plus can achieve sầu satisfactory passive noise isolation — certainly better than the open-kiến thiết AirPods — but they are unable lớn mute your surroundings quite lớn the màn chơi of Sony’s 1000XM3 earbuds or the AirPods Pro. Even Amazon’s Echo Buds pack in Bose’s noise reduction công nghệ, which helps silence the outside world. Still, I found myself able lớn wear the Galaxy Buds Plus for hours at the coffee siêu thị or office without getting distracted or annoyed by outside noise.

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Samsung’s approach to lớn controlling the earbuds hasn’t changed. You’ll still be tapping the touch-sensitive sầu outer portion of the Galaxy Buds Plus to lớn play & pause music, skip tracks, or answer calls. The long-press action is customizable, letting you choose between voice assistants (Bixby, Google Assistant, Siri), ambient sound mode, or volume controls. I always favor having direct volume controls without having khổng lồ whip out my phone, so that’s what I tkết thúc khổng lồ piông xã.

If you’ve sầu got an Android phone, there’s another long-press option: Spotify. When this option is selected, Spotify will open & immediately start playing something it thinks you’ll like. It could be a playlist lượt thích a Daily Mix or Release Radar, or just a tuy nhiên that the Spotify algorithm serves up for you. I wish there were a way lớn set this khổng lồ bởi one particular thing every time, but as far as I can tell, there’s always a randomness factor.


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The Galaxy Wearable app (or Galaxy Buds Plus phầm mềm if you’re on iOS) has another neat, experimental feature. If you go into the labs section, you can enable an alternate way of controlling volume that lets you double tap the outside of the earbuds — not the touchpad but the top of the buds themselves — lớn increase or lower the volume. This seems khổng lồ use the accelerometer built inlớn the earbuds, and it worked surprisingly well in my tests. It also frees up the touch & hold gesture for one of the other features outlined above.

Agree khổng lồ continue: Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

Every smart device now requires you khổng lồ agree lớn a series of terms & conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us khổng lồ read và analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have sầu lớn hit “agree” khổng lồ use devices when we Đánh Giá them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.

As with other công nghệ Bluetooth không dây earbuds, you can use the Galaxy Buds Plus without agreeing to anything in software. But the ứng dụng plays an important role in configuring settings, và once you install that, you’re agreeing to:

Add that up, and you’ve got no mandatory agreements but two optional ones that are necessary for the complete experience.

The app is where you’ll configure ambient sound mode và decide how loudly you want khổng lồ amplify external noise when it’s activated. Samsung has done a better job with ambient mode this time around, & the effect feels less robotic & unpleasantly digital than before. You can also adjust EQ settings in the earbuds’ companion tiện ích, and while I’ve sầu seen some people praise the “dynamic” option, I still greatly prefer the mặc định, out-of-box sound protệp tin.

And that brings us khổng lồ sound unique. Samsung has redesigned the Galaxy Buds Plus with a dual-driver design (with a dedicated tweeter & woofer in each earbud), and this tăng cấp makes a considerable difference compared khổng lồ the previous Model. In short, they sound far better — for $150 earbuds, that is. Instruments và vocals have sầu distinct separation, & Samsung seems lớn be going for a neutral listening experience. Nothing gets too pushed too much, and the treble và mids have a nice balance. For codecs, Samsung supports SBC, AAC, và its own Scalable codec, which can transmit at higher bitrates if you’re also using a Samsung phone.

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Bass from the Galaxy Buds Plus lacks the same cấp độ of oomph that you get with the latest Jabras, but it’s still enough khổng lồ make for a pleasing low end. My main critique is the soundstage: everything can sound a little mushed together, và you don’t get the same expansive spread and immersion as you’d find from something like the 1000XM3s. But again, you’ve sầu got to factor in price.

The best thing about the Galaxy Buds Plus is how long you can listen lớn them uninterrupted. Samsung has managed lớn squeeze 11 hours of continuous battery life out of the earbuds, which now puts them at the top of the mountain. That’s even better than the Powerbeats Pro, which, until now, had been the longevity champion. Eleven hours will cover your entire workday or a long-haul flight with ease.

And in my experience, Samsung’s estimate is right on point. This raises the bar for true wireless earbuds, which is especially important since your Galaxy Buds Plus will hold less of a charge in a year or two. Even then, they should still last a good while. The charging case nets you another 11 hours for a total of 22 before everything needs recharging. If you find yourself in a pinch with depleted earbuds, Samsung says you can plug them in over USB-C for three minutes khổng lồ get an hour of listening time. As before, the case supports wireless charging and can be juiced up when resting on Samsung’s recent phones.

The microphones on the Galaxy Buds Plus are also a big improvement. These earbuds are now much better suited for voice calls, whereas the older ones were a disaster that produced garbled, unintelligible audio. Adding the secondary outer mic has resolved those issues, & I’m now confident when placing calls or joining work video clip chats with the Galaxy Buds Plus — instead of the embarrassment that came before.

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So far, I’ve given these earbuds a heap of praise, but there are downsides. The Galaxy Buds Plus can’t connect to two devices simultaneously. Samsung says they’ll automatically be linked up with devices using your Samsung ID — the company is trying to replicate some AirPods convenience there — but you đại bại out on seamlessly switching between, say, your máy vi tính & phone. Water & sweat resistance is also a weakness. Samsung has stuông xã with an IPX2 rating when other companies are offering IPX4 or better. If you’re a heavy sweater or you run in the rain often, this compromise might come bachồng khổng lồ bite you down the line.

And while Samsung has tried to lure in iPhone owners with its new tiện ích, I’d still recommover these solely khổng lồ the Android crowd. I noticed more disconnects và dropped audio than usual on my iPhone 11 Pro Max, và these problems didn’t surface when using a Pixel 4 XL or Galaxy S10.

If you are on Android, it’s a tough choice between these & the Jabra Elite 75t earbuds. The Jabras definitely edge out Samsung on audio, with livelier và more bass-heavy sound output and better water resistance. But I have a much easier time recommending the Galaxy Buds Plus than I ever did Samsung’s first true wireless earbuds. Their stamimãng cầu alone will be the big selling factor for some people, I’m sure.

Samsung has improved upon those original Galaxy Buds to an impressive degree, và the “Plus” name here is well deserved. The reengineered insides make for better sound chất lượng, they’ve sầu now got the longest-lasting battery life around, & the voice Call woes are history. Yes, $200 earbuds still outpersize them — as they should — và Samsung’s exclusion of noise cancellation might disappoint some. But if the company adds that to the phối for an eventual third-generation version, the next Galaxy Buds will be tough khổng lồ beat.

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