Galaxy Buds Plus review: better sound, fantastic battery life

Galaxy Buds Plus review: better sound, fantastic battery life


– Samsung’s original Galaxy Buds were an okay first attempt
at true wireless earbuds. Sound quality was average,
battery life was decent, but voice quality was bad. If you got them free as part of pre-order for your new smart phone,
that was a good deal. But, paying full price for
them was harder to justify. But, now Samsung is back
with the new Galaxy Buds Plus and they’ve made improvements
to all three of those areas taking a product that was pretty meh into something that’s pretty great. (upbeat music) Let’s start right off the
bat with sound quality. Now, you still have a bunch
of ear tips in the box so you can get a good seal
in your ear for a good fit. And Samsung also includes
several wing tips so they fit even more
snug when you put them in. Unfortunately, there is no
active noise cancellation, but the right fit will help you muffle out your surroundings. So, on the inside of each
Galaxy Buds Plus earbud is two drivers, one tweeter and a woofer and that leads to richer,
more detailed audio output. Your instruments and your
vocals stand out a bit more. But, sometimes the highs and treble can get a little bit fatiguing,
it’s not a big problem but certain types of music you’ll hear it. But, where Samsung has made
big improvements is bass. And that was a weakness
of the older Galaxy buds. Here, it’s taken up a notch with good separation from the mids. I don’t think these are quite
as overpowering or as boomy as the Jabra Elite 75Ts, but
it’s a noticeable improvement that makes the Galaxy
Buds Plus a better fit for more types of music. Now the buds support AAC, SBC, and Samsung’s own scalable codec and that adjusts the music quality based on how strong your
Bluetooth connection is. But, unfortunately, that only
works on Samsung’s own phones. From the outside, the Galaxy
Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus look so similar that it’s
hard to tell them apart. But, there are a few small
touches that help identify the new ones from the olds. The charging case is a bit more glossy now and has raised labels for
the left and right earbuds and, while these look
like buttons, they’re not. Samsung also added a secondary microphone to the outside of the earbuds, but aside from that small
touch and the case differences, these look right at home
next to their predecessors which Samsung is still selling for $129. The earbud controls work just like before, single tap to pause, double to
skip tracks or answer a call, and triple tap for the previous track. You choose what a tap and hold does, by default it will bring up
Google Assistant or Bixby or Siri on iPhone, but you can also set it to activate ambient sound mode so you can hear what’s going on around you or a control volume. Now, for me having
physical volume controls is always more useful
then voice assistance or whatever else so, that’s what I do. If you’re on Android, you can also have a long press open Spotify and start playing music right away. Now, we come to voice call quality and I’m talking to you right now on the original Galaxy Buds, which means they’re pretty bad and haven’t gotten better over time. It’s hard for your callers to hear you over background noise or anything, it’s really just a big jumbled mess. And these are the Galaxy Buds Plus. As you can hopefully hear,
my voice sounds clearer and it’s being separated
better from all of this. And then we’ve got the Jabra Elite 75Ts, which cost a bit more
than the Galaxy Buds Pro, sound a little bit better,
but the voice call quality might be not quite as good, so you can see just how much
progress Samsung has made. And, last but not least, we
have Apple’s original AirPods, which have always had a
really good reputation for voice call quality, sound crisp, clear, I’m well separated. But, their reputation
for fitting in my ears is unfortunately, not great. But, when it comes right down to it, it’s hard to beat just talking right into your phone’s microphone. Samsung’s made big
improvements, but is it as good? And here’s what the Galaxy Buds Plus sound like if you record them straight to your phone’s voice memos app. So, if you’re talking to Bixby
or Google Assistant or Siri, this is what that’s going
to sound like to your phone and if you have to, say
record a quick idea, it’s gonna sound pretty good. But, far and away, the biggest improvement of the Galaxy Buds Plus is battery life. These earbuds now last for up to 11 hours of straight listening time, which puts them at the
top of the mountain. That’s better than Powerbeats
Pro, Airpods, the Jabras, and pretty much everything else. Those 11 hours are
enough to get you through a full work day or a long haul flight. Add the case, you get up
to 22 hours of battery life before you’ve gotta recharge everything. Samsung says plugging them
in for just three minutes is enough to get you an hour
of extra listening time. So, you can use the Galaxy
Buds Plus on Android of course, but Samsung also has a new iPhone app where you can customize the EQ settings, touch controls, and everything else. But, I’d still recommend these more so for Android people than iPhone because I’ve had a lot
of dropped connections and disconnects on iPhone
that I didn’t really have on my Pixel or the Galaxy
S10 that I tested these with. Samsung has priced the
Galaxy Buds Plus at $149 and, at that price, it’s not really fair to compare them to the AirPods Pro or other earbuds that cost over $200. But, it’s a harder choice between these and the Jabra Elite 75Ts which are only slightly
more expensive at $179. And, the Anker SoundCore
Liberty 2 Pro earbuds are another good option
at the same price point. And, Amazon’s Echo Buds manage to include Bose noise reduction
technology for even less money. So, if noise cancellation and having that private bubble of silence are most important to
you, maybe look elsewhere. And, if you’ve got an iPhone,
I’m not sure why you’d venture over to Samsung for your earbuds. But, Android owners should
pay attention to these. I’m very impressed by the
progress Samsung’s made with it’s second generation
true wireless earbuds. Turns out, that plus
name is well deserved. These sound better, lasts much longer, and are a better suit for voice calls than their predecessors were. Add ANC to the next version and Samsung’s third generation Galaxy Buds might be pretty tough to beat. Hey, thanks a ton for watching. Now, my question for you is, has Samsung done enough
to make you consider the Galaxy Buds Plus over the Jabras or any number of other earbuds
on the market right now? Leave a comment down below.

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