Isolate distracting noises when listening to music with these Samsung Galaxy Buds+ earphones. The built-in woofer and tweeter in each bud deliver exceptional sound accuracy for a truly immersive experience, while the noise-canceling microphones ensure your voice is loud and clear during calls. These light blue Bluetooth Samsung Galaxy Buds+ earphones feature adjustable tip sizes for a snug, comfortable fit.
Premium sound by AKG
Delivers a superb dynamic range and exceptional sound accuracy thanks to the woofer and tweeter inside each tiny bud. You'll feel the thundering bass and hear nuanced, studio-quality sound no matter what you're listening to.
True wireless earbuds
Let you listen to your favorite tracks, so you won't be held back by wires.
Enjoy up to 11 hours of nonstop music on a single charge, and get nearly 11 more from the charging case. Three minutes of charging gives you one hour of play time, so you have enough juice for your commute or workout.
IPX2 splash resistance
Thanks to IPX2⁶ splash-resistant technology, Galaxy Buds+ can handle a light drizzle, a little sweat, and even accidental spills.
Isolates you from distracting noises so you can stay focused on what you want. If you'd like to filter in some of the outside world to be more in-tune with your surroundings, you can switch on Ambient Aware.²
Ensures you're heard clearly. A dedicated internal and two external microphones pick up your voice and isolate it from outside noises. When you're on a call, your voice comes through richly and confidently, even in noisy locations.
Galaxy ecosystem with Bixby voice control
Built to pair seamlessly with Galaxy Note10, control Galaxy Buds+ from your Galaxy smartphone, smartwatch, tablet, or even with voice assistants, such as Bixby or Alexa.
Android and iOS compatibility
Pair with smart devices via Bluetooth.⁵ Use the Galaxy Wearable app on Android and Galaxy Buds+ app on iOS to make the most of your earbuds.
Three adjustable ear and wing tip sizes come in the box to ensure these earbuds are a secure, comfortable fit. Mix and match each piece to find a perfect fit for any ear shape or size.
Don't interrupt your flow. Charge Galaxy Buds+ on the go with your phone using Wireless PowerShare. Place your buds on the back of your Note10 or other compatible Samsung devices⁴ for a quick charge by sharing your phone's battery.
One-touch UI with Spotify
Pause your playlist, answer calls, skip tracks, and adjust the volume simply by tapping the earbuds. Customize your touch commands for a more personalized experience, even create your own shortcuts, such as opening Spotify instantly with one long press.
¹ Average battery life of Galaxy Buds+ without charging is up to 11 hours, based on typical use. The case provides up to another 11 hours of battery life for Galaxy Buds+ when Galaxy Buds+ are stored and charged between use. Battery life will vary.
² Features, including Ambient Aware, are enabled through the Galaxy Wearable app on Android available through Google Play Store and the Galaxy Buds+ app on iOS devices available through the App Store.
³ Connection pop-up window will appear only on Samsung mobile devices running Android 7.1.1 or later that have the SmartThings app installed. If the pop-up window does not appear, update the SmartThings app to the latest version.
⁴ Wireless PowerShare limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones and accessories with WPC Qi wireless charging. Check samsung.com for compatibility. May not work with certain accessories, covers, or other brand devices.
⁵ Compatible with smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or higher and with more than 1.5GB of RAM. Also work with iPhone 7 or later models with iOS 10 or higher.
⁶ Complies with IPX2 water resistance testing standard. Do not submerge; dry after exposure to moisture.
Short version: These are worth getting, but they need some EQ to get them to sound their best. They are comfortable, lightweight, and the case has a small footprint. The features are great for this price point.
I'm an android, Galaxy Note 9 User. With some tweaking these can sound amazing. As far as features go, these ticked all the boxes for me. Those boxes are wireless charging, independent earbud use, touch controls, pass through hearing, and fins/wings to hold them in ear. You'd be surprised at how many true wireless earbuds that list eliminates, even ones that are supposed to have better sound.
Aura Blue looks amazing in person. The case is sort of metallic in color and it is hard to photograph. The pictures on the website and even on the box don't do it justice. They are very deep blue in person. As soon as I saw these I wanted them. The buds themselves have a mix of gloss for the touchpad, and matte for the buds. They're not as slippery as the black version which I really like. The fins and eartips could use some extra sizes such as extra large and extra small. There are a wide variety of ear cartilage shapes and the more options the better.
Speaking of sound, these sound very flat and neutral with stock settings. These have a dual driver setup with one dedicated toward the low end/bass. However, your first impression will be, "where's the bass?" Instead of being tuned bass heavy, they are tuned relatively flat. Still, due to the dedicated bass driver, they can handle heavier bass settings in post EQ processing.
I'm glad these are not tuned bass heavy but this leads to my first gripe. The EQ in the wearables app is straight up garbage. It is lacking in any real control. The presets do not highlight the capabilities of the drivers. The "Dynamic" setting sounded the best on the original Galaxy Buds, but in the Buds+ it created a very annoying harsh sound in the upper frequencies. It made "S" sounds in vocals too sibilant (think of a snake hiss sound), same thing with high hats. I found leaving it on normal or soft sounds best, then I EQ in two, that's right, two other locations.
If you are on android and you have your music on your device as opposed to streaming it, you NEED to get the app Poweramp. It has a very robust EQ that supersedes the phone's global EQ. On Samsung phones, the default system wide EQ will lower your volume if you boost a frequency higher than one "tick", PowerAmp mitigates this. I add bass and boost upper mids with powerAmp. This thickens the low end and makes vocals and guitars extra clear.
The second app I use for EQ is powerEQ. This allows me to access another level of bass that triggers a sub bass subwoofer type of low end that is very pleasant. I add a few points of bass there, a little bit of surround, and here's the most important part: I add gain to the signal. This gain give you back the volume you use from boosting the bass signal in either powerEQ or the android global EQ (if you're not using power amp)
With this combination of EQ tricks the galaxy buds + feel like a clean platform for you to shape to your liking. This could ALL be avoided if Samsung gave us a 10 band graphic EQ or even better a parametric EQ. One can only hope.
If you don't want to bother with those apps, make sure you at least turn on Dolby Atmos if you are on galaxy phones, use the advanced sound tuning (the one that gives you the hearing test) and it will boost a bunch of frequencies for you. Bottom line, post processing is your friend.
My 2nd gripe was the battery life of the case. I went through 3 pairs of galaxy buds (two of them through amazon) because the case would drain very quickly. What was happening is the buds would reach 100% charge. Then for no good reason one would drop to 99% and the case would do its thing to charge it to 100% again. This loop would happen several times until the bud settled. For example. Using the buds for an hour would leave them at around 90% battery. The case would be at 100% and drain to about 89 to get the buds back to 100%. I would check the battery and every 20 minutes I would lose a few percent until the case battery would settle at around 67-70%. All to bring back about an hour's worth of charge. Ridiculous! It has to be a bug where the case thinks one of the buds is not fully charged. Anyway, I returned two pairs to amazon and decided to go for these because of the color and I figured Best Buy would have a different batch that might not be affected by what i'm calling a bug/defect. So far I'm right. The Aura Blue color have not drained and it looks like i'l be getting closer to the 11 hours than the 5 I was getting before. If it starts happening to these I'll update the review. Due to this flaw I made sure I got the extended warranty. If this is how it starts, I can't imagine where battery life will be in a year or so.
Battery life of the earbuds themselves is stellar. I left the volume at 50 and let music play until they both died. They lasted for 12 hours. Ambient mode was off, and I wasn't using the touch pads. I literally left the buds on my desk playing music. I'd pick them up every so often to make sure sound was still coming out of them. In real world usage it will be less than 12 hours because of volume, ambient mode , and touch pad use.
Ergonomics are good. I Like the touch pads and I like that you can lock them. I lock them when I work out so that when I wipe my sweat I don't accidentally trigger a pause/volume/ whatever. I wish you could use gestures instead of taps. It would be cool to swipe up and down for volume, and left and right to change songs or activate voice assistant etc.
Call quality is almost excellent. It is not as good as speaking directly into your phone. It is a slightly softer presentation than that. However it is worlds better than the old Galaxy Buds and even some over ear headphones I've used. These do not sound muffled and they do a pretty good job of isolating your voice from background noise. No one I've been on a call with has asked if i'm using headphones or asked me to repeat things.
Lack of noise cancelling is not an issue for me. I think these do a great job of isolating external sounds and once the music starts I can't really hear anything. I had these and the Sony wf sp800n at the same time. The noise cancelling on those was only ok. It dulled low frequency noise but introduced a bit of hiss and you could still hear high frequency constant noises. For example the hum of the air conditioners compressor was muted, but the chirp of its fan was not. These isolate enough noise that it feels like wearing earplugs. So if you're going to be crossing the street you should probably use ambient mode. Personally noise cancelling is not a must for me, if it is for you then its omission will be a deal breaker for you.
Final Thoughts: My perfect Galaxy Buds would have swipe gestures for the touch pads, a 10 band parametric eq, and a bigger battery for the case. Other than that I think these are a solid buy. I've attached screen shots of my power amp, powerEQ and wearables settings.
When I first unpackaged the EarBuds so surprised by how easy it was to connect the buds to my phone. All I had to do was connect once and every time I opened the case it would automatically connect. I was messing with the Wear app and I passed by the ambient mode section so I tested each one individually, and really liked that I could still hear what I wanted t hear to I went with the medium setting of course that is what I prefer. The part of the Buds that had me in aww was the touch controllers they are very sensitive to touch and I love I can customize the touch with the Wear app. In all I am very satisfied with the purchase that I made. : )
I’m a runner, and I have a hard time finding earbuds that stay in my ear without having to constantly adjust them. These are hands down the best pair of earbuds that I’ve ever used when it comes to running. They fit in my ear snuggly and block out enough noise when I need them to so I’m not distracted. I use them with my iPhone 11 Pro Max and have no issues with connectivity.
The idea of spending over $100 on earbuds doesn't sit easy with some people, and even I was hesitant before purchasing the Galaxy Buds+. When my 15-year-old Sony wired earbuds broke, I did quite a bit of research to see if jumping on the wireless earbuds trend would be worth it, and to figure out which wireless buds to get if so. I'm glad I was able to get the Galaxy Buds+ when they were on sale at the deepest discount they had ever been to date. They sound great, they're easy to use, they fit nicely, they're fairly customizable, and the battery life is excellent.
The idea of customizing the sound is maybe a little overhyped in some reviews/articles about the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. You can certainly change the sound settings in the Galaxy Wearable app - and you definitely should change from the default setting, but you're choosing presets rather than doing your own tuning. I'm fine with having presets, but if you're an all-out audiophile and expecting to be presented with a bunch of switches and sliders for full-blown customizability, you won't find that. Normal is the default setting, and it's okay, but I've found Dynamic to be the best. Clear is alright, better than Normal, but still not as good as Dynamic. The Bass Boost setting technically does boost the bass just slightly, but it also makes things kind of muddy - heck, muffled really, it's actually on the quiet side. Don't bother with Bass Boost. Set the buds to Dynamic - that's the way to go!
The sound is great when listening to music (of all sorts of genres) and when on conference calls. There are a lot of wireless earbuds out there at a variety of price points, and of course they all sound different. Everything I read said that the Galaxy Buds+ are the best for calls, and these are really quite good on calls. People's voices are clear, the sound is detailed and accurate, there's no hissing or static. As for the quality of the mics, others had no trouble at all understanding me. I sounded loud and clear.
There's also an ambient sound feature that's kind of interesting to experiment with. Even with the different levels of ambient sound enabled, things are clear. Outside noises can be sort of digital sounding in moments which are otherwise silent, but still clear, compared to using ambient sound while listening to music.
Touch controls are customizable and very nice, though if you touch the buds in just the right way while adjusting the fit, you might end up changing the volume or pausing/playing audio.
Using the earbuds with multiple devices is rather easy. It's really pair and play. You don't need to do any complicated procedures with turning the buds off or holding any buttons down and waiting for certain notifications every single time. Pairing to something other than your phone (like a Windows laptop), you do have to press and hold the touchpads on both buds and anticipate eventual beeps, then you'll see it in the list of Bluetooth devices to connect to. But after pairing, it's so easy to switch between my laptop and my phone.
The battery life is as good as described. It's incredible. They can keep going for hours. After a rather busy 9-hour work day with lots of calls and some occasional music, toggling between my laptop and my phone, there was still 59% battery (that's not nine straight hours of earbud use, but probably a spread-out total of around 5 or 6 hours).
The charging case is the same size as a Matchbox car. There's nothing wrong with the case, no bulkiness or difficulty of operability. You get a light outside to see the battery status of the case, and you get a light inside to see the battery status of the earbuds.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are great. They sound really good, they're easy to use on different devices, and the battery lasts for a long time. There might be a lot of buds out there that sound alright while listening to music, but the call quality sets these apart from the rest. Music is good, calls are good, the Galaxy Buds+ will not disappoint!
They're actually a really good headset, I like the ambient part so I can hear everything. Plus the equalizer that comes with Samsung is pretty cool too.
Too get to work perfectly, you just need to update the sounds quality in the equalizer, calibrate the earbuds to your phone, and then you should be all set.
Plus playing around with the ambient sound it allows you to listen to your music/talking on and be able to hear the sounds around you.
This product has helped me, even though I have a high frequency hearing loss, to further enjoy music, podcasts, and calls. Go over the features in online reviews concerning use, such as tapping the earbud to answer a call, etc. There is an app to install for all settings. I use these with a Galaxy Note 10+. I did not find these easy to connect with an Ipad Pro. A charging case is provided that works with Wireless PowerShare such as available on some Galaxy phone's. Not sure how well these work as to staying in place during workouts/running. There are a few different tips and "wings" provided to fit these for wear for different individuals. There is a newer version of these named Galaxy Buds Live ("Beans").
I’m not the type to write reviews but these deserve input. They are literally the best truly wireless earbuds. I have had the AirPod gen2, AirPod Pro, Jabra 75t, Beats pro, and I've even had the galaxy earbuds. Which I returned because I wanted the Galaxy app for my iPhone to adjust settings. Well, Samsung did it right this time with the buds+. As soon as I found out that there was an app for iOS, I ran to Best Buy and purchased them. Hands down the best of the best and that’s coming from someone who has been searching for the right earbuds for a very long time.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about size, price, design and durability. Editors are less positive about soundstage and noise isolation. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 95/100 = Excellent quality.
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