Review: Samsung Galaxy Buds+

I recently made the move from Apple to Android and my daily phone is now a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, so I was pretty happy with the pre order bonus of a pair of Bluetooth ear pieces.

After all, I reviewed the new Apple EarPods a few months ago and was really impressed with the sturdy design and the amazing sound quality.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are just as good and in some cases better, in others not so much.

The tiny devices come in a case that acts as a wireless charger. This is great because you can just pop your case down on the same charging device you use for your phone to get the job done. The other benefit is you can use your phone to charge the buds, This handy feature means you will always have enough power wherever you are.

The sound design is by AKG who I should point out is one of my favourite headphone manufacturers and has been for years. Quite often the headphones we use in radio studios are AKG and they pick up bass and voice just brilliantly. Over the years I’ve swapped it up with Senhiezer as well, but as a studio audio solution AKG is pretty hard to beat.

There is a real rich sound to these earbuds, much more than the tiny devices should be capable of. It reminds me of how far audio technology has come over the years, from having a massive set of speakers and amp for your music or cinema at home, to the tiny bluetooth smart speakers or sound bars we have now to give just as much depth. 

Battery life is incredible, you can get around 1 hour of actual playtime for every 3 mins of charge time out of them using fast charge. The box says 11 hours play time total, I’m yet to push that but I’d be pretty certain that they aren’t far off the truth with that.

The tap control works really well, you can move through the playlist, answer calls or adjust the volume of what you are listening to without the need to get your phone out of your pocket.  You can even customize it to suit your needs, but I found the default did enough for me.

To break it down,

Tap, is play or pause,

Double tap is next, and also receive or end a call. This one I especially liked as it felt some some next level secret service tech.

Triple Tap is previous 

And you touch and hold for a user set function.

Pairing the device to your phone is hands down the easiest experience I’ve had with tech in a long time. I opened the case, the phone kicked into gear and it almost automatically did everything. This was the most user friendly setup ever and the team need to be congratulated on how brilliant the interface is. 

I get why they have gone with the rubber tips for the device, you can swap them in and out for different sizes or replace them if they get a bit rank. But it just feels like an unnecessary extra. Surely we have solid options that would work just as well. I’m not looking forward to having to go purchase new ones when these run out. 

The built in mics are an incredible step as well. The sound is amazingly clear on the other end of calls and the twin outer mics and single inner mic are there to make sure you are heard clearly and to block out surrounding sounds while on the call. It’s a neat feature.  

I’m more of a whole ear headphone guy, it comes from years of work in studios. But I’ve found that the little pill design of these allows me to leave the device in my ear for long periods with no sensation of being uncomfortable. It also doesn’t have that weird hanging down thing that the Apple ones have which always reminds me of Ben Stiller in “Something About Mary”.

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