If one thing Samsung can do well, then it’s headphones. With the Galaxy Buds+ update recently announced by the company, many people ask how they hang on to the original Samsung Galaxy Buds.
We’ve compared vital factors such as battery life, size, and sound quality to show you how different these two products are. If you’re thinking about upgrading to the Galaxy Buds+ from the original Galaxy Buds, then here’s what you should know.
Of course, this category is still subjective, and we haven’t had the opportunity to test the new Galaxy Buds+. Nevertheless, compared to their predecessors, new versions of audio products with degraded quality are rare, so we are reasonably confident that the Galaxy Buds+ will sound the same or better than the Galaxy Buds. The Galaxy Buds+ uses dual dynamic drivers (a woofer and a tweeter) to add weight to this belief, where the GalaxyBuds used only one dynamic driver.
Besides, featuring AKG ‘s sound delivered through a new speaker and microphone system and improved ambient sound settings, Samsung calls the Galaxy Buds+ earbuds “studio-quality.”
Winner: Galaxy Buds+
Comfort and Design
It seems like Samsung is treating the Galaxy Buds+ with an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix strategy. They ‘re similar, if not a little smaller, in size to the Galaxy Buds. That’s a good thing: We were super-impressed by the Galaxy Buds and found them to be among the most comfortable and well-designed real wireless earbuds available at the time. Even after the arrival of incredibly soft buds like the Jabra Elite 75 t, they ‘re still a favorite.
Nonetheless, the Galaxy Buds+ will come with extra wing and ear tips that Samsung claims will make for a customized wireless fit, depending on how you use the earbuds.
Winner: Galaxy Buds+
Battery life is a big deal when it comes to true wireless earbuds. Unlike most wireless headphones that come with an analog cord to back up when their batteries die, true wireless earbuds don’t have a safety net. So in trips back to their charging case or, finally, the power source, they will last as long as possible.
As the Galaxy Buds launched, their playing time of six hours was pretty good, and still tops the AirPods by an hour. However, we couldn’t quite figure out why their charging case kept only another six hours or so in reserve. Their total capacity of only 12 to 13 hours is about half the norm of 24 hours or more set by Apple (and followed by many others).
The Galaxy Buds+ at a whopping 11-hour playback time goes way beyond — impressive even by much longer standards today. The charging case also holds just one full charge, but as this takes the total time to 22 hours, it is an excellent overall package.
Of course, we would still like more, but there’s no doubt that the Galaxy Buds+ is a significant change.
Winner: Galaxy Buds +
Resistant to water
Unfortunately, it looks like Samsung’s commitment to keeping the Galaxy Buds+ looking and sounding the same as its predecessors come with an unwelcome caveat: Water resistance at IPX2 is also unchanged.
We should know that truly wireless earbuds do not require an official IP certification now and then to withstand a bit of sweat. Apple’s AirPods, Sony’s WF-1000XM3, and the 1More Fashionable are all examples of earbuds not rated for water use and still survive gym trips.
The market as a whole; the price does not need to go through the roof. Several real wireless earbuds on Amazon offer IPX4 or better, from $50 to $75. Seeing that fitness and sports are among the things that most benefit from a total lack of wires, we ‘re surprised that Samsung didn’t at least elevate the Galaxy Buds+ into IPX4 to suit the Apple AirPods Pro.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds will run you $129 at the regular price if you’re determined to save some money. That makes them more affordable than much of the competition true wireless earbuds. Just the $99 1More Stylish, and the $130 Amazon Echo Buds give a good or better value. At $149, the Galaxy Buds+ to hit retail – only $20 more than the previous edition.
As we’re about to see, you ‘re getting quite a bit more for that $20, but the original Galaxy Buds are taking the crown here based on price alone.
Winner: Galaxy Buds
There are a few other significant changes worth noting about functionality for the Galaxy Buds+. The new buds will connect and switch between several Bluetooth devices, while the Galaxy Buds could handle just one.
An additional collection of onboard mics may also boost their call efficiency and Ambient mode (for hearing external sounds). You’ll be able to download an iOS app to get more control over how the earbuds function with Apple devices.
And that’s it for a peek at the significant differences between the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ apps.
You can check out our first impressions of the latest wireless earbuds right now, but we’ll wait until we’ve done a full analysis to declare them the absolute winner in this comparison. Nevertheless, it’s already evident that Samsung has made many enhancements to the already outstanding originals for an additional $20 (or free with select new Mobile phones).
Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API