The Samsung Galaxy Bud is one of the various models that seek to defeat the monopoly power of Apple AirPods in the true wireless earbud market. Review Samsung Galaxy Earbuds, along with their successors, builds a larger portfolio of Samsung’s truly wireless earbuds, including two generations of Gear IconX.
What sets the Galaxy Buds apart from the IconX is that, through modern gear branding, these earrings make the new Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 as part of the Galaxy family – three handsets that provide clean buds. Strategy with, but more on that later.
That said, if you’ve been shopping for a pair this long, you must consider the new Samsung Galaxy Bud Plus – a more premium model that won’t cost more and use a dual-driver design to deliver better sound quality. As a large built-in battery that charges the entire listening time every 11 hours.
It is even rumored that a replacement version of the Galaxy Bud is underway. The so-called galaxy buds were identified when the Dutch website Galaxy Club applied a name.
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Buds were released on March 8, 2019, in exchange for the Apple $149 (£139 / AU $249 / AED 479 / R2,499), which makes them a bit cheaper than Apple’s AirPods.
If you pre-ordered a Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus or Galaxy S10E, you may have received a free pair of Galaxy Buds, but unfortunately, this offer ended on March 7 or the supply was permanent.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Buds look very attractive, with a sleek all-white design featuring two earbuds and a charging case. In addition to good viewing, the housings act as touch controls, which can be used to play/pause your music, release tracks, answer and end calls, and launch Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby on compatible devices.
You can customize the long-press action for the Galaxy Bud via the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app, turn on the volume or turn on Bixby.
Features and performance
If you have a Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus or Galaxy S10e, pairing the buds is a unique experience, as Apple AirPods instantly connect to the iPhone.
Most of the connectivity issues seem to have been resolved through software updates sent by Samsung, but like the original wireless bud, you may experience a connection dropout if you use other nearby Bluetooth devices.
While listening to the ‘puzzle’, we were complimented by the vibrant treatment of the sound of the galaxy buds, the distorted sine waves flowing as they blended with the clarity of the synthesis. That said, if you like your own music office, you’ll probably like the sound of Galaxy Buds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds app
You can also turn on the ‘ambient sound’ feature, that mixes in background noise to the music using built-in microphones on the buds – a handy feature if you want to use the Galaxy Buds when running and needs to hear some external noise for safety reasons.
Although this is often a useful feature, we have encountered problems with ambient noise in windy weather. If you misplace your galaxy buds, you’ll also use the ‘Search my earbuds’ feature to detect them. After you enable this feature, Galaxy Buds sounds like a relentless tweet so you can find them quickly.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Charging Case
As soon as the case is over you will get a small LED indicating the amount of battery in the case, while an LED inside the case tells you how much your earbuds were charging. On the back of the case, there is a USB-C charger port – the Galaxy Buds have a USB cable so you can charge the case.
The buds themselves have a battery life of six hours, while seven more are provided for charging – which is quite good for truly wireless buds. The Samsung Galaxy wearable app tells you how much the batteries dropped after you took them out of the case, but it won’t tell you how to charge the case against Apple AirPods – instead, you can rely on LEDs on the case skin to tell you how much battery you’ve left.
This is especially effective considering the new Galaxy S10 range with two-way wireless charging. This means you found the feature on your Galaxy S10 phone and put your headphones on the back of the device so they can be further charged.