Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Review: Finally Great
April 10, 2020
For those of you who have been following along, you will notice that I have used the past two iterations of Samsung's wireless earbuds. The main reasons why I chose them as oppose to other wireless earbuds is sizing. For in-ear wireless earbuds, sizing greatly influences your experience. No matter how great a pair sounds, if it is not comfortable you will not enjoy them. What makes the Samsung Galaxy Buds great is the fact that they are one of the smallest truly wireless earbuds on the market. Now for those who have larger ears, you can always size up with wing tips or larger ear tips. But if too large, there is not much you can do. This review is going to be short. Not much has changed between the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus. What has been added are some “quality of life” features that make it a good pair of earbuds to a great one.
- 🔋 Earbuds: 85 mAh
- 🔋 Charging case: 270 mAh
- 📐 Earbuds: 17.5 x 22.5 x 19.2 mm
- 📐 Charging Case: 70 x 38.8 x 26.5 mm
- 🧱 Earbuds: 6.3g
- 🧱 Charging Case: 39.6g
- 🎨 Black, White, Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink
- 🔌 USB-C, Qi Wireless
- 💸 $150
- 📅 2020.03
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Almost double the battery life
Samsung was able to come close to doubling the battery life without increasing the dimensions of the device. That is quite an impressive accomplishment. Instead of the acceptable 6 hours of music playback, you now get 11 hours of battery with the earbuds. The case itself gives an additional charge which make the earbuds last a total of 22 hours.
Identical sizing and minor design changes
The Galaxy Buds Plus feel identical to the original Galaxy Buds. Given that the dimensions are exactly the same this is to be expected. The earbuds themselves are technically heavier than the original but I have not noticed the weight difference. The only dead giveaway for the Plus model is the glossy finish of the case.
Better sound quality
The sound on the Galaxy Buds Plus has more depth compared to the originals. Now equipped with a woofer and tweeter per earbud, you will hear more bass. The spatial sound has also gotten a lot better as well. There was once where I thought the sound of birds chirping was coming from my surroundings only to realize it was coming from the song. Overall I am quite happy with the sound of these. And as an additional bonus: remember that audio delay that I mentioned in my previous review? Yeah, I no longer see that happening anymore.
Microphones are night and day
Let us not beat around the bush here. The microphones on the Galaxy Buds were poor. People on the other end being able to hear the background more than your voice is unacceptable. Thankfully Samsung has improved on this greatly. With the 1 inner mic and 2 outer mics, the microphones on these are now great. I was able to stand next to a kitchen fan on full blast and talk to another person on the phone without them hearing the fan noise. If you are someone who make regular calls or video calls frequently, I recommend these.
Ambient Sound is greatly improved
With the improved microphones, the ambient aware (previously called ambient sound) feature is also way better. You now have the option to change the amount of sound to let in coming from your environment. Switching to the loudest setting gives an ASMR sensation where you can clearly hear your pencil rubbing against a piece of paper or the rustling of your jacket against a table. I still find this feature a bit gimmicky but props to Samsung for improving on it.
Samsung has added the option to instantly trigger Spotify with a long press of your earbuds. The downside of this feature is that you must choose between Volume controls, Voice command, Ambient sound, and Spotify. I still find the most useful option to be either volume controls or voice commands, but its nice to see this additional for people who primarily use this for fitness.
There is a bit of a price bump compared to last year’s Galaxy Buds. The MSRP for these are $149.99 rather than $129.99. Is the $20 more worth it? I would say so. The improved mic and battery along are worth the $20. Also if you shop around, you can easily get this closer to the $130 mark.
If you already own last year’s Galaxy Buds, I recommend only upgrading if the longer battery or better microphones are crucial for you. The sound quality alone is not worth spending another $150 on these. If you are just looking for a set of truly wireless earbuds for Android, these are the ones I would recommend. For me personally, the upgrade was worth it. I regularly use them for conference calls and having them last my entire workday is a definite plus, no pun intended.