On iOS, the Galaxy Buds + does not sync with notifications and Samsung’s gameplay for headphones is not available. It may seem that using these new buttons with an iOS device is limited, but trust me, it is much better than it used to be. Just having a dedicated application is a great improvement. It is not surprising that Samsung makes some exclusive features for Android devices and, fortunately, they are things that you can probably live without. One-touch access to Spotify is attractive, for example, but I will not give up on-board volume controls.
As for the EQ presets, they are mostly the same. You can choose between Normal (the default), bass boost, smooth, dynamic, clear and treble boost. In my tests, Dynamic offered the best complete results in a variety of genres. This was also true for the Galaxy Buds. There are wide bass, but it is not muddy or overwhelming. The preset has a lot of presence and the details are trimmed more clearly than in most other options. That default Normal setting is also solid, but Dynamic gives it a little more push. If you expect more detailed EQ settings, Samsung does not plan to add anything beyond the presets. This means that there is no equalizer curve so you can manipulate to your liking.
Overall, I am impressed with the improvements Samsung made to the audio in the Galaxy Buds +. The sound quality in the latest generation model was fine, since the genres with heavy bass lack the impact they have on the headphones with the best sound I’ve tried. I could also have used a little more volume. I am pleased to report that Samsung addressed both deficiencies. Once again, he enlisted his subsidiary AKG to help with the audio, and this time there is a two-way speaker with a tweeter and a woofer inside. The company claims that this offers a 38 percent increase in the sound dimension over the Galaxy Buds. Whatever the exact increase, you may notice the difference immediately.
The Galaxy Buds worked well with things like clarity and tone, but the Galaxy Buds + added the extra low range that the first model lacks. The results in all genres are much more consistent. Again, I mainly used the Dynamic configuration, and with the exception of Normal mode, I don’t think the others were so complete. Electronic, hip-hop and metal tracks with booming bass and massive sound depth are open and large. They don’t seem compressed, nor do they lack the energy captured in those songs. A song like the “stardew” of Purity Ring has a bombastic bass, but synthesizers, charles and vocals cut clearly. There is plenty of room for things to work, so the sound envelops you instead of feeling that noise simply hits your head. I can’t exaggerate how much better than these first Galaxy Buds in terms of audio. It is night and day.
A great feature that I have not mentioned is the active noise cancellation (ANC). And that’s because … the Galaxy Buds + don’t have it. They allow you to listen to what is happening around you with an ambient sound mode, but in terms of counteracting any noise, you are left with passive noise isolation (that is, having something in the holes in your ears). The Galaxy Buds + really do a decent job here, especially at a volume of around 75 or 80 percent. I couldn’t test them on a flight, but they did well to block a noisy TV during the binge in the afternoon of my Kindergarten. Of course, if the Galaxy Buds + had ANC, they would probably cost about $ 200 or more, so I agree with the function set here.
When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Buds, it exaggerated the quality of the calls. Unfortunately, those claims were not upheld. Those headphones picked up a lot of ambient noise, so they basically sounded like you were on a speaker. That is not ideal when you need to answer an important call. With the Galaxy Buds +, the company added an additional external microphone to each side in an effort to improve the sound of its voice when on a call. In fact, the new buds do a better job of focusing on their voice and pick up less background noise than the Galaxy Buds. According to the people I called, there was noticeably less chaos of “speakers” during our conversations.
Samsung also improved battery life on the Galaxy Buds +. The company says they will last up to 11 hours with a charge. That’s almost double the six-hour rating of the previous version. During my tests, the Galaxy Buds + lasted just 11 hours, but only about 10 minutes. And that is with ambient sound in medium or high for most of that time. The case only has an additional charge, but this time it is an additional 11 hours of use. There is still a fast charging option that gives you one hour of use in just three minutes. And yes, you can load them on the back of a Samsung phone with the company’s PowerShare technology.
At $ 150, the Galaxy Buds + are located directly in the middle range. Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case cost $ 199, unless you can see a sale. Sure, there are other features there, like Siri hands-free, but if you have to pay the full retail price, that’s still $ 49 more than Samsung’s latest headphones. Jabra’s Elite 75t ($ 180) is also a very good option, but it will cost you an additional $ 30. For what it’s worth, Jabra is working on a wireless charging case, but it’s not ready yet. Even when it is, it will most likely require an additional investment. While you may not be able to hold the top spot for much longer, the Sony WF-1000XM3 ($ 228) remains our best option. Of course, they are almost double the price of the Galaxy Buds +. Finally, the original Galaxy Buds are still available for $ 130, although Amazon currently has them on the list for $ 105. I wouldn’t recommend going that route, but it’s an option.
From the moment the Galaxy Buds + first appeared in my ears, it was obvious that Samsung paid attention to the criticisms of the Galaxy Buds. This new version sounds better, lasts longer and, perhaps most importantly, brings some key features to the iOS application. The Galaxy Buds + are more expensive than the 2019 model, but I would say that all the improvements are worth an additional $ 20. Sure, the touch controls are not perfect and some things are only available on Android, but Samsung has given its latest headphones a universal appeal.