Samsung Galaxy Buds: Surprisingly Excellent True Wireless Buds

It’s an exciting time for truly wireless earbuds. With new chips promising more compact designs and better battery life finally making it into real-world products, there are more reasons than ever to cut the cord on your listening life.

Among the first of the next-gen true wireless headphones to hit the market, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds showcased the cutting edge of technology. With six hours of battery life, a wireless charging case, and a light, nimble design, there’s a lot to love about the company’s latest set of buds.

Most impressive, the Galaxy Buds’ collection of features comes at an affordable $129 price tag and the Buds were even bundled with pre-orders of the S10, S10+, or Fold phones. The combination of technology and value made the Galaxy Buds among the best wireless earbuds you can buy right now, at least until the Galaxy Buds + came along. First and foremost, Samsung’s headphones offer a solid six hours of battery life per charge — an hour more than similarly priced Apple and Jabra models. It was impressive at the time of its debut, though the bar has since been raised. The Galaxy Buds + offer 11 hours of playback, while the Edifier TWS NB offers five hours of noise-canceling playback and 11 hours without that feature.

Unfortunately, the impressive playback time is not met with a lot of juice inside the case itself, marking our only real gripe about the Galaxy Buds. The Galaxy Buds’ case offers just seven hours of additional battery life, while competitors offer 20-30 hours or more. This will be less of an issue for Galaxy phone owners, as the case includes the ability to wirelessly charge from the back of new Galaxy phones. In addition to good battery life and a wireless charging case, the Galaxy buds come with a number of cool features. Changing songs or adjusting volume, for example, is accomplished via intuitive touch controls that can be customized inside the Samsung Wear app. The app also allows you to pick between five different equalization settings, letting you tailor the sound of the headphones for your ears and musical tastes. Perhaps the most useful feature of the app, however, is “Find my earbuds” which does just what you’d think, preventing you from digging through the couch cushions or jeans pockets when the Buds go missing. With a plethora of great features, six hours of battery life, and a fantastic $129 list price, the Galaxy Buds are currently the most compelling true wireless earbuds out there.

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