Sooner or later, everyone discovers the bad thing about wireless headphones: the risk of losing one is quite high. Even if you are strict in keeping them every time you use them, inevitably your attention will slip one day and you will have to take the Inevitable Disappointment Test.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds are no exception. But until the day one disappeared, the Galaxy Buds were taking over as my headphones of choice.
Samsung learned a lot from its initial foray into this territory with IconX released in 2016 and updated last year. The new buttons are smaller and lighter than their predecessors, meaning they do not get uncomfortable after a few hours and feel safer if you're running. IconX never moved, but they felt as if they could, from time to time.
Buds, like IconX, come with different wings and tips that make it easy to adapt. Even if you have smaller than average ears, the buttons have a fitting fit for you.
Getting started with the Galaxy Buds is simple if you have a Galaxy phone. Similar to AirPods, there is a quick pair feature for Samsung phones that makes setup quick and easy. You simply open the case near your device and the pairing option appears.
You are not limited to Samsung devices; Obviously, they will work better with Samsung phones, but the Samsung Wear app is available for download from the Play Store. So if you have an Android phone made in recent years, it is likely to work with these headphones.
You can also link them to iOS devices by simply opening the charging box with the internal buttons and searching for new Bluetooth devices. Again, you will not have the same experience you would have if you were using a Samsung device and just a little bit of the control you would have if you had the Galaxy Wear app, but they will work to listen to music and summon Siri
The buttons have small touchpads on the outside that control everything from virtual assistants – Bixby, Google Assistant or Siri, depending on your phone – to turn off calls or pause your music. Using the application, you can also customize using the touch and hold gesture to control access to the fast ambient, volume and Bixby mode.
Ambient sound mode is useful if you need a quick word, although you can use the application to activate it for longer periods in the application.
Controlling music was easy: tap to play or pause a track; two touches to jump. Although initially he found the touch gestures complicated, in time they improved.
Like AirPods and iconX, the Buds cabinet is also its charger. You can choose between USB charging C or wireless pads; you only get six hours listening for a full charge of the buttons, so the case is essential for long trips. It gives you an extra of seven hours, which is a little disappointing. To put it in context, the new Airpods will give you five hours, but the case will increase to 24.
If you have the Galaxy Wear app – sorry iPhone users – then you can tweak the audio settings, tweaking the bass and treble to get things in the equalizer settings, sorting out any problem with different types of audio.
However, you do not have much control – the bass boost is all or nothing, for example; No incremental changes are available.
The application, if you can access it, is very useful. Not only can it be used to set up headphones and connect them to your Android device, it also gives you information about your current status – connection, battery life, equalizer settings – and locate a missing headset (provided that they are in range and have battery).
The fit, design and sound are all top notch – for the most part. Sounds, the buttons are great for their size, and the ability to tweak the equalizer settings helps. The touchpads require a little practice because of the small size, but everything works fine.
The not so good
Occasional awkwardness with the audio connection meant it was a bit echoey and out of sync, although it always worked out in seconds and was a rare occurrence.
There is a choice of colors with the buttons, including a bright yellow set.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds is a great addition to wireless audio. As long as you can hold two of them.