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Samsung Galaxy Buds+: miniature TWS headphones with wireless charging

True Wireless is a second-generation model with voice control, three microphones for high-quality voice transmission during a conversation, and two speakers for low and high frequencies. The manufacturer claims up to 11 hours of battery life and up to 22 hours-with recharging from the case. At the start of sales, the model will cost $149. Compatible with iOS and Android.

What do they look like?

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ looks difficult not to confuse with the previous generation — the same tiny droplets (each weighs 6.3 g) with a pearl coating in the touch control area. This is the most compact headphones that I have ever held in my hands and probably one of the most compact on the market in principle. At the same time, they are quite loud and long — playing-magic in its purest form.

The headphone case consists of three blocks. A glossy touch panel with a pearl sheen, just glossy plastic and silicone removable attachments (there are several different sizes included). The pearl finish is a miracle as good and sets this model apart from the countless crowds of other TWS headphones in this form factor.

But with silicone nozzles, there is an annoying nuance. This is the most expensive part of the case, and you need to regularly monitor their cleanliness.

And do not do as I do (especially if you have light headphones) – do not put it in your pocket without a case “for a couple of minutes”. They quickly get dirty.

How do they work?

My main smartphone is Samsung. That’s why I always test the brand’s wearable electronics with it. I don’t know how it works with other smartphones, but the fact that pairing gadgets of this brand is similar to magic — it can’t be taken away. Once you turn on the device (in the case of headphones – open the case cover), the smartphone immediately finds it, launches the app and offers to connect it. I remember how hard it was to connect the vivo TWS 1 even when paired with a native smartphone, or with the same Sony WF-1000XM3. Unfortunately, I don’t know how things are with iPhones and AirPods, but a person who has ever connected any wireless headphones to a smartphone (even with NFC) probably won’t want to use something else. The app is met with gratitude for the purchase of a headset, and this is another small, pleasant premium nuance.

Is the sound good?

The Galaxy Buds+ uses two dynamic emitters – for bass and for upper and middle frequencies (there was one in the previous version). The headset supports SBC, Samsung Scalable Codec, and AAC codecs. The last two are Samsung and Apple branded solutions. In simple terms, this means that with these manufacturers ‘ devices, the headset’s musical potential will be maximized. There is no support for AptX and its variants.

What about the battery and charging?

The manufacturer claims up to 11 hours of headphones without charging. For me, in the TWS headphones vivo and Huawei, their autonomy without a case was a problem, although small. For example, on a shopping trip that can last for hours, headphones that got hooked in the process were frustrating. At Sony, it was stated 6 hours, and there to plant “ears” in one sitting was a difficult task, except for a long trip by car or train.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ is certainly not the best TWS headset on the market for all the money in the world, but it is a good mid-range solution for those who have low expectations of this form factor devices. The weakest part of the device is musicality, but this is the scourge of most such headsets. In my opinion, headphones should be chosen for the brand, ergonomics and battery life. And the brand will still be a key factor here.