Invisible, comfortable, ideal for sports and well made. I can’t lie, I loved i Galaxy Buds of the first generation but the flaws were not lacking: the performance of the microphones was poor, the touch controls were not precise and there was no lack of interference then resolved with subsequent software updates. With the new ones Galaxy Buds+ under test for a few weeks, Samsung has finally put a flaw on the defects, making them … almost perfect.
Touch design and controls
The earbuds are still very small compared to much of the competition, which increases the comfort (even for prolonged periods) and they are even more discretea feature that I personally love.
Note aside for the refill box that from matte has become shiny enough to slip better in the jeans pocket even if it is more prone to dents and scratches.
Also improved the touch control feedback which are still on the outside and behave the same way as the Galaxy Buds, i.e. on both sides. There are various control options for music, to answer calls and to start the voice assistant (Google Assistant or Bixby).
Everything is customizable from the well-kept app “Galaxy Wearable” which is in fact the center of all Samsung wearables. We then find an alternative option in the section Labs to activate the volume control on the edge of the earphones but it does not work as it should and you will soon tire.
For those like me who find themselves making hours and hours of calls a day often walking around the office, the first model proved to be absolutely insufficient. The two microphones, in fact, got confused by external voices and noises that were amplified for the “happiness” of the interlocutor.
Different chapter for the new Galaxy Buds + that they exploit a third and new microphone which isolates external voices very well even though this does not make it a perfect model. In fact, it happens that very close external noises are captured and amplified, such as our footsteps and particularly noisy objects that we grab (eg: an empty water bottle that crumples).
The audio quality has improved but the difference is minimal and you can hear it in the depth of the sounds, especially in the bass. Those who choose these earphones are because they want maximum isolation and be able to focus on the music.
Samsung has also renewed the ambient sound option which actually allows us to hear external ambient noises during a call or during music playback so as not to remain completely isolated. Notably, there are three power options plus one still experimental bonus hidden in the app. The difference between the first and the third is clear and its usefulness is obviously subjective.
In any case, don’t expect high quality voices and noises around you.
Samsung promises up to 22 hours of autonomy with the charging box. Goal centered because these new Galaxy Buds + never run out and when they do they recharge at the speed of light.
Again there is an autonomy led on the case that changes according to the color (green, yellow and red) indicating how much autonomy is left.
Cellulare Magazine’s judgment: Samsung Galaxy Buds +
Samsung offers the new Galaxy Buds + at the price of 169 € and although the price list is slightly higher than the previous model, they prove to be an excellent alternative to Apple’s more famous AirPods. The only flaw, the absence of active noise cancellation which in a model proposed at 199 € with even improved microphones would have made Samsung’s proposal unsurpassed from every point of view.
- Excellent autonomy
- Improved Microphones
- Compact and invisible design
- Active noise cancellation is missing
- The touch volume controls are inoperable