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Samsung has tweaked its Galaxy Buds line with each new entry to offer viable alternatives to Apple’s AirPods. If you’re in the market for true wireless earbuds, now is a good time to get started, as the high-end Galaxy Buds Pro and affordable Galaxy Buds + are on sale right now. The former are available for a record price of $ 165 from Amazon-owned Woot, instead of $ 200. And the Buds + are available for $ 100, up from $ 150, on Amazon and Best Buy – another impressive offer that’s just short of the all-time low of $ 99.
Buy Galaxy Buds Pro from Woot – $ 165
Buy Galaxy Buds + from Amazon – $ 100 Buy Galaxy Buds + from Best Buy – $ 100
The Buds Pro are quality rivals to the AirPods Pro which offer immense sound and a number of exclusive features compared to their cheaper counterparts. Here you get active noise cancellation and an IPX7 rating, which means you can submerge them in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. The soundstage is also wider and offers more depth and clarity, with ANC doing its part to block out outside noise. Even the case has its advantages thanks to wireless charging compatibility (including on the back of a Galaxy device via Power Share). Overall, we gave them the best headphones from Samsung. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore the economic pair.
We gave the Buds + a respectable score of 83 based on their solid sound, call quality, and decent battery life. We noticed punchy bass and clear vocals, hats and synths on punchy electro tracks. The sound also felt like it was covering you instead of being projected directly into your head. While Samsung has skimped on active noise cancellation – likely to keep the price down – you might not even notice its absence. If you turn up the volume, passive noise isolation goes a long way in preventing background disturbances.
They also do a decent job of picking up your voice during calls thanks to the additional Samsung microphone placed on either side of the headphones. At nearly 11 hours, battery life is nearly double the rate of the original Galaxy Buds, and the accompanying case packs an extra charge. Finally, Samsung’s dedicated iPhone app gives iOS users access to more presets, controls, and information, including the percentage of battery life for each button. So it’s not just for Android phones.
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