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In Samsung’s ideal world, every Galaxy tablet or smartphone would probably be paired to a pair of the new Samsung Galaxy Buds+ earbuds.

The company has been here before, though. The original Galaxy Buds, launched in 2019, were true wireless earbuds, but they were also truly disappointing, with substandard sound quality and limited features putting many off – ourselves included. We deemed them worthy of only two stars. 

The new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are once again tuned by AKG and look much improved on paper. We’re hoping they can prove more convincing.


The headphones now use a dual driver arrangement in each earpiece, one each for highs and lows. Samsung has managed to keep the earpieces small and discreet by true-wireless standards. They’re lightweight too – you can almost forget you’ve actually got them in place. The glossy smooth finish of our black sample gives the impression they’re a premium pair of buds. Blue and white finishes are also available.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus Tech Specs

Bluetooth version 5.0

aptX HD No

Noise-cancelling No

Battery life 11 hours

Battery life (with charging case) 22 hours

Voice control Siri, Google Assistant

Finishes x3

There are only three sizes of eartip in the box and three sizes of wingtips, which limits your options and reduces your chances of getting a perfect seal. There’s no noise-cancelling with the Galaxy Buds+, so a good seal is needed to isolate yourself from outside chatter. 

Once in place, the Galaxy Buds Plus do a good job. The surface of each earpiece is a touch-sensitive control pad, with a similar control method to that used in rivals such as the Amazon Echo Buds and the Sony WF-1000XM3s. It is implemented well here, with a single tap on either bud to play/pause with double and triple taps skipping forwards and backwards respectively. Tapping and holding your finger on one of the pads activates your voice assistant of choice, Siri or Google Assistant.

You can even double-tap the edge of the right earpiece to increase volume and the left earpiece to reduce it. It takes a subtle adjustment of where to aim your finger but it’s intuitive and you soon get the hang of it.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ headphones feature a new three-mic configuration for taking phone calls – one inner mic and two outer, beam-forming mics. The new configuration is designed to reduce the noise around you while making calls.

We find them perfectly clear when making conversation, although they aren’t immune to wind noise, which can affect some wireless earbuds.


The headphones come with their own portable charging case which is as tiny as the earbuds allow. It’s smaller and more pocket-friendly than that of the Sony WF-1000XM3 and Amazon Echo Buds, but not quite as small as the Apple AirPods one. 

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ claim an impressive 11 hours of playtime per charge, though there is no noise-cancelling here to drain to the battery. If your battery is running low, a three-minute charging stint should be enough to inject 60 minutes of juice. That could come in handy if you own a smartphone that is compatible with wireless PowerShare, such as the new Samsung Galaxy S20 or Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Instead of the case adding two or three extra charges, Samsung has opted to provide just one extra charge, bringing total battery life to 22 hours. By comparison, the Sony WF-1000XM3s have a claimed six hours, plus 18 from the charging case, while the Cambridge Melomania 1s have nine hours, plus 36 from the case.

The original Galaxy Buds couldn’t connect to iOS devices, which meant Samsung couldn’t persuade Apple iPhone users to dump their AirPods. This has been rectified with the Galaxy Buds+. If you’re an iPhone user (iPhone 7 or newer, using iOS10 or higher), just download the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ app. Android smartphone users will need the Galaxy Wearable app and a device using Android 5.0 or higher. 

Downloading the relevant app helps you get paired quickly. Simply open the app and the case starts the pairing process. It’s relatively pain-free as the headphones actively look to pair with your smartphone or tablet once the case is opened.

The app shows the remaining power for each bud, plus the battery life left in the case. It drops from green (100 per cent) through to yellow (around 60 per cent left) to red (less than 30 per cent).

The Buds’ Ambient Sound feature amplifies the amount of external noise you’re able to hear and comes in three different levels. We keep it turned off while listening, activating with a press of the buds when required.

The app’s equaliser icon boasts six different settings: normal, bass boost, soft, dynamic, clear and treble boost. We experiment during testing and find normal to strike the best balance.

Like the Apple AirPods, Samsung includes a feature that allows you track down a missing bud. Enable ‘Find My Earbuds’ and they emit a noise so you can track them down quicker. 

One area of the app it’s worth keeping an eye on is ‘Labs’. Here you can access ‘experimental features’ that Samsung is currently trialling. At the time of writing, these include the ability to double-tap the edge of the earbuds to turn the volume up or down. There’s also an option to add an extra level of ambient sound.

The touch controls on the Galaxy Buds Plus do a good job. They’re quick to respond and it’s not long before we are tapping the right spot every time. That glossy finish can make them quite slippery in hand, though. Getting them out of your ears and back in the case without tapping one of the earbuds and restarting your music can prove tricky.

The Galaxy Buds+ headphones offer Spotify integration. Android smartphone users can power up Spotify and start streaming with a single press on an assigned touchpad. Press again, and Spotify will switch to another track based on your listening preferences. It works well, but the feature isn’t available to iOS users.

Another feature missing from the Galaxy Buds+ headphones is the ability to pause music automatically every time you remove an earbud. There’s also no aptX HD Bluetooth support.


So how do the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ headphones actually sound? In isolation, they’re not bad, however, they aren’t a huge improvement over their predecessors.

They produce an open and expansive sound with a decent sense of scale. Bass weight is judged well, as is the overall balance. There’s a slight hint of hardness, but you couldn’t classify it as harsh or bright. 

Play Foals’ Mountain At My Gates and there’s a good sense of space around the various strands of the track, even if the various elements don’t seem to gel quite as seamlessly as they could.

The problem is that, dynamically, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus fall rather flat. The presentation lacks enthusiasm, and that leaves you feeling rather indifferent about the sound. It’s actually a mixture of dynamic flaws, sloppy timing and a lack of detail. The headphones never really convince you they’re able to get in the groove of the track.

Play The XX’s Hold On and you should be moved by the emotive vocal exchange between Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim and taken on a funky, semi-trippy ride on the coattails of the lively drum beat. With the Galaxy Buds+ headphones, though, the vocals don’t connect as well as they do through rival wireless earbuds. There’s a lack of purpose and intent to low frequencies too.

Compared to similarly-priced rivals, such as the Sony WF-1000XM3s, there’s no contest. The Sonys extract more emotion, detail, and deliver a much more purposeful performance.


This feels like a missed opportunity for Samsung. The Galaxy Buds+ headphones boast useful features, excellent battery life and good build quality. They’re nice to use and comfortable to wear, too. That’s a lot of boxes ticked.

But though the feature count has improved compared to the originals, there remains plenty of room for improvement in the sound department. It’s listenable enough, but the harsh reality is there’s no shortage of better-sounding true wireless earbuds to choose from at this price point. The Galaxy Buds Plus sound better than their predecessors, but rivals have moved the game on even further.



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Skeptical eyes roll at iterative tech updates, but the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus make marked improvements over the original and make it easier to justify the costlier price tag. Physically, the Buds Plus are identical to the first-generation version, but there’s more than meets the eye: Spotify integration is a lovely feature for any die-hard music fan and the extended battery life is great for commuters.

A newer version of this device is now available. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro adds noise-cancelling to Samsung’s line of earbuds that seal to the ear, and features an IPX7 rating. Read SoundGuys’ in-depth Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review for full details.

This Galaxy Buds Plus review comes from the audio experts at our sister site SoundGuys. Check out their in-depth take on the Galaxy Buds Plus.

Who should buy the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus?

Samsung Galaxy S20 and S10 users, you’re the target demographic for these whimsical earbuds as Wireless PowerShare is only available with compatible Samsung smartphones. Spotify integration is also included, but its availability is limited to Android devices; iPhone users will still have to open the app for music playback. However, iPhone users do get some perks like AAC support for high-quality, lag-free playback. Although direct Spotify access is a unique feature, it’s now supported by the original Galaxy Buds, too, with the April 27, 2020, software update.

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What are the Galaxy Buds Plus like?

Anyone who’s used the original Galaxy Buds will feel at home with the Plus model. The design doesn’t deviate from the first-gen earphones, save for the carrying case that now has a glossy finish, rubberized “L R” indicator, and slightly larger earbud cutouts. All else remains the same, including the all-plastic construction and IPX2 water-resistant rating. This may read as boring to some, but it just means Samsung focused more on functional, rather than aesthetic, upgrades — something I appreciate.

Identical touch panels adorn the outside of the earbuds and their functions may be remapped in the Galaxy Wearable app. This is an application you’ll actually want to download as it lets you assign either panel to direct Spotify access. By tapping and holding the assigned panel, you’re introduced to a random recommended playlist or radio based on the service’s algorithms. It’s a unique feature that I dearly miss after returning to standard ‘buds. Sure, I can enter the actual Spotify app but the Galaxy Buds Plus streamline this process.

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Other functions are afforded by the application, like ambient sound mode. You’re given three intensity levels to choose from; I like the low or medium settings and found the highest level too loud. You can also choose between six equalizer presets; dynamic is selected by default, which slightly amplifies low-end and upper-midrange frequencies to accommodate consumer audio preferences. There’s also a “Labs” tab within the app for experimental features such as Game Mode, which further reduces audio-visual latency.

Some of the best true wireless battery life around

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During SoundGuys’ Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review, a standalone playtime of 11 hours, 44 minutes was recorded, which outperforms the beefy Beats Powerbeats Pro. Quick charging is supported, too: tossing the Buds Plus into the case for just three minutes provides an hour of listening.

Depletion is uneven, however, as the right earbud’s battery cell drained 24 minutes prior to the left. This shouldn’t pose much of an issue since most of us place the earbuds into the charging case when inactive, thereby ensuring consistently topped-up battery life. Although doing so is convenient, it also contributes to true wireless earbuds’ short life cycles. The constant charge cycling takes a toll on the small battery cells, wearing them down much faster than those found in traditional; Bluetooth headphones.

The pill-shaped charging case provides just one full battery cycle. It may not seem like much, but you get almost a full day’s worth of listening before having to use the included USB-C cable. You can also charge it via Wireless PowerShare atop a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone such as the S10 or S20. Alternatively, the case is Qi-certified, so any Qi wireless charging mat will do as well. It takes less than two hours to fully charge the case, depending on the speed of your power source.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus connection strength is consistent

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Those with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.1.1 or later who also have the SmartThings app installed will see a pop-up window asking if you want to pair the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus to your device. Anyone using a different source device will have to go the old fashioned route of pairing the ‘buds by removing them from the case and selecting the Galaxy Buds Plus from the source’s Bluetooth menu.

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Samsung’s earphones use Bluetooth 5.0 firmware and afford the standard 10-meter wireless tether. There’s no aptX support. Instead, we get the same high-quality Bluetooth codecs as before: AAC and the scalable Samsung codec. The latter operates similarly to aptX Adaptive by constantly optimizing connection strength and audio quality. It only works with Samsung devices, so other Android users (e.g., those with LG smartphones) are left streaming via the unstable AAC codec or default SBC codec. It’s disappointing but expected.

As of an update released on April 27, 2020, users benefit from automatic Ambient Sound mode, direct access to Spotify, and Microsoft Swift for quick switching between Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices. This update makes the Samsung Galaxy Buds very enticing, as direct Spotify access was initially thought to be relegated to the Buds Plus. Surely there are still reasons to upgrade, namely for the improved microphone quality and battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Wearable app is available for free through the Google Play Store and is titled the Samsung Galaxy Buds app in the Apple App Store. The iOS app doesn’t support all of the Galaxy Buds Products, but it does work with the Galaxy Buds Plus.

The earbuds sound very good

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AKG tuned the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus drivers and slightly amplified bass reproduction, creating a more consumer-friendly sound compared to the original Galaxy Buds. Listeners who prefer pop, hip-hop, rap, and dance music will enjoy this sound signature, as it adds a greater sense of impact to your music without detrimental auditory masking. Highs and mids don’t receive much emphasis, which is fine, but certain songs may seem to lack detail — especially those with prominent female vocals.

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Isolation is good so long as you use the proper ear tips to achieve a proper fit. Doing so will effectively keep environmental noise out. Not only does this optimize sound reproduction, enhancing bass specifically, but it also aids in the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. We’re less likely to crank up our tunes when ambient noise is passively blocked out.

Are the Galaxy Buds Plus good for phone calls?

A three-microphone array rests inside each earbud; two outer mics and one inner mic all work together for more accurate voice transmission. The external microphones focus on your voice while also reducing external noise, which is similar to how the Apple AirPods Pro system operates. During my time with the Galaxy Buds Plus, I used them for a handful of conference calls and my co-workers stated I sounded quite clear. Listen for yourself with the demo below.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus microphone demo:

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review: Should you buy them?

Anyone who wants the best that Samsung has to offer should save for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. Although one could argue most of the improvements, better battery life and cleaner mic quality, are unexciting, the fact remains that they’re all much-needed upgrades from the original Buds. If these features don’t pique your interest, then the Google Pixel Buds (2020) may tickle your fancy as they mimic Apple’s streamlined user experience on Android.

The Galaxy Buds Plus are a stellar deal now that they can easily be had for just over $100 USD. No matter your smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are sure to serve you well for your daily listening habits.

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Should you get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro instead?

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro takes the Galaxy Buds Live’s noise-cancelling capabilities and combine it with the Galaxy Buds Plus’ sealed design. This smart combination makes for a portable, comfortable headset with very good ANC that can compete with the best alternatives from Apple, Sony, and Sennheiser. Samsung retains its touch control interface, and with it comes the extra sensitive touch panels of previous Galaxy Buds generations. You can always disable the touch panels altogether, but it would be great to see a way for users to customize the sensitivity, even if it were in the Labs section of the Galaxy Wearable app.

Are the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live worth considering?

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live earbuds have attracted the eyes and ire of many, and separate themselves from previous Samsung Galaxy generations. The Galaxy Buds Live don’t seal to the ear, and instead rely on an open-type fit. This means the fit is akin to the AirPods: you’re constantly aware of your surroundings while listening to your music. The kicker: active noise-cancelling (ANC).

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Samsung tried something completely new with the Galaxy Buds Live by creating a hybrid product, but the noise-cancelling is limited by how they fit in each individual’s ears. The fact that noise-cancelling works at all with an unsealed ear is quite the feat, but subjectively, I found the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus did a better job of blocking noise out by nature of the dedicated ear tips.

The point of the Galaxy Buds Live, though, isn’t to be the best ANC earbuds on the market. No, instead, the Samsung wanted to set itself apart, and if you like how the Samsung Galaxy Buds operate with Android devices, you’ll appreciate the Galaxy Buds Live. They provide a seamless experience on devices running Android 5.0 and later.

How do the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus compare to the Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen)?

The Galaxy Buds Plus have much better battery life than the Echo Buds (2nd Gen), but that can be traced back to. theEcho Buds’ effective noise-cancelling. While noise-cancelling has its perks, it’s a very power-hungry technology, and you should only expect about 5 hours of playtime (if that) from Amazon’s earphones. The Echo Buds are more durable than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, thanks to Amazon’s IPX4 rating.

If you don’t care for Bixby integration with the Galaxy Buds Plus, maybe Amazon Alexa integration is more your style. You can use just your voice to address Alexa to make calendar events, set reminders, and more. The Alexa app is available on iOS and Andorid and makes it easy to customize your listening experience.

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Sound quality

Battery life


Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.

The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.

The in-ear device is ultracompact and lightweight, with little or no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. It is inserted in the ear canal itself and blocks out a lot of environmental noise. It has stronger bass tones and is unlikely to fall out of the ear.

These earbuds come with wingtips that can be attached for a more secure fit. Wingtips come in handy for sports and other physical activities. When used correctly, they prevent the earbuds from falling off.

The Ingress Protection (IP) rating classifies the degree of protection against dust and water. Higher ratings are better. For example, a device rated IP68 can resist immersion into water for a certain time, specified by the manufacturer.

The earbud form is ultracompact and lightweight, with little or no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. For some people it is more comfortable than in-ear form.

True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds together.

Sound quality

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

The diaphragm moves air back and forth to create sound. The bigger the diaphragm, the more bass it can produce.


These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.

The highest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording treble.

The lowest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording bass.


The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.

The time it takes to fully charge the battery.

The battery life of the charging case as given by the manufacturer. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your headphones on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.


Bluetooth aptX is an audio codec used for transmitting hi-resolution audio wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Developed by Qualcomm, the aptX audio technology includes variations such as aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, and aptX Adaptive.

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.


You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.

The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.

With voice prompts, you will automatically receive information via audio messages – for instance, you may find out that the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the device.

Multipoint allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.

Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.

The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.

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OS Compatibility Not OS specific

Ease Of Use Decent

Feedback Okay

Call/Music Control Yes

Volume Control No

Microphone Control Mute/Unmute

Noise Cancelling Control No

Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus' control scheme is slightly disappointing. Their easy-to-use touch-sensitive controls mean that you don't have to push the earbuds further into your ear when you press a button, which is nice, but unfortunately, it makes it easy to accidentally press a button and difficult to use the controls while wearing gloves. The headphones give a bit of audio feedback when pressing buttons, and the controls give you access to the most common music/call-related controls. You can also customize a long press to a few things, including volume adjustment, which is great. You can also set the edge of the earbuds' touch sensor to adjust your volume up/down with a double-tap.


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Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

We highly recommend the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus true wireless earbuds to all varieties of music lovers. Does the release of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro mean it’s time for the Galaxy Buds Plus to hang up its boots? The Galaxy Buds Pro have active noise cancelling (ANC), which was the main feature missing from the Galaxy Buds Plus. Let’s cover all the major differences and similarities between these two Samsung buds to see which is best for you.

Editor’s note: this versus was updated on September 24, 2021, to mention the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Fit and hardware

You can charge the case via Wireless PowerShare or with a Qi-certified power mat.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and the Galaxy Buds Pro feature similar designs. Both sets of earbuds are rounded and stem-free with replaceable silicone ear tips. The Galaxy Buds Plus earbuds have removable silicone wings that secure them in your ears. The buds are very lightweight and have an IPX2 rating, making them fine for exercise. While you can’t dunk these in a pool, they should withstand your sweat.

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The Galaxy Buds Pro are more durable and have an IPX7 rating. These earbuds also have wings that secure them to your ears, but they’re built into the earbud housing’s shape, rather than as additional silicone pieces. The Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds are similarly lightweight, and the carrying case is just a tad heavier than the Galaxy Buds Plus case.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Bluetooth and software

The Galaxy Wearable app is pretty neatly laid out, and it’s responsive.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro use Bluetooth 5.0 and support SBC, AAC, and the Samsung Scalable Codec. The Samsung Scalable Codec constantly adjusts the data transfer rate between the ‘buds and your device, which helps keep audio quality and connection stability at its best. If you have a lot of Samsung Galaxy devices connected to either pair of earbuds, you can seamlessly switch between source devices based on what’s playing audio, as long they’re all associated with the same Samsung account.

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Both pairs of earbuds feature touch controls, and you can remap the controls in the Galaxy Wearable app. Samsung offers you a host of shortcuts like the ability to access Spotify (Android only), adjust the volume, access your smart assistant, and more. For the Galaxy Buds Pro you can also toggle ANC levels and enable Samsung 360 Audio, which mimics the effects of surround sound, though it is only available when your earbuds are paired to a Samsung Galaxy device and watching content compatible with Dolby Atmos. The Samsung Galaxy Buds iOS app supports the Galaxy Buds Plus, but not the Galaxy Buds Pro, so iPhone users just won’t have access to any of the Galaxy Buds Pro’s additional features. These apps also allow you to toggle ambient sound mode, select from EQ presets, download firmware updates, and locate your earbuds if they’re lost in your house.

The iOS Galaxy Buds app doesn't support the Galaxy Buds Pro, though this may change with an app update.

You can integrate the Galaxy Buds Plus and Galaxy Buds Pro into your smart home through the Samsung SmartThings app on Android. Through this integration, you can use your earbuds to control things in your home through your smart assistant of choice. If you use Bixby as your smart assistant, you can even access it hands-free. You can also use SmartThings Find to locate either set of earbuds.

Which pair of earbuds has better battery life?

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have a crazy long battery life.

If we’re talking about battery life, one of the most exemplary pairs of true wireless earbuds is the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. These buds last about 11 hours, 30 minutes on a single charge and three minutes in the case affords 60 minutes of listening time. The charging case only holds one extra charge cycle but when the battery life is this long, that’s not such a bad deal.

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are nowhere near as exceptional when it comes to battery life. They last about 5 hours on a single charge with ANC on, and the charging case holds roughly 13 additional hours of charge. If you use these buds with ANC disabled, their battery life will be longer. The case fast charges the buds, and when you place them inside for five minutes, you get 60 minutes of playtime.

Both cases charge via USB-C, wireless charging, and support Wireless PowerShare, which lets you charge the case by placing it on a compatible Samsung Galaxy device.

How good is the Galaxy Buds Pro’s noise cancelling?

Each Galaxy Buds Pro earbud houses a slew of sensors for 360 audio, automatic ear detection, and more.

The Galaxy Buds Pro have active noise cancelling, and it works better than most active noise cancelling true wireless earbuds. In the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app (Android only), you can toggle the ANC between a low and a high setting. The high setting effectively cancels out low-frequency noises such as engine rumbles or the sound of a dishwasher. The passive isolation on these earbuds is also quite good, making them excellent commute partners.

With ANC on the highest setting, the Galaxy Buds Pro can render low, droning sounds three times quieter than they’d sound otherwise.
Passive isolation performance is unchanged from the Samsung Galaxy Buds.

Unlike the Pro, the Galaxy Buds Plus don’t have active noise cancelling, but the passive isolation effectively attenuates high-frequency, incidental noises (higher than 1kHz) like the sounds of a busy public space. While the Galaxy Buds Plus lack ANC, they have an ambient sound mode which lets you remain aware of your surroundings. This can help you stay safe if you’re using the Buds Plus to exercise in public; it’s also available for the Galaxy Buds Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Sound quality

Standalone battery life lasts just shy of 12 hours.

AKG tuned the drivers in both the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, and sound quality is very good with either headset for the price. Neither pair of earbuds boasts a reference-like frequency response, but that’s okay: these are both billed as everyday earbuds.

That being said, the Galaxy Buds Pro frequency response (cyan) barely deviates from our house curve (pink). The earphones somewhat amplify low-midrange notes, making it easier to you to hear vocals. You can use the Galaxy Wearable app to cycle through a handful of EQ presets (Bass Boost, Soft, Dynamic, Clear, and Treble Boost).

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro (cyan) closely follows our house curve (pink), with slightly more bass and low-midrange emphasis.
The cyan line indicates how much the Galaxy Buds Pro’s frequency response deviates what we posit as the platonic ideal (red dotted line).
AKG tuned the Galaxy Buds Plus drivers, resulting in clear audio with just a touch of amplification in the low-end.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus frequency response slightly differs from the Galaxy Buds Pro, and the 1kHz bump makes it easier for you to perceive harmonic detail. You can also pick from a variety of EQ presets for the Galaxy Buds Plus in the mobile app (Android and iOS).

Note: Sound quality depends heavily on how well the earbuds seal to your ears and isolate outside noise, both of which are only possible if you’re wearing the right size ear tips. Make sure you try out all the included ear tip options before settling on the right one for you.

Are the Galaxy Buds Plus or Galaxy Buds Pro better for phone calls?

These fit pretty securely, provided you don’t jostle things too much.

All in all, the microphones in the Galaxy Buds Plus sound very similar to the microphones in the Galaxy Buds Pro. Both earbuds’ mics do a pretty good job at cancelling out environmental noise, but you probably still wouldn’t want to take any business calls with them in a crowded area.

Individuals with deeper voices may find that the Galaxy Buds Plus quiets their voices a bit, but not nearly as much as some other true wireless earbud microphones we’ve seen. The Buds Pro don’t have this issue, and there’s actually a small boost in the bass frequency response. Listen to and rate our samples below!

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus microphone demo:

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Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus or Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro?

The Galaxy Buds Pro and Buds Plus are quite similar headsets, which makes sense, since they’re both from Samsung. The major differences you should keep in mind are that the Buds Pro offer ANC and the Buds Plus rely completely on passive isolation. As a consequence of ANC’s power-hungry nature, the Buds Pro have a much shorter battery life than the Buds Plus. If you’re someone who wants the option to listen for an entire work day without pause, the Galaxy Buds Plus are the marathon buds for you.

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Both of these true wireless earbuds from Samsung have very good sound quality, and you can adjust it in the Galaxy Wearable app. They also both have decent microphone systems and sport the same Bluetooth firmware, though the Buds Pro support 360 Audio. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have an IPX7 rating whereas the Buds Plus just have an IPX2 rating. The Buds Plus have wing tips to help them stay put in your ears, but if you’re an athlete who trains rigorously and wants a pair of versatile earbuds that you know can endure everything you throw at them, the Galaxy Buds Pro is the better investment.

All prices listed in USD unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and vary by region. Unfortunately, we cannot list Amazon prices on the site, as they vary greatly by currency.

Should I get the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 instead?

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 is Samsung’s latest release of true wireless earbuds, and it is priced right in the middle of the Buds Plus and Buds Pro. Like the Buds Pro, it has active noise cancelling and roughly a 5 hour battery life. We haven’t yet had a chance to test the ANC performance of the Buds 2, but it would be reasonable to assume that it is a bit less powerful than that of the Buds Pro, hence the price difference.

Unlike any of the Galaxy Buds before it, the Buds 2 includes an ear tip fit test and uses Bluetooth 5.2. It doesn’t have wing tips like the Buds Pro does, and has an IPX2 rating rather than the Buds Pro’s IPX7 rating. It’s also missing the Samsung 360 Audio that the Galaxy Buds Pro offers. The new Buds 2 features automatic ear detection and ambient sound mode. If you download the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app you’ll get a selection of EQ presets too.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review

A skeptical eye may roll at what appears to be an iterative upgrade from Samsung with the new Galaxy Buds Plus, but I’m here to tell you that this is worth its asking price. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus may be nearly indistinguishable from the original Galaxy Buds, but don’t let that discourage you. Samsung makes a host of improvements to the Galaxy Buds Plus like extra-long battery life and better microphone quality. With Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 rumors floating about, you can snag this headset on a steep discount nowadays.

Editor’s note: this Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review was updated Aug. 5, 2021, to respond to a FAQ of Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2.

Who should get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus?

You can charge the case via Wireless PowerShare or with a Qi-certified power mat.

  • Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners and anyone with an Android device should consider the new Galaxy Buds Plus. Although Wireless PowerShare is a Samsung exclusive, other important features including Spotify integration, are available across Android.
  • Plus, even iPhone users will benefit from AAC support for lag-free media playback. Then, there are things everyone can enjoy like IPX2 water resistance and nearly 12 hours of playtime on a single charge.
  • Long-haul commuters will appreciate the excellent battery life.

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What is it like to use the Galaxy Buds Plus?

Playback automatically pauses upon removal simultaneous removal.

Samsung noted the Galaxy Buds’ wild success and took a calculated approach to the Buds Plus: these are virtually identical to last year’s model with most of the changes taking place under the housings.

The all-plastic build feels cheap, but has its benefits by keeping the earphones lightweight, comfortable, and lest we forget: affordable. One welcome change to the Galaxy Buds Plus has nothing to do with the earbuds’ design, but with the included accessories. Listeners are afforded the pre-installed medium ear and wing tips along with three extra pairs varying in size. This is great news for all, as a solid fit rewards listeners with better audio quality.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus looks nearly identical to the original but house a new dual-driver system for clear audio reproduction.

Another under-the-hood change has to do with the new dual-driver system; each earbud contains a dedicated woofer and tweeter. AKG tuned the frequency response which reproduces impressively clear audio for the price. If you’re familiar with 1MORE’s earphones, you’ve come across this kind of technology before.

The Galaxy Buds Plus are the perfect AirPods alternative for Android users.

A glossy finish adorns the whimsical charging case and collects more fingerprints than the FBI. Despite the sleek exterior, it’s easy to grip and never slipped from my hands when opening. Lifting the lid reveals a rubberized strip with “L R” to indicate which earbud is which. At first, I thought this was a button that would share the remaining battery life for each earbud, but alas, it’s just a fancy label.

Get Spotify integration through the Galaxy Wearable app

The App Store’s Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus app doesn’t support the first-gen Galaxy Buds.

One of the most unique features of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is Spotify integration, which is now available with the original Galaxy Buds, too. In order to directly access the popular streaming service from the earphones, you have to download the Galaxy Wearable app, which happens to be one of the better apps accompanying true wireless earphones. Just remap the tapping gesture on the earbuds to receive recommended songs. Unfortunately for iOS users, Spotify functionality is only available to Android devices.

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There are other great functions from the Galaxy Wearable app, too, including ambient sound adjustments, find my earbuds, software updates, EQ presets, and more. Gamers who enjoy beta testing things should consider giving Game Mode a shot for reduced latency. The Apple App Store now has Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus app available; however, the application does not support the original Galaxy Buds, which is ridiculous. You’re afforded all of the same features as the Android app provides, save for Spotify integration as of app version

How do you connect the earphones?

The Samsung scalable codec functions similarly to aptX adaptive, and constantly balances connection and audio quality.

If you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.1.1 or later with the SmartThings app installed, then you’ll be met with a pop-up window when initially pairing the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. Otherwise, you can pair the earbuds by removing them from the case, going into your phone’s Bluetooth menu, and selecting “Galaxy Buds+.”

The earphones use Bluetooth 5.0 firmware and grant listeners a 10-meter wireless range. I was hoping to see aptX support with the second-generation Galaxy Buds, but the same codecs are supported by these earphones as the first-generation model: SBC, AAC, and the scalable Samsung codec. Although Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus isn’t supported, connection strength is reliable within the listed span. If you have an iPhone or Samsung device, latency is a non-issue.

Multipoint functionality isn’t available

There are plenty of EQ options available from the Wearable app.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus was supposed to support Bluetooth multipoint between  Bluetooth 5.0 devices. However, the company discreetly removed any mention of this functionality on the official Galaxy Buds Plus page. Perhaps we’ll see this reinstated in a future software update.

No matter, the Buds Plus remember multiple devices which makes switching easy. In fact, I don’t need to manually disconnect the earphones from my smartphone when connecting to my desktop. Instead, I can just select the pre-paired Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus from my laptop’s Bluetooth menu and it automatically disconnects from my S10e. Sure, it’s still a bit cumbersome but it’s not too much of a chore.

How long is the Galaxy Buds Plus battery life?

True wireless earbuds aren’t known for having impressive battery life, but the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus lasts 11 hours, 44 minutes. Interestingly, depletion is uneven: the right earbud cycled out 24 minutes before the left. It’s curious, but likely something that will be remedied with a software update.

Once the batteries deplete, it takes just three minutes of throwing the buds into the case to enjoy one hour of listening. The case provides just one extra charge cycle, which isn’t great but is the sacrifice we make when getting such a compact case. The charging case is Qi-certified, meaning there are more ways to wirelessly charge than Wireless PowerShare atop a Samsung Galaxy phone.

How does the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus sound?

AKG tuned the Galaxy Buds Plus drivers, resulting in clear audio with just a touch of amplification in the low-end.
Passive isolation performance is unchanged from the Samsung Galaxy Buds.

Just as before, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is tuned by AKG, this time to have a slight elevation in bass response. This is great for listeners who enjoy popular genres of music like pop, hip-hop, and so on as it adds a greater sense of impact with every kick drum. Highs and mids hardly receive any amplification, which means instrumentally busy songs may seem like they’re lacking detail. That’s not the fault of the audio file, rather of how louder bass notes are bound to mask quieter, high-pitched notes.

Isolation is good, thanks to the spare ear and wing tips provided by Samsung. If you can hear what’s going on around you with the default ear tips, take a few seconds to swap them out for the small or large size: finding the right fit will greatly improve clarity and audio quality.

Lows, mids, and highs

Noname’s song Blaxploitationrelies on a simple pattern comprised of a bass guitar, drums, high hats, and synth. The Galaxy Buds Plus’ frequency response is perfect for this type of music whereby the bassline isn’t rendered to overpower the vocals, but could use some emphasis to please general consumer taste.

The isolation performance and sound profile tuned by AKG make for good sound quality overall.

Skip ahead to 0:23, when Noname says, “… eating Chick-fil-A in the shadows that tastes like hypocrite.” Her voice is easy to hear above the constant accompaniment, even as it increases in pitch during the word “hypocrite.” The dual-driver system does a great job of ensuring clear vocal reproduction while simultaneously pumping out amplified bass lines.

Can you use the Galaxy Buds Plus for phone calls?

Samsung equipped the Galaxy Buds Plus with a three-microphone array: two outer and one inner microphone which works in tandem for clearer voice transmission than before. The two external microphones focus on your voice while simultaneously combating ambient noise, similar to what’s used by the Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus microphone demo:

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When using the Galaxy Buds Plus during a conference call, my fellow SoundGuys shared that I sounded quite clear, especially for earbuds. Don’t take their words for it, though; I read an excerpt from Catcher in the Rye with the Bud Plus above.

How is the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus better than the Galaxy Buds?

The original Galaxy Buds fit into and charge via the Buds Plus case.

Looking at specs alone, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is better than the original Galaxy Buds. The Buds Plus has significantly better battery life, lasting listeners almost 12 hours on a single charge. Quick charging efficiency is improved too, which is great for on-the-go users.

I discovered some fun bops, thanks to the Buds Plus Spotify integration.

I thoroughly enjoyed Spotify integration when using the Buds Plus, something that is now available on the original Buds with the April 27, 2020, update. For anyone who frequently takes hands-free calls, the upgraded microphone system is a huge improvement over the 2019 Galaxy Buds, and makes it easier to justify the price. You’re also given more color options: black, light blue, white, and red whereas last year’s Galaxy Buds is available in black, white, silver, and yellow.

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The earbuds have the same IPX2 rating as seen in the newer version and a virtually identical appearance, save for the additional colorways. Sure, fast charging is more efficient but it’s not slow by any means with the Galaxy Buds: 15 minutes of charging supplies 102 minutes of playtime. With the April 27, 2020, software update to the Galaxy Buds, users can also benefit from Spotify integration, one of the Buds Plus’ main selling points.

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus?

If you must have the latest and greatest, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is a fine purchase to make. Sure they don’t disrupt the field of true wireless earbuds, but they retain many of the features from the Galaxy Buds while making major battery life and microphone improvements. Anyone who’s constantly on the hunt for new music will rejoice upon realizing how easy it is to directly access Spotify. Again, if these things don’t tickle your fancy, last year’s Galaxy Buds will serve you just as well.

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro has good active noise cancelling

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro charging case supports wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is the company’s second active noise cancelling (ANC) true wireless earphones, and Samsung learned plenty from its experimental bean-shaped buds. The Galaxy Buds Pro drops the open-fit style of before in favor of silicone ear tips that actually block out background noise. This physical barrier between your ear canals and the outside world is key to effective, consistent noise cancelling performance.

Aside from ANC, Samsung improved the microphone quality of its Pro variant, and features a handful of new colorways. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is a great option for listeners who need an all-in-one headset that doesn’t break the bank. If you want to try an open-type fit, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds may be more your speed.

If you’re patient, you may want to wait around for the rumored Samsung Galaxy Buds 2. Not much is known about these earphones, so stick around and we’ll keep you updated on the latest specs.

Don’t want Galaxy Buds at all?

That’s fine, you may want to think about getting the 1MORE True Wireless ANC, which retails for $50 more than the Galaxy Buds Plus. That extra cash goes a long way, though, as you benefit from noise cancellation, a comfortable fit, aptX and AAC support, and Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus.

If you have an iPhone, the Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro have likely been on your mind. Well, the AirPods (2019), are a hard sell, especially when compared to the Pro. If you’re between the standard AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, go with the latter: sound quality, fit, comfort, and durability are all better. However, if your budget is more flexible than mine, the AirPods Pro is an excellent choice.

A $150 budget gets you far in the true wireless earbuds market.

They feature Apple’s H1 chip for hands-free access to Siri as well as ANC, and a DSP that calibrates noise cancelling intensity on the fly, among other things. Sometimes the price dips around $230, which is still expensive but a fine option for iOS users who want a seamless cross-device experience.

Another great option is the Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen), which includes very good ANC, an IPX4 build, and plenty of great software features like an ear tip fit test. With the Alexa app, you’ll always have the best ear tips selected, ensuring a stable, comfortable fit and optimal sound quality. The case is compact and easy enough to throw into a jeans pocket.

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