Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are everything but the basics

As someone who wears or wears headphones almost all day, I was excited to try Samsung's Galaxy Buds. The $ 129.99 wireless headphones were my bright flash of hope for the headphones that would allow me to cut the wires and forget about the technology I wear. I tried the AirPods, but I did not like all the ambient noise; And although the Jabra Elite 65t has good audio quality, it does not stay in my ears.

But once I started living the future of string cutting with the Buds, I realized the importance of the fundamentals. For me, a pair of headphones has three apparently simple jobs: play music, answer calls and be comfortable. Anything else is luxury. And although I want that luxury in my life, I will not sacrifice the needs to have them. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Buds make those sacrifices.

Coming from the Jabra Elite 65t, the Galaxy Buds feel like feathers. It's easy to feel them in your ears, and they seem to have the six hours of Samsung's battery life (with seven more in the case). I also loved the wireless charging and the small form factor that allowed the case to fit easily into my pocket.

samsungs galaxy buds are everything but the basics

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But problems arise when you start using them as, well, headphones. The audio of the Buds lacks character and fullness. There is no doubt that the sound comes from a very small source and is being pushed directly into your ears. The built-in microphones are also terrible. When I spoke to someone on the phone while using the Buds, they told me that my voice sounded distant and robotic, which led me to use only my phone. (Go to 5:21 in the video to listen to what I am referring to).

Now, the funny thing about all this is that Samsung is known to nail the basics. Their devices last a long time, their screens are beautiful and the phones have even kept the headphone jack. But with the Galaxy Buds, it's as if Samsung had lost sight of the needs and chose to pack these small headphones with only the luxuries. What I want is a wireless charge and a small case with a beautiful design, but what I need is an excellent audio quality and microphone.

Maybe next year, Samsung.

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