The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are a decent improvement over 2019's Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. They look and feel identical, and have the same great premium and sleek design. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is almost perfectly neutral and well-balanced, and their companion app is now available for iOS as well as Android; giving you access to five different EQ presets to customize their sound. Their 13.5-hour battery life from a single charge is very impressive, especially for a pair of truly wireless headphones, so they should easily last you an entire day without needing to charge them in their case. Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls may not be for everyone, as you may accidentally press buttons or have difficulty using them while wearing gloves.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are decent truly wireless in-ears for mixed usage. Their impressive battery life should easily last an entire day of use, and they do an alright job at blocking out background noise. They're quite small and lightweight and don't enter the ear canal too deeply, so most people should find them quite comfortable even during extended listening sessions. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is well-suited for a wide variety of content and genres, and they're even stable enough to wear while working out.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are a good pair of headphones for neutral sound listening. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is extremely well-balanced and neutral-sounding. Unfortunately, their passive soundstage is bad, though this is standard for closed-back in-ear headphones.See our Neutral Sound recommendations
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are good headphones for commuting. While they won't help much with blocking out the low rumble of plane or bus engines, they're quite comfortable so you should be able to wear them during longer flights without feeling any fatigue. Their 13.5-hour battery life is also quite impressive, so you shouldn't have to charge them during a long travel day.See our Commute/Travel recommendations
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are great headphones for sports. They're quite comfortable and feel very stable in the ear, even during more strenuous workouts. They come with three different sizes of stability fins and silicone tips, to help you find a good, secure fit. They're also rated IPX2 for very light water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test for.See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are decent headphones for office use. They're comfortable enough to wear all day, and their 13.5-hour battery life means you should be able to wear them on your daily commute, as well as a full day in the office without needing to recharge them. Unfortunately, they aren't the best at blocking out background noises, though they do a great job with background chatter and the sounds from an AC unit, which is important for office use.See our Office recommendations
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They're Bluetooth-only, so they aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency will likely be too high for gaming.See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are okay for phone calls. Their microphone's recording quality is unremarkable, and like with most truly wireless headphones, your voice like won't sound too clear or understandable. On the upside, the microphone does a surprisingly decent job with noise handling, so even in moderately noisy environments, people should be able to hear you somewhat clearly.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ look identical to the previous version. They're quite small and don't protrude out of the ears as much as some other truly wireless in-ear options. The earbuds have a glossy plastic finish and look quite premium. While they're available in black, white, red, or light blue, we purchased the white version which have an iridescent-like effect on the touch-sensitive surface.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus feel the same in your ears as the first version, which is to say that they're quite comfortable. They shouldn't put pressure on your inner ear and don't enter your ear canal too deeply. They're also very lightweight so you should be able to wear them for extended periods and barely even notice they're there.
Update 03/13/2020: Upon receiving feedback from users, we confirmed that the app contains "Lab Features" which are experimental features that allow you to enable new controls and features. These include the ability to use the edge of the touch controls on the headphones to adjust your volume. This review has been updated to reflect these changes. The control scheme of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 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, which is nice, 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.
Like most truly wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are very small and can easily be tossed into pockets or a bag. Even their charging case is on the smaller side and should fit into most pockets.
The charging case for these headphones is almost identical to the one for the previous version. The only difference is the hinge will now stay open at any angle, which feels a bit more secure. It feels quite premium and well-made and is made from solid and good quality plastic. It also supports Qi-enabled wireless charging, which is nice.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus feel quite well-made overall. Both the case and the earbuds themselves are made from good quality and dense plastic and feel like they should be able to easily withstand a few accidental drops or bumps. They're rated IPX2 for basic water protection, though this isn't something we test for.
These headphones feel very stable in the ear. They come with three different sizes of tips and stability fins to help get a good fit, and they should stay in place even during more strenuous workouts, like running.
The out-of-the-box sound profile of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ is incredibly well-balanced and neutral. It follows our target curve almost perfectly and these headphones will be well-suited for a wide variety of content or genres, from podcasts to jazz.
Like most in-ear headphones, the frequency response consistency of these headphones is outstanding. Once you achieve a proper fit using the included tips, you should experience consistent bass and treble responses every time you use the headphones.
The bass accuracy of these headphones is remarkable. The entire range is almost perfectly balanced, so bass will be present but won't sound overpowering or boomy. Fans of bass may find them a bit lacking, so they may want to use the 'Bass Boost" EQ preset in the app, though we don't test the sound profile with any EQ presets applied.
The mid-range accuracy of these headphones is remarkable out-of-the-box. Almost the entire range is perfectly balanced, with only a tiny dip in the mid-mid range, though this likely won't be noticeable to most people. Lead instruments and vocals should sound present and properly balanced.
The treble accuracy of these headphones is excellent. The range is remarkably well-balanced, and they should sound bright and detailed without being harsh or piercing.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have very minimal peaks and dips. Their entire frequency response is well-balanced, and no ranges should sound over-powering.
The imaging of these headphones is excellent. The GD graph shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (like voices and footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
Like most other in-ears, the soundstage of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ is poor. This is because in-ears bypass the pinna (outer ear), and don't interact with it. Activating the resonances of the pinna is one of the key factors in creating a speaker-like and out-of-head soundstage. Also, because of their closed-back design, their soundstage tends to be less open than that of open-back headphones.
These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.
The weighted harmonic distortion performance of these headphones is decent. They tend to distort a bit more in the higher frequencies, which can be a bit more noticeable, but it's still within good limits, and shouldn't be too much of a problem.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.
The noise isolation performance of these headphones is acceptable. While they do a great job at blocking out background chatter, and the higher-frequency sound of an AC unit, they block almost no bass-range sounds. This means that they won't help much with blocking out the low engine rumble of a bus or plane.
Like most closed-back in-ears, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus leak very little audio. Most of the leaked audio comes from the treble ranges, so it will sound quite thin. These are a good option for using at work without bothering those around you, as even at moderate volumes, the leakage should be masked by the ambient noises of your average office or home.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ have an integrated microphone in the earbuds.
Like most Bluetooth headphones, the recording quality of the microphone is mediocre. Like with most Bluetooth in-ears, your voice will likely be decently clear and understandable, but lacking in detail.
The noise handling of this microphone is alright. Even in moderately noisy environments, the person on the other end of the line should be able to hear you somewhat clearly.
The battery performance of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ is very good, and a big improvement over the Samsung Galaxy Buds. We got almost 2.5 hours longer than their advertised 11 hours of playback from a single charge, giving them almost 13.5 hours, which is especially impressive for a pair of truly wireless in-ears. Unfortunately, their case only holds one additional charge, though their overall battery life is still excellent. They also advertise as being able to get an additional hour of playback from 3 minutes of charging, though we don't test for this.
Update 03/13/2020: Upon receiving feedback from users, we confirmed that the app contains "Lab Features" which are experimental features that allow you to enable new controls and features. These include a Gaming Mode, Extra High Ambient Volume, and volume control by using the edge of the touch controls on the headphones. This review has been updated to reflect these changes. Unlike the previous version, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ now have a dedicated companion app for both Android and iOS. Like the previous version, they use the Galaxy Wearable app on Android, while they now have a separate app for iOS called Samsung Galaxy Buds+. Both apps give you access to five different EQ presets, as well as button mapping for the long hold of the button on either ear, and adjustable 'Ambient sound' settings, so you can select how much of your surrounding audio is played back into your ears. While there is also a program called 'Samsung Galaxy Buds Manager' available for both Windows and macOS, this program doesn't give you access to all the customization options and appears to just be for updating the headphones.
Like the previous version, these headphones use Bluetooth 5.0 but don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. However, if you use a compatible Samsung phone, you will get a pop-up on your phone asking if you want to connect the headphones as soon as you open their charging case, which makes pairing seamless and easy. Unfortunately, their latency on Android and iOS seems to be a bit worse than the previous version, so you may notice a bit of lag when watching videos. It's worth noting that some apps seem to compensate for this, so your mileage may vary during average personal use.
These truly wireless earbuds are Bluetooth-only.
As with all truly wireless in-ears that we've tested so far, these headphones can't be used wired. They come with a USB-C cable to charge the case.
These headphones can only be used via Bluetooth on PCs, and aren't compatible with the PS4. Due to their high latency, they aren't recommended for gaming.
These truly wireless earbuds only support Bluetooth, so they're not compatible with the Xbox One.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are a decent improvement over 2019's Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. They're almost identical but with much-improved battery life. Their companion app also is now compatible with iOS, which is great. Check out our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ears.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are marginally better than the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless, though they're both decent options. They're both quite comfortable, but the Jabra have much better controls with physical, clicky buttons, as well as support for multi-device pairing, and a much better app that gives you access to a full graphic EQ to customize their sound profile. On the other hand, the Galaxy Buds+ feel a bit more stable in the ear, have a more accurate and balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and a much longer battery life off a single charge.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are both very decent truly wireless headphones that have different strengths. The Sony provide ANC and do a much better job at blocking out background noises, but they're heavier and not as comfortable as the Samsung. The Samsung feel much more stable in the ear, and may be better to wear to the gym, though the Sony feel slightly more premium and well-built. While the Samsung's out-of-the-box sound profile is more accurate and balanced, the Sony has a full graphic EQ within its app to adjust their sound. Finally, though the Sony have a slightly longer battery overall within their case, the Samsung last almost double the length of time off a single charge, so don't need to be recharged as often.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are a decent improvement over the previous generation Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. Both truly wireless headphones are very small, lightweight, and comfortable, and they look identical. They both have an extremely well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and access to five different EQ presets. The Buds+ have a much longer 13.5-hour battery life, which is quite impressive for a pair of truly wireless headphones, and you still get an additional full charge from the case. iPhone users can also access the customization options now, as Samsung has made a version of the companion app available for iOS devices, which is great.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are both very decent pairs of truly wireless headphones. The Pro have slightly easier-to-use controls, a more premium-feeling case, much better isolation performances thanks to their ANC feature, a slightly longer overall battery life, and are easier to pair to Apple devices. On the other hand, the Galaxy Buds+ have a more accurate out-of-the-box sound profile, a significantly longer single-charge battery life, a better app for both iOS and Android that offers EQ presets, and are easier to pair with compatible Samsung devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are both decent truly wireless earbuds each with their strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung have a much better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and their battery lasts significantly longer on a single charge. The Jabra, however, have more sound customization options in their app, easier-to-use physical controls, and they also support multi-device pairing.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are marginally better truly wireless in-ears than the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless. The Galaxy Buds+ are more comfortable, have a more accurate and balanced out-of-the-box sound profile, a better microphone, and a much longer single-charge battery life. On the other hand, the Echo Buds isolate background sound much better thanks to their ANC feature, and have a better app that includes a graphic EQ to customize your sound profile.