Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Review

Bottom line

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are not the most amazing earbuds out there, but for everyday use they do their job well. They sound great and have a good noise-cancelling. They’re not just good for their price, but they’re a solid option overall. Despite this, you might find it difficult to justify the Galaxy Buds Pro and more comfortable (and affordable) Galaxy Buds Plus.


Pros
  • Lightweight design
  • Good sound
  • Fast and wireless charging
  • Active Noise Cancelling
Cons
  • Only IPX2 water-resistance
  • Galaxy Buds app for iOS isn’t supported

Design and Usability

The Galaxy Buds 2 are very small, which is quite common for earbuds. They’re also lightweight and comfortable to wear.

These earbuds are pretty comfortable to wear for most of the day, but they get a little uncomfortable after about 6 hours or so. They are fairly light, so they won’t weigh down your ears too much, but it can be a bit annoying if you’re wearing them for long periods of time.

The only problem with their design is that they don’t look like the most durable earbuds out there, but they still feel sturdy enough to take a few knocks.

They have an in-line remote control, which has all the necessary buttons for controlling your music and taking calls. It’s a bit bigger than the one on the Galaxy Buds Pro, but it still feels well designed and easy to use.

The charging case is also quite big, but it does its job of keeping your earbuds charged and protected well enough.

Active Noise Cancelling

The Galaxy Buds 2 have active noise cancelling, which means that when you turn on the ANC, your music will be played at a lower volume and your surroundings will be quieter.

ANC is a bit more powerful than ANC on the Galaxy Buds Pro, but it’s still not quite as good as ANC on some high-end headphones. The ANC on these earbuds is very effective at reducing outside noise and muffling noises from the outside world. When listening to music with ANC enabled, you won’t even hear your own voice in the background.

The downside of active noise cancelling is that it can make listening to music a bit difficult if you are walking or jogging around with them in your ears. If you are listening to music while walking or jogging then this won’t happen, but if you are doing something else like cleaning or working out then it will affect how well you can listen to music.

Sound Quality

The sound quality is pretty good overall, but not perfect. The bass is pretty solid for a pair of earbuds and they sound pretty good overall. They’re also quite accurate in terms of frequency response.

They’re not going to blow you away with bass or anything like that, but they sound crisp and clear enough to enjoy your music without any issues. The noise cancellation feature works well enough, but it’s nothing to write home about.

The Verdict The Galaxy Buds 2 are great earbuds for the price. They may not be as good as the Galaxy Buds Pro, but they’re still pretty good. If you want great value for money and don’t need noise canceling features, these might be a good option for you.

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They do have a little bit of distortion at higher volume levels, but that’s to be expected from any pair of earbuds. They don’t distort at normal listening levels and they can go quite loud without distorting or clipping on my iPhone 7 Plus (which has an A8 chip). This can be really useful if you want to listen to music while going for a jog or something. You don’t want to run out of battery while listening to your music, right?

The sound quality is good overall and they are definitely better than the AirPods 2 in terms of clarity and bass. They sound a bit more natural and are a lot less tinny than the AirPods 2.

Water Resistant

These buds have an IPX2 rating for splash resistance, which means that you can use them in light rain or while exercising without any issues. The rubber coating on each bud does mean that they do attract dust and dirt fairly easily though, so you might want to keep them in their case when not in use. You can also use the case to charge the buds, which is convenient.

Controls

These earbuds have a pretty standard set of controls, with a single multifunction button on each bud. The right bud controls power and pairing, while the left bud controls volume and track skipping. These buttons are easy to use even when you’re wearing the buds, but they can be hard to find when you’re looking for them.

Connectivity

The Galaxy Buds 2 connect via Bluetooth 4.2 and have an advertised range of around 10 meters (33 feet). I found that I had no issues connecting these earbuds to my phone or laptop, and they had no issues connecting to other devices either. They also support NFC for quick connections as well.

Battery Life

You get around 5 hours of listening time per charge with these buds – not too bad at all for wireless earbuds in this price range. Charging is done via the case, which can be used to recharge the buds up to 3 times before it needs recharged itself. The case takes around 2 hours to recharge.

Microphone

The Galaxy Buds 2 have a built-in microphone that works pretty well. I had no issues with my voice coming through clear and crisp, and I could hear everything the other person was saying. The microphone is also pretty good at cutting out ambient noise too, so you can use them for phone calls if you want to.

Conclusion

The latest Galaxy Buds model, which costs $150, features active noise canceling along with a lighter and more compact design that make the earbuds comfortable to wear for several hours.

Overall, these are some of the best true wireless earbuds available today. They’re not just good for their price, but they’re a solid option overall. This is largely because of their excellent fit and sound quality, which is quite surprising considering how affordable they are. We’ll go into detail about each of these features below, so let’s get started.