I tried the new wireless earbuds Samsung launched to challenge Apple's AirPods - and found 3 things I loved about them and 2 ways they fall short
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- Samsung's Galaxy Buds Plus offer clear sound, a comfortable fit, and convenient integration with Spotify at an affordable price.
- But they do lack some features found on alternatives from Apple and Amazon that are similarly priced.
- For example, they don't support the ability to launch voice commands hands-free, like Apple's second-generation AirPods and Amazon's Echo Buds.
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The wireless earbuds space has become increasingly crowded in the years since Apple launched its original AirPods in 2016, and Samsung just added another competitor into the mix.
The $150 Galaxy Buds Plus, which the South Korean electronics maker launched on February 14, are an updated version of last year's model that come with longer battery life, an additional microphone for clearer calls, improved audio, and a new shortcut for launching Spotify.
Taken together, the changes that Samsung has introduced in its Galaxy Buds sequel makes them a much more formidable opponent to Apple's AirPods, especially at their price. For $150, which is $9 cheaper than the standard AirPods and $100 less expensive than the Pros, the Galaxy Buds Plus offer crisp, clear sound, useful features like a on-tap shortcut to Spotify, and a comfortable fit. But they do lack in certain areas compared to AirPods and other alternatives.
After spending a couple of days with the Galaxy Buds Plus, here are the best and worst things I've discovered about using them.