Samsung recently introduced its latest mid-range TWS headphones the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2. It comes with a Active Noise Cancelling support, Bluetooth 5.2, IPX2 Splash resistant, and AAC, SBC, Scalable (Samsung proprietary) codec. Additionally, it has features Machine learning-based solution for voice calls, and 3 microphones.
- Compact design
- In-app ear tip fit test
- Sound quality
- Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC, and Samsung Scalable codec
- Fast and wireless charging
No iOS app support
Not compatible with Samsung 360 Audio
Sensitive touch controls
- Ear Tips 2 sets
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 : Design and Use
If you have seen Galaxy Buds before, you will immediately see the new shiny luster of this case. Galaxy Buds 2 comes with a fun-loving and rounded design. Which shapes both earbuds and USB-C cases. It’s a misfortune that Samsung is dropping detachable wing tips from this model. That making it less secure than the Sennheiser HD 450BT.
By focusing on fitness, it can be used as workout earbuds. But when you workout, be careful not to let it get out of your ears. Galaxy Buds 2 also offers IPX2 water-resistant rating. This means that along with the gym, you can also use this in the pool.
In addition, Samsung always uses some advanced technology and sensors in their headphones and smartphones. First, it comes with a proximity sensor. Which enables automatic play / pose when removing buds and works very steady. Playback does not resume when earbuds are reintroduced. Instead, you need to tap any touch panel.
Like the old Samsung earphones, the touch controls are both inherent and super-sensitive. Galaxy Buds 2 often records accidental tops when adjusting earbuds. Which often happens and sends the media into a synchronized rage of skips and poses. You might think after a few generations of earbuds, Samsung will reduce the sensitivity but alas: your only option is to turn off touch control completely.
Looking at the case,
Samsung has not rediscovered its charging case, as it has the same shape as the Galaxy Buds Pro. It looks nice and is easy to open with one hand, thanks to the clearly defined lips that separate the lid from the base.
A gripper texture will make it easier to use, but we can add to the wish-list for the next generation of Galaxy Buds. The internal magnets keep the lid closed. Also, they work confidently. Whenever I leave the case, the lid stays closed and prevents earbuds from flying to the farthest corners of my living room.
Apart from this, nothing has changed in terms of appearance. The front has a status LED, the case retains a nice pebble-like shape with a flat bottom. The back of the case is where you will find the USB Type C port. It is also interesting to note where this product is made these days, Galaxy Buds Pro 2 is made in Vietnam. You can find it at the bottom of this case.
Two LEDs sit on the case, one on the outside and one on the inside. The external LED communicates how much battery life is left in the case. while the internal LED indicates the battery of earbuds.
There are three adjustable Ambient Sound levels, for calls there is a machine learning-based solution that filters out a variety of distracting background noises. The buds feature an iconic curved shape, has ‘Earbud fit test’ in Galaxy Wearable app to fit your ears.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 : Sound Quality
When you buy a Galaxy Buds 2, you’re investing in a fun frequency response that reproduces a wide variety of music genres. You’ll see the relatively boosted sub-bass notes and appreciate how they don’t cover the mids as badly as other earphones. Unless it’s a particularly busy song full of sit instruments. Most listeners will like better clarity for strings, smaller woodwind instruments and better understanding of speech sounds.
Other important improvements are related to both input and output sound quality. Buds Pro 2 has a total of 3 mics. Which leads to better voice cancellation and improved clarity during voice calls. There is also a new 2-way speaker system with a pair of tweeter with larger bass-boosted drivers. Before I dive deeper into these upgrades, let’s focus on the ability to wear Buds Pro 2. Because after all, if you can’t wear it for long, none of these specs matter.
Active Noise Cancellation,
The Galaxy Buds 2 has better voice cancellation and passive isolation functionality than the Galaxy Buds Pro. Samsung’s ANC silences low-frequency sounds and makes them a quarter as loud as they sound at all without earbuds. You’ll notice the difference when toggling sound cancellation on and off. But this depends entirely on your ability to fit well with the included silicone ear tips.
While most listeners will find something comfortable in one of the three provisions of the ear tip, not everyone will. Again, this is where it would be nice to have wing tips that keep the earbuds stable. I do not experience consistently good ANC as the chart shows. As I am unable to keep the earbuds in place. See, a strong physical seal is needed between the ear tips and your ear canal to block most noise and allow the ANC to shine. For better or worse, everyone’s ear shapes are different and you have better luck than me in this section.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 : Connectivity
Like the rest of Samsung’s earphones, the Galaxy Buds 2 supports several Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC and Samsung scalable codecs. The proprietary codec works just like the AptX Adaptive, adjusts the continuous connection and sound quality and dynamically adjusts the bit rate from 88-512kbps. This makes the Galaxy Buds 2 an excellent choice for Samsung smartphone owners and keeps non-Samsung owners at bay because AAC is incompatible across Android hardware. IPhone owners will benefit from AAC support.
Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.2, which offers LE audio support and an LC3 codec. Connection stability is good inside or outside, and with iPhone or Samsung smartphones.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 : Battery
The official battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 is 5 hours with noise cancellation and the charging case provides an additional 15 hours of playtime. A 5-minute quick charge removes earbuds with a 60-minute battery, so gym goers will always have music to underscore their workouts.
You have a few ways to top up a boxy case, the most flashy option being wireless powershare. To do this, enable PowerShare on your Samsung device and place the case on top of it. That’s all you need to get charge. Alternatively, you can flap it on a Qi charging mat or go on a wired route with the USB-C cable provided.
The Galaxy Buds 2 is a good buy for listeners who want reasonably priced earphones with solid sound quality and fast charging. While a better rating than the IPX2 would be nice, the Galaxy Buds Plus has maintained it for years without any problems. I sincerely hope that Samsung will fix the sensitivity of its earphone’s touch panels. But that won’t be resolved by switching to another pair of Galaxy Buds. Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 doesn’t break new ground but it performs well and cancels out solid sound for the price.
However, if you don’t mind the noise cancellation, the Galaxy Buds Plus is a true treasure that compares favorably with the Google Pixel Buds A-Series for its sub-$ 100 price, excellent battery life, secure fit and similar feature set. Alternatively, if you want a more sleek earbud design with a bit more software features and better microphone quality, save $ 20 and get Buds Pro instead.
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