Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review: The Galaxy Buds 2 with its finely balanced audio signature and clever mix of smart features makes itself a tempting choice at INR 12,000.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 comes at a time when the TWS earbud market is brimming with tempting options. You have Google Pixel Buds A series and Oppo Enco X, along with the Sony and Jabra options fighting for your attention and money. The Galaxy Buds 2 isn’t interested in targeting audiophiles, unlike the others. It is more in line with the Google Pixel Buds A series, that is, care about the common people, like you and me.

At INR 11,999, the Galaxy Buds 2 is a HUGE price. However, the value of your money is visible from the get-go: cute design, ANC and handy shape. But is all that enough to ignore the Google Pixel Buds A series and Oppo Enco X?

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 design


Samsung Galaxy Buttons 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

As with its smartphones, Samsung is going for a unified design language in its range of earbuds. Whether it’s the case or the shape of the earbuds, the Galaxy Buds 2 appear largely identical to the Galaxy Buds Pro and somewhat resemble the Galaxy Buds Live. Not a design I would call flashy, but the cute round shape and glossy finish give it the current fashion.

Whichever color you choose, the outside of the case remains white and the inside is all colored; so are the earplugs. The oval egg-like shape fits snugly in the ear, but the lack of an ear hook means they tend to come loose when you talk or chew. The earplugs nicely fix the ear canal for decent passive noise reduction.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Audio Quality


Samsung Galaxy Buttons 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

The Galaxy Buds 2 is tuned to deliver a finely balanced audio signature – not focused on bass, nor on higher trebles. It may sound bland at times, but audiophiles may appreciate this approach to audio tuning. Since I prefer some bass, I’ve enabled Bass Boost mode through the equalizer – this speaks out the lower frequencies, but lacks that thumping bass effect you get from a Sony.

This subtle tuning does help with the comfort factor – I was able to listen longer on the Galaxy Buds 2 compared to its rivals. Whether you’re listening to Bollywood, retro or hip-hop sensations, the Galaxy Buds 2 in Bass mode has done enough to make the listening experience enjoyable.


Samsung Galaxy Buttons 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Amritanshu / HT Teh)

Helping with the experience is ANC. It is strong enough to cut out the ceiling fan or ambient noise. Chances are you’ll still hear high-pitched voices and high winds from time to time, but there’s enough isolation not to take away from the listening experience. Ambient mode enhances ambient sounds with a slightly robotic touch, but is certainly useful outdoors.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Smart Features

Unlike the Galaxy Buds Pro, the smart features on the Galaxy Buds 2 are limited. You still get touch controls that are sensitive enough. You control playback and accept/reject calls with tap gestures, while volume control is available as an experimental feature in the Samsung Labs section. Bixby is available as your built-in voice assistant; it works well for basic functions. There is also a voice prompt for notifications.


Samsung Galaxy Buttons 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Unfortunately, Samsung is skipping its beam-forming wind-reduction technology for microphone reception. Therefore, my callers could easily hear me indoors, but they repeatedly asked to switch to the phone’s earpiece while outside. Answering calls is easy on the Galaxy Buds 2, but the earbuds can come off if there’s a lot of jaw movement.

I mostly used the Galaxy Buds 2 with a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, so the Galaxy Wearable app was ready for a seamless setup experience right out of the box. Aside from the battery levels, you can update the firmware, adjust the equalizer, control ANC modes, and try out experimental features in the Labs section.


Samsung Galaxy Buttons 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

You must install this app from the Google Play Store on non-Samsung devices. iPhone users are out of luck because the Galaxy Wearable app doesn’t support the Buds 2; you can just use them as bluetooth earbuds. Ecosystem restrictions are increasing this year with Samsung products.

Battery life Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

The Galaxy Buds 2 can comfortably last up to four hours with a mix of ANC off and on audio; this figure drops by an hour as you throw more calls into the mix. Given the backup of the case, I was able to go up to 5 days on a single charge, while using the earbuds for an average of two hours a day. The case takes more than 2 hours to fully charge. Wireless charging is also available for a quick top-up with phones that support reverse wireless charging.

verdict


Samsung Galaxy Buttons 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

At INR 11,999, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 seem like a pretty reliable pair of earbuds. The audio quality is pleasant and the addition of ANC always helps in a noisy India. The battery life is adequate and when paired with a Samsung phone, it’s a lot more convenient. And you can’t miss its chic look, especially in the beautiful lavender color. It seems like a well-balanced proposition at this price point, especially for the Google Pixel Buds A series.

However, go to the Samsung India online store and you can find the Galaxy Buds Pro for sale for INR 9,999. The Buds Pro has a slightly better audio signature, better microphone performance and the smart ANC mode; it should be the flagship model in Samsung’s line of earbuds. And it works with iPhones too. Then why go for the Galaxy Buds 2, right? I see no reason to recommend the Buds 2 over Buds Pro.

Our opinion: The Galaxy Buds Pro at the discounted price of INR 9,999 is now a better choice, but once stocks run out or Samsung lowers the price, we think the Galaxy Buds 2 could be the evergreen choice, just like its predecessors.

product name

Galaxy Buttons 2

Pros

  • Balanced audio signature
  • Easy to use
  • Good battery life

cons

  • No support for iOS apps
  • Pricey

Specifications:

  • ANC

    Yes

  • smart assistant

    Bixby

  • sound profile

    Adaptive Sound

  • Wireless charging

    Yes

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