Samsung's AirPods competitor are the $149 iOS-compatible Galaxy Buds+

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Samsung has announced an update to its iOS-compatible AirPods competitor during Tuesday's Samsung Unpacked event, and calls it the Galaxy Buds+.

The new update includes new colors, better battery life, and improved audio. An added iOS app to control the earpieces was also announced, which will include features like an equalizer for the earbuds, something that was exclusive to android phones last generation.

The design appears identical to the previous version, with blue and red colors replacing yellow and silver. The changeable ear tips make a welcome return, since the AirPods at this price point are still one-size-fits-all.

A two speaker system with woofer and tweeter will improve overall audio quality, and since they are in ear buds, there should be sufficient audio isolation when listening.

Galaxy Buds vs Apple AirPods
Galaxy BudsGalaxy Buds+AirPodsAirPods Pro
Battery Life6 hours11 hours5 hours4.5 hours (ANC on)
Charge time15 min=100 min playback3 min= 1 hr playback15 min= 3 hr playback5 min= 1 hr playback
Speaker1 way dynamic2 way dynamicSingle driverSingle driver
ConnectivityBluetooth 5 single deviceBluetooth 5 multi-deviceH1 (iCloud sync,
Audio Sharing)
Bluetooth 5
H1 (iCloud sync,
Audio Sharing)
Bluetooth 5
Microphones1 outer/ 1 inner2 outer/ 1 inner2 outer beamforming2 outer beamforming
1 inner
Noise IsolationYesYesNoYes
Ambient awareYesYesNoYes (transparency mode)
On earpiece controlPlay, pause, skip, volumePlay, pause, skip, volume, spotifyPlay, pause, skip, or siri
(Double tap preset)
Play, pause. Skip, siri
(Multi gesture control)
Water resistanceIPX2IPX2Not ratedIPX4
ColorBlack, white, yellow, silverBlack, white, blue, redWhiteWhite

For iOS users, the decision is complicated by AirPods, and the ecosystem perks they bring. From AppleInsider's review we liked the audio quality and charging experience better on the Galaxy Buds. But now that AirPods have their own wireless charging case, its a tougher compare.

If you do not care about iCloud synced pairing or Apple's proprietary Audio Sharing, then the Galaxy Buds+ look to be a good alternative. Although if you want true ANC in an earbud, you'll have to spring for the much more expensive AirPods Pro.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will launch on March 6 for $149.

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