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Samsung Wireless Earbuds Review – Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung Wireless Earbuds Review

Galaxy Buds Live

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Welcome to the third trilogy of my Samsung Wireless Warbuds Review! Our last, but not the least bud is the Galaxy Bud Live, the cheapest of the three Galaxy buds offered most recently.

With a price reduction comes some sub-par qualities for this device, however, meeting base standards and a really cool kidney-bean design not seen elsewhere, these may be the buds for you.

If you haven’t seen my review for the Galaxy Buds Pro, check it out here!

In this review I’ll do an overview of the Galaxy buds live followed by a breakdown of essential specs, and what to love and maybe reconsider when purchasing these buds. At the end, I hope I’ll have helped you locate the right buds for you!

Join me in this last Samsung Wireless Earbuds Review!

Galaxy Buds Live – $149.99

Overview

The Galaxy Buds Live was one of the first on the Galaxy line-up to have noise cancelling features, and boasts additional bass enhancements. They have been made to come in three different colors, block, white and bronze. The Galaxy Buds Live have been designed to be Samsung’s most “beautiful” and “eye-catching” device in their bud line-up.

Their exclusive kidney-bean shape is a one-size fits all design, having 2 wing tip sizes for a snug fit to change out or adjust for ear shape. Although this is a different approach, not having the full ability to adjust the bud to your desired fit could be a make-or-break for some.

As per the rest of the Galaxy bud line, the exterior surface of the bud acts as a touch pad for taps and touches to control features like play/pause, skipping a track, and answering a call. As with the Galaxy buds Pro, there is an action that is customizable for a certain tap that you can program yourself. Whatever you feel you need hands-free access to, you can choose with the Galaxy Wearable App what you want it to be.

Three microphones and a voice pickup unit in each bud helps enhance the first open type ANC on Samsung’s True Wireless buds. As with the rest of the Galaxy buds, the Live buds are backed with UL verification for up to 97% of full noise canceling technology. The unit for voice pickup senses when your jaw is moving and the vibration translate into voice signals to deliver sound quality.

12 mm speakers with sound by AKG deliver spacious sound, and the larger driver and bass duct emit a deeper and heartier bass.

As with most other Samsung buds, the smart assistant Bixby is available with voice wake-up, and lets you control your phone without having to pull it out. The Galaxy Buds Live’s Spotify integration is a win for music lovers, and lets you assign a shortcut on your buds for quick access to all your playlists.samsung wireless earbuds review

Specs

  • 6-hour battery life on one charge, up to 21 hours with chargeable case.
  • Quick charge in 5 minutes and get an hour of play-time.
  • Power share with applicable Samsung phones; charge your buds in their case with the back of your phone.
  • “Buds together” feature the ability to connect both yours and a friend’s buds to the same phone or device to share the listening experience.
  • Seamlessly shift between Galaxy devices once buds are connected.
  • Compatible with other Android devices and IOS.
  • Easily pair with your PC.
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 27.3 x 16.5 x 14.9 mm 5.6g (bud)
  • 50.2 x 50.0 x 27.8 mm 42.2 g (case)

What To Love

  • Some people enjoy not having the silicon tips going right into their ear, and this could be a plus for them.
  • Blocks up to 97% of outside noise with its ANC technology.
  • The least expensive buds in the Samsung line-up.
  • Spotify integration for hands-free access.
  • Up to 21 hours of listening time.

What To Watch Out For

  • Shape of the buds is meant to fit snug into your ear, but with only 2 “tips” to change out (large and small), it’s virtually a one-size-fits-all which isn’t always ideal for smaller or larger ears.
  • Only an IPX2 rating for splash resistance.
  • Least impressive ANC technology compared with others in the Galaxy Bud line-up.

Final Verdict

All-in-all, if you’re on a budget and are looking for quality buds, with ANC features, and enjoy your bass, these could be the buds for you.

The kidney-bean shape that is meant to sit softly in your ear may be a concern if you’re planning to take these buds on intense excursions or activities. They aren’t as snug of a fit as their counter-parts, like the Pro or Buds2, but for casual listening they will get the job done.

If you’re purchasing these for kids, or someone with oddly shaped ears you may want to consider the Galaxy Buds2 which are the nest step up from the Galaxy Buds Live and still maintain a budget friendly price.

If you don’t mind the open format to these buds, and plan on some casual listening then these could be for you!

Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

-B

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