As more and more companies come out with their own version of true wireless earbuds, there still remains a spot for a major contender to lead the market for Android devices as Apple does for iOS with its AirPods.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Wireless Earbuds hope to take the reigns, and today you can see if they’re worthy or not for just $89.99 via Best Buy. These are Geek Squad Certified Refurbished earbuds meaning they have been tested to ensure they look and work like new. The one-day discount applies to the black model, with the white version going for $20 more. Buying refurbished saves you around $60 compared to the retail price of a brand new set.
You can read more about the Galaxy Buds+ in our review that gave them 4.5 stars out of 5. Daniel Bader said, “The Galaxy Buds Plus are among the best true wireless earbuds you can buy. Samsung has made improvements across the board, from sound quality to call quality to battery life — especially battery life — without losing any of the features people loved from the originals.”
You’ll get up to 11 hours of battery life per earbud, and the included case also doubles as a wireless charger so you can extract another 11 hours there before you ever have to connect the case to a USB-C or wireless charger. The Buds+ have premium sound tuned by AKG and an optimized driver for substantial bass. You’ll sound great when you’re on a call thanks to noise-cancelling mics, too.
With Ambient Aware2, which is only available on Android, you’ll be able to control how much of the surrounding noise you let it. Sometimes, like on an airplane, you just want to block out all the noise (which these buds achieve via passive noise-isolation, rather than active noise-cancellation). Other times, like when walking down the street, it might be helpful to hear speeding cars nearby. You can easily switch to ambient mode, too, when you think someone is calling out to you or you suddenly need to hear what’s going on.
One nifty feature the Galaxy Buds+ have over the previous-gen is Spotify integration. This means that you can assign a specific playlist to a tap gesture directly on your earbuds. It’s a nice feature to have, especially if you’re a heavy Spotify user. Just know that this feature also only works on Android.
These earbuds work with both iOS and Android devices, though some features are platform-specific. You can connect via Bluetooth to pretty much anything. On iOS, you’ll get access to voice commands through Siri rather than Google Assistant on Android.