Samsung's Galaxy Buds line has consistently been some of the best wireless earbuds available, and the Galaxy Buds Live are no different, so long as you have bean-shaped ears. Jokes aside, for people like my wife whose ears are too small for conventional in-ear earbuds, the Buds Live are a great alternative thanks to their sound quality and the inclusion of ANC. If you're in the market to buy some, now would be a good time, with the Buds Live seeing a $65 discount in the US and up to £109 off in the UK, courtesy of Amazon.
The Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 classic are probably the best smartwatches Samsung has ever made, marking the companies return to Wear OS over its own Tizen. Something Samsung is especially good at is making every aspect of its ecosystem work seamlessly. If you own a pair of Samsung's Buds headphones in addition to the Watch4, that interconnectivity is getting even better.
The Galaxy Wearable app has always been pretty good, allowing users to manage their smartwatches and Bluetooth earbuds with minimal fuss. But while the app has steadily gotten new features over the years, it's always looked pretty much the same. In preparation for the launch of the Galaxy Watch4, the app is receiving a welcome visual refresh.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro may be the company's best earbuds, but the Buds Live hold a special place in many Samsung fans' hearts. For one, they're shaped like beans, which is objectively funny and merits mention literally every time they're brought up. But also, they have a unique fit not offered by other Samsung buds. Right now, you can get a refurbished pair in a number of colors for 70 bucks on eBay.
Folks on the Apple side of the fence can pick up the AirPods if they want a tightly integrated audio experience, but the closest we've got on Android is Samsung's Galaxy Buds lineup. If you have a Samsung phone, these true wireless earbuds work like a dream, and they're still pretty good on non-Samsung phones with the Galaxy Wearables app. Samsung even offers bonus cash when buying a new phone to make accessories like earbuds cheaper... if you can decide which ones to buy. Samsung has launched new Galaxy Buds at every opportunity in the last few years, and they're all still on sale.
I used Google devices exclusively for years. At the time, I loved my Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, the first two generations of the Pixel (XL versions), the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets, and even the Pixelbook. But after a few weeks with the Pixel 3 XL, I had to face a truth that I'd been trying to deny: Google hardware makes too many compromises. I went through at least three of each Pixel, all replaced on warranty for one reason or another. And the 3 XL wasn't faring any better in the software department, with the music app constantly being pushed out of memory and the camera failing to save many of the pictures and videos that I took.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live pack a handful of features in a small form factor, including active noise cancellation, an innovative bean-like design, great audio quality, wireless charging, and more. Their initial $170 price tag was acceptable given what they offer, but you can get a certified refurbished pair from Best Buy for much less at just $60.
The Galaxy Buds Live, affectionately known as the Galaxy Beans, are now discounted at Best Buy in refurbished form. For only $69.99, $100 less than MSRP new, you can have yourself a pair of true wireless buds that will (hopefully) nestle comfortably in your ears and let you listen to your music in peace.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds range has been a hit since it launched alongside the Galaxy S10 in 2019. In 2020, we got the excellent Buds+, some of the best true wireless buds on the market even now, as well as the bean-shaped Buds Live, the first to bring ANC to the lineup. This year, Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy Buds Pro. While we already know almost everything there is to know about them, Digital Slang has just posted a new hands-on with the Buds, giving us an even more well-rounded idea of what to expect.