The Jabra Elite 75t is probably one of the most popular truly wireless earphones of 2020, at least for now. This year, Jabra has worked on the sound quality and the design of these earphones. Another pair of earphones that are fast growing in popularity is the Galaxy Buds Plus. These second-generation wireless earphones from Samsung look super cool and are also known to pack a punch.
So, at the end of the day, which wireless Bluetooth earphones should you pick? Should you go with the ones that are popular with the crowd, or should you simply pick the old and trusted name like Samsung?
That's what we are going to find out today when we compare the Jabra Elite 75t against the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and see which earphones are more suited for you.
As it's going to be a long post, let's get going, shall we?
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Features That Matter
Jabra Elite 75t
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Jabra Elite 75t
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
28 hours in total (7 hours standalone)
22 hours in total (11 hours standalone)
1. Build, Comfort, and Design
Over the years, wireless Bluetooth earphones have evolved to be more compact and stylish, and the Jabra Elite 75t and the Galaxy Buds Plus are no different. They are compact and easily fit into the ear canal with the outer body hugging the ear cavity.
Compared to its predecessor, the 75t has shrunk in size. As noted above, they are slimmer, and this feature makes them easy to handle. And the dual-metallic tones help accentuate its looks.
What I love about these buds is the fit. They hug your ear canal and stay put regardless of how much you move. The fit is snug and they are comfortable to wear even for long periods. There have been instances where I wore them for 3-4 hours straight without any discomfort or irritation in my ears.
The trick here is to find the right size of ear tips. Thankfully, Jabra ships three sets of tips, and the odds are that you will find your fit amongst these three.
Apart from that, the Jabra's wireless earbuds also bundle physical buttons. And each button can be used for different commands like tweaking the volume, controlling the playback, summoning the virtual assistant, and accepting or rejecting a call.
Though the buds bundle physical buttons, they are flexible and smooth to operate. They do not jam into the ear, and this is a big plus. Just a simple click and the required function will be taken care of.
Samsung's new wireless buds appear more or less similar to its predecessor. Unlike the Elite 75t, you won't find the dual-tone metallic looks here. Instead, you will be greeted by a plasticky-look. But rest assured they look premium.
That aside, they are light and easy to operate. These earbuds fit like a glove inside the ear and stay anchored to the ear no matter what. They are comfortable to wear even for super long durations.
As opposed to the above, the Galaxy Buds Plus houses a set of touch-sensitive buttons that look great, at least at first glance. They are flexible and do not press against your ear canal when you tap on them.
Moreover, the button actions can be customized. For instance, you can customize the tap-and-hold action and choose any one of the following actions — Voice Assistant, Ambient Sound, and Volume Down.
The buttons on the Galaxy Buds Plus can prove to be a little unreliable when it comes to everyday usage. The earbuds stop may stop playing songs because of an accidental brush, and it has happened countless times with me. The situation is the same when you have to hold the buds for a better fit.
The charging case of Galaxy Buds Plus is a setback. Compared to the Elite 75t, the magnets on the case and the charging pins are weak. That's why it's quite a task to align the buds. Contrary to that, the charging case of the Elite 75t is robust and the buds easily snap into place. I particularly like the audible snap of the case when it's closed.
Last but not least, the Jabra earbuds are rated IP55 and can withstand both dust and rain to an extent, whereas the Galaxy Buds Plus has a mere rating of IPX2.
It's nothing less than frustrating when poor connectivity ruins the experience. With the Jabra Elite 75t and the Galaxy Buds Plus, thankfully there wasn't any sour experience. Before the pandemic locked us indoors, I could walk around the gym with my phone in the locker and both earbuds would still be connected without any issues.
So, here the question here is how do the earbuds handle the connection. The best part is that both earbuds sport automatic ear detection and pauses the music as soon as the bud is removed from the ear.
However, there's a slight catch. In the case of the Galaxy Buds Plus, both the buds continue to act independently. That means, regardless of the side, you can continue to listen to music on one bud. As opposed to it, you can only use the right earbud of the Elite 75t independently.
The Samsung phone owners can view the battery status of the buds as soon as you open the case.
3. Battery Life
When it comes to battery life, both earphones do not disappoint. Jabra’s earphones last around 7 hours and the case provides about additional cycles, which gives you around 28 hours.
At the same time, you get the advantage of fast charging. A mere 15 minutes of charging time will buy you playback time of around an hour. Cool, I must say.
Samsung's true wireless goes a step further and can play songs continuously for around 11 hours. However, its charging case can store a single cycle of battery life. Overall, the batteries can churn out around 22 hours on moderate volume.
The Jabra Sound+ boasts of many exciting features. From built-in equalizer settings and Soundscapes to HearThrough and Find My Earbuds, there is a lot to play with. On opening the app, you will find the option for HearThrough, the sound transparency feature. A handy slider lets you adjust the degree of the HearThrough feature.
As noted earlier, the app also lets you customize the button actions. But perhaps, what I find to be most useful is the sleep mode. To save on battery life, you can set a time when the buds will enter the sleep mode when they are inactive.
Another favorite feature of mine is SoundScape. This one has a bunch of nature-inspired sounds like Pink Noise and Waterfall that helps you focus better and masks the noise around you. This feature can turn out to be more than handy if you like to do focus-intensive work with your earphones.
While the Galaxy Wearable app might not have features like Soundscapes or Sleep, it does pack a bunch of handy options. For instance, you can adjust the degree of the ambient sound as per your preference. Secondly, the Wearable app lets you have finer controls over the notification. You can either choose to ban them all or allow the important ones.
More importantly, the app provides you with 5 EQ presets and the option to customize the touchpads. You can reserve the single tap to activate the Ambient Noise feature and then long-press to open Spotify.
5. Audio Performance
Now comes the most important feature of any audio accessory—how good is the sound quality? Jabra's earbuds produce a deep thumping bass, which is great for workouts, and other high-intensive jobs and don't be surprised if you start grooving to songs during your workout. Yes, they are that good.
However, sometimes, the bass can get a bit much, especially if you want to use these buds to focus-intensive jobs like writing, building a presentation, etc.
On the bright side, the sound isolation is exceptional. With the HearThrough feature turned off, you won't have any outside noise creeping in.
The Galaxy Buds Plus produces a balanced sound as opposed to the booming bass of the Elite 75t. After all, AKG has tuned them. While bassheads might miss the heavy bass, let me tell you that they deliver great sound quality. The bass is amplified, but not as much as Jabra's earbuds.
Furthermore, the buds' snug fits seals your ears from outside noise, meaning you will be able to listen to high-quality tracks minus the distraction.
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Jabra Elite 75t or Galaxy Buds Plus: Verdict
So, which one should you buy? If you are all in for long listening hours and want a good thumb of bass, you can't go wrong with the Jabra Elite 75t. They have a robust build quality, and the feature set is sufficient for a great experience. Plus, at 28 hours, you will have enough juice to listen to your favorite playlists without worrying about battery life.
However, you do have to keep them back on the case after the battery runs out at around 6-7 hours. And here is where the Galaxy Buds Plus, with its 11 hours of continuous playback time, jumps in.
Other than that, the touchpads give these earbuds a modern touch. The absence of a riveting bass might be a concern for some. However, if that isn't an issue for you, the Samsung Buds Plus seems to be a pretty good bet. And if you are already in a Samsung ecosystem, then nothing like it.
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