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Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Samsung Gear IconX (2016)
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Samsung Galaxy Buds (2020) vs Samsung Gear IconX (2016)

Analysis:

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus sets the bar for all other Earphones at the $90 price point. The Samsung Gear IconX (2016), however, is merely passable at that price.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus impressed reviewers from many highly trusted sources, including Rtings, Tom's Guide, SoundGuys, Laptop Mag, and CNET. It performed great in their Earphone roundups - it was named "Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds" by Rtings, "The best earbuds for Android users" by Tom's Guide, and "Best all-around" by SoundGuys. That's high praise from sources that conduct in-depth hands-on testing.

As for the Samsung Gear IconX (2016) - Android Authority, a source that conducts reliable hands-on testing, has featured it in its Best heart rate monitor earbuds roundup. However, it didn't make it to any of the top spots.

Lastly, we tried to do a direct Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs. Samsung Gear IconX (2016) comparison of review ratings between these two products, but couldn't find any review scores for the Samsung Gear IconX (2016).

Compared to all other Earphones on the market, however, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus performed great. When averaged out, it earned a rating of 8.0 out of 10, which is much better than the 7.3 review average of Earphones in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Rtings
SoundGuys
Tom's Guide
CNET
Laptop Mag
TechGearLab
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
PCmag
Android Central
Android Authority
Tech. Specs Comparison
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
$96
Samsung Gear IconX (2016)
$77
Canal Earphone
Yes
Yes
Earbud
No
No
In-Ear Monitor
No
No
Noise-cancelling
No
No
True Wireless
Yes
Yes
Wireless
Yes
Yes
Has no expert reviews
No Data
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The 7 Best True Wireless Earbuds - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 2 days ago
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best true wireless earbuds” 
Last updated: 12 days ago
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The best headphones for 2021” 
Last updated: 10 days ago
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Excellent feature-laden Android buds
in “The best wireless earbuds in 2021” 
Last updated: 8 days ago
TechGearLab
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 7.0 out of 10
in “Best True Wireless Earbuds of 2020” 
Last updated: 15 Sep 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Grab the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ at their lowest price ever right now” 
Last updated: 15 days ago
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best Headphones of 2021” 
Last updated: 22 Dec 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Best Samsung Headphones of 2020” 
Last updated: 8 days ago
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The best headphones of 2020” 
Last updated: 27 Oct 2020
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best true wireless
in “Best earbuds you can buy in 2021” 
Last updated: 12 days ago
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best earbuds for Android users
in “The best headphones in 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
TechGearLab
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 7.0 out of 10
in “Best Bluetooth Earbuds” 
Last updated: 14 Sep 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Wireless Headphones for Note 10 and Note 10+ in 2021” 
Last updated: 12 Dec 2020
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Value
in “The Best Wireless Earbuds of 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds For Android - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “One of Google Assistant's best features is now available on all wired headphones” 
Last updated: 11 Dec 2020
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The best AirPods alternatives” 
Last updated: 22 days ago
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #7 out of 12
in “The Best Wireless Headphones of 2021” 
Last updated: 9 Dec 2020
BestReviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Earbuds” 
Last updated: 18 Dec 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The 8 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Wireless Headphones for Samsung Galaxy S20 in 2021” 
Last updated: 1 Dec 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The 6 Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best True Wireless Earbuds for Galaxy S20 in 2020” 
Last updated: 1 Jul 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The 7 Best Earbuds And In-Ear Headphones - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Samsung Earbuds 2021” 
Last updated: 12 Dec 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Wireless Earbuds
in “The 8 Best Headphones - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Wireless Earbuds for Samsung Galaxy Note 20 in 2021” 
Last updated: 10 Dec 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
in “The 8 Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Wireless Earbuds 2021” 
Last updated: 7 Dec 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Earbuds Under $200
in “The 6 Best Headphones Under $200 - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Great in every way
in “Best Headphones for Best Buy Curbside Pickup in 2021” 
Last updated: 10 Dec 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Wireless Earbuds
in “Best Galaxy S20 Accessories in 2021” 
Last updated: 10 Dec 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds” 
Last updated: 9 days ago
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best true wireless earbuds for 2021: Apple AirPods, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds and more” 
Last updated: 7 days ago
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best wireless headphones for 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best wireless earbuds and Bluetooth headphones for making calls” 
Last updated: 19 days ago
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “All the best headphones for working at home in 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The best-sounding wireless earbuds: Sony, Grado, Sennheiser and more” 
Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best headphones and wireless earbuds for iPhone 12” 
Last updated: 21 Oct 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The 6 Best Audiophile Headphones - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 10 days ago
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The 4 Best Earbuds For Gaming - Winter 2021” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Headphones for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in 2021” 
Last updated: 2 Dec 2020
Recommended by trusted experts
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 5
in “Best heart rate monitor earbuds” 
Last updated: 22 Sep 2019

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