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Samsung confirms Covid-19 case at phone factory; facility shut

A signboard noting coronavirus prevention instructions at GS Home Shopping Inc.'s office building in Seoul on Feb. 6 2020 A signboard noting coronavirus prevention instructions at GS Home Shopping Inc.’s office building in Seoul on Feb. 6 2020
Melba Vasquez | 26 February, 2020, 20:18

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ WHAT IS IT?

Here's a closer look at how Samsung's $150 Galaxy Buds Plus compare to Apple's $159 AirPods - including the features found on Samsung's cheaper buds that Apple's standard AirPods lack.

Samsung's companion app for the Galaxy Buds Plus also comes with an equalizer for tweaking the earbuds' sound, with filters for boosting the bass, adding a softer tone, and bumping up the treble among other options. Also, the case - that houses 270mAh battery - claims to offer another 11 hours of battery life for charging the earphones.

The factory in Gumi is known to manufacture both of Samsung's foldable phones, the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip.

According to a report by DroidLife, Samsung's multi-device connection with Bluetooth 5.0 devices only work with Samsung smartphones that have the SmartThings app installed.

Still, does this mean that you should immediately go up in arms and boycott the Galaxy Buds+? And, at $149, the Galaxy Buds+ are certainly priced to undercut Apple. More so, the SmartThings app needs to be installed on both devices where the switching is performed.

The Galaxy Buds+ case is slightly bigger than the AirPods Pro case. Yet with lengthy battery life, solid design, and customisable equaliser settings and fit options, the $299 Galaxy Buds+ might just be the best earbuds for the money. With ambient mode on the lowest setting I was more than able to hear noise from my surroundings in addition to my music. But the appeal of the Galaxy Buds+ isn't in all the extras, its in precisely how much good it can offer for $150 less than the AirPods Pro.

The Galaxy Buds+ have two outer mics and an internal mic in each bud and use beamforming to focus the noise for phone calls in noisy places. But these are no AirPods Pro replacement and iPhone owners might be disappointed if they're expecting the same level of quality as Apple's high-end AirPods.

Just like with any other piece of Bluetooth audio equipment, you can still switch between any device that you like.

Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives.

So it's multi-device support indeed, but it's not a useful feature for those users not having multiple Samsung devices. Indeed, these new wireless earbuds appear to be the tech leader's best yet, with tight integration of Spotify and satisfying battery life and enhanced sound-all for a price any music enthusiast can surely afford. Sure the sensitive touchpads have caused me the most trouble, especially while running.

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