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MakeUseOf | 4/23/2019 | Vann Vicente
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The Apple Airpods are among the most popular wireless earbuds in the world right now. However, they’re not the only true wireless earbuds on the market.

The alternatives to Apple Airpods are not only cheaper, but also offer more features than Apple’s flagship true wireless earbuds. If you’re on the hunt for the best Airpods alternative, we’ve rounded up the best alternatives available right now.

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May also be available from: Samsung ($129.99).

The Samsung Galaxy Buds have intuitive controls, wireless charging support, and a noise-canceling mic. They also pair and sync quickly with Samsung devices, such as smartphones from their Galaxy S and Note series. They’re one of the best Airpod alternatives that even surpasses Apple’s pair in several ways.

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Like most Samsung audio products, these Galaxy Buds are tuned by AKG. They offer great audio quality, with a very balanced noise profile and a surprising amount of bass. The Galaxy Wearables app allows plenty of customization, with a built-in equalizer and several sound modes that you can choose from. You can also customize the controls on the touchpad at the side of each bud.

Where the Galaxy Buds truly differ from Apple’s offering is in the way that they sound. Whereas Airpods have very little noise isolation, the Galaxy Buds’ in-ear design blocks out external sounds. Therefore, they’re a great pick if you prefer not hearing outside noise.

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However, if you want to hear outside sounds in a pinch, you can activate the ambient sound mode. This feature amplifies the outside noise using the mic and plays it back inside your ear.

The Galaxy Buds also have several substantial improvements over Samsung’s previous Icon X earbuds. They are significantly smaller and lighter, so they fit very snugly in the ear and are unlikely to fall out. They also have better battery life, with up to six...
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