The Jabra Elite 75t is probably one of the most popular wireless headphones of 2020, at least for now. This year, Jabra worked on the sound quality and design of these headphones. The Galaxy Buds Plus is another pair of headphones that are rapidly gaining popularity. These second generation wireless headphones from Samsung look super cool and are also known for their punch.
So at the end of the day, which wireless Bluetooth headphones should you choose? Should you go with those who are popular with the crowd, or should you just choose the old trusted name like Samsung?
This is what we will find out today when we compare the Jabra Elite 75t with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and see which headphones are right for you.
As it will be a long post, let’s go, okay?
Features that matter
|Property||Jabra Elite 75t||Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus|
|Type||In-ear headphones||In-ear headphones|
|Battery life||28 hours in total (7 hours autonomous)||22 hours in total (11 hours autonomous)|
1. Construction, comfort and design
Over the years, Bluetooth wireless headphones have evolved to become 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 squeezing the ear cavity.
Compared to its predecessor, the 75t has shrunk. As noted above, they are thinner and this feature makes them easy to handle. And the bi-metallic tones help to accentuate its appearance.
What I like about these heads is the fit. They hug your ear canal and stay in place no matter how much you move. The cut is adjusted and they are comfortable to wear even for long periods. There have been cases where I have worn them for 3-4 hours straight without discomfort or irritation in the ears.
The trick here is to find the right size of earmolds. Fortunately, Jabra ships three sets of tips, and chances are you’ll find your place among those three.
Aside from that, the Jabra’s wireless headphones also group physical buttons. And each button can be used for different commands such as adjusting the volume, controlling playback, calling the virtual assistant and accepting or rejecting a call.
Although the buttons group physical buttons, they are flexible and fluid to use. They don’t get stuck in the ear, and that’s a big plus. One click and the required function will be supported.
The new wireless headphones from Samsung seem more or less similar to its predecessor. Unlike the Elite 75t, you won’t find the two-tone metallic look here. Instead, you will be greeted with a plasticky look. But rest assured, they look premium.
Other than that, they are light and easy to use. These headphones fit like a glove inside the ear and stay anchored to the ear no matter what. They are comfortable to wear even for very long periods.
Contrary to the above, the Galaxy Buds Plus houses a set of touch buttons that look great, at least at first glance. They are flexible and do not press against your ear canal when you tap them.
In addition, button actions can be controlled. For example, you can customize single tap, long tap, and double tap actions. But when it comes to adjusting the volume, you’ll have to rely on your phone’s volume control.
The buttons on the Galaxy Buds Plus can be unreliable in everyday use. Turning off the headphones can stop playing songs because of an accidental brush, and this has happened countless times with me. The situation is the same when you have to hold your heads for a better fit.
The charging case of Galaxy Buds Plus is a reverse. Compared to the Elite 75t, the magnets on the case and the charging pins are weak. That is why it is quite a task to align the buds. Unlike this, the Elite 75t’s charging case is robust and the heads snap easily. I particularly like the audible click of the case when it is closed.
Last but not least, Jabra headphones are IP55 rated and can withstand dust and rain to some extent, while the Galaxy Buds Plus has a simple IPX2 rating.
It’s nothing less than frustrating when poor connectivity ruins the experience. Unfortunately, I experienced something similar with the Jabra Elite 75t and the Galaxy Buds Plus. Before the pandemic locked us in, I could walk around the gym with my phone in the locker and the two headphones were still connected.
So here the question is how the headphones manage the connection. The best part is that both headphones sport automatic ear detection and pause music as soon as the ear is removed from the ear.
However, there is a slight catch. In the case of the Galaxy Buds Plus, the two heads continue to act independently. This means that regardless of the side, you can continue listening to music at the touch of a button. Unlike this, you can only use the Elite 75t’s right headset independently.
Owners of Samsung phones can see the battery status of the headphones as soon as you open the case.
3. Battery life
When it comes to battery life, the two headphones don’t disappoint. Jabra earphones last about 7 hours and the case offers additional cycles, which gives you about 28 hours.
At the same time, you benefit from fast charging. A charging time of just 15 minutes will save you about an hour of reading time. Cool, I have to say.
True Samsung wireless goes one step further and can play songs continuously for about 11 hours. However, its charging case can store only one life cycle of the battery. Overall, the batteries can produce around 22 hours at moderate volume.
The Galaxy Buds Plus has another thing up its sleeves. In addition to supporting wired USB-C charging (the Elite 75t too), it also integrates wireless charging. Yes, just place the box on a wireless power mat and you’re good to go.
Or, if your Samsung phone supports Wireless PowerShare, just turn it on, place your phone face down and keep the case on top. Yes, you read correctly.
4. Characteristics of the application
Both heads have a companion app. While Samsung is called the Galaxy Wearable, Jabra is called Jabra Sound +.
The Jabra Sound + has many interesting features. From the built-in EQ settings and soundscapes to HearThrough and Find My Earbuds, there’s a lot to play for. When you open the application, you will find the option for HearThrough, the sound transparency function. A convenient slider allows you to adjust the degree of the HearThrough function.
As previously mentioned, the application also allows you to customize the action of the button. But perhaps what I find most useful is the sleep mode. To save battery life, you can set a time when the headphones will go to sleep mode when they are inactive.
Another of my favorite features is the 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 can be more than practical if you like to do heavy work with your headphones.
While the Galaxy Wearable app may not have features like Soundscapes or Sleep, it does have many handy options. For example, you can adjust the level of ambient sound to suit your preferences. Second, the Wearable app gives you more control over the notification. You can choose to ban them all or allow the most important.
Most importantly, the app gives you 5 equalization presets and the ability to customize the touchpads. You can reserve the single tap to activate the ambient noise function, then long press to open Spotify.
5. Audio performance
Now comes the most important feature of any audio accessory: what is the sound quality? Jabra’s headphones produce deep bass, perfect for workouts and other heavy work, and don’t be surprised if you start to groove on songs during your workout. Yes, they are good.
However, sometimes the bass can get a bit more prominent, especially if you want to use these heads for high concentration tasks like writing, building a presentation, etc.
On the positive side, the sound insulation is exceptional. With the HearThrough function deactivated, no outside noise will enter.
The Galaxy Buds Plus produces a balanced sound unlike the booming bass of the Elite 75t. After all, AKG has fixed them. While the bass may miss the heavy bass, let me tell you that it provides excellent sound quality. The bass is amplified, but not as much as Jabra’s headphones.
Plus, the snug fit of the headphones seals your ears from outside noise, meaning you can listen to high-quality tunes without the distraction.
Jabra Elite 75t or Galaxy Buds Plus: Verdict
So which one should you buy? If you’re all for long hours of listening and want a good inch of bass, you can’t go wrong with the Jabra Elite 75t. They have a robust build quality, and the feature set is enough for a great experience. In addition, at 28 hours, you will have enough juice to listen to your favorite playlists without worrying about battery life.
However, you should keep them on the case after the battery runs out, about 6-7 hours. And that’s where the Galaxy Buds Plus, with its 11 hours of continuous reading, comes into play.
Apart from that, the touch pads give these headphones a modern touch. The absence of a riveting bass could be a concern for some. However, if that is not a problem for you, the Samsung Buds Plus seems to be a very good bet. And if you’re already in a Samsung ecosystem, nothing like it.
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Last updated on June 16, 2020
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