I tested Samsung Gear IconX (2018) and now I know if these are the best wireless Bluetooth headphones and whether it is worth buying them for PLN 800.
What should be the ideal wireless headphones? For some, it will be Apple AirPods, and for others it has been recently tested in the gsmManiaKa Jabra Elite 65t. Will this year's edition of Samsung Gear IconX meet the expectations of customers? I checked this during the testing month and I already know if these headphones are worth 799 PLN .
Samsung Gear IconX specification:
- Bluetooth: 4.1
- 4 GB of built-in memory (3.5 GB available)
- 8 grams of weight (one handset)
- Sports functions: calories burned, distance traveled, training time, speed, pulse
Nice and shapely, but is it comfortable?
Samsung Gear IconX (2018) are of course wireless. It also means that you have to recharge them somehow. A case is used for this, which is attached to the sales set and it is from him that I will start discussing the quality of workmanship. The "box" has the shape and dimensions of an egg, flattened on one side. The case gives the impression of being able to survive a lot – I did not notice any scratches, cracks or cracks in my backpack for a month in my backpack.On the front you will find two diodes informing about the state of battery charge and a button for opening the case. It is very safe, so the case can be easily opened with just one hand. On the back you will find a button for pairing (I will add that easy and fast) and a USB-C charging socket . After opening to our eyes, two headphones appear – initially, they may surprise us with their size, but they fit comfortably in the ear. Each handset weighs 8 grams , which initially feel when worn. After a few minutes I forgot about the fact that I have them at all – the convenience and comfort of use is really top notch. The part that when using it protrudes from the ear is also a touch panel – I will write about it a bit later. Do these headphones hold well in your ear and will not fall out while running? My experience shows that until he tries to make salt in them, they will stay in their place (I tried, one has loosened up). I ran in them a dozen or so times and did not even twitch at all . It's a big applause to get fit with Samsung. The headphones are protected from splashing , but with no water resistance. Unless the sweat should harm them in any way, I would definitely not advise you to swim with Gear IconX.
Service and equipment at a high level
Headphones are controlled by touch – and the touch surface is quite large and well felt before the finger. It is a very convenient and at the same time much more universal solution than physical buttons. There are a lot of gestures , and with their full list you will get acquainted after pairing the headphones with the phone (Android 4.4 is required as standard). I must admit that even without this I knew intuitively what to do – you certainly will not have to learn them by heart.Each headphone is equipped with two microphones used for making phone calls – I have no objection to the sound quality , and the callers did not report any problems. Although talking to myself while walking down the street, I still think that it looks strange – well, the sign of our times. Wind noise is reduced, and on the other side it was practically inaudible. Let's go to the most important thing, that is to the sound quality. It's good here – if you're not very demanding. I checked the headphones with different phones to have a comparison. For me, the bass is a bit too much emphasized , but it's rather a matter of taste. If you want to use headphones mainly as a running companion, then you will certainly be satisfied. Unfortunately, there was no support for aptX, which at this price can be treated as a disadvantage. If you do not listen to music in very high quality on a daily basis, then the quality of the sound played by Samsung Gear IconX will satisfy you . I am only lucky enough to actively suppress the environment – I must admit, however, that the isolation is quite good and even in a crowded bus we are almost completely cut off. It must be added that it is not necessary to have a telephone to use this model. The headphones have their own built-in memory – 4 GB. In practice, it's easy enough to get together a few hundred songs and enjoy a lot of training. Interestingly, Gear IconX also tracks physical activity , which you can fully use in the application. After activating during training, they will measure the number of steps (on this basis, estimate the distance traveled, though I will not say that they do it very accurately), calories burned, and even speed and maximum pace. They can not replace a good sports watch (accuracy does not stand at this level), but it's always something. An interesting feature is the function of the trainer, who, after proper setting in the application, reminds you to run faster or slow down. Unfortunately, he will not do it in Polish, which may be a disadvantage for some.
The battery for the whole marathon
The producer states that Samsung Gear IconX is able to withstand 7 hours of work after a full charge while playing from the memory of the device and 5 when listening to music from the phone. I must admit that the results obtained by me coincide roughly with this, although the final result also depends on the volume. The case, of course, also functions as a power bank with a capacity of 340 mAh. In practice, this allows for one additional charge of the batteries in the headphones, so in total they are able to work 14 hours without recharging (or 10 if you use streaming from your smartphone). This is a good result, although there are better models on the market – even the mentioned Jabra model. I would like to add that it took me an hour and a half to fully charge the case / powerbank. 20 minutes allowed me for another two hours of work – so there is nothing to complain about.
Is it worth buying Samsung Gear IconX (2018)?
Let's summarize all the advantages and disadvantages of this equipment. Samsung Gear IconX (2018) are very good wireless headphones . They are universal, and thanks to a toned-out look they will work equally well in the hands (and ears) of a businessman in a suit as well as during a running marathon. If you do not care about the very good quality of the sound being played (or the music you listen to mainly from streaming services), then they will serve you well. In the final assessment, the question of price is important. Samsung Gear IconX currently costs PLN 799 . It's a lot of money and at the same time more than, for example, Jabra Elite 65t, which is not a worse set at all. In my opinion, it's worth the Samsung product to give a chance – it's a good handset with built-in memory that can work independently of the phone. And this is their greatest asset. [Show_rating]