Are the Galaxy S7's in-box headphones worth your time?

Aside from HTC's phones that launched during the now-defunct partnership with Beats, even high-end phones have historically come with a pretty crappy pair of headphones in the box. Many mid-range phones — and even more pricey devices like the Nexus 6P — eschew headphones altogether, understanding that folks aren't likely to use them and it can be an area of cost savings.

But what about your $700 Galaxy S7? Sure it comes with a pair of headphones nestled in the box, and nobody would blame you for being skeptical that they're worth a damn. Recently I set down my many pairs of nicer headphones to take the Galaxy S7's included earbuds for a spin — here's what I found.

Design and comfort

Rather than go with a super-basic earbud design, Samsung has opted for a far more ergonomic styling with a kidney-shaped earbud that's made to nestle deeper and point sound directly into your ear. This immediately improves comfort compared to the basic designs that rest further out on your ear, and also helps a little with noise cancelation — though these headphones don't particularly excel in that respect.

There are two different sizes of silicone covers for the earbuds, and the smaller pair worked surprisingly well for my larger ears. The relatively hard silicone added to the comfort of these earbuds, putting them a large step above other cheap (and not so cheap (opens in new tab) headphones that are just hard plastic.

The plastic that makes up the housing itself is light, flimsy and kind of slick feeling, but what can you expect for "free" headphones, I suppose. I don't expect these to be able to handle abuse for an extended period. The entire cable doesn't feel particularly robust either, and has a somewhat-rubbery coating that's bound to get tangled easily as its sheen wears off.

There's a really good in-line remote on the cable leading to the right earbud, with play/pause button and a volume rocker. Samsung has made a proper design decision here to separate that play/pause button from the volume rocker, rather than putting it in the middle where it's far too easy to hit when all you want to do is adjust the volume. The mic found on the remote opposite the buttons is there for calls ... but it's not anywhere near the quality you'd get just from using the mic on the Galaxy S7.

Audio quality

Galaxy S7 in-box headphones

Here's where we get to the real meat and potatoes — the audio quality. Sure the headphones aren't made to last forever, but you can hope that whatever money was saved in the cheap plastic was instead spent on the components that make these earbuds worth putting in your ears.

Coming from the base line of basically zero expectations when it came to audio quality on these headphones, I was pleasantly surprised after listening to them for over a week.

They're more than good enough for podcasts and other spoken word audio, but also usable for streaming audio and even serviceable for local audio playback — across the board, far higher quality than I expected. Music in particular can push past what these little earbuds are capable of, especially in bass response, but even at high volumes I never thought they were particularly tinny or hollow — they just couldn't produce bass like better earbuds can.

Bottom line

If you already have a pair of in-ear headphones that you like, and they set you back more than about $30, you aren't going to be too impressed by what comes in the box of the Galaxy S7. By spending additional money on headphones prior to this, you've already established that you're willing to pay for a bit more quality — both in the design and audio.

But if you just lost your previous pair of headphones, or have done so before and bought the best-looking $5 pair you could find on Amazon you to get you through some time while you shop for something nicer, you should give the headphones in the Galaxy S7's box a chance. They're extremely comfortable, have good in-line controls and sound pretty good.

I can guarantee you they feel and sound better than that pair of cheapo earbuds you bought to replace your old pair, and while they probably aren't built to last you as long as you'll have your Galaxy S7 they're a good pair of headphones to have around, even after you've decided its time for something nicer for everyday use.

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • The new design is rough, for me anyway. I can't get them to stay in. Be Together Not The Same
  • I use the stock headphones. Mostly because I only listen to podcasts and it doesn't matter, but even the music I listen to sounds good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pull that sign out that says "Space for rent" and they'll fit. J/k man!
  • Explain Be Together Not The Same
  • The sign. Space for rent. Out of your head. It was a joke man. That's all.
  • It's all good Be Together Not The Same
  • Does anyone know Samsung Galaxy S7 got touch improvements update today ? here i found the news
    samsungdeck . com/2016/04/11/galaxy-s7-galaxy-s7-edge-updated-touch-improvements/
  • Ditto. Not even close to staying in.
  • I agree they're loose.
  • Same here. And the audio quality is garbage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Must be a slow news week. The headphones are just ok in my opinion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't get this point, or why people try to make it sound like posting these sorts of articles is a bad thing. Do you really think that the majority of what we do here at AC is just covering the "news" every week? It really isn't. We cover a lot more than that, and posting an article about headphones that come with the most popular device of the year — on a Saturday, no less — has absolutely nothing to do with the "news" cycle.
  • @Andrew Mattonik: Valid point. While the quality of headphones (earbuds, whatever) may not be a major revelation, to some who cherish sound quality, it is a point of interest. Those might wonder if they need to buy another headphone while they're making the phone purchase. What may have driven home the value of this article would be to compare it to known after-market products that are well-known to the public. Cover dynamic range. bass, treble, distortion, ambient noise reduction, etc.
  • Glad someone finally talked about how good the stock earbuds are for a free pair. Besides not producing loud bass 7 the cable being a little weak, It's a free pair that I am happy with.
  • Yup, I wouldn't have written anything if they weren't any good. But it turns out they've got some quality.
  • And thanks to this post, I will use the included headphones, I didn't even try them. Now I will open the box again and actually give them a try. Thanks Andrew.
  • Andrew, can you check and let us know if these are identical to the ones that came with the S6? They certainly appear to be the same. If they're different can you let us know what the differences are? Thanks.
  • I agree with you a 100% Andrew. To make a comment like that is just flat out rude. I actually appreciated this article and I will give these headphones a try. S7 edge/AC app
  • I was happy to see the article too. I'm waiting for an S7 Edge and what earbuds would come with it was a question I had - now I know!
  • You're making a mistake bro.
  • No you put out your opinions that sometimes bash really good devices or say a terrible device is good. Some of the articles are utter garbage. And I feel like if people have a S7 they will know if the earbuds are any good after first use. Don't need you to tell them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Once a Dick always a dick........Go away troll.
  • Must be a slow day for you to make a comment like that. Nothing else to do? Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Headphones might not be a big deal for you but they are a big deal for me and other of us. I personally wish Samsung would put a slightly higher quality of headphone in the box considering the hefty price tags of their phones. I think the quality of headphones Samsung packs in boxes is worth about $15.00 Be Together Not The Same
  • I have to agree. But for free, they really aren't that bad. Better than the republic headphones sold at radio shack....
  • They are not free though. $800-$700 is for the whole package not just the phone. I exactly quality for that price. Be Together Not The Same
  • For a while there, some manufacturers didn't even include them and the phones were the same price. I get what your saying, but they don't have to include them.
  • If you want the full package I guess you expect Samsung to include a free 200 GB SD card and free wireless charger too SMH. They already offer promos for a free Gear VR and free wireless charger when you register a credit or debit card with Samsung Pay. Some people are never happy. For $800 your already getting the best Android phone currently available. They don't have to include the free headphones. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • You really enjoy getting screwed. Oh well Be Together Not The Same
  • I'm getting not getting screwed at all. When I buy a $800 phone all I care about is that it's a quality device. Last time I checked the Note 5 and the S7 are both quality devices. The headphones that come with both are just fine. Once again they already offer a free Gear VR and a free wireless charger when you register a card with Samsung Pay if that's not enough for you then I don't know what to tell you. Complaining about something that is free makes no sense at all. BTW I already get a 25% discount off my entire AT&T bill with no upgrade fees and a 25% discount off all accessories purchased from AT&T. Yeah I'm really getting screwed LMAO. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • Does your discount apply to everyone? So with that logic I'm sure you don't mind paying. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • No it doesn't apply to everyone and I only care that I get a great deal on my cell phone bill. I get that discount through my job because I'm a member of the IBEW and no I don't mind paying a lot for a device because I make a very good salary. If I want top quality headphones then I will buy them. A manufacturer is not required to include headphones with your cell phone. The only thing they are required to give you is a charger. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • I also receive a generous government salary, which i also receive a discount. I care about getting good service from my provider and a quality phone. If the manufacturer decides to put these in, that's fine if they are decent or better, but if they aren't I'd rather them not and have a savings in the price of the phone. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Believe me, if samsung (or any other manufacture) left out the headphones, the price would not be cheaper.
  • Exactly because the Verizon Note 5 didn't include the headphones but the AT&T Note 5 did include them and the retail prices were similar Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • I also care about getting good quality service from my provider and a quality device. That's why I currently own an AT&T Note 5 and a S7 Edge. The headphones they include are decent and sound good. If you read Andrew's article he agrees as well. Are they top of the line headphones of course not but they do the job. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • When I purchased a rezound, i got beats in ear earbuds. They are the best in ear earbuds i have to date. Stay in the ear and have excellent audio quality. Those are $100 earbuds also that came for free. HTC was good back in the day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why do we have to keep repeating this BS? If you don't like an article, don't read it. No one is forcing you to read every article that AC publishes. I found this article useful because my dog ate my Shure, in-ear earphones recently. Yes, I know, sounds like a joke, but it really happened, and now I am going to give these a try as a temporary replacement, or maybe instead of, since I also have a Bose QC25 for noisier environments that are not the gym. Point is, these articles are very useful for some of ACs audience. I don't read the ones that are not, but at least I don't complain about them or say it's a slow news day. It's just disrespectful. Regardless, Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here. If an article doesn't interest me, I skip it. Mind you, this guy most likely got what he wanted. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You mentioned that your dog chewed your earbuds. It happens. I know a guy whose dog chewed the extra battery for his Note 4. Actually, I'm worried about that dog's health. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol. I would also be worried. Our dog is a puppy, and she eats anything. She's gone through some shoes, a few USB cables. We've had to adjust our lifestyle a bit. But she's getting better. I wasn't too thrilled though with the Shure earphones. They cost me $150. They were so badly damaged, that they were hardly recognizable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • its a good job i dont have a dog as if it did that to my headphones id put it in an iron ball and fire it into the sun! (can you tell im not a dog person :P )
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why don't you go somewhere else where you can get some real news chump.
  • The FREE headphones that come with the S7 are not just ok they sound great especially for something that is FREE! Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • The headphones are NOT FREE!!!!! Be Together Not The Same
  • I agree, they are just factored in to the price. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • No the price of the cell phone wouldn't be any cheaper if it didn't include the headphones. I guess a free Gear VR which retails for $200 and a free wireless charger when you simply just register a card with Samsung Pay is not enough for some people. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • The Verizon Note 5 didn't even come with headphones while the AT&T version did come with headphones and the price of the phone was the same. So both of your points are invalid. Do some research before making a comment. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • What does Samsung get out of you registering your card? Nothing in this world is free. Just like free apps, especially games. Games and movies, I guess they are free too. I guess some of these game publishers and movie companies would think it's a bad idea to pay Samsung to promote their product too. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Ok i guess you didn't hear about this promotion but many other people did. If you register a card with Samsung Pay you get a free wireless charger. That promotion already ended. Samsung wants you to use their Samsung Pay service so they figure if you register a card that you will use it. I already have 2 free wireless chargers on the way. Here is the link. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • Samsung also offered a free Gear VR if you pre-ordered a S7 or S7 Edge. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • Why post the link if the promotion is no longer valid???
  • Because he obviously never heard of that promotion and insisted that nothing in life is free. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • Free and complimentary are completely different words.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love these sorts of articles. Keep them up! Posted via S7 edge
  • I personally don't use the in box headphones but I think they're quiete acceptable...I hope this doesn't become a new critique for phones just because it'll be another reason to charge exorbitant prices Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm totally OK with manufacturers choosing to "cheap out" a little on the in-box headphones. Particularly for that reason you note — I want the full cost of the phone to actually be going into the quality of the phone, not its accessories.
  • Exactly... I feel that if you want high quality audio you have to invest your own money.. Nonetheless that doesn't mean the manufacturers have to give us's a matter of preference I guess Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can't use them. The new design won't stay in my right ear. ( cauliflower ear) For this, I prefer and still use their old design. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The earbuds I use now are actually the ones that came with my G4. They've replaced my much more expensive Bose ones (the activity type ones), that have broken, been fixed, soldered and glued back together at least 3 times now. Not buying Bose again (first pair of normal ones were excellent, but I lost them. Figured more expensive Gym going ones would be even better but their build quality is shocking! Man, was I wrong) The G4 ones are pretty good quality (both build and sound) and way louder in the Gym environment than the Bose. They do get slippery with sweat tho.
  • You mean you needed someone on here to tell you that your Bose were fake? They were Posted via the Android Central App!
  • They were not fake, purchased legitimately, just very disappointing. Sounded great, just cheapo plastics. Inline remote didn't work cuz they we developed for iPhone, but didn't care at the time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm assuming you have been the victim of counterfeit items before, since you're an expert. Having owned BOSE earphones too, they lack build quality. When they worked they worked great. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Hell yes. Thanks for this article, thought no one else cared lol, i love these, the others that go waay into the ears NEVER stay in for me, and when it came to share them, gross, felt like showering when the other person returned them lol. These are hands down my fav headphones, not to mention the packaging - good stuff. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think there is a situation where I would let anyone else stick ny ear buds in their ears. Gross is only the tip of the iceberg. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Puke! You share earplugs?!!! Horror! I may throw up now....
  • Bet they're not as good as the JBL's that came with my Axon. Posted with my Axon Pro.
  • Probably not.
  • What about the JBLs that came with the idol 3? Posted via the Android Central App
  • someone tell me...are these worth over JBL entry level cheapest headphones? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't have an s7 so I can't speak for the buds but I want to say these phones aren't cheap and imo they shouldn't come with buds that come out of a $0.25 machine Posted via the Android Central App
  • Then the phone would be made with less quality, or three cost would be more. Companies don't make nearly as much as you think on phones, between the ~$200 in parts, the research and development, the marketing, ect. I'd say make the phone cost $50-75 less and do the earphones, charger, and USB cable. All that stuff is nice but not needed seeing as I have my own. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wouldn't be half bad if they stayed in your ears and if Samsung would put any effort at all into the sound quality that their phones put out.
    My old htc m7 sounds much better than my s7 edge.
    Pretty pathetic for a phone that cost this much in my opinion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know, also audio latency, it's improved lot but still nowhere near the iPhone's level.
  • I still have my black S2 headphones that I used on my Note 3 (left those sealed, never used them, looked the same in white).
    I now carry these for my Moto X Style.
    If I have to listen to a track going around my head, in desperation, these are actually OK if you keep them pressed in to your ears with a finger each side (about 6 inches :p). So it's good to know these would be better if I get an S7E. I disagree with Andrew slightly in that Samsung / OEM's should subsidise at least an equivalent £30 / $30+ retail set with a flagship which should cost them 30% of that roughly, and still plough every manufacturing penny in to the device proper.
  • ^^ I know the last bit is illogical, but I'm Irish and we get a pass as we don't natively do logic, lol. (well I thought I was funny)
  • Lol
  • I like the way they sound but the ones that came with the s5 fit my ear so much better so I use them it I'm doing something a bit more active. Are the ones with the s7 the same that came with the s6 or do they have some sound improvment? Posted via the Android Central App
  • They are good for the gear vr cause Bluetooth don't work for gaming S7 edge will make America great again!
  • My Jabra Move wireless headphones work perfect with my Gear VR. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good to know ill have to try those. I have level u pro and some beats. The games won't work the sound stutters but movies sound fine on them. S7 edge will make America great again!
  • Mine are still in the box. Probably will stay there. Never have I been a fan of them. Happy to hear they are okay in case my wireless headphones crap out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • These are the current pair I use: Sennheiser MM30G In Ear Headset Got them for $20. Even at the current price they aren't bad. This post has +5 to topic derailment
  • Yea they are really good actually! The design and everything just works
  • I disagree, I'm no big super audiofile but I think they suck for sound quality. My cheap skullcandys sound 20xs better
  • I've been using Skull Candy for years because I'm extremely happy with the quality for the price. You can always pick up a new pair in a Marshall's or Ross for $12. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The headphones that came with my G4 last year were pretty decent, they sound good and even have braided cables. I use them occasionally at work for voice recordings but I've never used them for properly listening to music or a film. I didn't even bother opening the case of the S7 headphones. They'll be going back to Samsung brand new next year when I trade in for the S8. I think leaving them out is probably best if you're only planning on putting in junk, my main interest is the phone hardware anyway. Just from an environmental aspect what's the point in producing so many crap headphones most people will never use? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Most people do use them. And they're not crap for them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's the braided cable on the G4 ones that I like. Sure, the sound quality won't compete with £50+ ear phones, but they're good enough for the sound quality provided by Play Music, iPlayer and the like. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey Andrew, to case or not to case? That is the question. S7 edge/AC app
  • Personal preference. I like to protect this $800 investment Posted via Galaxy S7 edge
  • I really never had much of a need for them as I prefer over the ear headphones. But my grandson has used them on occasion. Hey they work if your good ones break on you. Good article anyway despite what some of the haters and trolls have commented. And I mean trolls cause I've noticed it's the same damn trolls that all ways so up on a Samsung forum b******* about the same damn thing . We get it you don't like Samsung. ..and you know what that's just fine keep it to yourself. Here's some advice. ..when every you see a article about a Samsung product don't f****** read it see its just that easy . Now I'm sorry that nexus phones are not the hot topics right now ..but ...get over it. Know knock on nexus phones hey I have one but there market share is less then windows phones. And that's the facts live with it . Your dumb ass Samsung rants are well pass there sale by date oh and by the way there's a note 6 about to drop so there's gonna be a whole lot more Samsung used to it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think these are the same ones that come with the Note 5. I actually really like them, and I've switched to them as my daily drivers for walking around campus. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Never even acknowledged their existence. I do use my level u headphones while working out. On my commute I use $300 V moda m100. Both are leagues above the one included with the phone. Posted via Galaxy S7 edge
  • $300 headphones are better then free ones? Thanks for the news flash. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Glad I could help Posted via Galaxy S7 edge
  • Good to know! Love these articles because I'm the guy that loses headphones. You see a pair of headphones in a puddle on the corner of a sidewalk, yup probably mine. Right now I'm using the free pair that came with my roku. I'll use these at home and keep using the cheap bulk earbuds on my way to work...
  • They sound okay but, will not stay in... Posted via the Android Central App
  • These are the same buds that came with my Note 5. They sound great to me. Posted from Galaxy Note 5
  • Thanks for the article, Andrew. I'll actually have to unwrap them and try them out. They'll do if one day I don't want to risk my Sennheisers. Posted via the Android Central App from my S7 edge
  • The buds that came with my M7 and M8 were pretty good for free. The M8 ones just died on me a couple days ago so I'm in the market for a mid-range pair to beat up at work. Maybe I'll steal my kids pair out of his S7 box... MUAHAHAHA
  • I like them, but i dont expect them to be too quality. You have to realize that people who want the best sounds have probably already bought an expensive pair or will, the headphones in the box. I dont want to pay extra for the phone because there are high quality (to samsung) if i am going to pay for headphones ill go to the store and try different ones before i choose. The ones in the box are just fine for the intended purpose. My opinion, yours may vary Sent with my white Note5 with nonremovable back and no SDcard!
  • I'm still rockin the headphones from the S3, since every phone I bought after didn't come with one. It's loud and has bass. That's more than enough.
  • Hey, I have the s5 from 2014 and those buds rock. Still using them today!! I bought a pair of 80 dollar candies and the difference is only marginal . The bass is better . So if these are better than my S5 woo hoo baby..
  • No. They are not. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Headphones are terrible. Can't get them to stay on for nothing Posted via the Android Central App
  • Any headphones with wires isn't worth my time. It's all Bluetooth for me.
  • Bluetooth is finicky when I'm traveling in a crowded train.
    But they're so much more convenient that I've learned to live with it. Especially since I had an ear infection and stopped using in-ear buds. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks like the same pair that came with my Note 5 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Personally I'm sticking with the Galaxy Note 4 ones. They fit better, and the face that they're dual driver makes them sound awesome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I never particularly cared about the bundled earphones that come with the phone. Main reason is that I never really liked those in-ear types. It's just a personal preference thing, but I don't like how they feel, and there's always the worry that they might fall out of your ears after a while. My preferred type are over-ear ones. More bulky than in-ear ones, but I personally prefer how they feel and how they stay secured for a long time.
  • I'm with you 100%. I tried my in-box ones that came with the M8 and put them back immediately. Bought some HTC actives, and I don't like how they sound unless you push them so far in your ears that you worry about hurting yourself. I do keep a pair of Apple buds in my work laptop bag because they nestle in my ears without having to push them in, and they sound adequate. I also keep a pair that I bought in Texas that sound unremarkable, but I may swap them out for the HTC headphones after I do some listening tests tonight. At least the HTC ones have more complete controls. In general, my first choice is over-ear, then on-ear, then in-ear. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok, I stand corrected: the stock HTC headphones for the M8 sound pretty good if they are in just far enough to seal. Same with the Actives. After the listening tests, the order of sound quality is HTC Active, HTC M8 headphones, Apple headphones, then the $30 ones from Texas (no brand on the phones themselves, and I lost the box). The Apple ones are the most comfortable for MY ears, so I'm keeping them in my bag with the Actives. Your mileage may vary of course ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you people are so concerned about cheap great quality ear buds. Get xiaomi piston 3 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are they any good? Not that it matters since audio out sucks on this phone.
    If I didn't need the water resistance and the damn beautiful screen I'd go for the g5 and it's dac Posted via the Android Central App
  • In my own experience with Ear Buds, the galaxy ones seem to be a little better than others I've received standard with gadgets.
    But in all honesty , every single set of earbuds I've ever used I found would not stay in my ears.
    Not too long ago I thought I'd bite the bullet, so I went shopping and bought a recommended by the shop girl a blue tooth pair of Buds with the selling point they never fall out !
    $150 dollars later at home , I tried the various rubber bits that fitted my ear the best and went for a walk ........... You guessed it, they stayed in for about 5 minutes and fell out , I must have weird shaped rates or something, because I have never in life been able to keep a pair of earbuds in my ears, even the ones with hook around the ear.
    I give up on them, I love my full size blue tooth head phones..
  • They sound nice, but the new shape does not work for my ears. I tried both sizes but to no avail. Sitting completely still, they just pop out. Sucky...
  • The Galaxy stock headphones are bad...really bad. I ordered some waterproof wireless bluetooth ones from Geek for $7! They've lasted me months and sound beautiful.
  • I tried them the day I got the phone and decided to keep my current ones. Don't like the curved design and they don't feel like they'll stay in. They do sound good but u feel everyone can hear my music because they don't feel like they fit even though I tried both sets of covers Posted via the Android Central App running on my Galaxy S7
  • Was expecting it to be as good as the one that came with the S5 but nope, this is a huge disappointment. ---
  • It's the same headphone they given out in the galaxy s6. Mine had broken in the Y-split section. It's not very durable. But it had serve me for almost 10 months before it broken. Cant complaint much. Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S6
  • The headphones are not bad but don't just stick in my ears lol. They are a bit of downgrade from what Sony offered me with their noise cancellation headset on the Xperia z2. Would be nice to have everything premium out of box for such a premium quality phone but that's life. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is not trying to be an audiophile snob, but it will come off that way. These Samsung freebies will sound only good to those that haven't progressed to anything actually decent. Even one level up the sound quality ladder will have you throwing these in a drawer. Once you go even higher up the food change, you'll wonder how you ever thought crap like these actually sounded decent to your ears at the time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does not these headphones the same with those that were included with GS6? I had Galaxy Alpha and GS6 and I can say, that Alpha's classic designed headphones are good enough. GS6 with new design are not so good cause of it's form - they do not fit my ears. I think these headphones are the same with GS6.
  • I think they are the same.and that Samsung just had double the amount of units produced in bulk instead of having to redesign.
  • I used these headphones before buying some Bluetooth ones, what I liked about these is the play button because when you double tap it skips the song and that was convenient when I was cycling to work, and the sound quality was good for me because I am not an expert on headphones and my standards aren't really high, but I do prefer the previous design Samsung had they were more comfortable for me and actually blocked out a lot of the outside noise, when I used these as I was riding my bike you could hear all the wind but for them being included in the box I can't be mad :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry but even the Beats earbuds that came with the One series were complete garbage. The M7 and M8 earbuds were terrible and had no tonal range whatsoever. Apples earbuds are the same and I imagine the S7's are the same. You gotta spend at least $100 to get a decent set. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I disagree with the last part. Monoprice offers some very nice sounding earbuds for like $12 (the "enhanced bass hi-fi" model). They don't look great but the sound is there, especially with the right tips.
  • can you tell us how good the audio quality comparing it to the blackberry premium earphones that comes with the Z30 or the apple earphones?
  • Maybe I've just been spoiled with better sounding headphones/earbuds, but when I tried the S7 buds I had to take them out almost immediately as I thought they sounded terrible (as usual). They do sound barely "better" than the ones that came with my S5 and I do like the design, but the sound quality is all I'm concerned about and these didn't do it for me. Luckily, it was expected and I never planned on using them anyway.
  • Bought some Dr.Dre Monster Beats in Thailand for 300 baht. Sound great, hope no copy lol Posted via Android Central App
  • 300 baht, doesn't seems like real deal. most likely it's counterfeit product.
  • Was a good read thanks, I found them to work good with podcast as well as occasional streaming
  • The ones that came with the s4 and s5 were and still are the best headphones I've ever had. You can order them in bulk on Amazon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope! They just fall out of my ears Posted via the Android Central App
  • Never used them. Still in the box. Don't even use the Gear Circle bluetooth headphones I bought. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Surprised Apple hasn't sued them for those. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wish they were earbuds that stuck in your ear like the ones that came with the S3 & S5...I've tried these and they fall out of my ears, and because they don't seal in your ear, they have much less bass than the old ones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you to the author for writing this article. Thank you to all the people who posted WORTHWHILE comments. I just pulled mine out of the box for the first time. They do not fit my ears either so @ first I thought there was something wrong/defective with the buds, or with my ears, until I noticed others have the same problem! I like my Galaxy S5 earbuds better but that's only because they fit/stayed in. I really don't use earbuds often so to me it's not a big deal. I have a pair of Skullcandy earbuds I had bought long awhile back ( I don't remember why I purchased them but I think maybe my first Android did not come with earbuds). So, to the people on here who say they know what is quality and what isn't quality when talking earbuds, are Skullcandy earbuds any good (aka quality buds)? I don't think they were very expensive and definitely were not the most expensive ones offered by Skullcandy. I like the Skullcandy ones but that's only because they fit (stay in) my ears too, I don't know what is quality and what isn't. I would not call these S7 Bud's quality but only because they don't stay in my ears!
  • Well, I for one am glad you wrote this article, I have been using my wee earbuds increasingly of late and was wondering if it's worth getting higher quality ones for my deaf old ears....
  • Write an article about how poorly the audio sounds even out of my RHA t20 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'll give them a shot myself. My girlfriend keeps complaining that my voice sounds all muffled over my 120 dollar blue tooth headset:( I'll try these out.
  • I never take my stock headphones out the box I always go with my Jaybird Bluebud's X first edition which works better with my S7 Edge than with my Note 5.
  • V10's Quad Beat 3 tuned by AKG are pretty awsome, add Poweramp to the fold and you got unbelievable audio quality Posted via the Android Central App
  • they look like the same from the S6 and those were worse than even the cheapest pair i've ever heard.
  • They are as useless as a paperweight if you compare the sound quality to iphone earpods
  • What size is the smaller size because both of the pairs of covers seem the same size to me
  • haha, they are complete garbage, after a month the audio one the left ear just shut off, the day after it happened to the other one too, tried on diffrent devises the earbuds ARE the problem, and even when i first gor them there were problems with loud cracks interupting the audio when i moved the cable just a little bit, dont expect them to work at all.
  • These fit for ****.
  • How does anyone use these with the way that they fall out???!!!! I have better luck just wrapping the wire around my ears and dangling the earpiece in front of my ears! Seriously? How is it possible that someone got paid to design and test these??