Several generations of the Samsung Galaxy Watch play nice with wireless earbuds. So much so, in fact, that you may not even need your phone if you load it up with tracks or playlists from compatible apps. Even if you do keep your phone close, the watch still lets you control playback from your wrist, which is really convenient for keeping the phone out of sight and letting the earbuds do their thing.
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A redesigned build should not only help make these more comfortable to wear for longer periods, but they'll also integrate with the Galaxy Watch 5 in no time. Play music or take a call from your watch screen and listen through your Buds 2 Pro, keeping your phone away unless you absolutely need it. That's all on top of the improved active noise cancelation (ANC) and 360 audio.
Next in line
The Galaxy Buds 2 may not have all the frills their Pro siblings do, but that doesn't make them any less capable of speaking the same language with a Galaxy Watch. Easy direct pairing lets you listen to tunes stored on the watch itself or control what's playing from the watch, even if it's your phone handling playback. With a very comfy fit and solid ANC, you can't go wrong wearing these buds.
Going all out
You would have a hard time finding earbuds of the caliber of the Sony WF-1000XM5. Top-class ANC only gets better, while superb sound quality makes them such a pleasure to wear and listen through. They may not be the smallest — nor the most rugged — earbuds out there, but when you want to take things to another level, you won't go wrong with them.
If you're going to get active wearing a Samsung smartwatch, the Jabra Elite 8 Active can handle wear and tear for whatever you have in mind. These earbuds have IP68 protection and are super comfortable to wear over longer periods, with excellent sound and ANC performance rounding out one of the best overall packages out there.
Round those ears
An active lifestyle needs a comfortable fit, and it doesn't get much more stable than hooks wrapping around your ears. The Soundcore Sport X10 use rotating ear hooks that vastly reduce their size, especially in their charging case. The IPX7 rating means they can handle runs and workouts just fine, while the Galaxy Watch tracks it all.
Play it your way
Rugged earbuds don't get much more versatile than the Jaybird Vista 2, and it's not just that they can handle rigorous workouts and activities. It's also that the Jaybird app has one of the most extensive EQ setups in the industry, where a community makes its own presets you can apply to your earbuds. Sound truly is in your hands with these ones.
Set your ears free
If you prefer to keep your inner ears free of any physical contact, you can try the OpenFit as a means to that end. These buds hook around the ears and use an air conductor transducer to deliver an open-ear sound that is better than you might expect. Shokz's DirectPitch technology also funnels audio toward your ears, keeping others outside from hearing what you are.
More than just buds
You don't have to just settle for a pair of earbuds when you grab hold of the HyperSonic 360 because you also get a Qi-enabled wireless charger. If your phone or watch ever need a jolt of juice, lay either on top of the charging surface for convenience. While a little cumbersome to take with you, this thing could be a lifesaver.
When you want value for every dollar you spend, you come across earbuds like the Back Bay Audio Tempo 30. It's easy to get a good fit with these, and once they start playing, you'll appreciate the bang for your buck. Plus, they can handle more than a few workouts and runs, putting your Watch to work just the same.
Watch and listen
Wearing a good pair of wireless earbuds does enhance the smartwatch experience, especially when the watch in this case is a Samsung Galaxy Watch. The watch was built to work with earbuds directly, especially when they're close and in the family like the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Galaxy Buds 2.
While they're both different, the Buds 2 Pro take things further with improved ANC and audio performance to complement the direct communication they have with the Watch. They will recognize each other, making it easy to take a call, control audio playback, and wake your voice assistant without reaching for your phone.
While the likes of the Sony WF-1000XM5 and Jabra Elite 8 Active won't integrate quite as much, they'll still play nice with Samsung's latest smartwatch, so you get a lot out of this marriage of convenience.
Speaking of convenience, you get a fair bit of that in how the LinearFlux HyperSonic 360 embed a Qi-enabled wireless charger you can use to charge up the Galaxy Watch (or your phone) in a pinch.
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Ted Kritsonis loves taking photos when the opportunity arises, be it on a camera or smartphone. Beyond sports and world history, you can find him tinkering with gadgets or enjoying a cigar. Often times, that will be with a pair of headphones or earbuds playing tunes. When he's not testing something, he's working on the next episode of his podcast, Tednologic.