Samsung Gear IconX Review: Enter the World of a New Hearing Experience

  • Samsung Gear IconX. YBLTV Review by Washington Thompson III.
    Samsung Gear IconX Review: Enter the World of a New Hearing Experience
  • Samsung Gear IconX. YBLTV Review by Washington Thompson III.
    Samsung Gear IconX Review: Enter the World of a New Hearing Experience
  • Samsung Gear IconX. YBLTV Review by Washington Thompson III.
    Samsung Gear IconX Review: Enter the World of a New Hearing Experience
  • Samsung Gear IconX. YBLTV Review by Washington Thompson III.
    Samsung Gear IconX Review: Enter the World of a New Hearing Experience
  • Samsung Gear IconX. YBLTV Review by Washington Thompson III.
    Samsung Gear IconX Review: Enter the World of a New Hearing Experience
8.5 Total Score
YBLTV Review: Samsung Gear IconX

I use the Samsung Gear IconX daily and would recommend them to anyone who wants stable true wireless earbuds. That’s why you can get truly wireless stability with the Samsung Gear IconX.

PROS
  • Truly wireless earbuds
  • 3 GB of HD space for storage of audio on earbuds
  • Activity tracker, with assistant that counts the user through exercise
  • Excellent sync between the left and right earbuds
  • Rugged case that both charges and stores gear Iconx earbuds
  • 5 hour battery life but 15 minutes in charging case gives the user another hour
  • Good sound that can be improved with correct wing and tip sizing
CONS
  • Low number of size configurations
  • No mobile app for iOS users
  • Charges through USB cable connection, no independent power source
  • Not cheap!
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An IconX for Any Generation

The small pill shaped case is all I want to see when I pull away the cellophane and remove the small circular tape that holds the box closed. The instruction manual and other things sit on top but I remove them quickly; my mind bent on getting to the charging case and the Samsung IconX earbuds that rat inside. I grab the case and press the cool little inlet that opens the case and there they are– my IconX earbuds. Though the need to get to them was one of rushing. When I get to them, I do it slow, as if in reverence.

I take out the first one, then the second and test the size of them in my hand. They’re light but sturdy; the small gold connectors shine as I turn them. I finally take the time to look at the enclosed instruction manual and get my first shock. These buds work with my new iPhone XR but I can’t get the app that comes with it. I can tell you right now, I was a little upset with that but I took the hit and connected through Bluetooth.

Screw the app, I can go with what I got and hope that Samsung can think about their iPhone owning fans later. The Samsung IconX are that good. I enjoyed them immediately and after a little tweaking around with the equalizer of my music app, I was really happy with my earphones.

The Case

Though the IconX earbuds are the stars of the show, the little pill shaped case is the work horse of the duo. The gear case can be charged through connecting the included USB cord to your computer. The Samsung Gear IconX last for 5 hours on one charge. This allows the user to get a true feeling for the earbuds, but I found that after a few hours of constant use, I needed to take a rest.

Place the earbuds back in the case when the battery dies and you get another hour of life.

A Choice in Comfort, a Choice in Hearing

The first thing you notice about the Samsung IconX earbuds is the choice in sizes. The creators behind the Gear IconX give the user three options for the ear tips and three wing tips. The sizes available seem a bit limited but I was able to find a good size that was comfortable. I checked out some videos of the app that Samsung makes available to Samsung mobile device owners and it has some good perks. However, I found that I was still able to use the exercise features without use of the app.

Don’t get me wrong– it would be very nice to be able to make more in depth tweaks to the earbuds themselves through the use of the app, but I’m not going out to change phones (check back soon for my in-depth review of the iPhone XR).

The Touch Controls

Getting used to the IconX earbuds takes some time. Tapping twice to fast forwards is easy but things get a little difficult when doing other gestures like controlling the volume. Using the Gear IconX earbuds to communicate with Siri was seamless. Siri recognized my voice and responded better to my commands than she does when I’m talking to her without them. I’m sure it has more to do with what I’m told is a strange accent that I have, but that’s neither here nor there. After a bit of time and several unintentional activations of the earphones’ own voice assistant, I am able to do almost all of the things the instruction manual says is possible.

The earbuds are pretty smart and they shut down upon losing contact with the user. These non perceptible contacts are used to monitor the user’s biometrics, using them to monitor your movements and calculate time spent doing certain actions.

Final Thoughts

Though I wasn’t able to test the Samsung Gear app on my mobile device, I was still able to enjoy the earbuds. I find the earphones good for short burst but I want something with more of a deeper quality sound when sitting around the home. They are good for what I need them for, which is great wireless earbuds when I’m taking my daily walk, exercising or during my breaks at work. When doing things like writing this review, I found myself using the iPhone earbuds.

That’s saying nothing against the phones, I think they have their pros but I consider myself something of a earphone enthusiast. I’m always looking for the best sound available. Of course, Apple chose not to include a 3.5 headphone jack in their new line of phones, which also hinders my choices.

I use the Samsung Gear IconX daily and would recommend them to anyone who wants stable true wireless earbuds. That’s why you can get truly wireless stability with the Samsung Gear IconX.