Most headphones that come with phones aren’t worth much, but these are actually alright.
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) 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