Samsung's attempt two is better but still not on par with the best
In addition, the plugs had a tendency to load themselves into the case. The sound, however, meant that we had some expectation for IconX version two.
The sequel is now here and Samsung will first and foremost considerably improve battery life. Five hours of flow, they should hold on to a load, plus the case should contain two extra full charges. The battery life can be extended to seven hours if you play music directly from the 3.4 GB boot storage.
If you are to pair them with a new device, it's a bit more complicated process, but it's no worse than closing the case with the plug inside and holding the mating button on the back of the case to start the process.
Better fit, but maybe not in practice
The designs on the actual plugins remind you very much of the pre-regeneration IconX, but they should have become a bit easier and more ergonomic. It comes with a variety of options for both wings and ear pads, without the undersigned actually feeling that some of them were perfectly optimal. My ears and IconX simply do not get very well together, even though they have gone through during the test period.
It works reasonably well, similar to both connectors, and touch control makes sure you do not push them even further into your ears every time you want a command. At the same time, misunderstandings happen quickly, so you need to give the commands several times to get where you want. It's also a little annoying that it's almost impossible to avoid getting away from the touch panels if you try to adjust the earplugs.
However, we like Samsung's case. It's relatively compact, albeit a little lumpy, but it's very easy to click the buttons in place so you're sure they're loading. The case also uses USB-C for charging and data connectivity, which is forward-looking, and it's easy to see battery status for the front of the connectors.
Good, well-balanced sound
There is, however, a rich soundtrack that emerges from IconX, but they overexcite slightly at the top, and especially S-sounds appear fast as a bit too sharp. It can make the Gear IconX a bit tricky to listen to for a long time, but it depends a bit of the music you listen to. On songs that are not so lightly mixed, it can sound really good.
The sound also twists on some songs when paired with an iPhone, for sure, for which reason, both of the releases we've tested tested. We did not notice that when they were connected to an Android mobile.
New IconX also has both training tracking and a form of joggecoach that gives you directives along the way during the jogging. These, however, we have not had the opportunity to test for now, but will update as soon as we have tried the features. They are nonetheless not important for character and assessment.
Good battery life
The Samsung connectors are also suitable for conversational use. The counterpart's feedback was that we did not just let it be warm and comfortable, but the voice was clear and clear. Unlike some other pods (creamy, Sony), they also deliver the conversation sound in both ears simultaneously, which is far better than the monolith option.
IconX also has a slow delay in trying to watch video from, for example, Netflix, which is definitely not the case with all products in this category. The delay is actually choked bigger with Android products than with iPhone, but fully usable on both platforms. Well done, Samsung.
At the current price of $ 2290, the competition is hard and we appreciate the active noise cancellation in the Sony WF-1000X a lot higher than the training features here. The Sony also delivers chopped better sound, while we designally preferred the slightly more discreet Samsungs.
All in all, a better second attempt from Samsung, but the competition has also become much stronger lately.