Samsung’s entry into the wireless earbud market was an interesting one with the Samsung IconX. While these earbuds have since been discontinued by Samsung, you can still purchase the remainders and refurbished ones.
We get a lot of questions about the reliability and worth of refurbished electronics. We can honestly say that the IconX’s are still a relatively new product and not by any means outdated. You really won’t be able to tell the difference between new and refurbished.
These earbuds have polarized their customers for a couple of reasons, but we’ll look at what makes the IconX a good product for the ultimate multi-tasker. In a day and age where everyone is splitting up where they store their music and fitness information, some people want to condense the number of smart devices they wear.
The heart-shaped earbuds include small wingtips on top to help them better fit the curvature of your ear. They lack the over ear strap that keeps most wireless earbuds in place, but some people have the preference for straight in-ear buds. Their size makes them accessible and less cumbersome that wireless earphones that have straps or require cords between them.
The traveling case that the earbuds come in actually doubles as a charging system. The case itself is pretty small as well, so it’s not like it’ll take up much space wherever you take it.
- Connects to Samsung S Health app (plus 3rd party apps)
- 4GB music storage
- Sweat/water resistant
The music library that is stored on the IconX’s allows for upwards of 4.6 hours of total battery life while streaming gives you around 1.5 hours. These timetables make the IconX the i
deal high-intensity earbuds. If you like longer workouts, you’ll be pushing the battery life to the limit, but otherwise, you should be fine.
- If you keep the battery case on you or close by, you can have the IconX’s recharged in a similar amount of time.
The IconX’s are touch sensitive. The primary bud can be alternated (for Android/Samsung users) through its associated app. You might be asking why you need such touch sensitivity but this is the only way you can change the onboard modes:
- Ambient sound (to be better aware of your environment)
- Pickup/reject calls
- There are mics in bothearphones, but you’ll have to answer by pressing the primary one.
- Play music
The IconX’s are a pretty innovative set of earbuds, but running music alongside fitness tracking software is overall draining on the earbuds battery. The battery life is probably the biggest complaint against the IconX. When compared to the various smartwatches, wireless earbuds, and phone apps that can all last well beyond three hours, it’s easy to look past the IconX’s.
There’s a common misconception out there that the IconX’s are not compatible with iOS. This is not true to some extent. You can connect the earphones to your iPhone and play music, but the fitness apps that a
re exclusive to Samsung/Android phones will not be usable.
- Similarly, the iOS fitness apps will not be usable because the operating systems between Android/Samsung/Apple are just not compatible with each other. This would lead many iOS users to beg the question of why they would need the IconX if they can just purchase normal earbuds and go with a smartwatch or normal fitness tracker.
- You can, but the IconX still retains its multitasking, multi-feature abilities that are more geared towards Android/Samsung customers.
Additionally, the music library plays at random, meaning that you cannot fast forward or skip to a song that you want.
The IconX’s are getting an overall mixed reception from the fitness community, which may indicate why they are now discontinued. This is also to make way for the latest update of the IconX, the Gear IconX 2018 Edition.
Despite a notable list of drawbacks, none of them specifically have to do with technical problems within the IconX’s. They more have to do with what the IconX comes with when you purchase them.
You should buy the IconX’s if-
- You enjoy short workouts/runs
- You are a frequent Samsung/Android customer
- In-ear earbud user
- Enjoy the randomness of your music library
You should look for other earbuds if-
- Your workouts are longer than 1.5 hours
- Not a Samsung/Android customer