AirPods vs Galaxy Buds The best wireless earbuds are

first_img How To • 17 tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple AirPods Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods Apple AirPods $159, £159, AU$229 Review • Apple AirPods updated review: Getting better with age Apple Mentioned Above Apple AirPods See It 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Design: AirPods are light, Galaxy Buds are snugIt’s hard to miss the AirPods when they’re dangling from someone’s ear: The bud rests inside the ear while the Q-tip-like cylinder sticks out down your earlobe. The AirPods are only available in white. The Galaxy Buds are slightly bigger and protrude more than the AirPods, but they sit more snug in your ear thanks to different wingtips that you can swap out for a better fit. The Buds come in black, white or yellow.The Galaxy Buds sit securely in your ear thanks to interchangeable tips so you can choose the best size for your ear. Angela Lang/CNET The fit and comfort level obviously depends on the shape of your ear, but in general we found the AirPods were slightly more comfortable, especially for extended wear, because they’re so lightweight. The Galaxy Buds looked nicer and more subtle in our ears. Both stayed in place during everyday activities like commutes and workouts, but the Galaxy Buds felt more secure because of the tighter hold. The tips of the AirPods make them susceptible to falling out if you brush up against them with your hand. Neither one is fully water resistant, but the Galaxy Buds have an IPX2 rating which means they’ll withstand intense sweat sessions.The downside (or upside depending on what you’re looking for) of having a tighter seal is that the Galaxy Buds block out more ambient noise than the AirPods, even when you’re not listening to music. The open design of the AirPods means you hear a lot more of your surroundings and you don’t have to take them out to have a conversation when you’re not listening to anything. We’ll discuss the actual sound quality in more detail later. Both these earbuds magnetically clip in to their cases for storage and to recharge the battery. The Galaxy Buds have a slightly larger case that looks a bit like a cylindrical pillbox or contact lens case, while the AirPods have a smaller case that reminds me of dental floss. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Buds for a more secure fit (although we do prefer the AirPods’ case)Features: What else can these buds do?The AirPods and the Galaxy Buds pair automatically with their companies’ respective devices as soon as you crack open the case. The first time you bring the buds near the phone, just tap to connect and you should be ready to go. The connection experience is not as seamless with devices outside of their respective ecosystems, but you can still pair them both manually from the Bluetooth settings on any phone, tablet or laptop.  apple-airpods-6Click open the case and your AirPods or Galaxy Buds connect to your phone. Angela Lang/CNET Once paired, both buds let you tap to control calls, music playback or summon a voice assistant (Siri or Bixby, respectively). Customize the AirPods controls from the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone and pick from four different options: play and pause, skip forward, go to the previous track or summon Siri. When paired with Android, the Galaxy Buds can be customized through the Galaxy Wear app. They offer the same tap controls as the AirPods, plus the ability to adjust the volume from the buds. You can increase or decrease ambient noise and tune the sound quality from the app. If you’re using the Galaxy Buds with an iPhone, however, you’ll only be able to use the default controls. The level of customization on the Galaxy Buds is unbeatable, but if you do choose to customize the taps, remembering what gesture controls what feature may take some time to master. If you lose either of these buds, you can use your phone to find them, but neither of the “find my buds” features is perfect. On the iPhone they only show the last location where they were paired, and sometimes didn’t ring or show up as found until they were next to the phone. The Galaxy Buds don’t show their location on a map and only play a chirping sound when you ping them — an effect that only works if the buds are turned on and connected. Remember, you won’t be able to ping either of the buds if you’re using them with a device outside the ecosystem. Bottom line, try not to lose either one.Winner: Galaxy Buds for the level of customizationSound quality: Galaxy Buds offer more for audiophilesOut of the box, the sound quality on the Galaxy Buds is notably richer. Because of its tighter fitting design, you don’t have to pump up the volume as much to hear your music. If you’re listening to the AirPods by themselves, the sound quality is perfectly adequate. It’s only when listening to them side by side with the Galaxy Buds that we noticed they sound a littler thinner and weaker. The AirPods’ more open design also means you also need to crank up the volume if there’s a lot of ambient noise competing with them.airpods-galaxy-buds-2You’ll be able to hear more of your surrounds when wearing the AirPods. Angela Lang/CNET Sound on Galaxy Buds is tuned by AKG, and you have the option to customize the sound profile in the Galaxy Wear app. The app also gives you an Ambient Sound setting that brings in more outside noise when paired with Android devices and has a Voice Focus option that makes voices stand out. In the real world, these features do let in more ambient sound and let you hear voices more clearly, but it can sound like you are in an echo chamber, and you still don’t get as much ambient noise coming through as you do with the AirPods. The AirPods don’t have a native app, but you can use an equalizer in your music app to adjust the sound. We still preferred the AirPods over the Galaxy Buds for walking commutes or runs where you have to be aware of your surroundings, even with the Ambient sound option enabled. For calls, we had the opposite experience. Both buds have dual microphones, but the AirPods isolated the voice better in the call while the Galaxy Buds let in more ambient noise. The AirPods sounded much clearer and louder to the person on the other line. Winner: Galaxy Buds for sound quality, AirPods get points for call qualityPerformance and battery: Which can go longer?The Galaxy Buds support Bluetooth 5, while the AirPods have Apple’s W1 chip. We conducted an informal range test where we paired them both with their respective phones, started streaming from Spotify and left them on a table. Both were able to get an impressive distance from the table before the music started to cut out, but the AirPods were able to get about 5 feet (1.5 meters) further than the Galaxy Buds. apple-airpods-galaxy-buds-9USB-C or Lightning? Angela Lang/CNET The Galaxy Buds did, however, outlast the AirPods in terms of battery life by almost 2 hours. We were able to get about 5 hours of continuous playback with the AirPods and almost 7 hours with the Galaxy Buds. But the AirPods hold more charge in the case than the Galaxy Buds, so you’ll be able to get more juice out of them on the go if you don’t have access to an outlet. The AirPods use a lightning cable to charge, while the Galaxy Buds have a USB-C port. But the Galaxy Buds have a charging superpower up their sleeve that the AirPods don’t have yet: wireless charging. Not only can the case be charged on a charging dock, if you have a new Galaxy S10, S10 Plus or S10E you can use your phone to charge them in a pinch. Winner: Toss up. The AirPods have a slightly longer range and more total battery life, but the Galaxy Buds last longer on a single charge and can charge wirelesslyLet’s break it down: Which one is the best?The Galaxy Buds are the clear winners. They have more features and offer greater customization at a cheaper price than the AirPods. But it also depends on your use case. The Galaxy Buds are the obvious pick if you have a Galaxy or Android phone and your main priority is sound quality. But the AirPods may be better if you’re looking for seamless integration with your iPhone and want a well-rounded set of buds that you can wear in just about any scenario.  See Galaxy Buds at WalmartThat said, it’s important to keep in mind that the AirPods are 2 years old at this point and can still hold their own against the brand-new Galaxy Buds. Apple is expected to release a sequel to the AirPods in the coming months, so check back for updates to this comparison when that happens.  See AirPods at Walmart 9:34 News • Apple AirPods 2 deal: $139.99 (save $19) Apple AirPods vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds: How to choose? See it at Walmart Apple AirPods $138 See it Editors’ note: This story compares the original AirPods, first release in late 2016, with the 2019 Samsung Galaxy Buds. Shortly after it was posted, new 2019 AirPods were released. Read the new AirPods review for more information.Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds are giving Apple’s AirPods a run for their money. Like the AirPods, they are in-ear, truly wireless headphones. They have a magnetic charging case that can give you a boost on the go and seamlessly integrate with Galaxy phones. Unlike the AirPods ($159, £159 or AU$229), the Galaxy Buds ($130, £139 or AU$249) can charge wirelessly. The Galaxy Buds also cost less (apart from in Australia).But the specs don’t always tell the whole story. We tested both these buds for about a week to find out which one comes out on top — and help you decide which is right for you. • Preview • What it’s like to live with AirPods Versus Samsung Galaxy Buds CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Monoprice Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 AirPods vs. Galaxy Buds Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $184 Walmart See It Comments Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 38 Mobile Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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A small Kia pickup truck might be in the works

first_img 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 14 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff More From Roadshow More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos 81 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Tags Kia Trucks Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Hyundai Kia,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 52 Photos 49 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Comments 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 26 Photos 3 69 Photos 12 Photoscenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer Tags 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 71 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Enlarge ImageKia’s new truck could share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, seen here in concept form. Hyundai We’ve long known that Korean automaker Hyundai is working on a pickup truck, previewed by the Santa Cruz concept in 2015. Now, a new report from Australia’s CarsGuide suggests Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, could be getting in on the pickup action, too.”Work has begun” on the new truck, according to Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith. He told CarsGuide the Kia pickup could launch around 2022 or 2023.Interestingly, while Meredith acknowledges the existence of Hyundai’s forthcoming pickup, it’s not immediately clear if the two are related. The Santa Cruz will use a unibody construction, not unlike the Honda Ridgeline, but CarsGuide believes Kia’s offering will be more robust — Meredith says the platform is “brand-new.””We’re talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab — what we’ve requested is the full gambit for the ute,” Meredith told CarsGuide.It seems somewhat silly that Hyundai and Kia could be developing two separate truck platforms, but of course, crazier things have happened. Let’s not forget the Kia Borrego, which used an honest-to-goodness, body-on-frame truck platform — something the Hyundai brand never did. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Hyundai’s first US pickup expected to look like its 2015 Santa Cruz concept Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google 1 Share your voice Comment 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUVlast_img read more

Chase Announces Plans to Allow ATM Withdrawals With Smartphones

first_imgJanuary 27, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 2 min read People rely on their smartphones for countless tasks these days — and Chase wants to add cash withdrawals to the list.According to USA Today, JPMogran Chase plans to upgrade its ATMs later this year. In addition to several updates, the change will enable customers to withdraw money using their smartphones.Related: Big Banks Make Online Payments Easier for Business OwnersInitially, ATM withdrawals will be conducted using a one-time pin number sent to a user’s phone. The option could prove useful if someone lost or wanted to avoid carrying their debit card, since the app wouldn’t replace the need for one. Eventually, the plan is to allow withdrawals by simply tapping a phone to the ATM.“[It’s] just giving customers another convenient option if they do not have their debit card with them,” JPMorgan Spokesman, Michael Fusco, says in the article.The technology, Fusco says, is the same used in Apple Pay or similar apps.But as banking becomes more digital, concerns continue to surface regarding network security and privacy. For example, according to a Macworld article, prior to Apple Pay’s launch in July, techies questioned the possibility of hackers gaining access to card information and personal data. To address these concerns, the company says it invested in multiple safeguards ranging from longer passcodes and fingerprint authorization to approve purchases, as well as encrypted programing. Thus far, the efforts seem to be effective in keeping user information safe.Chase’s impending rollout will permit withdrawals up to $3,000, allow more custom withdrawal amounts, check cashing and credit card and mortgage payments.With the upgrade, Chase is aiming to escalate the number of transactions processed by ATMs as it continues to outpace teller transactions throughout its 1,500 branches.Related: How to Practice Safe Online Banking Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more