Three True Wireless Headsets in Comparison: more expensive is not necessarily better
The AirDots are the only contenders in our test group lacking app support. Accordingly, there are no settings or special features awaiting to be configured, no equalizer settings to be fine-tuned, and no firmware updates to be downloaded and installed. They are controlled via integrated buttons that allow you to answer, end, or reject phone calls, pause or resume audio playback, and launch the voice assistant. While these generally worked well during our tests. Unfortunately, we noticed that the stereo pairing failed to work properly occasionally. The easy fix that worked most of the time was a simple restart, however a full reset was required sometimes. In addition, we found the buttons to be too mushy and would have wished for a more pronounced and precise haptic feedback.
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are configured and updated via the Galaxy Wearable app. Among other things the app allows you to setup notifications or adjust the equalizer. The earbuds themselves are controlled via surface-mounted touch sensors, which worked very well during our tests. Only triple-tapping required some getting used to since the three taps have to be executed very rapidly. These touch sensors can be locked through the app, and the hold feature can be configured accordingly. Voice assistants are activated by using your voice. This worked with all available voice assistants on Android and not at all on an iPhone.
Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 are configured via the AI Life app. It is not as extensive as Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app and is partly outsourced to the standard Bluetooth settings. The earbuds are controlled via double-taps on the sticks, which worked fairly well. The features can be accessed on either one of the two earphones but overall the Galaxy Buds turned out to be more flexible and adjustable. Just like on Samsung’s Galaxy Buds activating Siri did not work at all.