Samsung's Gear IconX wireless earbuds price drops by more than $50

The iPhone 7 with no 3.5mm headset jack has stirred up the market for wireless headphones, and Apple's AirPods have also added to the hype, but if you are looking for a pair truly wireless buds, there are some other choices as well.

The Samsung Gear IconX has been out on the market for longer than the AirPods, and it has a much more streamlined design that is more discrete and looks nothing like the toothbrush-like form factor of Apple's buds.

And now, a few months after its official launch, the Gear IconX is getting its price slashed considerably. Samsung is cutting $55 on the original $200 price of the Gear IconX, so that you can now have a pair for just $145. In comparison, the AirPods cost slightly more at $170.

At the same time, we've tested the IconX and found them to come with one big downside: rather poor battery life of just around 2 hours. In contrast, the AirPods will last a cool 5 hours on a single charge.

If are willing to live with that and if you want something more discrete, though, they are certainly one viable option, especially at that new price tag. You can see our full impressions of the Gear IconX in our review here.



1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

This is the difference between Apple and the others. Apple always surprised everybody by its new devices and puts the bar very high. Example, the AirPods.

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

As always Apple snowflake just can't get away with Samsung because they are jealous that Samsung can make better product and sell it in much cheaper price. But Apple crybabies hate truth and only listen to their master what to do.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Airpods look like they are made for girls. No respecting man would wear white earings dangling from their ears. Airpods look terrible. At least the icon X look much more discreet, because they sit right inside your ear, plus they come in different colors, and they also have fitness tracking and can store music right on the earbuds themselves. No need to carry your phone with you at all, or worry that your phone is near by. Also the Icon X have some noise cancellation. The Airpods have none. Personally I like Bluetooth headsets which last much longer and are rated in terms of standby time in weeks vs hours with these earbuds in general. Not to mention the sound quality on my headset is top notch, plus it has active noise cancellation.

34. niteiknight

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

"No respecting man would wear white earrings dangling from their ears." You could've just said they had a bad design. You didn't have to be homophobic or misogynistic.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The only thing good about them is the battery life and even they are not the best.

2. Foxgabanna unregistered

Samsung just dishes out stuff to say "Oh we got that too bro".

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Icons came out before airport. So I think it was Apple that wanted to say we have those too.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


15. bucky

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22. GoGoGalaxyNexus

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

The Icon x was on the market way before the Crapods...bro!!

30. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Technically Samsungs came out first.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no mention about heartrate sensor, internal storage, and standalone capability.. only mention about battery life.. the only side that airpods can win :v

6. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

this is the journalism in nowadays, what can you expect.

19. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

They don't want to be on Apple's bad list.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's what I will agree on. Indeed, a sad truth.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

For every thing else they offer I could live with the battery.

5. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 629; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

True the fact they have storage built in, dont need a phone or device to use them and they cheaper than the apple Airpods thats more than enough reason to get the IconX earbuds. It has more advantages than apples offering.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Apple will be copying

14. willard12 unregistered

Apple doesn't copy....they adopt. Everyone else copies Apple. If something is out before Apple releases it, then they are copying the rumor of Apple doing it. Or, Steve Jobs was thinking about it 25 years ago. So, they still copied.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


16. JamesDiman

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

There is a rumor that there will be a new version of Samsung Level In wireless in ear buds (like IconX, no wires) with ANC and no health benefits, which should increase battery life. As long as they keep the 4GB memory in them, you can store music on it and not have your phone with you. These will be launched with the new S8 in March. We might see them at MWC in February. I have three co workers, all guys, that own Airpods and they are Apple faithful, and they think these are the greatest headphones of all time. But when I point out all the extra you get with the IconX, they stop listening and shutdown. I am thinking of getting the new Samsung wireless in ear buds when they come out. Just have to see how much they are. As long as they are under $150, I will more than likely get them.

20. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

At this price point should be able to compete more with the AirPods.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Again PA only points out only the one negatiove thing. Battery-life. But never mention the positives. Cons - terrible battery-life at 1.5hrs if you stream from phone and 3hrs if you use them standalone. Pros - 4GB of internal storage where you can put your tunes on them which will make battery life better. Has a built-in heart rate sensor and you can sync your workout data later when you connect back to your Galaxy smartphone. Has noise cancellation. Touch controls for volume, workout, pause and more. You don't have to use them both at the same time. The Gear App shows battery-life and you can see the tunes on the headphones and pick how they playback (e.g. Shuttle) The come with rubber bushings of alternative sizes so that they have a better chance of fitting MORE ears and they don't fall out. You can wear them and most people may not even see them vs having bright white stupid toothpicks hanging from your ear-lobes.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Icon X vs AirPod With built-in sensors, the Gear IconX can directly track your speed, distance, heart rate and calories burned vs AirPod having neither. Water Resistance (X) vs NONE (AP) When you’re ready to workout, plug the Gear IconX into each ear and you’re good to go. It’s as simple as that vs AirPod which also have auto-sensing tech. The Gear IconX has adjustable wing and eartips that come in small, medium and large. So no matter how much you move or sweat, these earbuds stay in place vs the AirPod are a one size that don't fit all and offer no solution if they don't fit or to make them fit better. The Gear IconX lets you switch songs, take calls and turn on ambient sound mode with the touch of a finger vs with the AirPod touching give you Siri and you have to tell Siri to change the music, skip a track and etc With the capacity to hold up to 1,000 songs, your playlist will outlast your workout. And when your smartphone is nearby, Bluetooth will help keep the beat going vs no onboard capacity at all. Most people probably have less than 1000 songs on their smartphone. Whether you’re tracking your fitness or transferring songs, the Gear IconX wirelessly syncs to your Android smartphone and S Health or other third-party apps. iOS users can connect to Bluetooth and navigate touch controls - iOS and Android compatibly, but more options with Android vs AirPod which also can work with both and same you have limited usage under another platform. The Gear IconX case doubles as a charger, so you can power up from just about anywhere. And when it’s time to start the workout, you’ll never miss a beat vs AirPod have the same but do have a better benefit here, since it offers faster charging. Icon X has noise repeated word cancellation which uses more power, but can be turned off. The AirPod don't have it at all. Earbuds: Standalone Music Play Up to 3.8 hrs, Standalone Music Play with Workout Up to 3.4 hrs, Audio Streaming Up to 1.6 hrs, and Audio Streaming with Workout Up to 1.5 hrs Case: Number of recharges Up to 2 times vs up to 5 hours. The AirPod only play music because they are designed to actually be heaphones, while the Icon X is designed as a fitness tracker first that happens to play music. It tracking features and noise cancellation use more power. With them all turned off you can get about 4 hours of usage which I can confirm. The Apple AirPod get 5 hours on a single charge. If you could price them both at $160, I would say having the fitness tracking and the ability to place your songs on the device and not needing a phone is worth the extra $30. Most people workout 2~3 hours which means these would last a workout. They weren't meant to be worn all day to begin with, thus making the comparison to the AirPods dumb. The Icon X has a lower response rate, which gives them better sound and they actually have "bass" which the AirPod like the EarPod, don't.

27. mikehunta727 unregistered

AirPods are still generally more well recieved and seem more positive then theseheadphones. These are not attractive at all

32. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO "These are not attractive at all" You think airpods are. LOL

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