Samsung Gear IconX wireless earphones Review


Oh, what a great time to be alive! The world's brightest minds have turned science fiction into fact by giving us semi-autonomous cars, vacuum cleaner robots, and pocket-sized communicators with access to the world's collective knowledge, among other miraculous gadgets. While waiting for holodecks and transporters to arrive, we have the Samsung Gear IconX to add to this list of modern marvels. The latter, in a nutshell, is a set of wireless earbuds with exercise tracking abilities. Yes, they're completely wireless – as in no cables whatsoever connect to the earphones at any time. Nothing hangs, nothing dangles, nothing tangles. This level of convenience puts the IconX high on the awesomeness scale, but is a pair worth the hefty price of $200?

In the box:

  • Gear IconX wireless earphones (left and right)
  • Battery case for carrying and recharging
  • Micro USB cable
  • Micro USB to full-size USB connector
  • Small, medium, and large earbud tips and wingtips
  • Quick start guide, health, safety and warranty guide

Design and comfort

It feels like wearing the future!

Honestly, I was not expecting the Samsung Gear IconX to fit comfortably into my ears. The 'buds looked big and clunky, as if they were going to stick out while I had them on. I was wrong. In actuality, the earphones rest comfortably inside the earlobes, without being too tight or too loose. I can feel their presence, but I'm not bothered by that. No less importantly, the earbuds feel in no way prone to falling off, even while I'm jogging or climbing stairs.

For the record, I did let several of my colleagues give the IconX a try, and they all agreed that the earphones were comfortable to wear. As long as the ideal-sized tips were put on, that is. I've been using the medium-sized set of eartips and wingtips, but there's a small and a large set as well. The user is free to mix and match to get the optimal fit.

Speaking of design, the Gear IconX have been treated to a nanocoating by P2i, which, in human speak, means that they repel liquids. This is to prevent sweat and moisture from damaging them, although you should still be careful. Don't enter the sauna or go swimming while wearing these.

Samsung is providing the Gear IconX with a cleverly designed carrying case – a handy accessory, considering that the earphones, being small and wireless and all, are easy to lose. But you don't want to lose the case either – it doubles as a charger for the earphones, filling them up when connected to a USB port. What's more, inside the case there's a rechargeable battery, letting you refill the Gear IconX while on the go. Neat!



1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Almost Perfect.

2. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The battery life kills any interest I had and instead will stock with the JBL Everest 100.

4. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

nope not poor, it's beyond poorest on battery life :/

5. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

The battery life is a deal breaker for me. It's not enough for a long run. If Samsung can get local playback to 3 or 4+ hours then they'll have a real winner.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. I need 6 hours though. If not then the price needs to be dropped to 1/2.

9. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Are you running for 3-4hrs? Smdh!

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No I don't run. I think running/jogging is dump. I prefer cycling. YES I cycle for roughly 2 hours 3 times a week and 4 hours on thr weekend.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course if you had read m6 post, you would see it says I'm a cyclist. But you're too stupid to actually read.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Here, behold my Black Cadillac and Red/White Exotic...lol

15. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Nice bike

23. apostrophedave

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

"Of course if you had read m6 post" "But you're too stupid to actually read" Retard central

28. 108greg

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

If you were a real cyclist then you should know better not to be wearing ear buds while riding, very dangerous

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So next time apple release something not compatible with Samsung gear it will be a big fat minus? Once again phonearena show why it should be called iphonearena. Besides that, with such poor crap battery life it should have been no more than 3...

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe because iPhone dominating global smartphone market share, and 3 of 4 people have iPhone... /S

31. reallys

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 04, 2017

I'm just surprised and happy that you can remember to breath. Android is dominating the global phone market by 80% + with iPhone on less than 15%. Facts, please.

10. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Woa, and I though the 3+ hours of my Plantronic BackBeat Go2 was bad... My next headphones will probably be Anker or Sony SBH since the one my wife has its very useful

18. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Guess I'll wait for the second generation version

19. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Until Bluetooth earphones last for days, I'm staying wired :).

29. DronGupta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Then wait until your death.

20. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

"The only audio-related complaint I have is that the mid-range of the spectrum sounds muffled – vocals and some instruments lack clarity." Too expensive for the sound quality.

21. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

My Level U's last for days. It's 2016, there is no need for wired headphones anymore. These look really good. Yes, I know they're $200. But they're not just headphones. They store up to 1000 songs on them so they are technically an MP3 player as well. And they have different size buds and wings to make them fit your ear. So I wouldn't worry about them falling out, even when sweating profusely at the gym, running or biking.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

my wireless ear buds last 8 hours, smh 1h of usage is god awful.

24. apostrophedave

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

bragi dash: samsung edition

25. stanglifemike

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

Jaybird X3 is the bluetooth headset to beat in 2016. More than likely it will be for the majority, if not all, of 2017 as well. I know I'm anxiously awaiting the X3 to be available for purchase! I've had the original Jaybird Bluebuds X going on 3 years, and they still sound better than any bluetooth headset released since then. All while having far superior battery life as well.

26. corlan

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 18, 2016

Think ill stick with my logitech h800 ( over the ears) headset this battery lasts a week or more.

27. novemberzulu

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

I Have purchased these as a Cyclist, to quickly find that the GPS and Fitness Tracking only works for Walking and Running, I would have thought that it would work whatever speed you go but while cycling the voice in my ear report 1 mile after nearly 4, I am hoping this will be rectified, I have managed to get 1.5 hours out of them which is fine for a daily workout but on a long run I will be switching back to wired after 3 hours. #hoping to get an update for cyclists.

30. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

They work great but yes battery could be better. For me it is not a big deal. I don't usually work out more than 2 hours. If the battery life works for you I highly recommend this product.

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