Samsung Gear Icon X
Hey everyone, it’s Sujandar here from Premium Earphones. True Wireless Earphones are slowly getting better nowadays, and I think they’re starting to get traction among people. Today I’m here to help you make that purchase decision. Welcome everyone to the review of the Samsung Gear Icon X.
The accessories inside the box follows as:
- Charging Case
- Quick Start Guide
- Two Wingtips (Small and Large)
- Two Ear tips (Small and Large)
- Cleaning Brush
- Two USB Adapters (One for PC and One for micro USB)
- USB type-C Cable
The medium-sized wing tip and the ear tips are already pre-installed on the Icon X. I found the medium size set to fit me comfortably, but you can easily swap them out for the smaller or larger ones to suit you.
The Samsung Gear Icon X has three wings and three ear tips with different sizes. The earbuds are still light weight and comfortable even with wearing the ear wings and the ear tips.
The Samsung Gear Icon X offers Passive Noise Isolation. Combining with the Passive Noise Isolation, the earbuds sit well inside your ears which allows you to cancel outside environmental noises better than the Apple AirPods. That’s because Apple AirPod’s design doesn’t let their earbuds to sit inside the ears which lets environmental noises leak into to your ears.
These are a very stable earbuds. I used these earbuds while I was at the gym, jogging and while running and they have never fallen out of my ears. So, considering this I think it does a great job staying in your ears.
The Icon X is not a certified water-resistant earbuds. Even on their website and on their specification sheet I didn’t find anything stating that they are water resistant, so I had to do the testing myself. I poured water on the Samsung Gear Icon X and they still worked fine after that. I sweat a lot during my workouts and the earbuds worked fine even after that. So, I think you shouldn’t be worried about sweat or even water splashes on the earbuds.
Apple AirPods has a better water protection than the Samsung Gear Icon X. The Icon X only offers light protection which I think is good enough for most of the people, but Samsung could have worked more on having a better water resistance.
In the Samsung Icon X you can just Tap and hold on your earbuds to activate the Ambient Sound feature which will turn off the Passive Noise Isolation and let you hear your environmental noises. This is a useful feature. When you want to hear someone talk or hear what’s going on outside you don’t have to necessarily take out your earbuds. Instead you can just tap and hold on your earbud to do that. Although Passive Noise Isolation can help you block out environmental noises, it can be dangerous not being aware of your surroundings when you are in a busy area. So, at times like that the Ambient Sound Feature can be handy and useful.
One of the biggest feature which made me buy the Samsung Gear Icon X is the 4GB built-in music storage. With this feature you can store up to 4 gigabytes of music or up to 1000 songs right in your earbuds. This means you don’t necessarily need your phone to listen to music and also can save up a lot of space in your phone. This is one of the few True Wireless headphones in the market that offers built-in storage.
There are three ways to put music onto the Icon X.
- From the phone to the Icon X via USB cable and USB adapter.
- From the phone to the icon X wirelessly.
- From your computer to the icon X via USB cable.
To manage music stored on the Icon X, load up the Samsung wearables app. Using the app, you will be able to shuffle, delete and rearrange the tracks. You also can add tracks to a premade workout or favorite playlist. Unfortunately, you are not able to create your own playlist. The Icon X also comes with gesture controls which were extremely confusing for the first week of use. To be fair after about a week I got accustomed to them and they do work fine.
- Swipe Up/Down = Volume Up or Down
- Tap and Hold = Launch Ambien Sound or Activate Google Voice – Siri – Bixby
- Double Tap and Hold = Next Track
- Triple Tap and Hold = Previous Track
The Icon X provides sensitive and intuitive controls that are responsive and much easier than the physical buttons. A gentle swipe on either earphone can adjust volume. Tapping allows for skipping, going back on music and all the menu features.
The Samsung Icon X offers up to 7 hours of playback when it is fully charged. When I tested these earbuds, I was able to achieve 5 hours of playback while listening in 50% volume. I’m giving more credit to Apple AirPods because I used to get 5.5 hours with 50% volume. I will still say that the Icon X is in the upper end of the average True Wireless Headphones in the market.
If you are new to True Wireless Headphones you might wonder that 5 hours of battery might be less but most of the True Wireless headphones in the market offers about the same amount of battery life. I think 5 hours is more than enough for our daily commute and a workout session.
Just like the Apple AirPods you can store your earbuds in the carrying case. The carrying case can be used as a power bank. You can get an hour of playback by charging the earbuds in the carrying case for just 10 minutes. For a complete charge it usually takes about an hour. I love the design and aesthetics of the case. It’s super cute. The case has a slight magnet to ensure the earbuds are seated properly in position for charging.
With the Apple AirPods or the Jabra Elite Active 65t you can get multiple charges from the case but with the Icon X you can only get one full charge. Apple offers about 5 full charges and Jabra offers 2 full charges. So, I think this is one of their biggest downside.
There are two indicator lights on the front of the charging case which will shine green when the earbuds are fully charged and will shine brighter if the earbuds are being charged via the case.
On the back you have a button to put the headphones into Bluetooth pairing mode as well as an LED indicator to show you the battery status of the case. Although I would like to see the case provide more than one full charge in the grand scheme of things it’s more than adequate. I’m very happy with the battery performance.
You can just press and hold the Bluetooth button and ensure the Bluetooth is enabled on your smart phone. If you don’t already have the Samsung Gear App it will prompt you to download it from the store.
Once paired you’ll be taken directly into the app. The next time you want to use it, simply open the lid and it will pair automatically. I was glad that these stayed in my ears while training without any adjustments. I highly suggest that you try each pair of wingtips and ear tips provided to find the one that fits you.
Samsung has started using Bluetooth 5.0 on their latest tech devices, so I was expecting the Icon X to also have the 5.0. Unfortunately, they are still using version 4.0 on their earbuds. The 4.0 version still performs good. When I tested the Icon X it gave me up to 72 feet of connectivity which is about 22 meters. You might not get the same because sometimes the walls in your house or any other place you go might play a role in the connectivity. Overall the connectivity is strong.
One of the impressive and a very useful feature that the Icon X has is the built-in coach and their fitness tracking feature. You can set up the earbuds to give you updates and statistics on your workout or running. You can set your Icon X to update you with your distance, calories, calories burned, speed and your duration automatically at certain intervals through the voice assistant. In this way you don’t have to take out your phone to check these details. This is a great addition to the earbuds.
The accelerometer allows the Icon X to estimate how fast or slow you are running as well as how far you’ve traveled. It will then provide voice prompts urging you to speed up or slow down based on a pre-selected running program in the wearable app. It’ll say things like take longer strides to increase your pace or speed up to reach 8.5 kilometers an hour.
If you use Samsung’s health to track your training, you also have the option to export your workouts directly from the wearables app. I wouldn’t count on the Icon X to be super accurate with its tracking abilities but if you’re looking for a push to your runs I think the built-in Coach provides a very good motivation.
Let’s look at the Samsung Gear Icon X’s sound quality. The call quality on the earbuds over the Bluetooth has been very impressive. I’m able to hear the person I’m speaking to very clearly and when asked how I sounded I was told by several that they couldn’t tell the difference in quality compared to if I was using my phone.
I have used the Jaybird Run In-Ear Earphone, Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones and a lot more. So, comparing to those earphones the Icon X gave me a neutral and a clean bass. The bass never distorted even when I was listening at a full volume. At the same time the Icon X couldn’t keep up with the heavy bass that the competitors are offering. But this is surely more enough for most of the people.
When I listened to 8 Dimensional songs I was able to achieve right, left and all other audio separations. It was great listening to 8 Dimensional songs with full volume. It gives you a great experience. I felt like I was in my own sound booth. I recommend trying this out when you get the Icon X.
In terms of music I’m very happy with their overall sound quality considering that they are truly wireless. If you have a device that supports Dolby Atmos make sure that’s turned on, it does make a difference. The Samsung wearable app includes an equalizer that lets you choose from 5 pre-sets. My favorite one is dynamic.
The Samsung Gear Icon X is definitely a great choice when it comes to True Wireless Headphones. It has some cons, but the pros really stand out than the cons.
The big selling features for me are the ability to store music directly on the earbuds using the 4GB Built-In storage. It has a good sound quality combined with the sleek low-profile design that stays in my ears. I absolutely love not having to lug my phone around during workouts
Also, their Passive Noise Isolation, Ambient Sound, Built-in Coach and the Fitness Tracking features are some additions you should take into consideration while making the purchase decision.
I hope this review helped. If you have any further questions or comments, let me know below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.