5 reasons Samsung's IconX buds could be the only headphones you ever need

Get ready to Gear up with Samsung's totally wire-free earphones

Headphones are all fundamentally the same, right? Two tiny speakers that go on or in your ears and connect to each other and your sound-making device via a wee cable. Job done.

Except... that could all be about to change. Apple's strongly rumoured to be ditching the 3.5mm socket from the iPhone 7 – and it won't be the first to do so. Scary times!

There are solutions already out there, of course - you've presumably heard of Bluetooth - but what we're really excited about is next-gen wirelessness. Tiny earphones with absolutely no wires - not even from one bud to the other. That's why we're so excited about the Samsung Gear IconX headphones.

Not only are they entirely wire-free, they also have built-in fitness tracking, a touch-sensitive exterior for gesture controls, and plenty of other perks. True, the Bragi Dash pioneered this sort of device, but Samsung's offering looks a good degree more polished, plus it's much cheaper than Bragi's own buds.

Not convinced yet? Here are six reasons the Samsung Gear IconX earbuds are worth getting seriously excited over.

1) Genuine wirelessness

Notice how the images above don't show any cord dangling between the earbuds? No, that's not just a marketing trick but rather how they actually function: the two buds aren't physically linked, yet work together to deliver surely-sharp sound to your ear holes.

That means no unsightly cord dangling behind or below your neck, nothing to irritate your skin when you've worked up a sweaty lather, and no risk of getting all tangled up in your headphones. And Samsung's buds automagically power up as soon as they pop into your ears. Neat.

Granted, you might worry about losing the earbuds, but with several eartips and wingtips included, they should stay in tight – and there's the carrying case too, which is more than meets the eye...

2) The case has hidden powers

The Gear IconX earbuds reportedly last about three and a half hours when playing locally-stored music (with 4GB storage to work with), or 90 minutes when streaming from your Android phone – but that's not the whole story. Thanks to that aforementioned carrying case, which also keeps the buds snug when not in use, you'll be able to top up on the go.

The case can give the earbuds another two full charges, meaning you'll get upwards of 10 hours of local playback (or 4-5 hours via your phone) before needing to plug the case back into a power source. That ensures that your earbuds are not only safe and clean inside the case when not in use, but that they're also charged up and ready to go the next time you need them.