I was one of the winners of the $1 to buy the Soundbuds Slim+ and this is my review. Unlike say the Power Users program where it is Youtube and other places they have grown a following, I am putting my review only here in this Anker community.
The others will be likely reviewing the Slim+ but as I had the Slim already this is comparing what changed from the Slim to the Slim+
The initial obvious change is the packaging and what is included. The delivered box is well constructed and robust so a good thing to protect your new purchase from rough stuff in the post. It shows clearly what you are getting if you are buying in a store.
The Slim had a small pouch you would poke the Slim into. The Slim+ comes in a zipped orange-sized container which room for a few other items like a charging cable. The container has a small caribener.
Included is also:
- a cable shortener. The cable is longer than the original Slim, it is now 23.5" between where the stiffeners emerge from the buds, which is good as sometimes a little too tight such as hiding under a work shirt. The tightener you feed the cable through to out any excess
- a clip. I'm not quite sure what is for?
- a set of different size in-ear buds for different internal ear fit
- a set of different size external ear holding curves to keep the buds in the ears
- micro USB cable for charging.
The Slim+ themselves are almost identical to the Slim, the only difference on close up inspection is the wire which is a fraction longer, which I prefer as the Slim if the wire was behind your head tend to drag pull the buds out of the ear. The addition of the shortener and clip also helps with other unique issues like a narrower neck or wanting the wire tighter and the clip for keeping it on something.
The Slim+ have improved audio - Qualcom AptX HD as explained deeper here:
I checked my phone - a OnePlus3T supported this and it does
On turning on the Slim+ after fully charging I turned it on, and know it would be pairing mode with the flashing light, but the buds did not show up on my OnePlus3T as available devices at all, as if the Slim+ were broken. I rebooted the phone and still no joy. So I went to another device - a Nexus 7 - and it showed up there, paired 1st time, so I figured this was a compatibility issue between the Slim+ and the OP3T. So I turned bluetooth on and off then the Slim+ appeared on the OP3T and I tried to pair. It took 3 times of trying to pair. So there is some kind of compatibility issue between the Slim+ and the OP3T, which is not apparent on other devices like the Nexus 7, and I had no such problem with the Slim. It did eventually pair but that is just an observation.
I own the Anker Soundbuds Life and it has its own compatibility issues almost in opposite to the Slim+. I paired my Slim+ to a Chromebook and it paired instantly and connected instantly. The Life I have learned to tell the Chromebook to connect to the Life 3 times, then turn off/on the Life then Chromebook connect then it works. Conclusion: the whole BT space is a mess of basically "good luck". Certain devices naturally get better long with others. In my specific case, the Slim+ worked very well with Nexus 7, Chromebook and eventually with OnePlus3T. Other Anker BT products are in some ways the opposite.
I had some HD quality media on my phone and played. Swapping between the Slim and the Slim+ to my ears the Slim actually sounded better, the Slim+ had a slightly more "metallic" sound - not bad but a little less good. That could be due to the pairing compatibility issues. It isn't an issue of the type I would say do not buy the Slim+ its just overall there in this specific reviewers case some negatives and no positives relative to the Slim.
The Slim+ are identical otherwise which is:
- excellent ear hugging. This is accomplished by very intelligent light weight bud, shape of the in-ear and two rubber peices
- excellent noise isolation. Sufficiently good I basically now do not fly with my Bose QC35 as the Slim is much more practical on a flight being much smaller.
- adequate power duration of about 7 hours as claimed.
- improved packaging
- improved by lengthening of the cable
- same good ear-hugging dogged determinism to keep in the ears
- BT pairing issues, which could be not Anker's fault but the usual issues you get between any two devices
- no apparent audio improvement but could be because I don't have sufficient HD media or it could be the pairing issues negotiating downwards
I thank Anker for selecting me to buy the Slim+ for $1+tax here in USA and hope the feedback helps with future product development.
Anker's Bluetooth products I find one of their shining excellent product family, quality vs cost is excellent, I thoroughly recommend any Anker BT product. The cost is now down to similar to wired buds and it is far more convenient and better for the phone / tablet to not use wired as its removes the risk the wired is caught and damages either the phone/tablet or the buds themselves. I also thoroughly recommend Anker customer support, about 3 buds back some IE10 no longer made they had a fault and Anker did a shipping of new replacement and no need to send the failed back. When you consider in sale often buds are around $20-$25 it is a no-brainer to buy Anker buds.