REVIEW – Every time I think I’m done looking for the perfect pair of wireless earbuds, someone offers me a new pair to try and I just can’t help but accept because Gadgeteers always be questing for greatness! This time I’ve been testing driving the Skullcandy Indy TWS earbuds. Let’s see if they end up being my new favorites.
What is it?
The Skullcandy Indy TWS earbuds are truly wireless earbuds that feature touch controls (yay, no annoying buttons!).
Headphone Type: True Wireless In-Ear
Connection Type: Bluetooth® 5.0
Impedance: 16 Ohms ±15%
Driver Diameter: 6mm
THD: <3% @1khz
Sound Pressure Level: 95±3dB
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
Battery life: Up to 16 hours with charging case
Weight: 10.5g (earbuds); 59.5g (case)
What’s in the box?
- Skullcandy Indy earbuds
- Charging case
- micro USB charging cable
- 3 sizes of ear gels
- 1 stability gel
- User guide
Design and features
The Skullcandy Indy TWS earbuds look somewhat similar to Apple Airpods since they have the dangling plastic piece.
The Indy earbuds have what Skullcandy calls ear gels and stability gels which are basically eartips and an ear wing that gives the buds a secure fit in your ears even if you’re running.
These earbuds do not have any physical buttons (YAY!). Instead, they have touch controls on the round part of the outside casing. You’ll just have to learn the gestures which include tapping the left bud to turn down the volume, tapping the right earbud to turn up the volume. You can also tap and hold the left earbud to go back a track and tap and hold the right earbud to go forward a track. Double tap the right side to play/pause or answer/end a call.
The battery charging storage case is easy to open and easy to insert/remove the earbuds. The battery contacts are on the dangling end of each earbud so you have to properly seat each earbud in its individual silo where it is held in place with a magnet.
Three LEDs on the front of the case provide a visual indicator of the juice left in the case and red LEDs on the earbuds glow red while charging.
Unfortunately, the case uses micro USB to charge. Someone, please remind me how long USB-C has been out now?
As mentioned before, these earbuds fit securely in your ears and I had no worries that they would fall out during my workouts. Everyone’s ears are different, so I can’t promise that they will fit you. But they did for me and I found them to be comfortable enough to wear for an hour or two at a time.
Pairing and functionality
Pairing the Skullcandy Indy earbuds with my Huawei P30 Pro was quick and easy. When I opened the charging case lid, the LED on each bud started flashing white to let me know that they were in pairing mode. From there I just chose “Indy” from Bluetooth devices list and paired them.
Unlike other TWS earbuds that I have reviewed in the past, like the Mavin Air-X earbuds, you can’t just take out one Indy earbud from the charging case and start using it by itself. You have to remove both earbuds before they connect to the paired device. From there you can return the left earbud back to the case and just use the right earbud. But, you can’t return the right earbud to the case and only use the left earbud because as soon you return the right one, you’ll hear an Asian female voice say “disconnected” in the left bud and game over.
Sound quality for music, video, and calls
I tested the Skullcandy Indy earbuds with my Huawei P30 Pro smartphone, and with a Dell laptop at my day job. I tested by using Amazon Prime streaming music, Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix. The earbuds sounded good with all types of music that I tried and I was impressed with the sound quality. Of course, it depends on the source of your music. I found listening to music with Spotify was really disappointing, but Amazon Prime Music sounded great with excellent bass, highs, and mids. If I would have only tested with Spotify, I would have rated the Indy earbuds much lower than what they are capable of so just keep that in mind.
I am happy to say that I could use these earbuds while watching streaming video on YouTube and Netflix. The audio and video synced very well with no noticeable delay which is something I can’t say about all earbuds I test.
For calls, I could clearly hear the person on the other end of the call and they could ear me as well. But since these earbuds fit tightly in your ears, you will hear yourself talking in your head which may or may not bother you.
I do want to mention that I experience random connection drops with these earbuds using various apps like Amazon Music and Spotify. These dropouts were not consistent as far as only happening with a specific app but happened with all the apps that I used during my tests. The drops didn’t happen frequently which was good but happened about once an hour where the audio would just go dead for a second. This would happen regardless if I was sitting at a desk or walking around. I can’t be 100% sure that the problem wasn’t with my phone dropping a connection to the streaming service instead of the earbuds losing connection with the the phone, but I don’t think that was what was happening.
What I like
- Secure and comfortable fit
- Touch controls
- Great sound quality
What needs to be improved
- Can’t use the left earbud by itself without leaving the right earbud out of the charging case
- Infrequent random connection dropouts
At the $80 price level of the Skullcandy Indy TWS earbuds, I have to say that they are impressive with fit and comfort and of course with sound quality. The only dings I can give them are that you have to take them both out of the case even if you just want to listen with one earbud and the infrequent audio drops. But other than those two minimal gripes, I’m happy to report that the Skullcandy Indy earbuds are now my faves!
Where to buy: Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Skullcandy.
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Julie- how is the noise isolation? You mentioned that they were snug fitting, so would they be able to block a reasonable amount of noise on a bus or a plane? That is something I’d really like to see on your reviews. Perhaps I didn’t see it, but I don’t recall any mention of battery life either.
Hi Scott, they aren’t completely noise isolating, but they do block a considerable amount. I don’t ride a bus or have any plane travel in the near future, so I can’t comment about that. I just know that I feel somewhat isolated when wearing them at work.
As for battery life, they seem to last a long time but with these battery charging cases, it’s tough to get a good gauge. I’ve been using them on the same charge for a couple of weeks listening an hour here and an hour there. Their website says up to 16hrs of battery life. I’ll update the review with that info.
Where can I find replacement Skullcandy Indy charging case
Your best bet is contacting Skullcandy.
I did that just befor I left the comment I have not had a response yet . So yeah don’t plan on hereing back from them right away if you have a problem
I’ll see if my PR contact for them can help you or get you someone to talk to.
Thanks for the great review.
If compare this and the Edifier TWS2 that you reviewed earlier, which one would you choose and why?
Appreciate your input on this.
Amir, I would pick the Skullcandy Indy earbuds because they fit a bit better in my ears and have touch controls instead of physical buttons.
Thank you Julie. How about in terms of sound and built quality?
I would say that they are pretty much equal when it comes to sound.
I noticed you said they didn’t sound great with Spotify but how about with Apple music? Are they better than the skull candy push? Thanks!
Trevor, I’m sorry but I don’t subscribe to Apple Music and I don’t have the Skull Candy Push earbuds to compare.
I lost my case to charge them
Dawn, sorry to hear that. Have you tried reaching out to Skullcandy to see if they can send you a new case?
I agree 100 with this review. My biggest frustration was occasionally having to re-pair the headphones, which I got over. The second biggest frustration is ongoing, and that is if you lose the stability gel (which isn’t secure and comes off very easily), you can’t get a replacement.
Aside from my gripes (I feel better now), the product battery life range of operation from base (phone) and sound quality is very good. I would buy them again if they sold replacement parts for the gels.
Is there any way i can find the replacement gel or will i have to purchase a new one?
I can’t any instructions for being able to make a call hands free. I have had a set of Jabra around the neck Wireless headphones and you can press the centre button which accesses your phone and you can ask to call a specific person, I am unable to find a way of doing this with the Indy, any ideas? I agree with John James about the stability gels which come off very easily.
From what I remember, you can’t initiate a call by using the earbuds. You have to do that through your phone. The Indy earbuds also do not have Siri or Google Assistant support.
Thanks for this review Julie, I just bought the Indys (Indies? 🙂 ) and I’m figuring them out slowly –
One note is that they do support Siri; the diagram inside the box lid shows that you can activate the assistant by tapping either earbud 3x.
How have you (or other readers) worked around the touch controls though? Any time I want to adjust them I wind up activating one of the functions by mistake … “POWER, OFF!” XD
Michelle, I stopped using them. I prefer the TaoTronics Sound Liberty 53 buds: https://the-gadgeteer.com/2019/07/03/taotronics-sound-liberty-53-tws-earbuds-review/
I’m one of the constantly increasing number of unsatisfied Skullcandy customers. I bought my Indy earbuds just a week ago and: I never made them work (just the left one seems to do it), and just realised how terrible is SC’s customer service. Your review is one of the only two positive reviews I’ve found so far. I don’t know why SC hasn’t removed this obviously failing product from shelves yet.
Chava, I’m sorry you’re having problems with the Indy earbuds. I didn’t have any issues with the ones that they sent to me.
can anyone guide me to buy replacement for stability gels since i bought these roughly 2 weeks ago and i have lost the left stability gel for my device
Mohammed, you’ll need to contact Skullcandy for that. Sorry.
How is the sound quality compared with that of JBL 120 tws in terms of sound quality and. All, cause JBL is bit expensive than Indy .
Bought it today, heavily disappointed. The right bud is dead.