AirPods Pro vs. Galaxy Buds Pro: Here’s what I believe after 2 weeks of testing – TNE


Apple’s $249 AirPods Pro are among the many greatest wi-fi earbuds you should buy, however Samsung is taking over the standard-bearer with its $200 Galaxy Buds Pro. The Buds Pro have virtually the identical characteristic set because the AirPods Pro, with energetic noise canceling and spatial audio assist. I’ve spent two weeks testing each these pairs of earbuds to weigh the professionals and cons of every.


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The AirPods Pro are a wonderful pair of wi-fi earbuds with ANC that work seamlessly with iOS and Apple gadgets. They assist spatial audio (aka digital {surround} sound) and have a longer-lasting battery with ANC than the Galaxy Buds Pro. Sound high quality is balanced, however they do not have a common equalizer to alter the sound throughout all apps. You can use the AirPods Pro with Android telephones, though you lose some options like spatial audio and fast switching.

Read our AirPods Pro overview.


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When it involves specs, the Galaxy Buds Pro are essentially the most comparable of Samsung’s earbud fashions to the AirPods Pro. They sound nice, with a powerful bass response, however the battery life would not final so long as the AirPods Pro’s when ANC is energetic. They additionally do not work as effectively with iPhones as, in contrast to earlier Galaxy Buds, these aren’t supported within the Galaxy Wearable iOS app on the time of writing.

Read our Galaxy Buds Pro overview.

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AirPods Pro are smaller, really feel lighter in your ear

Both are in-ear earbuds, however they’ve fully completely different designs. The AirPods Pro have a clickable stem that stands out of the ear they usually solely are available in white. The Galaxy Buds Pro are available in three colours (silver, black or purple) and have a spherical design with faucet panels on the facet, and really feel a bit heavier in your ear than the AirPods Pro.

Both pairs of earbuds include interchangeable ideas in small, medium or giant. Fit will differ relying in your ear form and dimension, however I’ve had bother with each these fashions not staying in correctly when I’m figuring out or transferring round loads. I’ve truly discovered essentially the most safe match with third-party foam ideas for the AirPods Pro — I take advantage of ones from Comply, however there are numerous different manufacturers accessible. The Galaxy Bud Pro ideas do not include the wingtip locks present in earlier fashions just like the Galaxy Buds Plus that helped lock them securely in your ear. I have never been capable of finding third-party ideas for the Galaxy Buds Pro but, however I’m trying ahead to seeing if that may enhance the match.

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The Galaxy Buds Pro have the higher hand with regards to sturdiness towards water and sweat, with a better score of IPX7 in contrast with the IPX4 of the AirPods Pro. This means they are often submerged in as much as 3 ft (1 meter) of contemporary water for as much as half-hour. I have never taken the Buds Pro for a swim but or run them via the washer, however I’ve had no issues after splashing some water on them. The AirPods Pro can stand up to sweat and a few mild splashes, however I would not recommend taking them swimming.

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The AirPods Pro with third-party eartips.

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Galaxy Buds Pro, higher sound high quality; AirPods Pro, higher noise canceling

Both these earbuds sound good, so long as you will get a safe match. It’s positively a matter of choice, however I favor the hotter sound profile and extra pronounced bass response of the Galaxy Bud Pro with regards to sound high quality. You also can alter the equalizer manually within the Galaxy Wearable app to a variety of completely different presets, from bass enhance to delicate. The AirPods Pro have a extra impartial sound profile that really works of their favor if you wish to leap between calls, listening to music and listening to podcasts. They have an adaptive equalizer that dynamically adjusts the sound for you.

While each do an excellent job at canceling out ambient noise, the AirPods Pro are a contact simpler at drowning out white noise just like the sound of an overhead fan or aircraft engines. While you possibly can alter the ANC degree on the Galaxy Buds Pro to excessive or low, I did not actually hear any distinction between the 2 settings. I also can hear a really faint hiss when I’ve ANC on the Buds Pro when I’m not listening to music.


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They each have spatial audio (Samsung calls it 360 audio) for a simulated surround-sound expertise when listening to motion pictures and TV exhibits. Again, each sound good, but when I had to decide on, I’d go together with the AirPods Pro because the impact sounds extra pure. Note that on the time of writing, 360 audio assist is barely on Samsung gadgets working One U! 3.1 just like the Samsung Galaxy S21 telephones, whereas spatial audio on the AirPods Pro is obtainable on any Apple system working iOS 14 or later.

But the Galaxy Buds Pro have a characteristic the AirPods Pro lack: voice detection. The Galaxy Buds Pro mechanically lowers the amount of your media after they detect that you simply’re speaking after which reverts again to your unique settings 10 seconds after you’ve got stopped. It’s nice if you’d like to have the ability to have a fast dialog with out actively switching the buds into ambient sound mode (or pulling one out of your ear). 

You can hearken to mic samples in our video on this web page to listen to the distinction for calls.

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AirPods Pro: Most dependable battery life

Samsung quotes the battery life on the Galaxy Buds Pro at 5 hours with ANC on, however I by no means bought near that determine. With ANC turned on, the longest I used to be in a position to put on them for was roughly 4.5 hours, which was disappointing contemplating the declare. Apple quotes as much as 4.5 hours with ANC for the AirPods Pro, however I often exceeded that and will handle virtually 5 hours of complete listening time. According to Samsung, the Buds Pro also can last as long as 8 hours of listening time with out ANC, however once more, I wasn’t in a position to attain that quantity myself.

Each case additionally holds a little bit additional cost, with the AirPods Pro providing 24 hours’ complete juice and the Galaxy Buds Pro an added 18 hours. Both circumstances can wirelessly cost, or you possibly can plug in Lightning on the AirPods Pro or USB-C on the Galaxy Buds Pro.

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Smart options are related on each

This is the primary technology of Samsung earbuds I’ve examined that are not appropriate with the Galaxy Wearable iOS app. This means they will connect with an iPhone ($900 at Boost Mobile) through Bluetooth and you’ll activate ANC and use the default faucet controls, however you will not be capable to change the settings. The AirPods Pro additionally work as common Bluetooth earbuds on Android, however supply essentially the most seamless expertise customizing settings on iOS.

You can summon Siri on the AirPods Pro, or Bixby on the Galaxy Buds Pro through the use of your voice, or with contact controls. Each will learn off textual content messages or notifications, and allow you to change the amount or place a name along with your voice. There is not any technique to name on Google Assistant utilizing your voice on the Galaxy Buds Pro but, though you possibly can activate Google Assistant on the Galaxy Buds Pro by assigning it as an extended press of the contact panel, however you possibly can’t make calls with it but. 

Each earbud can be utilized independently for calls or listening to music and you’ll find each on a map when you lose them utilizing the Find My app on iPhone or the Smart Things app on Galaxy gadgets. They each additionally supply quick switching between gadgets signed in to the identical Apple ID or Samsung account.

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Galaxy Buds Pro for Android, AirPods Pro for iPhone

Both units of earbuds have their strengths, however the perfect earbuds for you’ll finally depend upon what software program ecosystem you are in. Previous Samsung-versus-Apple earbud comparisons have been extra platform-agnostic, given earlier fashions have been appropriate with the Galaxy Wearable app on iOS, however this time your cellphone will likely be an enormous consider your choice. I favor the nice and cozy sound profile of the Galaxy Buds Pro, so I’d decide these for listening to music. But for multitasking between calls and music (and for extra dependable battery efficiency), I select the AirPods Pro.

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