AppleThese are among the best wireless earbuds you can buy, but Samsung is taking the standard-carrier with its slightly more affordable . Buds Pro has almost the same features as AirPods Pro, with active noise cancellation and spatial audio support. I have spent two weeks testing both of these pair of earbuds to weigh the pros and cons of each.
AirPods Pro is an excellent pair of wireless earbuds with ANC that work natively with iOS and Apple devices. They support spatial audio (aka virtual surround sound) and have a longer-lasting battery with ANC than the Galaxy Buds Pro. Sound quality is balanced, but not all apps have a universal equalizer to replace the sound. You can use AirPods Pro with Android phones, although you lose some features such as spatial audio and quick switching. Read our AirPods Pro review.
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When it comes to specs, the Galaxy Buds Pro compares to Samsung’s earbud models the most with AirPods Pro. They sound great with a strong bass response, but the battery life does not last as long as the AirPods Pro until the ANC is activated. They also do not work with iPhones unlike earlier buds, these are not supported in the Galaxy wearable iOS app at the time of writing. Read our Galaxy Buds Pro review.
AirPods Pro is small, feel lighter in your ear
Both are in-ear earbuds, but they have completely different designs. AirPods Pro has a clickable stem that protrudes out of the ear and they only come in white. The Galaxy Buds Pro comes in three colors (Silver, Black or Purple) and has a round design with a tap panel on the side, and feels slightly heavier in your ear than the AirPod Pro.
Both pairs of earbuds come in small, medium or large with interchangeable tips. The fit will vary depending on the size and shape of your ear, but when I am working outside or moving too much, I have had trouble with both of these models not working properly. I’ve actually found the safest fit for AirPods Pro with third-party foam tips – I use the ones from Compli, but there are many other brands available. Galaxy Bud Pro Tips do not come with the wingtip lock found in previous models like the Galaxy Buds Plus, which helps them securely lock in your ear. I have not yet been able to find third party tips for the Galaxy Buds Pro, but I am curious to see if this will improve the fit.
The Galaxy Buds Pro has the upper hand when it comes to durability against water and sweat with high ratingsCompared with AirPods Pro’s IPX4. This means that they can submerge up to 3 feet (1 m) of fresh water for 30 minutes. I have yet to take the Buds Pro to swim or run them through the washer, but I have no problem after splashing some water on them. AirPods Pro can withstand sweat and some light showers, but I would not suggest swimming them.
Galaxy Buds Pro, better sound quality; AirPods Pro, Better Noise Cancellation
Both of these earbuds look good, as long as you can find a secure fit. This is definitely a matter of priority, but I prefer the more pronounced bass response of the Galaxy Sound Pro and the Galaxy Bud Pro when it comes to sound quality. You can manually adjust the equalizer in the Galaxy wearable app in many different presets, from bass booster to soft. AirPods Pro has a more neutral sound profile that really works in their favor if you want to jump between calls, listening to music, and listening to podcasts. They have an adaptive equalizer that dynamically adjusts the sound for you.
Although both do a good job of canceling out ambient noise, AirPods Pro is a more effective at ejecting white noise like the sound of an overhead fan or plane engine. When you can adjust the ANC level to high or low on the Galaxy Bud Pro, I didn’t really hear any difference between the two settings. When I’m ANC on Buds Pro, when I’m not listening to music I can hear a very inane hiss.
Listening to movies and TV shows, both have spatial audio (Samsung calls it 360 audio) for a fake surround-sound experience. Again, both look good, but if I had to choose, I’d go with the AirPods Pro because the effect feels more natural. Note that at the time of writing, 360 audio support is only on Samsung devices, such as One UI 3.1, While running spatial audio on AirPods Pro is available on any Apple device or later.
But the Galaxy Buds Pro lacks AirPod Pro: voice detection. Galaxy Buds Pro automatically reduces the volume of your media when they detect that you are talking and then returns to their original settings 10 seconds after stopping. This is great if you want to be able to have a quick conversation without actively turning the buds into ambient sound mode (or getting your ear out).
To hear the difference of the call you can hear the mic samples in our video on this page.
AirPods Pro: The Most Reliable Battery Life
Samsung cites battery life in 5 hours with the ANC on the Galaxy Bud Pro, but I’ve never been close to that figure. With ANC turned on, the longest I was able to wear them was around 4.5 hours, which was disappointing given the claim. Apple bids up to 4.5 hours with ANC for AirPods Pro, but I regularly exceeded it and could manage about 5 hours of total listening time. According to Samsung, Buds Pro can last up to 8 hours of listening without ANC, but again, I myself could not reach this number.
There is also a slight extra charge in each case, with the AirPods Pro providing 24 hours of total juice and the Galaxy Buds Pro an added 18 hours. Both cases can charge wirelessly, or you can plug in AirPods Pro on Galaxy Buds Pro or Lightning on USB-C.
Smart features are the same on both
This is the first generation of Samsung earbuds I’ve tested that are not compatible with the Galaxy wearable iOS app. This means that they will connect to an iPhone ($ 900 on Boost Mobile) Through Bluetooth and you can activate ANC and use the default tap control, but you will not be able to change the settings. AirPods Pro also works as regular Bluetooth earbuds on Android, but provides the most intuitive experience customizing settings on iOS.
You can call Siri using your voice, or touch controls on the AirPod Pro, or the Galaxy Buds Pro on Bixby. Each will read text messages or notifications, and will allow you to change the volume or call with your voice. There is no way to call Google Assistant using your voice on Galaxy Buds Pro, although you can activate Google Assistant on Galaxy Bud Pro by assigning it as long press of the touch panel, but you cannot call it yet.
Each earbud can be used independently to make calls or listen to music and if you lose them using the Find My app on the iPhone or the Smart Things app on Galaxy devices, you can find both on one map . They both also offer fast switching between devices signed to the same Apple ID or Samsung account.
Galaxy Buds Pro for Android, AirPods Pro for iPhone
Both sets of earbuds have their own strengths, but the best earbuds for you will ultimately depend on which software ecosystem you are in. Earlier Samsung-vs-Apple earbud comparisons were more platform-agnostic, compatible with the previously given model Galaxy wearable apps. On iOS, but this time your phone will be a big factor in your decision. I like the warm sound profile of the Galaxy Buds Pro, so I would choose these for listening to music. But for multitasking between calls and music (and for more reliable battery performance), I choose AirPods Pro.