Wireless earbuds are the hottest items right now, and for a good reason. Aside from not having to worry about tangles in wires and the eventual loss of audio quality, wireless earbuds are hands-free, comfortable, and have more features.
It’s no secret that Apple and Samsung are two of the largest smartphone makers in the world. Apple made waves in the market by introducing its first generation of AirPods in 2016, quickly leading to numerous companies providing their own version.
Samsung threw its hat into the wireless buds market by releasing its version of the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Its first version was released in 2019, three years after Apple introduced its own.
Now with the two smartphone juggernauts introducing the second generation of their wireless products, could there be a new rivalry on the horizon?
Appearance: Apple AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The second-gen AirPods Pro looks nearly identical to the original AirPods, its only difference being that it sports a lanyard clip on the right side of the case. It also comes with a small speaker at the bottom, which allows the case to make beeping sounds. This feature is handy if you need to find your AirPods after misplacing them.
On the other hand, the second-gen Samsung Galaxy Buds has an entirely new look, making it a stylish accessory. With livelier colors and matte coating, the company comes in purple, black, and white colors.
Special Features: Apple AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The Apple AirPods Pro 2’s greatest strength is its natural sounds. Both earbuds are top-notch when delivering audio, although the AirPods Pro 2 provides a myriad of human voices better. If you’re listening to a podcast with mostly dialogue, then the AirPods Pro 2 is a better choice.
However, on the music side, we can’t ignore the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro’s outstanding bass quality. Suppose you’re looking for something that takes your music listening experience to another level. In that case, this option is the better choice.
As for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), the AirPods do a better job of shifting from transparency to ANC mode. As for the Galaxy Buds, this shift may feel abrupt and distracting.
However, Samsung does make up for this ANC slight issue by including “Conversation Mode,” a feature not available in the AirPods. Conversation Mode occurs when the buds automatically lower the audio’s volume, switching to transparency mode after detecting the user’s voice.
Fit and Look: Apple AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Comfort is essential when investing in a pair of wireless earbuds. Both buds feature a removable silicon tip.
However, Apple provides you with four sizes of silicon tips, whereas Samsung only provides you with three.
As for the overall look, the AirPods Pro has distracting stems that stick out of your ear. While it’s not necessarily a big deal, it does look more noticeable compared to the Galaxy Buds’ more subtle look.
Still, while the stems are apparent, they offer more room for controls and better audio output if you’re on call. Users can tap or long press on the groove in the stems, adjusting its features so one doesn’t always have to reach for their phone.
However, the Galaxy Buds are not just plug-and-go; the buds have adjustable buttons on their surfaces, but you need to tap on the actual back of the buds. You can also adjust specific actions in the Galaxy Wearable App.
Battery Capability: Apple AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The second-generation AirPods have longer battery life compared to its predecessor. Users can expect to use their AirPods Pro on a single charge for six hours. However, turning on spatial audio with head tracking may reduce this battery life to four and a half hours. The case adds five full chargers and can be charged via Qi wireless chargers, Apple Watch chargers, and the Lightning port.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds also have impressive battery life. The earbuds offer five hours of playback with ANC on a single charge. However, you can turn off ANC and expect your buds to last for around six hours to save some power.
Set-up: Apple AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Both earbuds are designed to pair with their company’s phones very easily. However, users may consider downloading and installing the Galaxy Wearable App to take full advantage of the earbuds’ features. In the app, users can customize their listening experience by adjusting sound output and assigning specific actions to tap actions.
The AirPods, on the other hand, is more seamless. You don’t have to download any app at all after pairing. Once you paired your AirPods with your iPhone, it will immediately show a new panel of controls. While it does have a customized setting in the iPhone, it’s not something that users feel they must do.
The good part of this comparison is that you can use one pair of buds on the other brand’s phone and vice versa. While the AirPods cost more than the Galaxy Buds, both are very close regarding their features and usability.
However, if you want something discreet, great for listening to music, and have more color and sound control options, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is the best choice.
On the other hand, if you like a seamless transition from transparent mode to ANC, better control of the actual buds instead of an app, and better audio output quality for speaking, then the Apple AirPods Pro 2 is your best bet.
Takeaway: Wireless earbuds are the latest and coolest accessories today. While you certainly can’t go wrong with either option, choosing something that fits your needs and personality is always best.