Looking to find a Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review that puts all the cards on the table? You have come to the right place. It is no secret that Samsung has only recently released what is now being called its response to Apple’s Airpods Pro, and while it is definitely the crowning of their efforts in the headset department so far, is it worth it?
In this Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review, we will answer all these questions and more. If you like our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review, we welcome you to check out our Apple Airpods Max Review as well.
Pro as in… Airpods Pro?
As we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro has been labeled Samsung’s response to Apple’s Airpods Pro by critics, and looking at the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, one can easily see why.
While Apple employs the use of sensors (such as accelerometers and gyroscopes), Samsung has come up with a similar technology which uses Dolby head tracking technology to enable you get the feel of ambisonic sound through a headset. Unfortunately, this feature is reserved for users of the new Galaxy S21 lineup who have access to OneUI 3.1.
Additionally, we see another similarity between the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and Apple’s AirPods Pro in their ability to switch between devices. Endowed with the ability to switch between an iPad, iPhone, and Mac seamlessly, the AirPods pro hops from one device to another without you actually having to do any manual switching.
In our Samsung galaxy buds pro review, we saw a similar feature, as it allows you seamlessly switch between your galaxy smartphone and tablet. The only problem with this, however, is that your Samsung laptop cannot perform this function.
These two additional features – while an improvement – require that your devices are of the Samsung brand. And for the Samsung Galaxy Buds pro price of $200, there isn’t much for users of devices from other brands here.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro specs
- True Wireless
- Custom 2-way speaker system with AKG sound
- 11mm woofer and 6.5mm tweeter
- Improved ANC and Ambient sound
- Inner mic
- High SNR mic
- Inner dural mic
- 61mAH battery
- Bixby voice wake-up
- 472mAH charging case
- IPX7 water resistance rating
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Compatible with Android 7.0 or later
- Active noise cancellation
A better Design
The simplicity and portability of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro design is one of its greatest features. The Buds sport an in-ear design without the use of rubber stoppers; however, they still manage to provide an adequate fit.
The eartips also work to provide an extra layer of noise cancellation, and each Bud measures 20.5 x 19.5 x 20.3mm. The charging case measures 50 x 50 x 27.6mm. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is available in three colors: phantom black, silver, and lilac. The Galaxy Wearables app allows you program the touch-and-hold commands on either ear to your specifications.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: Charging Case and Battery life
The Buds charging case bears a striking similarity with that of the Buds live. It is a securely fitted flip-open case with a battery life of 472mAH.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro battery life is 61mAH. According to Samsung, this means that the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro battery life can last up to five hours with active noise cancellation (ANC) turned off.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro battery life can last up to eight hours with active noise cancellation turned off, and the case adds up to thirteen hours (with ANC on) and twenty hours (with ANC off) to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: Noise cancellation performance
In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro battery life, the device provides an improvement in noise cancellation over the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.
Although the ANC feature does stomp out some sounds, it does little to cancel out persistent sounds like that of nearby buzzing or chatter. For the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro price, one might have expected better.
For the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro price, you get a custom-built 2-way speaker system and AKG sound. Additionally, the Buds are fitted with an 11mm woofer and 6.5mm tweeter that generate an improved sound quality in comparison to previous generations.
The in-ear fit also serves as a boost to sound quality. The inner microphone, SNR microphone (that effectively detects a user’s voice), and inner dual-microphone work great for signal transmission and reception.
- Attractive and portable design
- Available in multiple colors
- Effective-enough noise cancellation
- Strong audio performance
- Ample voice detection
- 360 ambisonic sound feel
- Many features work only on Samsung devices
- Decreased connectivity with iOS devices
- May not be an adequate fit
- 360 ambisonic sound feel available only on Galaxy S21 model
The final analysis
At the end of our Samsung Galaxy Buds pro review, we discover that the Buds pro seems to be an intersection of the Galaxy Buds plus & the Galaxy Buds live. They perform well in terms of sound quality, effective-enough ANC, and a good in-ear fit. However, in our Samsung Galaxy Buds pro review, we see that there isn’t so much that the Samsung Galaxy Buds pro does to outpace its competitors.
The fact that most of its unique features are also only available on high-priced Samsung devices makes the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro price not so worth it.
Which is better, Galaxy buds or AirPods pro?
Considering the average ANC and limited automatic switching, we just might pick the AirPods pro over the Galaxy buds.
Are Galaxy buds worth buying?
Retailing at $200, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is definitely an improvement to the previous Galaxy Buds Plus and Galaxy Buds Live.
Will Galaxy buds fall out?
No. Although the Galaxy buds are not fitted with a rubber stop like the Galaxy Buds plus, it does provide an adequate fit.
Do Galaxy buds have a mic?
The Samsung Galaxy Bud is fitted with an inner microphone, SNR microphone, and inner dual-microphone.
Is Galaxy buds better than AirPods?
With all the similar features that don’t perform as effectively, the Galaxy buds are more of a replication of the AirPods pro.
Are Samsung buds waterproof?
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro has an IPX7 water resistance rating.
Are Galaxy buds plus worth the upgrade?
Asides from the improved design and sound quality, the new features on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are only available to users who own Galaxy S21 models.
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