Apple AirPods Pro vs. Galaxy Buds Pro: Which One Is More Suitable For You?

Aadhya Khatri - Feb 15, 2021


Apple AirPods Pro vs. Galaxy Buds Pro: Which One Is More Suitable For You?

Galaxy Buds Pro: Better Sound Quality, AirPods Pro: Better Noise Canceling

Apple AirPods Pro is among the best wireless earbuds available on the market but they face fierce competition from the Galaxy Buds Pro which offers a similar feature set.

So if you are considering the two of them, here is our thorough comparison:

AirPods Pro: The Best For Battery And Noise Cancelling

AirPods Pro’s ANC works seamlessly with all Apple devices and they have support for virtual surround sound. Their battery also lasts longer than that of Galaxy Buds Pro. And while users have balanced sound quality, there is no equalizer so they won’t change sound across apps.

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AirPods Pro’s ANC works seamlessly with all Apple devices and they have support for virtual surround sound

The earbuds can work with an Android device but users will lose some features, like quick switching and spatial audio.

Galaxy Buds Pro: The Best For Water Resistance And Rich Sound

On paper, Galaxy Buds Pro’s specs are comparable to those of AirPods Pro. While they provide a strong bass response and great overall sounds, their battery didn’t last as long as those of Apple’s earbuds, especially when ANC is on.

AirPods Pro Feel Lighter In Your Ears 

While both of them are in-ear earbuds, they have different design languages.

AirPods Pro’s clickable stems stick out of users’ ears and their only color is white. On the other hand, Galaxy Buds Pro has a wider color range consisting of purple, silver, and black. They have a rounded design and can be a tad heavier in your ears.

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AirPods Pro’s clickable stems stick out of users’ ears and their only color is white

They both come with tips in large, medium, and small. However, the level of fit will vary depending on the size and shape of your ears. Despite the choices of size, many users have reported a fitting problem with both AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro, especially when working out or moving around.

Galaxy Buds Pro scores when it comes to water resistance with IPX7 (AirPods Pro has IPX4). This means the Samsung earbud can survive being submerged for 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. AirPods Pro can withstand light splashes and sweat but taking them swimming isn’t a good idea.

Galaxy Buds Pro: Better Sound Quality, AirPods Pro: Better Noise Canceling

AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro have a high sound quality and the decision of which is better depends on personal preference. Galaxy Buds Pro has a more pronounced bass response and a warmer sound profile.

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Galaxy Buds Pro has a more pronounced bass response and a warmer sound profile

The Galaxy Wearable app allows users to manually adjust the equalizer to several presets, from soft to bass boost. AirPods Pro is more suitable if you want to switch quickly from podcasts to calls to listening to music.

While both of them do a very good job at ambient noise-canceling, AirPods Pro is a tad better at dealing with white noise.

Both of these earbuds support virtual surround sound with Apple calling it spatial audio while Samsung names it 360 audio. However, many users will prefer the more natural sound effect.

The Galaxy Buds Pro has a feature AirPods Pro don’t - voice detection. The earbuds will automatically reduce the volume when you talk and turn it back on 10 seconds after you stop.

AirPods Pro: Longer Battery Life

Samsung said with ANC on, users can have up to 5 hours but we have never been able to reach that mark - the best we can have is 4.5 hours. On the contrary, Apple quotes 4.5 hours only but we usually exceed that, reaching more than 5 hours.

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They both have wired and wireless charging

Samsung also claims 8 hours with ANC off but again, it proves to be an exaggeration. Both these earbuds’ cases can provide extra juice with AirPods Pro’s offering 24 hours total battery life while Galaxy Buds Pro offers an extra of 18 hours.

They both have wired and wireless charging.

Similar Smart Features

Since the Galaxy Buds Pro aren’t compatible with the Galaxy Wearable iOS app, you will have to connect them to an iPhone via Bluetooth. While in this way, users are unable to change the settings, they can still use the tap controls and activate ANC. The same is true for AirPods Pro and Android devices.

They both have support for virtual assistants with Bixby on Galaxy Buds Pro and Siri on AirPods Pro. The assistants can read notifications and messages, place calls, and change the volume for you. If you prefer Google Assistant, unfortunately, Galaxy Buds Pro hasn’t had support for it yet.

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They both have support for virtual assistants

They both appear on a map when you lose them, using the Smart Things app for Galaxy Buds Pro and Find My app for AirPods Pro. Plus, fast switching among signed-in devices is available for both.

Galaxy Buds Pro for Android, AirPods Pro For iPhone

So the decision of which sets of earbuds to get boils down to which software ecosystem you are in.

Galaxy Buds Pro provides a warmer sound profile so they will be more suitable for listening to music. On the other hand, if you desire a swift and seamless transition between calls and music, AirPods Pro is right up your alley.

>>> Apple Will Reportedly Get Rid Of The Stems On Next Year's AirPods Pro

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