Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds + compared to AirPods and AirPods Pro


Samsung at its Unpacked event in San Francisco this week unveiled the new Galaxy Z Flip and the S20 range of smartphones, and accompanying its new flagship devices, Samsung also launched its next generation wireless headphones, the Galaxy Buds +.
In our last YouTube video, we looked at the new Galaxy Buds + to test them, and we did a quick comparison with the AirPods and the AirPods Pro.

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On the design side, the Galaxy Buds + are pretty much identical to the original Galaxy Buds, but there is an additional microphone that has been added and the charging case now has a glossy finish instead of a matte finish. Size, fit and comfort are unchanged.Galaxy Buds + are closer to ‌AirPods Pro‌ than ‌AirPods‌ due to the soft silicone tips that fit into the ear canal to provide a tighter seal, but there is no noise canceling technology included in the Galaxy Buds +.

With the second generation version of the Galaxy Buds, Samsung aimed to improve the audio quality of music and phone calls as well as the battery life, which seems to be better. The Galaxy Buds + now lasts 11 hours before needing to be charged with the case, and the sound seems to be improving.

Although closer in design to the “AirPods Pro”, the price and functionality of the Galaxy Buds + better match the standard “AirPods”. Galaxy Buds + cost $ 149, $ 10 less than standard irAirPods without a charging case, and $ 100 less than irAirPods Pro‌.

There are touch controls on each Galaxy Bud + headset, which can be used to play / pause, skip tracks, and activate voice assistants. These are the only three functions available when connecting the Galaxy Buds + to the iPhone, but with an Android device, the long press function can be customized to launch Spotify automatically.

Samsung also offers tools to control ambient sound levels (although we didn't notice much difference with this option) and to adjust the sound profile. There are a few preset options to increase the bass or treble and there is an option to make the audio more dynamic or softer. There is no real EQ function, but it is better than what is available for ‌AirPods‌, which is nothing.

Galaxy Buds + on Android can read you notifications, a feature not available when you use them with the ‌iPhone‌. The "AirPods" offer a similar function in iOS 13, allowing Siri to announce incoming messages.

Galaxy Buds + can also be connected to multiple devices at the same time, such as a TV and an Android phone, so you can hear incoming notifications, but this is not a feature that works when used with an ‌iPhone‌.

Overall, Galaxy Buds + audio seems to be improved and sounds better than "AirPods", but there is no huge difference. There is a major difference in sound quality compared to ‌AirPods Pro‌ in favor of ‌AirPods Pro‌, but this is probably not a fair comparison given that the Galaxy Buds + are $ 100 cheaper and are not intended to compete with Apple noise canceling headphones.

Android users who have considered purchasing “AirPods” for their smartphones may want to consider the Galaxy Buds + instead, but those who use both iOS and Android can still opt for the “AirPods” due to the functionality of the H1 chip. The H1 chip of the ‌AirPods‌ and ‌AirPods Pro‌ manages “Hey ‌Siri‌” hands-free requests, improves connectivity and improves range, and also allows rapid switching between Apple devices connected to the same iCloud Account.

What do you think of Samsung's improved Galaxy Buds +? Let us know in the comments.


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