With a market share second only to Apple, Samsung controls a large portion of the audio wearables market, and many Android users are forced to choose between the new upstart Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and the somewhat more expensive Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
With an increasingly complex naming scheme, it’s time to go through the differences between these two sets of truly wireless earbuds and determine which pair you’ll want to purchase. Is the Pro a step up from its predecessor?
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: This versus article was modified on April 5, 2022, to include information about Samsung 360 Audio feature for the Galaxy Buds 2. We also updated the microphone demos to the most recent versions of our standardised formats.
At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking these earbuds were the same thing; they’re virtually identical. When it comes to the Galaxy Buds Pro, you can choose from three different colour schemes that suggest something close to individuality: Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Black.
Each colour scheme has a reflecting finish on the earbuds. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds 2 are available in a variety of colours, including graphite, white, olive, and lavender, all of which have a glossy finish on the earbuds.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro earphones are equipped with little stabilisers that help them stay in your ears. Each pair of buds comes with three different ear tip options, and they are water-resistant to IPX7 standards.
The Galaxy Buds Pro are not intended for swimming, but they should be able to withstand a brief submersion in shallow water for up to 30 minutes. Despite weighing only 6.3g, the Galaxy Buds 2 are little heavier than their predecessors, and the shape is a little more bulbous, though it’s still not particularly huge.
The same codecs are supported by both the Galaxy Buds 2 and the Galaxy Buds Pro: AAC and SBC. When using a Samsung device, you have the option of selecting the Samsung Scalable Codec as your codec of choice.
This codec changes the transfer rate on a continuous basis to maintain connection stability while keeping audio resolution in balance (88-512kbps).
Though no codec can deliver high-definition audio (you’ll need a hardwired connection for that), your Samsung mobile can deliver consistent, high-quality audio to whatever Galaxy Buds you choose, which is on par with LDAC in terms of quality and consistency.
iPhone users can continue to select the AAC codec for the highest possible quality. Meanwhile, Android users who do not have a Samsung device should stick with SBC for the most dependable connection.
In addition to the Samsung Scalable Codec, if you possess multiple Samsung devices, you may take use of the Auto Switch feature, which automatically switches between them. In order for it to work, you must be able to connect to more than one Samsung device at the same time.
For example, if you’re watching TV on a Samsung tablet and your Samsung smartphone calls, the tablet will immediately switch the source of your headphones to your phone.
Both sets of earphones have access to the majority of the same settings when using the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app (Android). You may select between active noise cancellation and ambient sound mode, as well as customise the touch controls (or disable them).
While there is no way to customise the equaliser, you can choose from a number of pre-programmed options. In addition, you can customise your voice assistant preferences within the app.
If you’re an iPhone owner, you’re out of luck right now. Samsung has not extended support for the Galaxy Buds 2 or Buds Pro on the Samsung Galaxy Buds iOS app, which can only be seen as a slight. In this case, iPhone owners are stuck with the default settings, until a buddy uses their Android handset to adjust the earphones for them.
The Galaxy Buds 2 has a longer battery life than the Buds Pro, providing 5 hours and 9 minutes of gameplay with active noise cancellation (ANC). Under the identical settings (continuous 75db(SPL) output), the Galaxy Buds Pro will last for 4 hours and 48 minutes on a single charge, according to Samsung.
Compared to the Buds 2, the Buds Pro case has enough capacity for slightly more than two additional charging cycles, while the Buds 2 case has enough capacity for three additional charge cycles. You can use either case to quickly charge the earbuds that are included within it.
Additionally, the Galaxy Buds Pro case gives 85 minutes of playing time after just 10 minutes of charging, whereas the Galaxy Buds 2 case provides 60 minutes of playback time after only 5 minutes of charging.
Wireless Powershare is supported by both sets of Galaxy earphones, which can be useful in a pinch. Using Wireless PowerShare on your Samsung mobile and placing the case on top of the device, you can allow the buds to take some of the device’s battery power.
Both Samsung earbuds perform admirably in this price range when it comes to noise isolation and cancellation. When using the Galaxy Buds Pro’s Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature on its highest setting, noise is reduced to approximately one-quarter the level around 100Hz.
The Galaxy Buds 2’s active noise cancellation (ANC) and isolation functions are quite similar to those of the Galaxy Buds Pro, with the exception that it cancels out slightly more low frequencies. When compared to the Buds Pro, the Buds 2 has a little advantage in terms of treble frequency attenuation, however this is dependent on achieving an appropriate fit with either headset.
When using the Galaxy Buds Pro in conjunction with the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app, you can choose between two ANC settings: high and low.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds 2 provide you with three different ambient sound settings: high, medium, and low (depending on your preference). Because of the way ANC works, non-repeating noises such as speech tend to be a weak place for it, so you’ll still pick up some background chatter on your commute if you’re lucky.
The cost of each headset is an important consideration. The Galaxy Buds Pro is more expensive than the Galaxy Buds because it is the current flagship of the Galaxy Buds line. The price difference can range from as little as $20 USD to as much as $50 USD.
Both models have seen a decrease in price while retaining a similar approximate difference in pricing.. On the whole, both true wireless earbuds are competitive on an equal footing, so it boils down to a couple of key factors. One is whether or not you are interested in the extras enough to pay more, and the other is which earphones are the most comfortable for you.
Because you cannot try in-ears on in the same manner that you can with headphones, it is difficult to assess the proper fit. In general, smaller ears are better suited to the Galaxy Buds 2. When it comes to shutting out outside noise, remember that a proper fit is just as crucial as the use of noise cancelling technology.