Apple AirPods Pro vs Galaxy Buds live is the latest debate after Samsung launched Galaxy Buds live earlier this month on the 6th of August. With its release, Samsung is up for a tough competition against the Apple AirPod Pro that released last year on the 30th of October.
Apple products are known for their premium hardware and durability. But Samsung is no less as it always manages to catch up with its rival in the business market.
Both the products have equally good features to offer with no major differences in terms of functionality as both are high-end wireless earplugs. They have a solid sound quality, cool design, and incredible active noise cancellation.
The pricing though makes a lot of difference. Galaxy Buds live are definitely cheaper at $170 compared to AirPod Pro priced at $249. But the features that both offers can make choosing between the two on the price point alone a bit tricky.
Thus the question is which one to choose? or more likely which one is the right one for you? So let’s take a look at a comparison between Apple AirPod Pro & Galaxy Buds Live to find that out.
The AirPods Pro has no significant change in design. They have stuck to the usual AirPod look with short stems sticking out and flexible silicone tips that fit firmly in the ear. These silicone tips come in 3 sizes for easy wear and comfort.
Galaxy Buds live, in contrast, has a very unique bean-shaped design and gives a comfortable, cozy fit in the ears. Instead of entering the canals of the ear, it rather sits snugly along the curves of the ear. Among the size options, there are only 2 wingtip sizes available.
As far as color is concerned, The AirPod Pro comes in a single glossy white variant whereas Galaxy Buds live comes in three. They are- Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White.
Active Noise Cancelation (ANC)
AirPod Pro has an advantage in this case for their active noise cancelation is slightly better than Galaxy Buds live. The AirPod Pro has a traditional closed in-ear design. It seals the ear because of which the surrounding sounds are completely blocked. This is ideal for situations where loud background noise is a problem and you want to block them entirely.
AirPod Pro also has the benefit of ‘ Transparency mode ‘ that filters some surrounding sound into the ears. Thus the user can easily switch to and fro from a full ANC mode to a partial ANC.
Galaxy Buds live do have a pretty good ANC. However, with its new open design, it does let in a little bit of background noise. It is quite faint actually. But it’s not really much of problem as it’s suited for situations where a majority of random background noise is blocked out letting in only loud and sharp sounds like alarms and announcements. Even with the lack of a full-fledged ANC it still manages to get the job done in most scenarios.
Audio Quality of Apple AirPods Pro vs Galaxy Buds Live
The Galaxy Buds live tends to have an overall dynamic sound profile. It’s got a punchy bass and smooth lows but does sound a little muddled at high frequencies of highs and mids. Thanks to the Samsung Wearable app which allows a good custom audio equalization. Electronic music lovers are gonna love this though.
In the case of the AirPod Pro, the overall sound profile is neutral as it has almost nonexistent bass. The sealed in-ear design and the ANC greatly help with the sound quality to produce a clear and balanced on the whole.
Moreover, the Airpod Pro also has an adaptive equalizer that tunes music automatically adapting to the wearer’s shape of ears giving an enriching sound experience.
Both of these earbuds have really good sound quality but it really depends on what the user prefers. Galaxy Buds live should be your go-to if you like bass in your music. If not, AirPod Pro is an excellent choice to make when opting for clarity.
Galaxy Buds live gets an extra point over AirPod Pro in this case. It has got 3 microphones inbuilt. One of them senses the user’s jaw movement to pick up the user’s voice to deliver amplified clear audio while considerably filtering out the surrounding noise.
The AirPod Pro, in contrast, has 2 inbuilt microphones. Even if it lacks the jaw movement detection feature but still records clear speech. It does quite well in a quiet environment but blocks out less background noise when placed in a noisy surrounding.
Both Apple AirPod Pro and Galaxy Buds live run on Bluetooth 5.0 and have pretty good long-range connectivity but lack multipoint Bluetooth support.
AirPod Pro however makes use of H1 chip integration that enables automatic connectivity through iCloud to all Apple devices.
This feature makes it easier to navigate and switch between Apple devices something that Galaxy Buds live lacks, as switching between devices can only be done manually through the app.
Battery life of Apple AirPods Pro vs Galaxy Buds Live
The Galaxy Buds live have a better battery life as they last for 8 hours with the ANC off and 6 hours with ANC on. They also get an additional 21 hours of playback time from the case that houses them. It also comes with a USB-C port for charging the case which can also be done wirelessly.
In comparison, AirPod Pro only lasts 4.5 hours and 5 hours with ANC on and off respectively. They get 20 hours of extra playback time from their case. Just like Buds live, the case can be recharged both wirelessly as well as with the lightning cable.
Thus, Samsung Galaxy Buds live do better than the AirPod Pro here with a total of 29 hours battery life over AirPod Pro’s 24 hours battery backup.
Smart virtual assistants of Apple AirPod Pro
Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby, easily integrate with both Airpod Pro and Galaxy Buds live interchangeably i.e. Galaxy Buds live users can experience a hands-free interaction with both their Samsung and iPhones with the same being true for AirPod Pro as well.
But here is the catch.
Buds Live, if paired with an iPhone, can access Siri from the touch Panel whereas AirPod Pro can’t access Bixby or google assistant (if you’re on a non-galaxy android phone) unless a third-party app is downloaded.
Although both AirPod Pro and Galaxy Buds live are at par with each other in general but have their own pros and cons with regard to features. So, giving a direct verdict as to which one is better is truly dependent on the user’s priorities.
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