Galaxy Buds Pro is almost around the corner, and it will be priced pretty close to the AirPods Pro, making them direct competitors. Both being the ‘Pro’ version carries advanced features that enhance listening experience thereby making both the headphones very attractive to the audiophile segment.
Galaxy Buds Pro vs AirPods Pro – Design
Design is the segment where the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro are poles apart. One would go as far as to say that there is nothing common between the design of the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro, except for the customisable eartips. The AirPods Pro is thinner and taller, whereas the Galaxy Buds Pro is broader and shorter.
Based on the leaked images, the Galaxy Buds Pro features a curved body in glossy finish. Though not much different from the current Galaxy Buds Plus, it does carry a premium and expensive earbud look.
The AirPods Pro as compared to the Galaxy Buds Pro has a more futuristic profile. The AirPods Pro hosts a modern design with a short stem that sticks out when kept in the ear. The Galaxy Buds Pro, on the other hand, does not have a stem, but given its broad round shape, it too sticks out when kept in the ear.
Given the slim stature of the AirPods Pro, it looks better and seemingly sticks out lesser than the Galaxy Buds Pro. Having a slightly longer stem in the AirPods Pro has an added advantage of putting the microphone closer to the mouth.
Both the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro have an in-the-ear design with customisable eartip sizes. Hence, fitting wouldn’t be an issue with either earbuds.
Airpods Pro case is slightly wider than the Galaxy Buds Pro case. But, both the cases are pretty compact and can easily be slid into that little ‘pocket within a pocket’ arrangement in your jeans.
Overall, both the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro carry a compact and premium design language. Which design wins here is purely subjective and depends on the user.
Galaxy Buds Pro vs AirPods Pro – Specs and Listening Experience
The Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro have their own set of advanced audio features to enhance the listening experience, the most important of the lot being Active Noise Cancellation.
Both the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro come with Active Noise Cancellation. In the case of Galaxy Buds Pro, the company is calling it Intelligent Active Noise Cancelling.
Though, both the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods offer really good sound quality, the Active Noise Cancellation is where it makes the most difference in the listening experience.
Based on the Galaxy Buds Pro Review by Digital Slang, the Galaxy Buds Pro ANC is not even close to the AirPods Pro ANC. The ANC in the Galaxy Buds Pro is good enough to take out low frequency noise and not the real loud noise. The review also mentions how good the Galaxy Buds Pro sounds and why it could be a great pick for bass lovers.
When it comes to Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Airpods Pro have already made its mark. Even with ANC turned off, the AirPodsPro sounds really good. But, once the ANC is turned on, listening experience is taken to a whole new level. ANC in the AirPods is easy to use as well. It can be turned on from the quick settings menu, by squeezing the pressure sensitive stem or from the Apple Watch.
In terms of Active Noise Cancellation feature, the AirPods Pro leads the Galaxy Buds Pro.
AirPods Pro features a Transparency Mode that uses the mics to allows the outside sound to flow in, just in case you want to keep a tab on what’s going on around. It is really useful feature to eavesdrop on important announcements when you are in the station or airport.
Both the AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro have the Spatial Audio feature which provides for a surround sound listening experience similar to what you get in movie theatres.
Galaxy Buds Pro features a dedicated Gaming Mode for low latency gaming. The AirPods Pro does not have a dedicated gaming mode, but still does a good job when it comes to gaming.
One small setback with the AirPods Pro is the absence of volume controls on the buds,. You will have to adjust the volume from your phone or ask Siri to do it for you.
Galaxy Buds Pro provides approx 8 hours of playback and 4 hours of talk time with the earbuds alone, and 28 hours of playback and 15 hours of talk time with the charging case. AirPods Pro can provide a maximum of 4.5 hours of playback and 3.5 hours of talk time. With the case, the AirPods Pro can give a maximum of 24 hours of playback and 18 hours of talk time. From a battery life standpoint, Galaxy Buds Pro takes the lead.
AirPods Pro is sweat and water resistant but not waterproof, meaning you can use it in the gym but cannot take it for a swim. The Galaxy Buds Pro, on the other hand is IPX7 water resistant. This means you can take the Galaxy Buds Pro for a quick swim in the pool.
AirPods Pro wins the specs and listening experience category as it has a better Active Noise Cancellation feature that greatly add to enhancing the listening experience.
Galaxy Buds Pro vs AirPods Pro – Price
The AirPods Pro carries a list price of $250 and the Galaxy Buds Pro is expected to debut at $199. But, the AirPods Pro is currently available at Amazon at a discounted rate of $199 and will mostly continue to available for a price less than $250. This puts the AirPods Pro in direct competition with the Galaxy Buds Pro. With a better Active Noise Cancellation, the AirPods Pro has more chances of being picked up.
Galaxy Buds Pro vs AirPods Pro – Which Flagship Earphones Should You Buy?
Given the fact that the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro will occupy the same price range, which of the two you would pick depends on your use case.
For use during daily commutes, and people working in noisy areas, our recommendation is to go with the AirPods Pro as it offers a better noise cancellation, and thereby an enhanced listening experience.
For those of you who prefer to listen to music from the comfort of your couch, the Galaxy Buds Plus is a good bet as it offers great sound clarity and bass and also saves you a few dollars.