Last week, Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone and new pea-shaped Galaxy Buds Live, a set of wireless headsets with Active Noise Cancellation designed to compete with Apple’s AirPods Pro. We’ve got a new set of Galaxy Buds Live and compared them to AirPods Pro in our latest YouTube video.
Priced at $ 179, the Galaxy Buds Live has a unique look with a jelly-grain-like design that matches the contour of the ears. We found them comfortable even over long periods of time, and the wide variety of ear tips available will allow them to work with most ear sizes.
Samsung added 12mm drivers to the Galaxy Buds Live along with three built-in microphones and a voice pickup, with the microphone quality shown in the video above.
When it comes to sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Live sounds decent (and better than the AirPods), but AirPods Pro wins out with more balance and clarity. The Galaxy Buds Live has a more noticeable bass, but it can make the song sound a bit muddy. The sound can be adjusted using the equalizer settings available in the Galaxy Buds app, but we didn’t see much improvement with these settings.
One of the Galaxy Buds Live’s key selling points is Active Noise Cancellation, a feature also offered in AirPods Pro, but the Galaxy Buds Live ANC functionality is mediocre, at least with their unit. I.
It’s hard to know when the ANC is enabled or disabled on the Galaxy Buds Live as the feature doesn’t seem to block much of the background noise. Not comparable to AirPods Pro, this product offers much better active noise cancellation. It’s better than having no ANC, but it’s so subtle that it can’t be compared to competing products.
There are several gestures available for the Galaxy Buds, similar to the ones found on AirPods Pro. One tap pauses, two taps skip a song, and three taps return. Press and hold can be set to enable or disable Active Noise Canceling, activate Siri, or control the Volume.
The Galaxy Buds Live offers eight hours of battery life before needing a recharge, while the AirPods Pro offers 4.5 hours of listening. The square case holds the Galaxy Buds Live and offers extra battery life, is compact and pocketable, plus it has a USB-C port for charging. It adds 21 hours of playback time, while Apple offers about 20 more hours of battery life with the AirPods Pro box. In total, the Galaxy Buds offer 29 hours of battery life while the AirPods Pro offers 24 hours.
The Galaxy Buds Live have features that are useful for Samsung users, such as one-tap pairing and seamless switching, but on an iPhone they work like standard Bluetooth headsets. There is a Galaxy Buds app in the iOS App Store to connect and provide firmware updates and equalizer settings, but since they are designed for Samsung devices, Apple’s features are limited. processing.
Galaxy Buds owners with an iPhone will want to download apps and update the Galaxy Buds Live software immediately as we’ve noticed that the Active Noise Cancellation and gestures don’t work properly until the release. updates are installed.
Even with its excellent inferior Active Noise Canceling function, the Galaxy Buds Live delivers good sound, fits well, and is one of Samsung’s best true wireless earbuds. At $ 179, they’re $ 250 cheaper than the AirPods Pro, but if you’re an iPhone user, you’d be better off with Apple’s more expensive option.
Android users looking for a true set of wireless headphones should definitely look at the Galaxy Buds Live as a potential option.