Samsung last week unveiled new flagship smartphones and the new bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live, a set of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation designed to compete with Apple’s AirPods Pro. We got a bunch of the new Galaxy Buds Live and compared them to the AirPods Pro in our latest YouTube video.
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Priced at $ 179, the Galaxy Buds Live have a unique look with a jelly bean shaped design that matches the contour of the ears. We have found them to be comfortable even for long periods of time, and the multiple tips available will allow them to work with most ear sizes.
Samsung added 12mm drivers to the Galaxy Buds Live with three built-in microphones and a voice pickup unit, with the microphone quality demonstrated in the video above.
When it comes to sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Live sound decent (and better than AirPods), but the AirPods Pro outweighs it with more balance and clarity. Galaxy Buds Live have more noticeable bass, but it can make songs a bit muddy. The sound can be adjusted with the EQ settings available in the Galaxy Buds app, but we didn’t see much improvement in those settings.
One of the main selling points of Galaxy Buds Live is active noise cancellation, a feature also offered in AirPods Pro, but the ANC functionality of Galaxy Buds Live was poor, at least with our device.
It’s hard to tell when ANC is on or off on the Galaxy Buds Live because the feature just doesn’t seem to block out a lot of ambient noise. There is no comparison with the “AirPods Pro”, which offer much better active noise cancellation. It’s better than no ANC at all, but it’s so subtle that it can’t compare to competing products.
There are several gestures available for Galaxy Buds, which are similar to the gestures available on AirPods Pro. One tap pauses, two taps skip a song and three taps return. A long press can be set to turn active noise cancellation on or off, activate Siri or control volume.
Galaxy Buds Live offer eight hours of battery life before needing to be recharged, while “AirPods Pro” offer 4.5 hours of listening time. The square-shaped case that houses the Galaxy Buds Live and offers extra battery life is compact and pocket-sized, plus it has a USB-C port for charging. It adds another 21 hours of playing time, while Apple offers around 20 hours of extra battery life with the AirPods Pro case. In total, the Galaxy Buds offer 29 hours of battery life while the AirPods Pro offer 24.
The Galaxy Buds Live have some useful features for Samsung users like one-click pairing and seamless switching, but on an iPhone they work like standard Bluetooth headphones. There is a Galaxy Buds app in the iOS App Store to connect and provide firmware updates and EQ settings, but since they are designed for Samsung devices, Apple functionality is limited.
Galaxy Buds owners who have iPhones will want to download the app and update the Galaxy Buds Live software immediately as we found that active noise cancellation and gestures did not work properly until an update. day is installed.
Even with the less than stellar active noise cancellation feature, the Galaxy Buds Live sound great, fit well, and are some of Samsung’s best true wireless headphones. At $ 179, they’re cheaper than the $ 250 AirPods Pro, but if you’re an “iPhone” user, you’d better go with Apple’s more expensive option.
Android users looking for a solid set of true wireless headphones should take a look at the Galaxy Buds Live as a potential option.