Best wireless earbuds: Airpods Pro vs. Galaxy Buds Plus

Apple’s AirPods Professional are glorious wi-fi earbuds which have energetic noise canceling and higher sound than the unique AirPods. However at $250 (£249 or AU$399) they do not come low cost, and alternate options like Samsung’s $150 (£159 or AU$299) Galaxy Buds Plus might have you ever questioning in the event you’re paying a useless premium for Apple’s model. I wore each of those wi-fi earbuds for 2 weeks to check them on match, sound high quality, battery life and sensible options to search out out if the AirPods Professional are certainly value the additional $100, or in the event you’re higher off saving cash with the Galaxy Buds Plus.

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The AirPods Professional are Apple’s premium in-ear buds and have extremely efficient energetic noise cancellation. Calls, podcasts and music sound nice too. Although you possibly can management many options within the pulldown Management Heart or Bluetooth settings menu, the dearth of a devoted app to regulate the sound profile or settings from one interface is disappointing. You need to use the AirPods Professional on Android, however you may get the perfect expertise when paired to iOS.

Learn the AirPods Professional evaluate.

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Samsung improved the Galaxy Buds Plus’ sound in comparison with the primary era and they’re a superb alternative for Android or iPhone house owners. They do not have energetic noise cancellation, however the noise-isolating design blocks out a good quantity of sound, and music sounds extra dynamic than on the AirPods Professional. The battery additionally lasts an insanely very long time, so you possibly can feasibly put on the Galaxy Buds Plus all day.

Learn the Galaxy Buds Plus evaluate.

How we examined

Galaxy Buds Plus’ in-ear design is extra versatile

The Galaxy Buds Plus include three tip sizes, plus three completely different wingtips to essentially fine-tune the match. The AirPods Professional have three tip sizes which you could swap out and in relying in your ear canal. 

How every earbud suits varies wildly relying on the dimensions and form of your ear, so what feels good to my ears could also be fully completely different from what you want. I favor the match and really feel of the Galaxy Buds Plus as a result of they really feel safer than the AirPods Professional. I’ve small ear canals, and the smallest tip on the Buds feels extra snug than the equal on the AirPods Professional. Because of this, the Galaxy Buds Plus stayed in my ear higher throughout an energetic exercise equivalent to an out of doors run.


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Be aware that each of those wi-fi earbuds have an in-ear design that present a layer of noise isolation, however solely the AirPods Professional have energetic noise cancellation (ANC).

Each wi-fi earbuds can be nice throughout your sweaty exercises or in the event you get caught within the rain. However the AirPods Professional are rated IPX4, which suggests they’re extra water resistant than the Galaxy Buds Plus, which satisfies an IPX2 ranking. Every case has wi-fi charging, however you should utilize USB-C or Lightning cables to cost the Galaxy Buds Plus or AirPods Professional, respectively.

Winner: Although not as water-proof because the AirPods Professional, I just like the Galaxy Buds Plus for its extra snug match. 

AirPods Professional have noise cancellation, however the Galaxy Buds Plus sound higher

Here is the factor: if you’d like ANC, look no additional and get the AirPods Professional. It is extremely efficient and makes the listening expertise incredible for commuting or touring. But when ANC isn’t a prime precedence, the Galaxy Buds Plus really sound higher to my ears.

Aside from tracks with heavy bass, which sound higher on the AirPods Professional as they do not get so distorted, I favor the default sound profile of the Buds Plus total. When utilizing the Buds Plus on iOS, I just like the dynamic sound profile that provides the bass a little bit of a lift with out being too heavy. After I’m on an Android cellphone, the common sound profile is my go-to.

To my ears, the general sound on the AirPods Professional is extra impartial. That is nice for calls and podcasts, however for music I’d select the Galaxy Buds Plus.

Each earbuds can let in additional exterior sound in conditions the place you want to hear extra, such because the workplace or in the event you’re working open air. The AirPods Professional name it transparency mode whereas the Galaxy Buds Plus name it ambient sound. I favor transparency mode although, as a result of the amplified sound from the skin world sounds extra pure and fewer “tinny” than the Galaxy Buds Plus.


I favor transparency mode on the AirPods Professional because it sounds extra pure than the equal on the Galaxy Buds Plus.

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The AirPods Professional even have a stay hear mode that helps amplify sound for the laborious of listening to. It really works through the use of your iPhone’s microphone to amplify sound and sending that to your AirPods so you possibly can hear a dialog in a loud room higher, for instance.

Calls sound nice on each earbuds. The AirPods Professional have been higher at isolating the caller’s audio (because of ANC), and the caller remarked that it sounded much less noisy once I was standing on the road. From the identical place, I referred to as again on the Galaxy Buds Plus and the identical particular person mentioned my voice was louder and barely clearer, however they might hear extra of the road noise.

Winner: It is a toss-up; I like the AirPods Professional’s noise cancellation and stay hear mode, and the Galaxy Buds Plus for sound high quality.

AirPods Professional have higher vary

Utilizing an iPhone 11 Professional for the AirPods Professional and a Be aware 10 Plus for the Galaxy Buds Plus, I used to be extremely impressed by how strong the connections have been with each earbuds. I can solely recall one time when the Galaxy Buds Plus failed to connect with the iPhone when taking them out of the case. I then needed to set up the connection manually by the Bluetooth settings. The AirPods Professional, in the meantime, related with the Be aware 10 Plus with none issues.

The AirPods Professional do have barely higher vary. I did an off-the-cuff vary check by leaving every cellphone on a desk and strolling down a hallway with the AirPods Professional in a single ear and Galaxy Buds Plus in one other. Samsung’s wi-fi earbuds dropped out first, whereas the AirPods Professional lasted round six toes additional.

Winner: AirPods Professional


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Galaxy Buds Plus are extra customizable, however AirPods Professional are finest for hands-free

It’s also possible to use a voice assistant on each these earbuds, however solely the AirPods Professional allow you to summon it together with your voice by saying “Hey, Siri” (on the Galaxy Buds Plus you may should faucet or press the contact panel). Each may learn messages to you.

One other distinction between these buds is that the AirPods Professional have a stem which you could pinch to alter tracks or swap between modes, whereas the Galaxy Buds Plus has a contact panel. It’s also possible to customise these controls to some extent. With the AirPods Professional, settings are tucked within the iOS Bluetooth settings menu and the Galaxy Buds Plus have their very own app.


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Whereas neither of those earbuds have bodily quantity controls (just like the PowerBeats Professional, for instance) there’s a setting on the Galaxy Buds Plus that allows you to faucet the facet fringe of the buds to show the quantity up or down. That is positioned within the Labs part of the app.

If you happen to lose your earbuds round the home or in a bag, you possibly can play a sound to search out them utilizing Discover My on iOS or the Galaxy Wearable app. However the AirPods Professional have the extra characteristic of having the ability to see their final location on a map.

Winner: Galaxy Buds Plus for extra customization total, however AirPods Professional has a transparent benefit if you’re a heavy Siri consumer.

Need the longest battery life? Get the Galaxy Buds Plus

Samsung charges the Galaxy Buds Plus for 11 hours of listening time and the case itself holds sufficient cost for 22 hours of whole listening time. The AirPods Professional will get you round four.5 hours of listening time with ANC turned on (you possibly can push it nearer to five hours with no ANC) and the case holds 24 hours of whole cost. Each instances additionally assist a fast cost characteristic, so three minutes within the case will get you one hour of listening time on the Galaxy Buds Plus, whereas 5 minutes charging nets you an identical listening time on the AirPods Professional.

Winner: Galaxy Buds Plus is the clear winner right here.