Apple AirPods Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live | Not even close

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

Given that apple and samsung are the two biggest smartphone brands in the us i've been wondering when samsung would have an answer to the airpods pro that's exactly what these are welcome back everyone i'm caleb dennison and today we pit the apple airpods pro against the new samsung galaxy buds live now at first i thought this is going to be kind of a weird comparison the design is just so different and that's kind of a big deal here the apple airpods pro for the first time put an actual seal in your ear headphone

Together while the samsung galaxy buds live with the other direction with this sort of bean shape true the design is very different but samsung also ramped up the battery life put active noise cancelling in for the first time and claims that they sound really good so let's see how this shakes out you've seen the airpods pro you know what they're all about let's unbox the galaxy buds live and there's the little case it's a little bit taller but not nearly as wide as the air pods

Pro and then we'll pop this open and there they are the little bean-shaped buds that don't seal in the ear gotta repeat that but they do look like they could have an ergonomic shape interested to see what that will feel like and then what else is in the box we've got some accessories this will be a charging cable pull that out a little usbc job and then we also have some ear fins these are a little hard to get out but this is supposed to provide some

Additional comfort to the buds and we'll we'll check those out in a minute too let's start out by talking about battery life because i think that's important for everyone with the air pods as a reminder you get about five hours of listening time or three hours of talk time on a single charge the case itself will provide up to about 24 hours of listening time or 18 hours of talk time and you can get about three hours of listening time out of just a 15 minute charge in the case

The other cool thing about the air pods is that when you open them next to an apple device it shows you right there how much charge you've got in both the earbuds and the case battery life with the galaxy buds live is a little bit more complicated because not only is there active noise canceling that you can turn on or off but there's also this bixby wake word thing that you can turn on or off and the battery life that you get from these varies greatly depending on which of those is turned off or on there's a lot of different combinations

You can get i guess the easiest way to explain it is that if you turn both of those things on you can get about eight hours out of the buds and almost 29 hours with the case but if you turn just active noise cancelling on you can get about 6 hours and 20 minutes or so with listening on the buds and then that is bumped up to 21 hours with the case if you add the bixby wake word into the mix and i don't know why you would that drops down to something like 5 hours and 19 hours for

The buds and case respectively now like the airpods pro when you open the case it will automatically connect to your phone but it doesn't show you what the battery life is like unless you get into the samsung galaxy ware app let's talk about that so the galaxy buds live within the galaxy wearable app is actually pretty handy there's a lot of things you can do there one you can turn on or off active noise canceling there's also an equalizer dial that gives you about six different

Settings you can change how the touch controls work you can have notifications read aloud to you and a find my earbuds option will actually play a chirping sound through the earbuds in case you misplace them one of the things that i like about the airpods pro is the silicone ear tip it's just like any other standard earbud you put it in it seals off the ear canal it's almost like putting your finger in your ears it just seals it off i'm not huge on the little

Golf tee type thing but you know i've gotten used to it and at least it's much smaller than the air pods with the galaxy buds live you obviously don't get that silicone ear tip also this bean shape that they've employed is supposed to work with the shape of your ear my concern there is that everybody's ear shapes a little bit different and also sizes vary greatly so how this works for me may not be how it works for you when i

Put them in i've noticed it's kind of an awkward process part of it is because i'm trying to achieve that seal and that'll never actually happen also they don't seat naturally right off the bat you really kind of gotta work at it once you get it down though i think that it'll be second nature right also i think that you'll get over the not getting a seal if you use these headphones for a good amount of time one thing that i do find annoying though

Is that with the touch controls on when i put them in i'm constantly accidentally starting music in fact i had to turn it off just now you can lock that down in the app but i think most people don't want to have to keep going into the app every time they put these in now in terms of overall feel it takes some getting used to it is not uncomfortable for me hopefully it won't be for you but the sensation is a little strange it does get better over time though

Let's talk about noise canceling for a minute a really important aspect to me obviously with a silicone ear tip you're going to get better passive noise isolation out of the airpods pro but with noise canceling turned on it's quite effective i'm a big fan i think it's some of the best that you can get in a true wireless earbud unfortunately with the galaxy buds live not so much without that seal way too much noise gets in now it does have a noise canceling feature

And you can hear it working it reduces some low end rumble but everything else comes through to give you an example i was walking around outside and there weren't any buses passing along at the time some leaves rustled along on the ground and i could hear them very clearly leaves in downtown that's not good noise canceling in fact it's so ineffective that i think you should just not use it maybe and get better battery life out of the buds

Hey there so you might notice that i'm wearing different clothes and that's because we had a little technical snafu yesterday where i thought i was recording the audio of the buds and airpods pro so that we could give you a call quality comparison didn't work out so this is take two what you hear right now is audio through the samsung galaxy bud live by comparison these are the air pods pro and what i noticed in my testing when i played this back the galaxy buds live seemed a little bit raspier there was a

Little bit more room noise uh and it sounded more compressed whereas the airpods pro just sound a bit more pure there's less room noise and it's just a more straightforward sound now we've got to talk about sound quality and anybody who watches my reviews knows that i have never enjoyed the way apple products sounded until the airpods pro came along these are quite decent i mean the base is ample it's got fairly clear mid-range it could use a little bit more sparkle in the

Trouble but overall it's an enjoyable listen i've got no problem with it and considering how well these things do everything else that's why i've been using them for almost 10 months they're great at what they do with the galaxy buds live i feel like i'm supposed to be getting something better than i'm getting there is definitely a good amount of bass and you can play around with the equalizer and kind of customize things a little bit

But in general there's just something not there there's a lack of presence to it part of it is that you're not getting that seal i know that much but the other part of it is i feel like they're just not tuned particularly well they went for bass and they got it but everything else is just kind of hollow and flat to me i'm just not a fan of how they sound even at 170 bucks i think they should sound better so let's bring this all together you get

Special features when you pair the apple airpods pro to an apple smartphone and the same is true for the galaxy buds live when you connect to a galaxy smartphone i happen to own a galaxy smartphone and i'm going to be sticking with the apple airpods pro i realize that may not be a super popular decision but when it comes down to it for me the noise canceling and sound quality are the two most important aspects and they're far better with the apple airpods pro the price is a little bit higher 250 versus 170 so i know that

Might play into some folks decision also this is a very cool form factor and i can see how that could be useful for some folks but personally speaking i'm sticking with the apple airpods pro folks thanks as always for watching what do you think did i pick the right winner leave a comment down below like subscribe hit that notification bell and as always visit digitaltrends.com for the latest tech news and reviews

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