The Apple AirPods Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are good products that become superior when paired with the same companies’ smartphones. While technically each can work with a smartphone from the other company, it doesn’t come recommended. For primary Apple device owners, then, the choice is a simple one.
AirPods Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: The specs
Technology always moves in a forward direction. Therefore, it should surprise no one that the newer Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro offers some key advancements over the AirPods Pro. However, these aren’t enough for those heavily entrenched in the Apple ecosystem.
|AirPods Pro||Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro|
|Release date||October 2019||January 2021|
|Battery life||4.5 hours with ANC on
5 hours with ANC off
24 hours with charging case
|5 hours with ANC on
8 hours with ANC off
up to 28 hours with charging case
|Water-resistance||IPX4 (can withstand water and sweat)||IPX7 (can withstand sweat and submersion up to 1 meter)|
|Case size||2.39×1.78×0.85 inches||1.96×1.97×1.09 inches|
|Case weight||1.61 ounces||1.58 ounces|
With the well-received AirPods Pro, you get integration with other Apple products and “Hey, Siri” support. The Apple earbuds also have a proprietory Apple H1 chip inside, which opens up lots of reserved features for use with other Apple devices. For example, because of the H1-based System in Package, you can connect magically to your iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac without re-pairing. There’s also audio sharing between two Apple headphones and automatic switching between devices.
The AirPods Pro also includes spatial audio, which gives you a theater-like experience that adjusts the sound automatically when you’re watching movies and TV shows and your head turns. And with force sensors, you can easily control music and calls and make sound changes on the fly directly from the earbuds.
Finally, with adaptive EQ, the AirPods Pro automatically adjusts the EQ levels based on your music and ear shape. This one-two punch makes the sound more immersive and customized for the user.
For its part, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro offers better water resistance and more battery life between charges than the older AirPods Pro. The former comes in handy if you want to listen to music while in a pool; the latter, because who doesn’t want more battery life? Samsung’s product also comes in more colors than Apple’s and is less expensive. Instead of force sensors, the Galaxy Bugs Pro comes with touch control.
On other important points, the two products are similar. Both feature Bluetooth 5.0, noise cancellation, and a transparency mode. They also both come with a rechargeable battery case that supports wireless charging.
Who should buy which earbuds?
If you’re a regular reader of iMore, the odds are high you already own other Apple devices, including iPhone. Assuming this is the case, the AirPods Pro is the choice for you. Siri-integration, which only works with other Apple devices, allows you to control your music, HomeKit-enabled products, and more using your voice.
When the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro gets paired with a Samsung phone, it too gets unlocked features. These extras mostly resolve around Bixby voice integration, including the ability to send a message, search music, control your TV, and more, handsfree.
What about cross-platform?
If the only thing you want to use your earbuds for is music listening, both the AirPods Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro will work with non-native devices because of Bluetooth. Just remember, most of the extras won’t work, which probably won’t make sense for most buyers.
A perfect Apple accessory that offers a great listening experience — especially when you pair it with another Apple device.
For Samsung users
Apple users have the AirPods Pro, and now Samsung owners have these earbuds. Cross-platforming, while possible, doesn’t come recommended.
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