Last week Samsung unveiled new flagship smartphones and the new Galaxy Buds in the form of beans, a series of wireless earphones with Active Noise Cancellation that were created to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro. We took a series of New 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 bean jelly pattern that matches the contour of the ears. We have found that they are comfortable even for long periods of time, and numerous in-ear tips will allow them to work with most ears.
Samsung added 12mm drivers to the Galaxy Buds Live along with three built-in microphones and a voice receiver unit, with the microphone quality demonstrated in the video above.
When it comes to sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Live sounds good (and better than AirPods), but TheAirPods Pro wins with more balance and clarity. Galaxy Buds Live have more visible bass, but can make the songs sound a bit muddy. The sound can be adjusted with the equalization settings available in the Galaxy Buds app, but we have not seen many improvements with these settings.
One of the main selling points of the Galaxy Buds Live is Active Noise Cancellation, a feature also offered on the AirPods Pro, but the performance of the Galaxy Buds Live ANC was mediocre, at least with our unit.
It’s hard to tell when ANC is enabled or disabled on Galaxy Buds Live because the feature just doesn’t seem to block a lot of ambient noise. There is no comparison with «AirPods Pro», which offer much better Active Noise Cancellation. It is better than no ANC, but it is so delicate that it cannot be compared to competing products.
There are several gestures available for the Buds Galaxy, which are similar to the gestures available on the «AirPods Pro». One tap stops, two taps pass a song and three taps return. A long press can be set to activate or deactivate Active Noise Cancel, activate Siri, or control the Volume.
The Galaxy Buds Live offers eight hours of battery life before it needs to be recharged, while the AirPods Pro offers 4.5 hours of listening time. The square case that houses the Galaxy Buds Live and provides extra battery life is compact and pocket-sized, plus it has a USB-C port to charge. It adds an extra 21 hours to playback time, while Apple provides about 20 hours of extra battery life available with the AirPods Pro case. In total, the Galaxy Buds offer 29 hours of battery life while the AirPods Pro offers 24.
Galaxy Buds Live have useful features for Samsung users, such as a smooth pairing and switching, but on an iPhone they function as standard Bluetooth headsets. There is a Galaxy Buds app in the iOS App Store to connect and provide firmware updates and equalization settings, but since they are designed for Samsung devices, Apple features are limited.
Galaxy Buds owners who have iPhones will want to download the app and update the Galaxy Buds Live software right away because we found Active Noise Cancellation and the gestures were not working properly until an update was installed.
Even with less than stellar Active Noise Cancel functionality, the Galaxy Buds Live sounds good, fits well, and are some of Samsung’s best true wireless headphones. At $ 179, they’s cheaper than the $ 250 AirPods Pro, but if you are an iPhone user, you would be better off with Apple’s more expensive option.
Android users looking for a strong set of truly wireless ears should take a look at Galaxy Buds Live as a possible option.