Samsung's new Galaxy Buds + compared to AirPods and AirPods Pro

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Samsung at its unpacked event in San Francisco this week introduced the new Galaxy Z Flip and the S20 smartphone line, and along with its new flagship devices, Samsung also launched its next-generation wireless headphones, the Galaxy Buds +.

In our latest YouTube video, we took a look at the new Galaxy Buds + to test them, and made a quick comparison with the AirPods and the AirPods Pro.

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As for the design, the Galaxy Buds + looks quite identical to the original Galaxy Buds, but an additional microphone has been added and the charging case now has a glossy finish instead of a matte finish. Size, fit and comfort do not change.

The Galaxy Buds + have a design closer to irAirPods Pro‌ than the ‌AirPods‌ due to the soft silicone tips that fit the ear canal to provide a tighter seal, but there is no noise cancellation technology included in the Galaxy Buds +.


With the second-generation version of the Galaxy Buds, Samsung aimed to improve the audio quality of music and phone calls along with battery life, which appear to be better. The Galaxy Buds + now last 11 hours before needing to be recharged with the case, and the sound seems to have improved.

Although closer in design to irAirPods Pro‌, the price and functionality of the Galaxy Buds + better match the standard ‌AirPods standard. The Galaxy Buds + cost $ 149, so they are $ 10 cheaper than the standard PAirPods‌ without a charging case and $ 100 cheaper than the irAirPods Pro‌.


There are touch controls on each Galaxy Bud + headset, which can be used to play / pause, skip tracks and activate voice assistants. Those are the only three functions available when you connect the Galaxy Buds + to the iPhone, but with an Android device, the long press function can be customized to automatically start Spotify.

Samsung also offers tools to control ambient sound levels (although we don't notice much difference with this enabled) and adjust the sound profile. There are some preset options to increase the bass or treble and there is an option to make the audio more dynamic or smooth. There is no true equalizer function, but it is better than what is available for ‌AirPods‌, which is nothing.

Galaxy Buds + on Android can read notifications, a feature that is not available when used with the ‌iPhone‌. PAirPods‌ offer a similar feature in iOS 13, allowing Siri to announce incoming messages.


Galaxy Buds + can also be connected to several devices at the same time, such as a TV and an Android phone, so you can listen to incoming notifications, but this is not a function that works when used with an ‌iPhone‌.

Overall, Galaxy Buds + audio seems to have improved and sound better than ‌AirPods‌, but there is no big difference. There is a big difference in sound quality compared to the PAirPods Pro‌ in favor of the ‌AirPods Pro‌, but that is probably not a fair comparison since the Galaxy Buds + are $ 100 cheaper and are not intended to compete with the headphones with Apple noise cancellation.

Android users who have considered getting irAirPods‌ for their smartphones may consider Galaxy Buds + instead, but those who use iOS and Android can still opt for regular regular irAirPods due to the functionality of the H1 chip.

What do you think of Samsung's improved Galaxy Buds +? Let us know in the comments.

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