Apple and Samsung headphones, compared

Apple’s latest entry into the premium headphones category is the Airpods Pro 2, and they go up against a number of heavyweights, including Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. While Samsung took a little over a year to announce a sequel to the Galaxy Buds Pro, Apple took three years to announce a successor to the AirPods Pro. The new AirPods Pro 2 are Apple’s premium headphones, sitting above the AirPods 3 and AirPods 2.

The AirPods Max do not yet have a successor and remain the most expensive model in the AirPods line. It was reported that Apple would announce new colors for the headphones this year, but that didn’t happen during the “Far Out” event. Apple still has a launch event to hold before the end of the year, so there’s still time to make an announcement.


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The AirPods Pro 2 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have very different designs. The former has stems while the latter does not. However, they both have an in-ear design with replaceable silicone tips. Just like the original AirPods Pro, the AirPods Pro 2 are rated IPX4 for sweat and water resistance, which is lower than the IPX7 rating of Samsung’s headphones. However, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro case has no water resistance while the AirPods case is rated IPX4. Apple has managed to keep the weight of the 2nd generation AirPods Pro to 5.3 grams while the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro weigh 5.4 grams per earbud. Unsurprisingly, the Apple Earbuds can only be purchased in white, while the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are available for purchase in Graphite, White, and Bora Purple.

AirPods Pro 2 have better battery life

AirPods Pro 2 feature custom drivers and amplifiers that work with the new H2 chip for advanced audio performance. The H2 chip plus powerful new algorithms help AirPods Pro 2 better cancel unwanted noise when ANC is on. According to Apple, the ANC is twice as good as on the previous generation. The chip is also responsible for the AirPods Pro 2’s adaptive transparency, which reduces the intensity of unwanted sounds like sirens and construction tools, even when transparency mode is enabled. Apple has also improved Spatial Audio by allowing users to create a custom spatial audio profile based on the shape and size of their head and ears.

The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, on the other hand, have a dual speaker system consisting of 10mm woofers and 5.3mm tweeters. Samsung claims the earphones feature Smart ANC, which helps to better cancel out background noise during calls and reading. Smart ANC also works with a feature called Voice Detect which knows when the user is talking and proceeds to turn off ANC, turn on Ambient Mode and lower playback volume so conversations are more clear. Once the user stops speaking, it reverts to the previous reading settings. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also feature an enhanced version of 360 Audio, which is its own take on spatial audio. Finally, Samsung’s headphones feature a new 24-bit Hi-Fi codec that only works when the headphones are connected to a Samsung device.

Both headphones have Bluetooth 5.3. AirPods Pro 2 connect seamlessly to Apple products and automatically switch audio between devices signed into the same account. Samsung also offers a similar experience when the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are connected to other Samsung devices, including its Galaxy Book PCs. There’s also Find My support for both headphones (and even Precision Find for the AirPods Pro 2 case). In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have five hours of battery life on a single charge and 18 hours with ANC. However, with ANC off, battery life is eight hours on a single charge and 29 hours total with the charging case. On the other hand, the AirPods Pro 2 have a battery life of six hours with ANC activated and a total of 30 hours with the case. Both headphones support both wireless charging and wired charging, but while Samsung uses a USB-C port, Apple sticks with the Lightning port.

Unlike Samsung, Apple hasn’t raised the price of the AirPods Pro 2, which are still priced at $249 like the previous generation. However, they are still more expensive than the $229 Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Much like their predecessors, Samsung and Apple headphones work best in their own ecosystems. Pairing Galaxy Buds 2 with an Apple device or AirPods Pro 2 with a Samsung device (or Android device) will only provide basic functionality. Therefore, while iPhone users should stick to the Airpods Pro 2Android users will benefit from using the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

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