Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review: The Right Balance

Let’s get to that: Samsung’s Galaxy Bud Pro is the best true wireless airbud the company has ever made. For the 200 asking price of you, you get a comfortable fit, efficient active noise cancellation, and good pun, loud sound quality. These Airbuds improve Samsung’s earlier efforts with clever features such as speech detection mode that automatically reduce your music and let you hear the outside world as soon as you start talking.

But they also give Samsung an inch closer to a lost world, unlike Apple, where the best experience is reserved for people who stick to Samsung’s branded devices. Some features like 3D audio and automatic device switching – familiar sound? – Only work if you are using this Airbud with Samsung phone or tablet. Most people aren’t buying the Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro because they’re designed for different mobile operating systems, but Samsung has never been so inclined to airbuds in an ecosystem like ours. ۔ Thankfully, good enough for everyone, the Galaxy Buds Pro can still be a success.

Buds are a common element of the Pro Galaxy Buds Plus – they have ear designs with silicone tips. And Open Air Galaxy Buds Live, from which they get some style hints. The exterior casing is a flavorful mix of glossy and matte finish and has been redesigned for less spread than your ears. Samsung says that this improved shell also reduces the contact area between your ear and the earlobe, improves comfort and also reduces any feeling of fullness.

Galaxy Bud Plus Wing Tips Samsung received the message that some users are suffering from the passage of time. Instead, you get the usual three sizes of silicone ears, slightly smaller than before to help with a low profile design. Samsung tells me that it has been considered, including the foam indicator, but has not yet been held. You will also see a portion of the mesh from the outside. It covers one of the three microphones and acts as a windshield for voice calls. (More on that later.)

 

 

I really like how these airbuds fit. They feel a steady and curved place in my ear canal for a good seal, without my ears getting longer. The air vent and the reduced part of the contact really do make a difference there, and I appreciate that Buds Pro doesn’t get as much of a buzz around my ears as some competitors do. If I have a critique, it’s an old one: more than a few times, when I tried to adjust the fit of the airbud, I accidentally turned on the touch sensor. I think that’s the life of tap gestures. If this proves to be a problem for you, the controls can be turned off.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Bud Plus is rated IP IPX7 for water and sweat resistance, which means it can survive up to half an hour swimming in fresh water – so you The fastest runs and workouts should not pose a problem. It ranks highest among any of Samsung’s Airbuds and beats the AirPods Pro, Jabra Elite 85T, and Bose Sport Airbuds, all IPX4s. If you prefer this option for voice calls or biking, then Airbud can be used freely with mono audio.

 

 

Surprisingly, the Pocket Bud Pro Pro Charging Case is so close to the Buds Live Case in size and shape that later accessories fit the former, and it still charges on USB-C and Qi wireless charging. But tolerance is an area where these airbuds settle for a very average number. Samsung has promised five hours of playback with the ANC capable (or eight off). Case Top Office will keep you 18 hours of total battery life or 28 without any cancellation. It’s basically the same as the rest of the field, but it doesn’t have a candle for 11 hours of continuous audio with the Galaxy Bud Plus capable. Unfortunately, the high power of the Buds Pro turns out to have a small battery capacity (61 m 61 mAh for each bud) at the top of the Hunger ANC feature.

Each of the Galaxy Buds earbuds has two-way speakers: an 11mm woofer and a 6.5mm twitter. They’re just as big as the ones in Buds Plus, though smaller than a 12mm driver for Buds Live. In this example, Samsung’s focus was on getting basketball bass from the most open style airbud. Here, it aims to be “the most comprehensive sound yet in the galaxy buds line.” I can’t talk about what it means to be “comprehensive”, but it’s nice to hear Buds Pro with a nice bass thump, crisp triple, and a nice sound stage / imaging.

Many airbuds can feel like everything is happening in the middle of your head, but they do a solid thing that keeps the device and sound separate. Struggle Simpson’s “Oh Sarah” and Troy Sean’s “Easy” (with Casey Misgravis and Mark Ronson) do well – in very different genres – to see how many layered buds Pro can get.

The boss boss might want to go for the “Boss Boost” EQ setting, and Twitter may occasionally leave a bit too much sparkle and flair for some tracks like Jason Isble’s “Fear” but for the most part I was happy with the soundtrack. I don’t think Samsung is as loyal as the Schneider’s Momentum True Wireless 2, but they cost about $ 100 more. I will be as satisfied with Buds Pro as I am with my everyday Airbus.

 

 

Active noise cancellation on the Galaxy Buds Pro is much better than Galaxy Buds Live, where there seems to be little to do because there is so much noise to fight against. Samsung claims that the Buds Pro can make noise up to “99%” at “118.43 Hz”, which is particularly specific. In my experience, Bose’s Quiet Six Airbuds, Sony’s WF-1000XM3 Airbuds, and AirPods Pro outperform Samsung in silencing the world around you, but Samsung does just fine. If you are sensitive to impact, you can choose between high and low noise cancellation levels.

Samsung’s latest transparency / ambient mode still doesn’t look as natural as Apple and Bose did, but it’s a definite improvement over the more bizarre version of the Galaxy Bud Plus. And the amazing “voice detection” feature, which automatically reduces audio volume and switches from ANC to ambient mode when you start talking, is a great thing about the Galaxy Bud Pro. Is. Sony did the same thing on its 1000XM4 headphones, but I haven’t seen this simple trick in many Airbuds, and now I wish they all had at least that option.

Samsung uses a “voice pick-up unit” – basically an accelerometer that senses the movement of the jaw – to see if you’re talking or close. After not speaking for a few seconds, the ANC will return and your music will be backed up. Sound detection works, but if you’ve got a tendency to talk to yourself or sing in your music, you’ll want to turn it off and give an ambient sound to one of Airbus’s long presses. ۔ The controls work in the same way as on other Samsung keys, to pause / play on the same tap, double to go to the next song, triple to go back, and a customized long press that adds volume, sound aids, or Can be used for ambient mode. .

For voice calls, Samsung has three mic systems and uses beamforming to separate your voice from its surroundings. The lower part of the Buds Pro helps to counteract the noise of the air, and in a mesh-covered chamber it does a good job of filtering out any gas if you’re talking to someone from the outside. The explanation is also good, because you should be able to listen in the video review above. Speaking of sound, the Galaxy Buds Pro still has hands-free “Hey Bucksby” capabilities.

As Pro; AirPods Pro?

There is no denying that some features of the Galaxy Buds Pro are heavily influenced by Apple’s AirPods Pro. The first of these is 3D audio, which is taking the deep-space audio capabilities of the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max to Samsung. Load a movie with Dolby Around, and the Buds Pro Air Buds will try to grind out the sound listening experience in pairs.

Samsung says the 360 ​​audio uses Dolby head-tracking technology, which “enables you to stay in the center of the scene while you’re watching a movie or TV show.” In a nutshell, this sounds like Apple’s approach, which uses sensors like accelerometers and gyroscopes in your iPhone or iPad in Airbuds to anchor the sound source to your device – even That’s when you can turn your head.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how convincing Samsung’s 3D audio is or how to compare it to local audio because it requires OneUI 3.1, which is currently only available on the Galaxy S21 lineup. Available at The Galaxy 1,300 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that Samsung has sent for this review has not been updated yet.

Another feature of the AirPods that Samsung has tried to compete directly with is automatic switching. Apple’s Airbuds can hop between an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, depending on who you’re using at the moment without having to manually change. Samsung says it has now eliminated the same trick, so Buds Pro should automatically switch between your Galaxy smartphone and tablet. Unfortunately, the laptop is completely out of line with Samsung, which makes this feature a little less helpful. I’d like more Airbuds to add Multipoint Bluetooth suitable for two devices at the same time. Jabra is standing there. Automatic switching feels like a temporary solution until Samsung reaches the multi-point.

Both of these capabilities require you to enter Samsung’s ecosystem fairly. 3D Audio only works on Samsung hardware, so if your Android phone is a different brand, you will lose out. The same goes for auto switching. It doesn’t matter if the feature is important to you or not, but keep that in mind.

It’s also worth noting that Samsung isn’t extending support for the same level of iOS that it has maintained for Buds Plus and Buds Live: the current iOS app doesn’t work with Buds Pro, so you can Cannot use features. On the iPhone, I’m not sure what the argument is, but Samsung’s internal data suggests that a lot of people aren’t adding Airbud to Air devices. You can still pair them and use noise cancellation and surround methods – such as the AirPods Pro function on Android.

Wherever you look, the Galaxy Bud Pro faces stiff competition, and you can find high ANC and sound quality anywhere. But with these latest Airbuds, Samsung has found a great deal in what it did best about Bud Plus and Buds Live. Battery life is just average, but that’s the only real grip I’ve got. They don’t necessarily win in any one category, but the Galaxy Buds Pro has an excellent all-around balance. And you can clearly see that Samsung is trying to recreate some of the “magic” of the ecosystem that AirPod owners now use.

The buds feel great in your ears, look better than any Samsung Airbuds to date, and have convenient easy recipes to complete your good noise cancellation. There’s still room for the Galaxy Bud Plus if you all want wireless airbeds with a battery that’s still running and running, and Buds Live can be a better choice if you need environmental awareness all the time. Are But if you’re getting Buds Pro as a pre-order bonus for a new Galaxy S21, you should be more than satisfied.

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