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It wasn’t too way back that every one you had to try to to to impress with actually wireless earbud class was show up. quick forward one or two of years, and options like instant pairing, companion apps and close noise adjustment became must-haves. Oh, and also the earbuds higher sound sensible, too.

But within the battle for earbud domination, there will solely be one. That’s why we’re corrosion the Apple AirPods with their clear style and close to easy pairing against the Samsung Galaxy Buds with their comfy style and long battery life.

Apple AirPods vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds: Specs Compared

Apple AirPods Apple AirPods Samsung Galaxy Buds
Price $159 $129
Colors White White, Black, Yellow
What’s in the Box Charging case and Lightning cable Charging Case, USB Type-C cable, eartips, wings
Battery Life (Estimated) 5 hours, 24 hours (charging case) 6 hours, 7 hours (charging case)
Size 0.7 x 0.7 x 1.6 inches 0.7 x 0.9 x 0.8 inches
Weight (Earbuds, Charging Case) 0.14 ounces, 1.3 ounces 0.2 ounces, 1.4 ounces

Design

As with its laptops and phone, Apple has once more launched a product that’s created cadre of clones. The currentlyomnipresent AirPods style is solely Apple’s shiny white plastic EarPods sans wires. Despite some comparisons to the mousse scene in there is one thing regarding female parent, AirPods became one thing of a standing image. Hell, some enterprising woman even found the simplest way to form money by turning them into earrings as a classythanks to keep from losing them.

When Samsung designed the Galaxy Buds, it primarily took the inspiration set by the Gear IconX buds and refined it. currently a shimmering mixture of white matte and glossy opaline plastics, the Galaxy Buds square measure placingup shutthe corporate even modified the semiconductor ring designed to secure the buds by resting against your body structure, turning into a touch wing.

The Galaxy Buds ar still sweat resistant for people World Health Organization prefer to compute and in contrast tothe AirPods supply some much-needed color outside of the default white with yellow and black variations of the buds.

Comfort

Unlike Apple’s EarPods, the AirPods have forever provided a snug, if somewhat loose workconsideration a mere zero.14 ounces and measure zero.7 x 0.7 x 1.2 inches, the AirPods offer the phrase “barely there” new that means. I hardly felt them as I went bopping my approach down the road, and it’s extremely quite liberating.

However, while not a side-mounted wing to carry the AirPods in situ, I perpetually felt i used to be one exhaustingfootstep from sound one loose and causation it skittering onto the big apple town street. It’s not however happened, however I positively had an in depth decision running for the half-dozen train once.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds match well in my ears. The 0.2-ounce, 0.7 x 0.9 x 0.8-inch buds ar undoubtedly beefier than the AirPods, however there’s a tangibleness there that i prefer. The wing created positive the earbuds remained in position even once I was figuring out at the athletic facility or running to beat a light-weight amendment in traffic. due to that cosy match, I wore the Buds for quite 2 hours, simply ECM on to my chosen audio recording of the day.

Controls

Samsung describes the shiny triangular shell of the Galaxy Buds as touchpads, however the additional correct language would be faucet pad. when varied Gear Icon X reviewer complaints regarding the problem of registering swipes on such atiny low surface, Samsung switched the controls over to a tap-based methodology.

The Galaxy Buds need only 1 faucet to play/pause, a double faucet to skip to successive track or answer/end a decision, and 3 faucets to skip backward. in contrast to alternative tap-based earbud controls, I didn’t ought to faucettoo arduouswhich might be quite jarring once you’re carrying earbuds.

The AirPods square measure Siri-dependent, which means that if you wish to skip a track, alter a volume or perhapsanswer a decision, you’ll ought to use Siri to try and do it. you’ll summon the digital assistant by double sound on either bud (unless you customise things with another shortcut). That technique is inconsistent in execution tho’, with Siri taking many seconds to retort or Pine Tree State incompetent around, attempting to seek out the sweet spot on the AirPod’s little frame. And if you’re a Spotify or Google Music loser, you’re out of luck as Siri (and Apple) don’t play nice with either of these streaming services; you’re fine if you utilize Apple Music.

Special Features and App

Nowadays, all of your gadgets ought to be good, even once it’s one thing as little because the AirPods and Galaxy Buds. Samsung has outfitted the Galaxy Buds with many useful optionstogether with close Noise, that lets sounds from the surface world into the buds. close Noise is very useful after I was walking down the roadbecause itunbroken Maine responsive to oncoming traffic.

I’m additionally an exponent of the Galaxy Buds’ close to fast pairing. As before long as I opened the case and placethe buds in my ears, there was a notification on my Galaxy Note eightspeech they were connected. just in case you lose one or each of the buds like I did, there’s a realize My Buds feature, that plays a eruption once activated insidethe free (iOS, Android) Galaxy wearable app, to assist you catch the small technical school.

But the game-changing feature with the Galaxy Buds is wireless charging. If you own a Galaxy S10, you’ll be able tocharge the buds victimization your smartphone simply by swing the buds in their charging case and inserting that on the rear of your S10. Seconds later, your buds have gotten recharged via the phone sans wires.

The AirPods has a host of cool features that draw on the devices’ accelerometers and Apple’s proprietary W1 chip. I like it when I take one of the buds out while listening to music and the AirPods switch from dual channel to mono. This allows me to keep listening to music in one ear while attending to whatever caused me to take out the other AirPod.

The Airpods can also recognize when you’re talking, and the integrated microphones work to filter out external noise so whether you’re talking to Siri or someone on the phone, you’ll be heard loud and clear. Like the Galaxy Buds, the AirPods offer near simultaneous pairing with most Apple devices and have a Find My Buds feature.

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However, what sorely missing from the AirPods is a wireless charging option. The AirPods came out in 2016, and we’re still waiting for this feature to arrive. Oh well, maybe it will happen with the AirPods 2.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Buds

Audio

It’s nice that the Galaxy Buds and the AirPods have a lot of cool features, but all of it means bupkis if the earbuds don’t sound good.

When I first reviewed the AirPods, I thought they sounded “pretty darned good.” I still do. They deliver relatively clean vocals with good highs and a solid mid-range performance. The lows can be a bit bloated, however and the presentation overall can sound distant.

 

 

For instance, when I listened to Rosie Gaines “I Can’t Get You Off My Mind,” the pulsating bass line superseded everything but the artist’s powerful alto. That meant the keyboard, drums and Electronic Wind Instrument were pushed to the back. It’s a problem I also encountered with the Galaxy Buds, but by switching the in-app equalizer to the neutral Clear preset, I got a more balanced performance that allowed every part of the track to be easily heard.

My biggest complaint lies with the shape of the AirPods, as I could never really get the snug fit needed to block out ambient sound. It’s especially crucial when you’re riding the NYC subway where at its quietest, it’s still a dull roar.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Buds

Call Quality

As good as the Galaxy Buds sound playing music, that doesn’t carry over into making calls. I made numerous calls with the Buds and every time on both ends of the call, the audio was described as loud, but muddy.

Thanks to the AirPods’ advanced microphones and voice accelerometer, my callers heard me loud and clear. Some ambient noise crept in every now and then, but the AirPods were clearly superior at taking calls.

Winner: Apple AirPods

Charging Case

You’ve got to give it to Apple — it knows how to get the most out a relatively piece of tech. Consider the AirPods’ charging case. At 1.3-ounces, 1.7 x 0.8 x 2.1-inches, the glossy white plastic case is about as big as a matchbook and about twice as thick. Still, out of that teeny-tiny case, the Pods can get multiple charges, stretching the estimated 5-hour battery life to a full day. And thanks to the quick charge feature, you can get 3 hours of listening time (estimated) from a 15-minute charge.

Apple EarpodsApple EarpodsThe Galaxy Buds’ 1.4-ounce, 2.8 x 1.5 x 1-inch plastic charging case is shaped like pill. The sleek-looking box falls well short of its boxy counterpart from Apple, delivering only 7 additional hours of charge. The quick-charge feature is also lacking as a 15-minute power up only nets you 1.7 hours of play time.

Winner: Apple AirPods

Battery Life

Samsung claims the Galaxy Buds can last up to 6 hours on a charge. That wasn’t too far off the mark during my real world testing as I squeezed 5 hours and 46 minutes out of the Buds’ 58-mAH battery. That’s longer than the AirPods estimated 5 hours of battery as well as the 4 hours and 29 minutes they lasted in my testing.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Buds

Price

With Apple, you’re paying for the tech and the name. Priced at $159, the AirPods are reasonably priced with Apple selling replacement buds and charging cases for $69 each.

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You can  get the Galaxy Buds for a fairly cheap $129.99. There’s no word on how much replacement buds or cases will be or if Samsung will give consumers that option.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Buds

Overall Winner: Galaxy Buds

For the Apple faithful, the $159 AirPods are still king (at least until the AirPods 2 come out), as they provide the most seamless integration with other Apple products. I’m still thrilled by how quickly the AirPods pair with Apple products, and I love how they switch to mono the minute I take one bud out. However, the relatively loose fit and the Siri dependency give me pause. And while the sound is solid overall, the lack of an equalizer means that you’re often stuck with relatively balanced highs and mids fighting for space against overaggressive lows.



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