Are Galaxy Buds Pro A Good Buy? Full Review

It has been less than six months since Samsung released its Galaxy buds pro which is a pair of wireless earbuds. By hopping over to a more traditional design, keeping an inbuilt ANC, and slapping on a price tag of $200 bucks, Samsung has finally launched a worthy and more affordable competitor to Apple’s all-new $250 AirPods Pro

In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are what you had to get if the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Live had nerdy little audio babies. Just like Galaxy Buds, the newest wireless earbuds have soft silicone ear tips that help to deliver passive noise cancelling and a snug, comfy fit. And since they are relatively light, their tight fit was just enough to make sure they don’t fall out randomly, even if you’re jumping or doing hardcore exercise. In this article, we will do a Galaxy Buds Pro review, so that you can choose a wiser option. 

Galaxy Buds Pro

Galaxy Buds Pro design

The Galaxy Buds have a unique design and are just like a glossy “bean” that has inspired countless memes by columnists. The unique shape of the earbuds provides a secure fit in the ear, while the earbud does not press on the inside of your ear, so you can continue to feel comfortable even after long listening sessions during the meeting.

The company has combined the graceful curves of the Live along with the small size and teardrop shape of the original Galaxy Buds in the latest version. The tiny earbud is shaped and sized in a way to provide not only a secure and comfortable fit but also passive noise isolation.

Earbud Designing

The buds pro also inherits another design touch of the Galaxy Buds Live that is the glossy appearance. On the outside, each earbud has a touchpad that captures all of your touches and long presses to control the music playback and phone calls. There is a matte finish that matches the colour of the earbuds inside of the drop plug. Last but not the least, Samsung has opted for the same charging case shape even for the new earbuds just as the Galaxy Buds Live. 

There are two microphones available on the outside, the one closest to your face is safeguarded by a special technology that Samsung names as WindShield technology. The latest Buds Pro generally fit perfectly to the ear, so the impact of air on the external microphone is noticeably reduced as compared to the Buds and Buds +. Moreover, the special WindShield coating enhances the protection from wind and other weather conditions that interfere while you talk on the phone. These components work together to block out noise as part of the ANC noise cancellation system when combined with another external microphone and a third microphone on the back of the earphone.

Galaxy Buds Pro review
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Galaxy Wearable app

As you have noticed in previous Samsung headphones, the Galaxy Wearable app helps you customize all sorts of button features and playback options for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. At the top of the home page, the battery information is displayed so you won’t need to search for it in any section.

The Noise Control section is where you can switch between ANC modes, transparent sound, or even completely disable them and start the standard listening mode. The company also offers you two levels of noise cancellation which is high and low and almost four levels of the ambient sound skip. Lastly, under this section, you can turn off voice detection which is a feature that automatically lowers the music volume and switches the headphones from ANC mode to the ambient sound mode when you start speaking on a call.

You can even turn off touchpad controls if you need to in the app. You also own an ability to change the purpose of the touch and the long-press at any time, and the Galaxy Wearable app is surely going to help you with this. Even though Samsung doesn’t provide many options to you here, you can choose to change the default noise control (by switching between ANC and ambient sound) to call the voice assistant, also the volume control or one-touch access to your favourite Spotify playlist.

Additional Features

Samsung gives you additional features to access in the “Labs” section of the app. In this section, you can find the low latency Gaming Mode. In the “Advanced” sector, you can have the ability to enable/disable Bixby voice control (wake up Bixby after a command) or automatically switch to other devices in your Samsung account, or you can even choose to adjust the equalizer for the left or right earbud.

If you have lost your Galaxy Buds Pro headphones, Samsung offers you the chance to find them with SmartThings Find. SmartThings Find also provides a map with detailed directions and can play a beep to help you find your headphones.

Galaxy Buds Pro sound quality

iThere is an 11mm woofer Inside the wireless enclosure that handles low frequencies, while a 6.5mm tweeter delivers several crisp highs. The result is a wide soundstage for users with true depth and clarity across the entire frequency range.

The ANC quality is remarkably improved compared to the Galaxy Buds Live all thanks to the special shape of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. Active Noise Isolation feature (+ passive silicone and teardrop isolation) blocks out the constant background noise in households such as dishwasher or fan hum. As with most of the things, this ANC feature does not do the job of completely muffling the active telephone conversation of the person next to you, but it is far better than nothing.

Samsung has developed 360 Audio and added this technology to the Buds Pro to offer an alternative to the spatial sound of Apple’s AirPods Pro. The latest earbuds surround sound feature is the same as Apple’s most expensive earbuds. The inbuilt accelerometers use Dolby Head Tracking technology to develop more immersive audio with Dolby Atmos content. The main aim is to simulate surround sound by fixing the position of your head so you can eventually “feel” that the music surrounds you no matter how you move around.

Galaxy Buds Pro features

Call quality on the Buds Pro

As usual, Samsung has tried its level best for pushing call quality with improvements to the microphone technology of its latest headphones. Many companies producing gadgets do this, but several times they end up with mediocre results in practice. Samsung claims that the system in the Buds Pro can eliminate any unwanted noise using a combination of three microphones and an accelerometer or Voice Pickup Unit which is also known as VPU. For a high Signal-to-Noise Ratio or SNR, one of the external microphones is tuned into, which allows it to focus better on your voice rather than any sounds that are coming from your surroundings.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro battery life

If you are concerned about battery life, then you won’t be much surprised. During the official release of the device, the company claimed that you can listen to music from the Galaxy Buds Pro for up to five hours with ANC and Bixby voice control enabled. If you require the best performance possible, you must try disabling ANC and Bixby’s voice prompts that will let you extend these headphones up to 8 hours, or 28 hours with the charging case. 

Conclusion

Galaxy Buds Pro is indeed Samsung’s complete suite of advanced wireless headphone technologies. The sound quality of the latest version of Buds Pro surpasses all previous Galaxy Buds, with an effective ANC mode being the star. Several features such as voice control of the Bixby assistant or automatic switching between playback modes and wireless headphones makes them best suitable for you in the market. The Pro will require 360 Audio to compete with the AirPods Pro, and it will come soon.

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