Humans have been making and listening to music for at least 35,000 years. Today, around 93% of Americans say they listen to music. While our love for music is eternal, how we actually listen has changed greatly throughout the centuries.
More and more people today are opting to listen to music (and podcasts) using wireless headphones. One of the leading brands across the U.S. and worldwide is Samsung, with a number of different options for consumers to choose from.
In this blog post, we will highlight two of these, pitting Galaxy Buds 2 vs Pro to see which one is better for you. We will look at everything from design, controls, and audio quality to active noise cancellation, call quality, and battery life to allow you to make an informed decision. Let’s get started with this guide.
Design and Build Quality
When it comes to design and build quality, we have to give the nod to the Galaxy Buds Pro. Aesthetically, the Pro is chic-looking and stylish, as well as being highly durable. They also come with IPX7 water resistance, ensuring your peace of mind whenever and wherever you use them.
The Pro is available in Silver, Violet, and the classic Black. Thanks to the additional shine factor that comes from the aluminum finish, each of the three colors is striking in appearance.
The Galaxy Buds 2 fall down somewhat in terms of water resistance, coming in with a lower IPX2 rating. However, the Buds 2 do come in a wider range of colors: White, Olive, Lavender, and Graphite.
There isn’t a whole lot to separate the charging cases of both the Buds 2 and the Pro, with the former being just slightly bigger. That said, both are super-compact, lightweight, and very easy to transport.
It’s hard to find too many faults with either option when it comes to the controls. Both the Buds 2 and the Pro feature media functions such as volume, playback, listening mode activation, call management, and digital assistance.
In terms of everyday use, you won’t experience any issues when playing music, increasing or lowering the volume, skipping songs, and more. The smartphone app is also practical, well-designed, and easy to navigate.
As with the controls, we can confidently say that the audio quality with both the Buds 2 and the Pro is excellent. Listening to music is always a pleasurable experience with either option, with crisp sound quality being delivered.
However, only the Pro has 360 Audio, an immersive sound mode that delivers on its promise of 360-degree audio. It’s a really beneficial feature if you are using your wireless headphone to listen to media such as a TV series or a movie. Because of this feature, we would again give the nod to the Pro version.
Active Noise Cancellation
Active noise cancellation is a system designed to reduce unwanted background and surrounding noise. As you would expect from Samsung, both the Buds 2 and the Pro do a fine job of reducing unwanted noise while you are listening to music or content on your headphones.
According to Samsung, the Pro version reduced 99% of background noise, whereas the Buds 2 reduces it by 98%. By that metric, the Pro version is—very slightly—more effective.
The Pro also comes with two different active noise cancellation levels (low and high) that were designed for different environments. We’re not saying that you won’t be able to block out all noises, especially loud noises such as crying babies, but it does allow for a more immersive and enjoyable listening experience.
So, what about making and taking phone calls while wearing your headphones? Both do a fine job but, again, it’s the Pro version that comes out on top.
Taking an action using your headphones is easy when you receive a call. To answer or end a call, simply make two taps. To decline a call, make three taps, while you can also reject a call by tapping and holding.
We’ve got to be honest here: neither model is overly impressive when it comes to battery life. The Buds 2 have a battery life of around five hours when noise canceling is active. You’ll get an additional 15 hours of on-the-go playtime through the charging case. One highlight is that a five-minute quick charge can give up to an hour of battery, which is useful if you are in a rush.
In the case of the Pro model, you’ll get around five hours per charge and an additional 13 hours from the case when active noise canceling is turned on. When noise canceling is off, this will bump up to around seven hours per charge and 20 hours from the case.
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Which Is Better: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Pro
So, which Samsung model is for you? In terms of quality, we would have to say that the newer Galaxy Buds Pro is the better choice across the board. That said, the Galaxy Buds 2 hold their own and still provide an excellent listening experience.
For many people, the choice between the two will come down to price. The original price of the Buds 2 was $149, while the original price of the Buds Pro was $199, so the Buds 2 are the more affordable option. However, you should be able to find lower prices than these if you shop around.
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