Unbiased opinions for Samsung’s Galaxy Buds vs Apple’s AirPods
The AirPods are one of the best purchases i’ve made in the past several years. They’ve integrated themselves into my day-to-day life to the point where I literally felt lost / depressed / disappointed in myself if I forgot them at home one day instead of slipping them into my pocket.
The Galaxy Buds had some big shoes to fill and I’ve been looking forward to getting them ever since switching from my iPhone X to the Galaxy S10+ for various reasons of personal choice. How do they fare?
* Sound Quality – The Buds can’t compete with the AirPods. Music on the AirPods feels more punchy, bass-y and generally a lot livelier than that on the Galaxy Buds. That’s not to say that the Buds sound bad at all, but if I have to compare them side by side with Apple’s unit, the point clearly goes to the AirPods. I also noticed the AirPods felt approx 20-30% LOUDER than the Galaxy Buds at max volume, which was very surprising considering the AirPods were not in-ear and the Buds are. I generally like my volume on the louder side and hence prefer the AirPods in this department.
* Portability – both cases fit equally well in my pocket. The point goes here to Samsung since I now have the convenience of being able to wirelessly charge the case through the back of my S10+.
* Shape, size, ergonomics – this is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. My personal usage for the AirPods is a. either at the gym / going for walks where I have both AirPods in my ear, b. at my office where I have one AirPod lodged in my left ear, or c. at home after our young daughter sleeps where my wife and I share one AirPod in one ear each while watching content on our larger iPad
* The AirPods are just…. easier to handle, and easier to deal with. I can put them in my ear and take them out quicker and in a more comfortable manner, as funny or odd as that may sound. I am also personally not too fond of in-ear headphones so the AirPods felt easier to manage where I don’t have to intermittently clean them because of ear wax splotches here and there even though I clean my ears daily.
Overall i’m happy I have both the AirPods and the Buds to use in different situations where needed – just thought i’d share my feedback after approx 48 hours of using the Buds. If you guys have any questions feel free to let me know.