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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro vs Galaxy Buds 2: Which Samsung Earbuds Are Best?

If you’re considering some mid-range branded true wireless earbuds, Samsung has two models that might catch your eye. the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and the Galaxy 2 Pro Earbuds They look similar at first glance, but their prices hint at internal differences.

Both offer active noise cancellation, a wireless charging case, water resistance, and dual drivers in each earbud. If you have a Samsung phone, you’ll have access to some extra features like a proprietary audio codec, 360 sound, and Dolby Atmos.

Are the newer Buds 2 Pro the best option, or has Samsung struck gold with the standard Buds 2? Here’s how they compare.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

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Price

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A 35% price difference could be a deal breaker for some buyers.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are close in price, but the Pros are a step up in terms of price and features. As of this writing, the standard Buds 2 are $149.99 while the Pro are $229.99.

This price puts them roughly in the middle of the pack for true wireless noise-cancelling headphones. exist cheaper options, of course. But there is also more expensive optionsincluding the Sony WF-1000XM4 and the Bose QuietComfort II Headphones. Those headphones will work with Samsung devices, but they’re not designed specifically for the full functionality of Android.

Still, numbers are numbers, and the 2 non-Pros are 35% cheaper than the Pro.

Our choice: galaxy buds 2

design

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, and Galaxy Buds Pro rest in their open cases on a white rock.

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The Buds 2 (left) and Buds Pro 2 (center) are quite similar in appearance and design, as well as their finish.

The design of Galaxy Buds 2 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is quite similar, as expected. They both have a kind of egg shape, without the Apple AirPods tell the tail of the story. The non-Pro 2s are a bit smaller, which can be a good thing if you have smaller ears.

The Buds 2 come in four colors: Graphite, White, Olive, and Lavender. The Buds 2 Pro come in just 3: Graphite, White, and Bora Purple. In both cases the cases contain the corresponding colors. However, with the Pro it’s the whole case, while with the non-pros it’s just the inside. The exterior is white instead.

The clearest difference is in the finish. After years of shiny earbuds, Samsung has swapped them out with the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, which are available only in a matte finish in all three colors.

There is no real standout winner here. The extra olive green color of the 2 is nice, but having the entire case the same color as the buds is great too. It basically comes down to what colors you like and whether you prefer a glossy or matte finish. I’m going to call that a draw.

Our choice: Tie

features

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The Samsung Buds 2 Pro support 24-bit audio with compatible devices and are more waterproof than the Buds 2.

This is, as you can probably guess, one of the first areas where the pros stand apart from their non-professional brethren.

While both models have noise cancellation, the Pro’s ANC is more effective. The regular Buds 2 will reduce bass sounds quite well, but the Buds 2 Pro go even further. They greatly reduce low-end buzzing sounds and some low-midrange frequencies, putting their performance on par with the AirPods Pro.

If you’re a fan of Hi-Res Audio, the Pro can handle 24-bit audio over Bluetooth, if you’re using a streaming service plan that supports it, like Qobuz, Apple Music and Tidal, with a Samsung Galaxy phone.

Another difference is the water resistance. The Pros are IPX7, while the regular Buds 2 are only IPX2. Basically, you can’t get the non-Pro wet in any serious way, but thinking about a glass of water is fine. The Pro can survive a drop in shallow water.

The extra features are one of the main reasons to upgrade to the Buds 2 Pro, making it easily the winner in this category.

Our choice: Galaxy 2 Pro Earbuds

Battery duration

Battery life with both the Galaxy Buds 2 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro isn’t great. Probably a consequence of its small size. The Buds 2 last about 5 hours with Noise Canceling activated and about 7.5 with Noise Cancelling. The case will fully charge them 3 times.

Playtime for the 2 Pro is about the same, about half an hour longer with noise cancellation off. However, the case has a larger battery and will fully charge them from empty around 3.5 times.

Since both models are fast-charging, giving you an hour after just 5 minutes of charging, I’m going to count this category as a tie.

Our choice: Tie

sound

A man with Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro earphones in his ear.

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The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro sound great, have solid ANC, and are comfortable for long listening sessions.

Aside from features, sound quality is one of the biggest differences between the two models. The Pro just sounds better.

Out of the box, the regular Buds 2 have decent midrange and bass, but their top end can be edged too hard. They also lack the clarity of high-end headphones.

The Pros, on the other hand, have excellent mids and lows. Drums, for example, have a strong, direct hit. Vocals are clear without overwhelming the rest of the sound. The bass is full without dominating the rest of the frequencies. Overall excellent audio performance.

So the regular Buds 2 don’t sound bad, but this is one of the clear categories where spending more on the Pro gives you a clear improvement.

Our choice: Galaxy 2 Pro Earbuds

And the winner is…

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro sit in their open case on a wooden table with two sets of silicone ear tips and a USB-C cable next to them.

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If you’re willing to splurge more for quality, go for the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 are a solid entry into the mid-range true wireless earbuds category. They’re small, offer decent sound and noise cancellation, and aside from lackluster battery life, they offer a compelling option.

However, for a little more money, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro offer everything the regular Buds 2 do, but better. They sound better, have better noise cancellation, and also offer several features that the non-Pro don’t, like IPX7 water resistance.

So if you can afford the extra $80, or even better find them on sale, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are the way to go.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

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Prices were accurate at the time of publication of this article, but may change over time.


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