The brand Samsung has been very consistent with its efforts in the emerging TWS space, mainly targeting the premium side of the spectrum. Galaxy Buds (Review), Galaxy Buds + and Galaxy Buds Live (Review) The latest addition to the portfolio comes in the form of the Galaxy Buds Pro, with the launch of models we have seen from the brand in the past, and the new S21 series smartphone flagships. Similar to Buds Live, the Galaxy Buds Pro also has Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Samsung has added new features with each new iteration and Buds Pro comes with some interesting new capabilities. Okay, I’ve been using Buds Pro for a few weeks now, so let’s share my experience.
The Galaxy Buds Pro comes in black, silver and violet and I have a silver model. This case, which is very compact, has a square shape and rocks the matte finish. You need two hands to keep the lid open, because you need reasonable ability if you try to do so with one hand. In this case there are cavities inside the two buds, indicating the charging status along with the LED. Another LED can be seen on the front and a Type-C port for the juice on the back.
The buds have a rounded outer surface. The top has a glossy finish, which is very shiny to my taste, at least in the silver version I have. The buds have touch controls, a very noticeable mesh inside the mic to help reduce air noise, two more mics, charging, sensors and two pogo pins that trigger a small mesh on the inside.
Coming to Fit, I must say that Buds Pro should be the most comfortable pair of TWS earphones I have ever used. The fit was great, and the buds passed the head shake test with flying colors. There are different-sized rubber tips in the box to help you find the optimal fit, which is essential from an ANC standpoint. What’s more, there is no feeling of clogging in the ears, which is usually experienced with ANC earphones. Buds Pro has an IPX7 rating, so you should be well aware if you expose them to sweat or light rain when you go out.
From the outset, it is important to note that the Galaxy Buds Pro works best with a Samsung smartphone. They can also be used with other Android phones and iPhones, but you may not be able to use some of the special features that Samsung has added. Unfortunately, you need a Galaxy wearable app to control settings that are not available for iOS. As far as touch controls are concerned, you can press the glossy part of the earbuds once to play / pause the music, but the double-tap will switch to the next track or answer / end the call. The triple tap goes to the previous track in your list, while the long press switch between ANC and Ambient modes. Long press can be customized through the companion app. In my test, I tried Buds Pro with the Galaxy S21 +, iPhone 12 Pro Max and MacBook Pro, and I am happy to report that the connection has been stable throughout and has not dropped even once.
The Buds Pro feature has 11mm woofers and 6.5mm tweeters and supports AAC and Samsung scalable codecs when it comes to sound codecs. However Optix does not. The Galaxy wearable app gives you options to turn off ANC, or switch to Ambient Sound mode, which allows audio when you want to get to know your surroundings better, for example while walking down the street or at the airport. You can choose one of the various equalizer options available. Among the new features, there is a very nifty voice detector mode, which automatically reduces the volume and switches to ambient mode when you speak, and then goes back to the previous settings when you stop talking. This is actually very useful. And talking about some of the key features that are unique to Samsung devices include 360-degree audio, Bixby support (but not Google Assistant) and automatic switching between Samsung phone and tablet.
Coming with all the important audio quality the Galaxy Buds Pro offers a very neutral sound signature with a slight preference for maximum levels. It is worth noting that Treble does not seem harsh. It has a bite and is very sparky, but you do not want to reduce the volume or switch to another song. For example, in a song like Adam Jensen ‘I Won’t Increase Hate Like Someone’s Business’, you can notice how the strings of the guitar are, and unlike other TWSs, the Galaxy Buds Pro Dawn does not adapt to vocals or kick drums. Also, not everything you get from Buds Pro is a good treble. For example, the low-end is very tight and the beats have a very brief yet satisfying slam. The bass output isn’t a bit of a boom-y and the sub-bass nouns virtues in songs like ‘You What It Dark’ written by Leonard Cohen seem a bit misleading, overall, EDM lovers will also enjoy Bass Buds Pro. Although they do not provide a heavy, thundering, roaring bass, the low-end is still very satisfying because it has low corrosion and a very tight response.
And, Buds Pro is otherwise very versatile. I use it extensively for work calls (Google Meets, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and all) on both phone and laptop. Not only are they comfortable (some of those calls last up to a few hours), the call quality, both incoming and outgoing are very good.
When it comes to ANC, I can’t say that the Galaxy Buds Pro drowns out all the noise around you, but they are perfectly suited for muffling sounds like the engine hum of a car or bus or the simple sounds you want. Listen in an active home. There are two ANC settings available in the Galaxy wearable app to customize the audio to your liking. You can expect quite a bit of 5 hours of battery life with ANC and the case is good for at least three charges. You will need to use a Type-C port on the back of the case and you will also be able to charge wirelessly.
Now if you are an iPhone user, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is not for you, and you should probably consider the Air Pods Pro or Zabra Elite 85T. For those on a tight budget, OPPO Enco X (Review) Great buy. However, for their asking price of Rs. Audio quality.
Editor Rating: 4/5
- Sounds well balanced
- Useful features
- Good ANC
- Some features are limited to Samsung devices
- Google Assistant is not supported
- Limited iPhone compatibility