The Pro suffix on any gadget moniker usually connotes premiumness and the presence of tons of features, and the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro from Samsung fits that concept well. Marking the second generation of Samsung’s Pro TWS lineup, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro builds on the achievements of their predecessors, namely Described as a highly capable person themselves. The latest buds offer features like ANC and wireless charging, among other goodies. So let’s see how the new buds carry the legacy forward.
The squarish case for the Galaxy Buds2 Pro has a matte, soft-touch finish that feels very premium and keeps smudges at bay. The case itself is very compact and lightweight. Flip open the lid and you’ll see twin buds in their respective cavities inside. A status LED is placed in the center and a line of text is also visible stating that these babies have been tuned by AKG. The Type-C port is on the back of the case, and the retail box includes a charging cable as well as different-sized rubber tips for the buds so you can customize the fit according to the size of your ear canals. The buds are rated IPX7 and are resistant to water splashes and sweat.
The buds are small and have a rounded shape that hugs the cavities of your ear canals, providing a comfortable and secure fit. They are very low profile and don’t protrude from the ears, making them very discreet. A small black mesh appears at the tip of each bud, marking a vent that helps prevent pressure build-up inside the ear.
The Galaxy Buds2 Pro work with the Galaxy Wearable app available on Android, and if you pair them with a recent Samsung phone, you can even get 24-bit audio… streaming through apps that offer this capability. You can also pair the Buds with an iPhone and you won’t be able to use the companion app and features the latter offers, but the Buds will work normally.
Speaking of the app, it lets you switch between ANC, Ambient and ANC off modes and configure touch controls. The latter includes a single tap to play/pause, a double tap to skip to the next track, a triple tap to go to the previous track, and a long press to switch between different ANC modes. However, touch controls are a bit fiddly to use due to the small surface area available for use.
When it comes to ANC performance, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro does a good job at reducing outside noise. Transparency mode comes in handy when you need to be aware of what’s going on around you, and rather than using the touch controls or the app to change ANC modes, muttering something is a quick and dirty way to activate the voice detect feature. As the name suggests, it detects your voice, turns off ANC and switches to ambient mode for a few seconds. This time can also be configured through the app.
As far as audio quality is concerned, supported codecs include SBC and AAC and the buds come with dual drivers that help deliver very good sound. Bass is tight and packs a good punch, while the overall sound signature is well balanced. Instrument separation is very good and works even at low volumes. The audio works for a variety of musical genres, with great richness and depth that does justice to the sound.
Battery life is also decent and is rated for 5 hours with ANC on and 8 hours with ANC off. The case adds another 18 hours with ANC and 28 hours without.
Rs. With an asking price of 17,999, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro falls in the premium segment and the LG Tone Free FP9 (Review), Google Pixel Buds Pro (Review) and others. If you’re looking to save some dough, the older Galaxy Buds Pro model is still being sold online and can be picked up for less. However, I think the Buds2 Pro is worth buying if you’re an Android user and looking for a decent, premium TWS pair. And if you use a Samsung smartphone, it’s probably an even easier decision.
Editor’s Rating: 4/5
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Good sound
- Good ANC
- Useful features
- Some features are limited to Samsung phones
- No multiple point