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Comparison: AirPods and Galaxy Buds both offer quality


Apple and Samsung now both offer their own wireless ear plugs. In this article we compare the second generation of AirPods with the Galaxy Buds, also published this year.

Apple and Samsung now both offer their own wireless ear plugs. In this article we compare the second generation of AirPods with the Galaxy Buds, also published this year.

The earplugs of both manufacturers have a lot in common. They are both completely wireless (no cord in the neck) and are kept in a charging box. But there are also differences. We tested the AirPods with an iPhone X and the Galaxy Buds with the Samsung Galaxy S10 +.


Apple's AirPods are compact, white earplugs with a stem hanging downwards. The Galaxy Buds are rounder and stand out more like buttons. Samsung earplugs are also available in more colors: white, black and yellow.

The boxes also differ. The box of the AirPods is slightly smaller and square and has a magnetic locking system. The one of the Galaxy Buds is larger and pill-shaped and also has a magnetic closing system, although the cover opens and closes a little stiffer. That makes it a secret less toy to fiddle with.

Wearing comfort

Wearing AirPods hardly differs from EarPods, Apple's standard earbuds with wire. They weigh 4 grams each and are therefore easy to use. The Galaxy Buds are slightly heavier with 6 grams.

AirPods are available in one size. Some people report that the earplugs do not fit well in their ears, but that did not bother us. Because Galaxy Buds are in-ear earplugs, they will fit in almost all ears. We thought the AirPods would be better in the longer term.

Linking and connection

Both earbuds can be easily connected to telephones. The AirPods work best with iPhones, but they also work on Android phones. The Galaxy Buds can also be used with phones other than Samsung devices.

The AirPods are immediately recognized on iPhones when the box is opened. With a tap on the button they are linked and the connection remains stable.

Connecting Buds to a Galaxy device is just as flawless, provided that the SmartThings and Galaxy Wearable apps are installed on the phone. If not, the pairing must be done manually via the Bluetooth settings. The Galaxy Buds sometimes had a small dropout, although it never lasted longer than a fraction of a second.

Audio quality

How someone experiences audio is to a certain extent personal. We found both earplugs convincing in different ways during testing. The AirPods sound clear, both in terms of bass and voice sounds. The sound is not easy to adjust, something that can be done with the Galaxy Buds via the Wearable app. In addition, you can make the bass sound come out better.

Because the Galaxy Buds are in-ear earplugs, the environment is much better to close. This makes it easier to listen to music or podcasts in isolation and you have less wind problems during your run. It is a bit more annoying when making a phone call, because you hear yourself less well.

Incidentally, the Buds have a function to enhance ambient and voice noise, so that you still get to know what is happening around you. That sounds more unnatural and tighter than normal. On the bike we found the sounds so strongly amplified that we quickly turn that option off.


Both earplugs work with taps to operate them. For example, you can set a tap on the right earphone to pause the music and activate a voice command on the left. That works on AirPods with Siri and on the Galaxy Buds with Bixby. However, Samsung's voice assistant does not speak Dutch for the time being, but can be used in English. That is somewhat less convenient.

On the Galaxy Buds you can also put a finger on the ear plug to let the ambient sound through or to exclude. An additional advantage of the Buds is the option to adjust the volume by tapping the earplugs. That is not possible on the AirPods. Users must use the buttons on the iPhone or ask Siri if the sound can be turned up.

Battery life and charging

AirPods last up to five hours on a charge. The Galaxy Buds can last for up to six hours longer. By putting the earplugs in the boxes, they are recharged until the battery of the box is empty. The AirPods thus offer 24 hours extra listening time. With the Galaxy Buds, that number is seven hours. Samsung's box will therefore have to be charged more often for the same listening time.

Both boxes can be loaded wired. Apple's earplugs use a Lightning cable and the Samsung case works with USB-C. They can also be charged wirelessly via the Qi standard. On the AirPods box the light goes out while charging, with the Galaxy Buds the light stays on. Handy, because you can see immediately when the light turns green and the charge is complete.

The Galaxy Buds can also be charged by holding them against the back of a Galaxy S10, S10 + and S10e. This is at the expense of the telephone battery, but offers a solution if the earplugs are empty on the way.


Both Apple and Samsung released their earplugs in a higher price segment. The newest AirPods cost 229 euros, but the Galaxy Buds are a lot cheaper: 149 euros.

Incidentally, the first version of the AirPods is for sale for 179 euros, but then the box cannot be charged wirelessly and the voice command 'Hé Siri' does not work.


Now that we have tested them both, we find the linking and ease of use of the AirPods a little better. It is simply less hassle. We also found wearing comfort better in the longer term.

On the other hand, it is nice that Samsung offers an in-ear solution, because it convincingly filters out ambient noise. An additional advantage is that they are a lot cheaper and are better protected against water and sweat.

It is not surprising that the earplugs work best when they are connected to their "own" phone. They simply offer the best user experience. Designating a clear winner is therefore difficult, they are both good in their own way. For the neutral user, it will depend on taste and it is mainly about the choice between in-ear or standard earbuds.


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Source: nunl

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