Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Google Pixel Buds Pro

Two of the best wireless earbuds you can buy, they have a lot of similarities and it won’t be easy to decide between them.

We’re talking about the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Pixel Buds Pro, the latest flagship earphones from Samsung and Google. On paper, these buds couldn’t be more similar—each with active noise cancellation, ambient sound modes, touch controls, voice assistants, and long battery life. But one must be better than the other, right?

Let’s put them to the test and see which pair turns out to be rocking.

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro vs Pixel Buds Pro

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Weight

0.22 ounces per bud

0.22 ounces per bud

water resistance

IPX7

IPX4 (earphones), IPX2 (case)

Active noise cancellation/ambient sound

Yes

Yes

Colors

White, Graphite, Bora Purple

Charcoal, Fog, Lemongrass, Coral

Hi-Fi audio

Yes (24-bit audio)

Number

360 degree sound

Yes

Number

Battery life (rated)

5 hours with ANC, 8 hours without

7 hours with ANC, 11 hours without

Price

180 dollars

$200 dollars

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Pixel Buds Pro-2

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From a design standpoint, the Pixel Buds Pro are deceptively comfortable. They are much longer than most other earphones and fit in your ears a little differently. But the moment you wear them, you’ll be amazed at how they feel. I wore them for hours and my ears never got tired. Also, because they have a matte finish, they stay on your ears easier than shiny buds.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro look more like traditional earphones. They’re smaller, rounder, and fit so perfectly in your ears that it feels like you’re not wearing anything. They also make it easier to access the included touch controls, as they sit almost flush with your ear, while the Pixel Buds Pro tend to stick out a bit.

Both pairs offer water and sweat protection. The Pixel Buds Pro is IPX4 certified, while the Buds 2 Pro has slightly better IPX7 protection. Either way, you won’t have to worry about sweat damaging your headphones while you exercise.

I’m somewhat neutral in their case. While Galaxy Buds 2 Pro comes in a standard rounded square case, Pixel Buds Pro opts for a unique egg-shaped case. Each one is fine and easy to throw in a pocket or purse.

TL;DR: Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are extremely comfortable and light enough to be worn all day, but the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro fit more naturally and feel like you’re not wearing any headphones at all.

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Pixel Buds Pro-5

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Like their design, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is slightly better than the Pixel Buds Pro when it comes to sound quality. But Google’s headphones still manage to impress.

The custom 11mm drivers in Pixel Buds Pro bring a warm and inviting soundscape perfectly tuned to play almost any genre of music imaginable. Hip-hop sound especially good on these buds, as the extra bass provided by Google’s proprietary algorithm helps give tracks the extra punch you’re looking for.

There are two areas where the Pixel Buds Pro lags behind the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: podcasts and more lively instrumented music. Samsung’s custom 10mm woofers and 5.3mm tweeters can activate a wider frequency range for enhanced clarity in the content you’re listening to, so higher-pitched vocals and acoustic instruments are slightly better than on the Pixel Buds Pro. gives sound.

What’s more, Samsung includes 24-bit hi-fi audio support in the Buds 2 Pro. Because it’s based on a custom-built codec, you need a Samsung phone to take advantage of it, but the Buds 2 Pro are another example of higher resolution compared to Google’s earbuds.

Additionally, Samsung’s headphones are the only ones with 360-degree spatial audio support. Google says it will roll out this feature to the Pixel Buds Pro at some point, but it’s yet to come.

TL;DR: Pixel Buds Pro offers a great listening experience in different genres, while Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is slightly better with richer clarity for high and mid frequencies.

ANC is a debate between transparency and intelligence buds

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Pixel Buds Pro-3

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The Pixel Buds Pro and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro lag behind other earbuds when it comes to active noise canceling (ANC) and transparency, but that doesn’t mean they’re both bad.

On the contrary, each provides solid ANC and can block outside noise very well. While the Pixel Buds Pro seem to block the wind better than the Buds 2 Pro, Samsung’s buds tend to attenuate louder sounds better thanks to their tighter fit in your ears. Transparency mods (or Ambient mods as well) are essentially the same between both pairs, but the Buds 2 Pro with its improved microphones helped sound a little less wet.

Google and Samsung also offer smart products. With Pixel Buds Pro you can talk to the Google Assistant and track notifications, traffic, weather and more. Meanwhile, the Buds 2 Pro integrates with Bixby, which is admittedly inferior to Google Assistant but still helpful. You also get a collection of touch controls on each bud set and customizable EQ settings via their respective apps to conveniently pause music or control volume.

TL;DR: Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Pixel Buds Pro each have a great mix of smart features as well as robust ANC and transparency modes. If we had to give someone the edge, we’d use Google’s earbuds, thanks to their ability to block the wind better than Samsung could.

Pixel Buds Pro has better battery life and multi-device pairing than Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

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In my testing, I found that the Pixel Buds Pro easily lasted longer on a full charge than the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

Google quotes up to seven hours with ANC on, while Samsung says the buds will last five hours. Both of these predictions are correct; this also means you’ll enjoy up to 11 hours of battery life with ANC off on the Pixel Buds Pro and up to eight hours on the Buds 2 Pro. The Pixel Buds’ case also provides more power than the Galaxy Buds provide, so if you’re someone who needs an extra-long battery to get through a full day of listening, buy the Pixel Buds Pro.

As a side note, both pairs offer wireless charging in addition to USB-C wired charging.

There’s another feature that Google’s earphones handle much better than Samsung’s, and that’s multi-device pairing. On Galaxy Buds 2 Pro you are limited to pairing your buds only with other Samsung devices signed into your Samsung account. Google, on the other hand, doesn’t care what other devices you pull into the mix, as long as there’s a Bluetooth connection.

This instantly makes the Pixel Buds Pro the ideal headset for anyone like me who likes the convenience of pairing with both their phone and laptop while working. If you’re deep in the Galaxy ecosystem, the Buds 2 Pro’s multi-device pairing limitations shouldn’t bother you much. For everyone else, Google’s headphones are the way to go.

TL;DR: Google’s Pixel Buds Pro is phenomenally better than Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro when it comes to battery life and multi-device pairing.

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Pixel Buds Pro

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Google and Samsung have really stepped out of the park with their flagship earphones this year, and it’s hard to fault either one.

If you’re more in the Samsung ecosystem and want a pair of headphones that seamlessly connect to whatever you carry with you, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are a great choice. For those with a non-Galaxy smartphone, you’ll love Pixel Buds Pro. Personally, I enjoy using the Buds 2 Pro a little more, thanks to their richer sound and more comfortable fit, but given how well Google is competing in the increasingly crowded wireless earbuds market this year, getting either pair will definitely take you a second time. will please. take them out of the box.

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