For nearly ten years now, the battle between mobile powerhouses Samsung and Apple has been one that has caught the world’s attention.
Apple and it’s users will claim that the iPhone and all of its Apple accessories are by far the superior products. The strongest evidence backing this claim is the fact that Apple has managed to be the most profitable company in the world. After all, how could the global Fortune 500 leader not make the best merchandise?
On the other hand, Samsung users also have a strong case for why the Korean company makes better products. It’s no secret that Samsung has arguably been the king of innovation in the cellular world. Features on the company’s Galaxy devices and accessories have noticeably been mimicked to a degree by Apple and other companies over the past several years.
However, the Samsung Galaxy Buds are a different story. These wireless headphone devices are a recent innovation, while the product they most closely resemble, the Apple AirPods, have been around for roughly two years. Due to the heavy competition between the companies, the question naturally arises as to what the difference is between the Galaxy Buds and AirPods?
Keep reading and you’ll soon discover the answer.
Comparing the Specs of the Samsung Galaxy Buds and the Apple AirPods
On the surface, the two wireless headphones seem to be quite similar in design and function. However, once we dug a little deeper we found some stark differences.
Right off the bat, let’s get into the price. Samsung Galaxy Buds will run you about $129.00. In comparison, Apple AirPods are a tad pricier at about $159.00.
Although there is a $30.00 difference in price, we definitely cannot say the lower price of the Galaxy Buds reflects a lesser quality.
In terms of the colors game, Samsung happens to win the battle. Consumers can currently purchase a plastic pair of Galaxy Buds in white, black, and yellow. While these earbuds were developed to protrude slightly out of the ear, there are no more bulky attributes contributing to the design.
The AirPods currently only come in the standard Apple white. Even though the sleek design of the AirPods don’t really cause them to protrude out of the ear, they do have more of a Q-tip like structure, so they tend to hang below the earlobes.
It’s important to note here that the Q-tip or beam-like structure of the AirPods was designed to create a good experience for phone calls. As a result, AirPods users report an overall better-calling experience than Galaxy Buds users.
Comfortability and Fit
The Galaxy Buds can be quite snug for consumers as they come with different tips to adjust the fit. Buyers can swap out the tips to better align with their preferred comfortability.
In contrast, Apple has taken a one size fits all approach with the AirPods. They don’t come with tips to adjust the fit, and may not be as snug for some as they are for others. However, we should say that there haven’t been mass reports of the AirPods falling out of someone’s ear while in use.
Battery Life and Charging
Samsung reports that the battery life of Galaxy Buds is 13 hours total (six hours when they aren’t in charging case, and seven hours when used and recharged in the case). Apple claims the battery life of AirPods is roughly 19 hours total (five hours when they aren’t in charging case, and 19 hours when used and recharged with charging case).
Not only do AirPods win the battery life battle, but they also win the recharging battle as well. Galaxy Buds can get about two hours of battery life with 15 minutes on the charger, while AirPods get about three hours of battery life with 15 minutes on the charger.
Now where Samsung really shines is in the charging of the Galaxy Buds. They can be charged via the case using the now standard USB cord, or if you own a Galaxy S10, S10+, or S10e, you’ll able to charge the Galaxy Buds using the reverse wireless charge feature of your Samsung device.
This is a category where the two giants compare fairly evenly.
Both seem to connect via Bluetooth to their intended device with relative ease. However, given the length of time AirPods have been on the market, there is more data about AirPods pairing well with Android devices. Conversely, there isn’t as much data to support Galaxy Buds greatly connecting to iPhones.
Overall Audio Quality
The difference in sound quality between Galaxy Buds and AirPods comes down to bass and depth. While the former have been cited as the better headphones in terms of the quality of the bass, the latter headphones have been noted as superior in terms of clarity and depth.
In Use Features
When using Galaxy Buds, there is currently a “triangular” tap pad on the listening devices to switch song selections, pause song selections, or answer incoming phone calls. With AirPods, in order to do any of these things via the listening devices, you must tap the AirPods and give voice commands via Siri.
In addition, Galaxy Buds will stop playing music if you remove them both from your ear, and restart the music once you place them back on your ear and press the tap pad. Comparatively speaking, if you take just one Airpod out of your ear while in use, the music will pause, yet play automatically again once you put the Airpod back in your ear.
Looking Ahead to the AirPods 2
As the new model of AirPods preparing to hit the market, there are some important features to point out. For starters, the AirPods 2 will supposedly have a total battery life of 24 hours, which is longer than both Galaxy Buds and current AirPods.
AirPods 2 will also have wireless charging capabilities via compatible Qi chargers. This is a feature similar to what Galaxy Buds currently do.
What’s Best for You?
Both the Samsung Galaxy Buds and the Apple AirPods (including AirPods2) offer their own unique features that would appeal to different people. So while we won’t pretend to know your preferences in terms of headphone needs, we will recommend you reread this post.
And be sure to check out our other headphone product reviews and advice.