Impressions of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds from an AirPods user: Not on the same level

“I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to compare with my iPhone XS Max. Samsung was generous enough to throw in a free pair of its $129 wireless Galaxy Buds for early adopters,” Jeff Benjamin writes for 9to5Mac. “How does Samsung’s take on truly wire-free earbuds compare with Apple’s AirPods?”

“Like Apple’s AirPods, Samsung includes a case with the Galaxy Buds that not only allows you to store your earbuds, but also serves as the method for recharging them,” Benjamin writes. “This is one of the areas where Samsung’s approach and OS integration falls behind Apple’s AirPods. With the AirPods, you’re able to see the charging status of not only the two individual earbuds, but also the battery status of the charging case.”

“Despite the compact design of the AirPods, Apple’s earbuds offer better battery life than Samsung’s Galaxy Buds. Samsung notes that combined, its Galaxy Buds will last for 13 hours. That’s 6 hours of play time from the earbuds when fully charged, and an extra 7 hours from a fully charged charging case,” Benjamin writes. “Apple’s AirPods last much longer, up to 24 hours. That’s 5 hours of play time from the earbuds when fully charged, and an additional 19 hours from a fully charged charging case.. It’s not that the AirPods are able to fit a massively bigger battery than the Galaxy Buds, it’s that Apple’s custom W1 chip inside the AirPods provides an uber-efficient wireless connection, and handles the heavy lifting when it comes to intelligent battery management. Needless to say, the results speak for themselves.”

“When comparing both sets of earbuds back to back, I think that the AirPods sound noticeably better. The AirPods sound more refined on the low-end, and this was immediately noticeable to me, as I like to listen to instrumentals with no shortage of bass while working. Although the AirPods aren’t audiophile grade gear, they are more acoustically refined than the Galaxy Buds,” Benjamin writes. “If you’re a Galaxy S10 owner, then the Samsung Galaxy Buds are a good choice, but make no mistake, they aren’t on the same level as the AirPods just yet.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Just like their wannabe iPhone knockoffs, Galaxy Buds are nothing more than inferior, derivative garbage from the South Korean dishwasher maker.


  1. Samsung just isn’t relevant to me. My problem- wife’s friend is a big fan of theirs. Hope the subject never comes up again… Arguing about “politics” or religion is one thing. Trashing Apple, unless you’re a user as I am? Inexcusable….

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