Comparison

Quick Points


Fit In Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For Android

Noise Canceling No

Microphone Yes

Fit In Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For iOS & Android

Noise Canceling No

Microphone Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box


Google Pixel Buds 2 True Wireless Headphones

3 X Silicone Tips, 1 X Stabilizer Arc

Wireless Charging Case

User Manual

Warranty Card

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

Charging Cable

3 X Ear Tips, 3 X Wing Tips

Charging Case

Galaxy Buds Manual

Warranty Card

Our Score


7.8

8

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them


The custom built 12mm dynamic drivers are tuned to provide a rich, warm studio-style sound quality with a flat low end that allows you clearly listen to all the instruments like the guitar and drums. They also have the "Adaptive Sound" function, which automatically adjusts the volume based on your environment

Convenience to perform endless tasks with Google Assistant by simply saying "Hey, Google" to check the weather, know all the events of the day, read the latest messages, play your favorite playlist or control your smart home gadgets

The Google's second-generation true wireless earbuds come with an oval-shaped wireless charging case made of matte-finished plastic that's easy to slide into your jeans' pocket

The Mentos inspired design is similar to the original Pixel Buds (2018 model) but without the cable. The small, elegant shape with the G-branding on the touchpad is really appealing

By cutting the chord and maintaining the same all-plastic structure, Google is able to create lightweight earbuds that remain comfortably in the ears for a long time

They have a long trunk that goes further in the ear, a soft "stabilizer arch" that protrudes from the top and are equipped with silicone tips of three different sizes to provide a secure fit even during the running or workout sessions

Thanks to their IPX4-certified design, they are pretty good at handling sweat and splashes while running or training in wet weather conditions

The big talking point of Pixel Buds is the "Conversation Mode" that puts in place real-time translations of 40 languages to better communicate with foreigners. Just say "Hey Google, help me speak Spanish" or say other language, the buds will convert everything you say into that language you've set

They have Google's "Fast Pair" technology that allows you to pair earbuds to any Android device instantly. As soon as you open the case, a small card on your Android device guides you about all the functionality

Built-in touch controls and sliding gestures that allow you to answer/end phone calls, control music playback, adjust volume, skip tracks and hold to talk to the Google Assistant

Google Pixel Buds 2 have built-in proximity sensors that automatically pause music when you remove the earbud

They offer up to 24 hours (5+19) of music playback with the charging case and are also equipped with the fast charging feature that offers 2 hours of playback with only 10 minutes of charging time

The sleek, slim and all-plastic design of Samsung Galaxy Buds + comes in 6 color options: Black, White, Blue, Red, New Aura Blue and limited BTS edition with a unique purple charging case, and the earphones have sporadic purple splashes over with the BTS Logo on top

Great battery life of up to 11 hours on a single charge, an additional 11 hours with the charging case and also comes with the fast charging feature that offers 1 hour of playback with just 3 minutes of charging time

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus offer high-level call quality, audio heard through two external microphones and an internal one sounds great

The "Spotify" functionality allows you to directly access the service from earbuds through the Galaxy Wearables app

New dual-driver system, which is tuned by AKG, offers rich and warm sound quality with deep and consistent bass, well-balanced mid range and treble, better suited for pop and hip-hop music

Three different sizes of ear tips and optional wing tips keep the buds comfortably and securely in the ears during running or gym workouts

Built-in microphone and touch-sensitive controls to answer calls, music play/pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume levels, ambient mode on/off and connect with voice assistant of your phone or you can use two new home screen widgets to check battery level, on/off Ambient Sound mode or lock the touchpad

Dedicated Galaxy Wearables app for pairing earbuds with your smartphone, select EQ presets, adjust Ambient Noise settings, monitor battery life and connection status, configure touch-pad options, toggle audio notifications, install software updates, find my earbuds and select voice assistant

“Ambient Aware” mode lets you keep an ear open for external announcements without removing the earbuds

Multipoint Bluetooth connectivity of Samsung buds allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices to enjoy music and receive phone calls

The case can be charged either wirelessly using a charging mat compatible with Qi standard, or using a Type-C cord

Apart from AAC, SBC and Samsung's scalable codec support, the Bluetooth 5.0 delivers seamless connectivity and superior audio quality

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them


Google Pixel Buds have an average battery life of 5 hours on a single charge, the same as the AirPods Pro with ANC on, but you can get 11 hours with the latest Samsung Galaxy buds plus that can perform almost all the functions of the Pixel Buds

If you're a bass fan to give yourself an extra kick during workouts or a lover of EDM, metal, rap, funk or other genres that are heavy on low tones, Google’s new Pixel Buds may not be suitable for you as their bass response is pretty flat

Although onboard beam-forming microphones are good enough to capture the vocals for voice commands, the same cannot be said of call quality. People at the other end of the call struggle to hear the voice in moderately noisy environments

The "Pixel Buds" app has a fairly basic functionality such as checking the battery levels of each earbud or controlling a handful of settings. There is no option to adjust the equalizer or customize the touch controls, plus it's exclusive to Android and not available for iOS devices

The soft matte finish of the earbuds and case is prone to scratches. You should be very careful when leaving them in your pocket with keys or other metal objects that can easily rub them

The "spatial vents" let in quite a bit of ambient noise to create environmental awareness, useful for runners or cyclists, but for users who want complete sound insolation during commuting probably won't

The proximity sensors work perfectly to pause the music when you remove the earbuds, but they are not accurate enough to automatically play the music when you put the buds back in your ear

Although they have Bluetooth 5.0, there is no multi-device connectivity, which means you can only connect one device at a time

The stabilizer arc provides a secure fit, but can cause discomfort to some users during long listening sessions

No support for advanced Bluetooth aptX codecs for better sound quality, these earbuds only support AAC and SBC codecs

Each bud performs different functions at different times, and therefore tends to discharge at different speeds. One bud can consume more battery than the other

They're priced at a $179 in the U.S. which makes them $20 expensive compared to the Apple Airpods that dominate the true wireless earbuds market with a huge margin

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are almost indistinguishable from last year's model, without any visual change, it is very hard to tell the difference

Bluetooth connectivity is still not very reliable (this was the problem with the first-generation model as well), drops the signal and skips the tracks occasionally as you walk through the busy streets

The "Spotify" functionality, which allows you to access songs directly from the earbuds, works with Android phones, but not with iphones

Samsung Galaxy Buds do not have Active Noise cancellation to filter unwanted external sounds, a feature now quite common in high-end true wireless models

While the plastic construction saves weight, it is extremely cheap compared to other true wireless headphones in the similar price range

Ambient mode, which allows you to keep your ears open for external announcements, works with Samsung phones, but not with iPhones

Built-in proximity sensor pauses the music when you remove earbuds, but do not automatically resume after putting them back in your ears

Only IPX2 water-resistance rating, whereas competitors such as Jaybird offer completely waterproof models in the same price range

Unlike the Apple Airpod case, which contains an additional 19 hours of juice, the Samsung earbuds case only supports one additional 11-hour charge

No support for superior Bluetooth codec such as aptX, aptX Low Latency, LDAC and Qualcomm's True Wireless Stereo Plus

Highlights


Experience rich audio quality, clear calls, all-day battery, and Google Assistant’s hands-free help

Adaptive Sound technology adjusts the volume to fit your surroundings as you move between noisy and quiet places

Built-in sensors and microphones focus on your voice to deliver clear call quality

Google Pixel Buds offer a comfortable fit, based on scans of thousands of ears

Silicone tips of three different sizes and a stabilizer arch provide a customizable and secure fit

With sweat and water-resistant design, you don't need to worry about rainy days or sweaty workouts

Say "Hey Google" to send messages, get directions or play the training playlist, all hands-free

It helps you understand the world around you with real-time translations right in your ear

Hassle-free quick pairing with any Bluetooth 4.0+ device

Enjoy up to 24 hours of combined listening without any worries

Find my device to locate the earbuds by making them ring in case you lose them at home

Premium sound by AKG delivers superb dynamic range and exceptional sound accuracy

Perfect fit headphones to insulate you from annoying noises, so you can focus on what you want

Ambient Aware mode lets you filter in some of the outside world to be more in-tune with your environment

Included three adjustable silicone ear and wing tip sizes to ensure a comfortable fit

Up to 11 hours of non-stop music on a single charge

Put your Galaxy Buds+ in the wireless charging case and get almost 11 hours of additional music playback

A dedicated internal microphone and two external microphones ensure loud and clear call quality, even in noisy locations

Pause your Spotify playlist, answer calls and adjust volume levels with a tap

Switch seamlessly between two paired devices at once

Thanks to IPX2, Galaxy Buds+ can handle a light drizzle, a little sweat and even accidental spillage

Galaxy Buds codec support: AAC, SBC, Scalable (Proprietary)

Android & iOS compatibility through the Galaxy Wearable app on Android and the Galaxy Bud+ app on iOS

General

Dimensions


Headphone Fit In Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Size In/Cm 0.80 in (2.05 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 5.3 g (0.19 oz)

Foldable Design No

Headphone Fit In Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Size In/Cm 0.88 in (2.25 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 6.3 g (0.22 oz)

Foldable Design No

Connectivity


Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices No

On Device Controls Calls, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls No

Voice Assistant Google Assistant

Companion App Pixel Buds App

Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices Yes

On Device Controls Call, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Ambient Mode On/Off, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls No

Voice Assistant Google Assistant + Alexa + Bixby Voice

Companion App Galaxy Wearable App

Audio


Noise Cancelation Type No

Sound Isolation Yes

Echo Reduction No

Sound Mode Stereo

Noise Cancelation Type No

Sound Isolation Yes

Echo Reduction No

Sound Mode Stereo

Features


Water/Sweat Resistant Yes

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Water/Sweat Resistant Yes

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Battery


Battery Life Up To 5 Hours (Up To 24 Hours With Charging Case)

Auto Pause & Play Yes

Auto Shut-Off No

Quick Charge Charge 10 Minutes = Up To 2 Hours Playback

Battery Life Up To 11 Hours (Up To 22 Hours With Charging Case)

Auto Pause & Play Yes

Auto Shut-Off Yes

Quick Charge Charge 3 Minutes = Up To 1 Hour Playback

Technical

Technical Data


Driver Size 12 mm

Driver Unit Dynamic

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.5%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.5%

Supported Codecs AAC, SBC

Driver Unit Dual Driver

Magnet Neodymium

Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20000 Hz

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.3%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.3%

Supported Codecs AAC, SBC, Scalable (Samsung Proprietary)

Wireless


Bluetooth Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz

Wireless Range Up To 10 m (33 ft)

NFC No

Bluetooth Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP

Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz

Wireless Range Up To 10 m (33 ft)

NFC No

Noise Canceling


Noise Canceling Adjustment No

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch No

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing No

Ambient Sound Mode No

Noise Canceling Adjustment No

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch No

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing No

Ambient Sound Mode Yes

Audio Cable


Audio Cable Length N/A

Audio Cable Length N/A

Microphone


Microphone Feature On-board Dual Beamforming Microphones

Microphone Feature On-board 3 X Adaptive Microphones

Power


Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charging Cable Type-C Cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charge Time 2 Hours

Charging Cable Type-C Cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Compatibility

iOS


Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Android


Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Windows


Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Xbox


Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Playstation


Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

TV & Home Theater


Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Service & Support

Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 1 Year Limited Warranty

Helpline 1 (800) 726-7864

Email bit.ly/sam-con

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