Every smartphone brand is trying to do what Apple did years ago and proudly continues to do it: create a mobile ecosystem in the most convenient way that forces the user not to leave it. An ecosystem includes phones and everything that can power it to give you the ultimate gadget experience. I am talking about wearables and truly wireless earbuds are a significant part of them. Apple’s AirPods do not work on phones other than the iPhone (or other Apple products). For years, Samsung, which uses Android’s open ecosystem, has been trying to do just that. With the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, it seems his dream has finally come true.
The new and not-so-shiny Galaxy Buds 2 Pro borrows a lot from its prequel, but these earbuds don’t work equally well on all phones. Samsung has locked some features of the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro for its phones. So unless you use the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with a Samsung phone, you can’t experience features like 24-bit lossless music or spatial audio. In short, these are the incentives that a brand gives you to stay within its ecosystem. Apple does this on a strict level, while Google has also built a strong ecosystem for its Pixel-branded products. It’s not fair to isolate Samsung, but, at a price of Rs 17,999, does the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro make sense to you? that depends. I’ve been using the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro for a while now, and I can say that they are among the best wireless earbuds money can buy. Here is my review.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Design
The new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro feels a bit twee, which is a good thing as the other earbuds look more or less the same. Samsung has continued with the in-ear design that lacks a stem, so it may not suit everyone. For me, it’s irrelevant as long as the fit is comfortable – something I experience with the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Not only are the earbuds lightweight, but they also stay snug inside the ears and don’t fall off unless triggered by your facial movements. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is smaller than the original Galaxy Buds Pro and comes with a soft cloth-like matte finish, making it less prone to scratches and dirt, and giving it a better grip. The overall design of the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro creates a comfortable fit. I never felt uncomfortable wearing the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and the earbuds remained intact as long as I laughed. And yes, there is a USB-C port on the side.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Sound
The previous Galaxy Buds Pro models provided the best audio listening experience, so my expectations from the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro were based accordingly. I was not disappointed. Within my first few minutes of use, I realized the Buds 2 Pro could easily rival the AirPods and Sony WF-1000XM4. The sound is not only clear but also has a wide sound stage which improves the whole listening experience. This helps when you have music coming from multiple instruments. And that’s why I played some Indian cinema music to check if the bass, treble and vocals were on point.
oo anatav Pushpa acted well from the film, giving enough space to hear each and every instrument in its entirety. Admittedly, the song is bass-heavy and likable in that form. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro takes care of this, delivering a pleasant experience. makeup A mix of both Indian classical and hip-hop by Aastha Gill and Akasa, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro did justice to it. The heat of the tabla and dholak was at its peak, while the hip-hop beats inspired by electronic music enthralled me. I’m also a fan of retro music, which lacks bass and modern musical composition. So when I played Yeh Shaam MastaniI went to the zone of peace.
Adele’s Oh dear me It had a nice funk while making sure the vocals didn’t interfere with the sound of the instruments. midnight Taylor Swift was another album I loved listening to on the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, mainly because it could pick up soft tones and render them beautifully.
Some of the credit for this pleasant listening experience goes to the noise isolation, but if you’ve turned on noise cancellation, you can recognize the instruments and their contributions to the sounds you’re listening to. Not that it’s excellent, but Samsung loves the attention to detail when it comes to earbuds.
Sure, the music on the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is good, but what about that 24-bit Hi-Fi sound? Samsung claims that the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro can play Hi-Fi music when paired with a Samsung phone running One UI 4.0 or later. That’s a lot of phones, so whether you have a Galaxy A or a cheaper Galaxy F series phone, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will work as intended. Samsung says its new seamless codec allows the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro to stream 24-bit, 48kHz audio, but it doesn’t state the bitrate. According to The Verge, quoting a Samsung spokesperson, the Hi-Fi audio quality offers a bitrate of 2304kbps. I honestly couldn’t verify this, but I do agree that listening to music in lossless quality on Apple Music on a Samsung phone using the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro was slightly better than what I’ve heard.
If you are using a Samsung phone, you can also experience spatial audio on the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. It is essentially the speed of the audio according to the movement of your head. I don’t think it’s a revolutionary thing for music technology, but it’s nice to have on devices outside the Apple ecosystem.
However, both Hi-Fi audio quality and spatial audio are exclusive to Samsung phones. If you use another brand phone then this feature is not for you. But that doesn’t mean that everything else is irrelevant. Regardless of whether you have a Pixel, OnePlus or Xiaomi phone, you get amazing sound quality as well as noise cancellation. And you shouldn’t blame Samsung for that. As I said earlier, every brand is trying to create an ecosystem, and moreover, it is easier and more convenient for a brand to offer its technologies through its products.
Calls are clearly audible in the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, and with environmental noise cancellation turned off, my callers didn’t face the issue of disturbing background noise. Samsung also lets you turn on the Natural Sound functionality that lets you hear your voice on a call so that you don’t speak loudly and startle the people around you.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro noise cancellation
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro has the best noise cancellation to offer. Active noise cancellation has improved a lot over the years, and Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will let you experience it. I won’t give you the numbers – although Samsung has provided them, let’s talk about how effective ANC is in different scenarios. I was able to separate myself from the chatter at the coffee house using the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, and these earbuds have become my go-to companions when I go to the gym.
Sitting and typing at my workstation just got a little more enjoyable with the ANC on the earbuds and music playing on them. But when music isn’t playing, some sound can seep into your ears. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also has a voice detection feature that temporarily turns on Transparency Mode and drastically reduces the media volume the moment it detects you’re speaking. This is a nice functionality, copied from the Sony earbuds. I don’t care who did it first, as long as the implementation is good. I can say that Samsung has done a good job here. But those who like to rave might want to avoid turning on this feature. For me, this feature proved to be a mixed bag. For short conversations with coworkers, the feature proved useful, but I like karaoke for songs I’m listening to. My Voice turns on the voice recognition feature, turning down the music volume.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Gestures and Battery
Gestures are pretty standard on the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. One tap accepts calls, disconnects ongoing calls, and plays/pauses music. A double tap plays the next track, while a long tap changes the noise cancellation mode. I didn’t find it hard to get used to, but the earbuds are extremely responsive. A little touch can trigger scheduled programs. I often wear earbuds while riding a bike and it annoys me when my helmet stops and music plays. I’m nitpicking.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro lasted about six hours with ANC on and eight hours without a single charge. The total runtime takes 18-19 hours with ANC on and 28 hours without it when charge is added to the case. It’s not a radical improvement over the previous generation of earbuds, but not bad either. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro supports wireless charging, so when you need a battery charge, you can turn on power-sharing on your compatible Galaxy phone and charge the earbuds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Verdict
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are the best earbuds from Samsung. They offer the best of three basic functionalities: sound quality, design, and noise cancellation. Aside from my minor gripes, such as the lack of a multipoint connection and the exclusivity of Samsung phones, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro isn’t quite as big a deal-breaker. Sure, they work to their full potential with Samsung phones, but they’re still great when you’re using them with other phones. At Rs 17,999, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is the best bet for Samsung phone users, but if you have a phone from a different brand and you’re a stickler for features like spatial audio, you may need to enter and enter an ecosystem. need to.
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