When I listened to the briefing on Samsung’s lineup for the 2021 Galaxy Unpacked, I was struck by a lot of fancy expressions and numbers that sounded impressive, but foreign to my understanding.
One thing that thrilled me was the voice recognition feature in the Galaxy Buds Pro, because I hadn’t tried a pair that had something like that yet.
I wanted to see how much more Samsung can boost its game.
I got Buds Pro in Phantom Violet, which is not the color that attracts the most attention, but it stands out from the other two: Phantom Black and Phantom Silver.
The case is similar to Buds Live, with square rounded edges, extremely compact and has a matte finish.
Inside, the two earrings lie nested. The buds on the edge have a matte plastic housing that lies flat next to your ears and a glossy outer coating.
Buds Pro are much more rounded and bulky than Buds + (Buds Live had a completely different grain-like shape), which had winged tips.
I personally like the design of the buds + a lot more because they had more sloping edges to catch them when you take them out or put them on.
Since I’m shiny, smooth and rounded, I’ve found that receiving Buds Pro is much more precarious, which doesn’t bode well for my clumsy self when I use them in public.
In terms of the way they fit, you get 3 slightly different sizes of ear tips that should be enough for you to find the right match. All in all, the comfort for them was average.
I felt like they didn’t quite sit in my ear canal, but the movement didn’t normally knock them out.
Impressive sound quality
Compared to Buds + and Buds Live, Buds Pro wins in audio hands-down. My biggest complaint about Buds + was that its sound sounded muffled, as if I was listening to music under a blanket.
On the other hand, the Buds Live with the lack of a sealing silicone ear tip simply missed too much sound of my choice and had less than a comfortable grip. Although it is an improvement in terms of treble, the quality of the bass sounded monotonous and blurry.
The Buds Pro loses a bit of comfort to me (Buds + wins), but I’d say it overcame two sound flaws that its predecessors had.
Everything was sharp, the quality of the bass and treble sounded * chef’s kiss * and I had pleasant music sessions with them.
So remember that voice recognition feature I started earlier? Well, it works, but I find it inconvenient to control because it’s automatic.
How it works is that whenever you start talking to someone, the sound will automatically decrease and the ANC will switch to ambient mode so you can hear the other person.
Once you stop talking, it turns off and the sound returns to normal. However, when only someone is talking to you without you speaking, it will not be activated because they are relying on your voice.
In theory it sounds good … But if you are someone who enjoys humming to your music, this feature will probably bother you. They will think you are trying to speak and activate voice recognition. Completely off when you’re in the middle of jamming your favorite tunes.
Fortunately, this is a feature you can disable using the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app, which is unfortunately available only on Android phones.
The Buds + and Buds Live controls can be customized using the Samsung Galaxy Buds app on iOS, but since the app was last updated 3 months ago, it is safe to say that it is not yet compatible with Buds Pro.
Samsung states that Buds Pro users can get about 5 hours of battery life with the ANC turned on before charging via the case is needed, and I’ve found that it took a little longer than that.
As for the quality of the microphone, the only comment I received from the receiver at the other end of the call was that I sounded clear but nasal.
The RM799 offers some pretty big upgrades with Buds + and Buds Live (both RM599), which I think pays off, especially if you use Android devices.
|Improved sound quality in terms of treble and bass
|Voice Detect is activated even when you hum or talk to yourself
|Voice Detect makes quick conversations easier
|It fits a little strangely in the ear, which can become uncomfortable after a while
|Retains the compact design of the Buds Live case
|The headphones are more rounded and bulky, which makes them uncomfortable to hold
- You can learn more about Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro here.
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