After the launch of the Apple Airpods in September 2016, it received both praise and criticism. There have been several attempts at improving the wireless earphones in 2018 by other brands but Samsung may have cracked it with the release of its Samsung Galaxy Buds which was unveiled on 20th February 2019 alongside the Galaxy S10 series.
Samsung is Apple’s most direct rival in the consumer hardware business, to beat the Airpods you would expect it to have better performance, improved noise isolation, and extended battery life right? Here are a few comparisons to help you decide.
The first Airpods which was launched in 2016 had a starting price of N80,000 and every time they’ve had an upgrade they’ve done it at a higher price, however, the Samsung Buds are coming at a starting price of just N47,000 only. The Buds are bundled for free with Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10+.
While your AirPods offers up to five hours of listening time or two hours of talk time on a single charge, the Buds offer battery performance from six hours max music streaming time (or five hours talk time) on a single charge. However, the futuristic feature that sets Samsung’s Galaxy Buds apart from the Airpods is the reverse wireless charging built into its Galaxy S10 devices, so you can literally top up your earbuds with some spare juice from your phone. This is going to be useful in two scenarios: emergencies and when you want to show off to your friends.
Weight and Connectivity
The Airpods weigh 0.2kg with the signature iOS 10 connectivity of all Apple devices while the Buds weigh 0.0056kg with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 as its connecting duct.
Design and Size
The Samsung Galaxy Buds have a distinct size and curvy, pebble-like design which would sit comfortably in your ear. The general design aesthetic looks more appealing than the Airpods.
Until the Samsung Galaxy Buds hit the market on the 8th of March 2019, it is safe to say that these are the major differences between the Airpods and Buds.