While listening to a briefing about Samsung’s lineup for the 2021 Galaxy Unpacked, I came across a lot of fancy terms and numbers that sounded impressive but were alien to my understanding.
One thing that got me excited was the voice recognition feature in the Galaxy Buds Pro as I haven’t tried a pair that had anything like this.
That being said, I was generally interested in trying out Buds Pro anyway, as I’d tested Buds + and Buds Live previously and found them mostly enjoyable.
I wanted to see how much more Samsung can improve their game.
I have the Buds Pro in Phantom Violet, which isn’t the most noticeable color, but it does stand out from the other two: Phantom Black and Phantom Silver.
The more striking color among the three available
The housing is similar to that of Buds Live, is square with rounded edges, extremely compact and matt.
The two earphones are embedded inside. The buds themselves have a matte plastic-like shell around the edge that lies flat against your ears and a shiny outer coating.
The Buds Pro are much rounder and bulkier than the Buds + (the Buds Live was a completely different bean-like shape), which had winged tips.
Personally, I like the design of the Buds + a lot more because they had more of a beveled edge so you can grab them when removing or inserting them.
Since I’m shiny smooth and rounder, I found it much more precarious to get a grip on the Buds Pro, which is not good for my clumsy self when I use it in public.
Shiny, round, smooth and more voluminous
In terms of fit, you will receive 3 slightly different sizes of earbuds that should be enough to find a proper match. Overall, the comfort for this was average.
I felt like they weren’t sitting in my ear canal enough, but when they were moving normally, they weren’t forcing them out.
Impressive audio quality
Compared to Buds + and Buds Live, the Buds Pro undoubtedly wins in terms of audio. My biggest complaint for the Buds + was that the sound sounded muffled, like listening to music under a blanket.
On the flip side, the Buds Live, with their lack of sealing silicone earbuds, just let too much sound through for my liking and was a less comfortable fit. While it was an improvement in terms of treble quality, its bass quality sounded monotonous and muddy.
The Buds Pro loses a bit of comfort for me (Buds + gains), but I’d say it overcame the two audio shortcomings of its predecessors.
I’m sorry to say that, but those are some fat earbuds, huh
Everything was crisp, the bass and treble quality sounded * chef’s kiss * and I had pleasant music lessons with them.
So do you remember the speech recognition feature I mentioned earlier? Well it works, but I find it difficult to control as it is automatic.
Here’s how it works: when you’re talking to someone, your audio will automatically decrease and the ANC will go into ambient mode so you can hear the other person.
Once you stop speaking, it will turn off and your audio will go back to normal. If someone is just talking to you without your speaking, it will not activate as it depends on your voice.
Sounds good in theory … But if you’re someone who likes to hum along to your music, you will likely find this feature annoying. It will think you are trying to speak and activate speech recognition. Pretty much to turn off when you’re about to listen to your favorite music.
Fortunately, this is a feature you can turn off using the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app, which unfortunately is only available on Android phones.
The Buds + and Buds Live controls could be tweaked with the Samsung Galaxy Buds app on iOS. However, 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 with the ANC on, Buds Pro users can get around 5 hours of battery life before requiring case charging, and I’ve found this to take a little longer.
In terms of microphone quality, the only comment I got from the recipients on the other end of the call was that I sounded clear but nasal.
At RM799, it has some pretty important upgrades from Buds + and Buds Live (both RM599) which is worth it for me, especially if you are using Android devices.
|Improved audio quality in terms of treble and bass||Speech recognition is also activated when you hum or speak to yourself|
|Voice Detect makes quick conversations easier||Slightly strange fit in the ear that can get uncomfortable after a while|
|Holds the compact housing design of the Buds Live||Earphones are rounder and more bulky, which makes them difficult to hold|
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