Beats Studio Buds vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Which should you buy?

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Beats Studio Buds

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Beats designed the Studio Buds to work just as well with Android users as it does with Apple, and it shows once you first pair them. They will definitely give you bass, a comfortable fit you can appreciate, and a flashy color or two to add style.

Beats Studio Buds

Feel the comfort

Better than typical Beats sound
Super comfortable fit
Hands-free Siri access
Works well with Android
Decent app support
No H1 or W1 chip for Apple users
No auto play and pause
No wireless charging

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro In Case

Samsung gave the Galaxy Buds Pro a lot to work with, starting with active noise cancelation, ambient mode, and 360 Audio. That package combines to deliver an effective audio experience you can take advantage while active or living a life of leisure.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Flow with Pro

Bold sound and ANC performance
More custom fit
Dynamic ambient mode
Significant water resistance
Great battery life
Fit requires more fidgeting
Ambient mode not as good

This is a bit of an odd comparison, only because both earbuds aren't necessarily targeting the same audience. While companies throw the word "Pro" out a lot, these two earbuds tout different strengths. Both are good enough to be among the best wireless earbuds available, but where the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have proven themselves to be a stellar pair when they fit right, the Beats Studio Buds are an effective counterweight, and a unique alternative to the AirPods Pro.

Beats Studio Buds vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Staying apart

Samsung developed the Galaxy Buds Pro to be the best the company offers until a newer pair comes along, so it has a fuller breadth of features. That's not necessarily the case for the Beats Studio Buds, which take a back seat to the Beats Fit Pro as far as design and features go. And yet, this is a tougher battle than it would otherwise seem, partly driven by outside factors.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Beats Studio BudsSamsung Galaxy Buds Pro
Bud battery lifeUp to 8 hoursUp to 8 hours
Charging case battery life15 hours (24 without ANC)18 hours (28 without ANC)
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.1
Digital assistant supportGoogle Assistant, SiriBixby, Google Assistant, Siri
Supported audio codecsSBC, AACSBC, AAC, Scalable
Speaker size8.2mm drivers13mm drivers
Active noise cancelationYesYes

On paper, there's not a whole lot of daylight between these two. Samsung holds two distinct edges in that the Galaxy Buds Pro are far more durable and the case offers wireless charging. The Beats Studio Buds miss on both of those counts. Otherwise, battery life, connectivity, and codec support run pretty close.

Dive deeper, and you find some of the nuances that set them apart. For starters, Beats hold an edge on how the earbuds fit, where the comfort level will likely prove to work better than the Galaxy Buds Pro. Samsung crammed a fair bit of tech into its earbuds, and it shows. The bulging form factor may not always sit right in the inner ear (concha) because of it, although they feel great when they do.

Unfortunately, that hasn't always been the case for some, as evidenced by those who have experienced infections and skin irritation after wearing them. Samsung hasn't publicly acknowledged any specific issue while wearing the Buds Pro, but there is a vocal minority calling them out. That's not to say Beats is immune, as many of the most popular wireless earbuds have seen some of the same issues. But between these two, the Studio Pro have seen better results in the fit and comfort department.

Beats Studio Buds vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Setting them apart

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The fit is always an important component to hearing the best sound, and that's certainly true for both. Beats didn't ridiculously skew the soundstage to come off as rumbling bass and little else. It's actually more balanced out of the box, and assuming you get a really good seal with your ears, you will notice that yourself. That's also just as true for the Galaxy Buds Pro, but I would say it's more likely you will have to adjust them more often during longer listening sessions.

Both have active noise cancelation (ANC), which you can help further with a good seal to create effective passive noise isolation.

Both have active noise cancelation (ANC), which you can improve with a good seal to create effective passive noise isolation. Samsung did a fine job with the ANC on the Buds Pro, making it really good in a variety of circumstances. Get them to fit well, and you will drown out a lot of the background. You could get similar results with the Studio Buds, though noise cancelation just isn't quite as good in dealing with varying frequencies and pitches.

Both also lean on dedicated apps to promote and highlight features for some degree of customization. Samsung goes a little deeper, whereas Beats keeps things fairly straightforward. You can adjust ANC with two levels on the Galaxy Wearable app, while the Beats app keeps it one level. You can change the onboard controls for the Studio Buds, and because they have physical buttons, they tend to be more reliable than on the Buds Pro.

Samsung also input some unique features, like Voice Detect, where the volume lowers once it senses you're talking to someone. It then goes back up after 5-15 seconds of silence.

Beats Studio Buds vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Sounds and calls

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Neither app lets you customize the sound by way of a manual equalizer, which is a real shame when other brands offer that option. For these two, you have to go with limited presets served up for you. Beats barely even has that, preferring to just leave the default sound, as is. The Galaxy Wearable app has six presets that are decent, but you may be left looking for more.

Given the fit and internal components, it's hardly a surprise the Galaxy Buds Pro sound better.

The Studio Buds do sound good for what you're given. I did mention they don't completely defer to the bass, but even if you wanted a bass-heavy signature, you won't be disappointed. Samsung tackles that from a different angle, preferring to let you decide if you want to use the Bass Boost preset from the Galaxy Wearable app. Either way, Samsung has the edge on overall sound quality, but that's expected considering that it has the higher-end pair of earbuds in this matchup.

Samsung has the better microphone array, leading to a better situation for phone calls, especially when factoring in ANC performance. But the Studio Buds borrow from Apple's AirPods-style call quality, making them surprisingly adept at handling calls with clarity.

As for color choices, Beats gives you red, white, or black, while the Galaxy Buds Pro come in phantom black, phantom silver, and phantom violet.

Beats Studio Buds vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Which should you choose?

Beats Studio Buds

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Part of this decision rests on the ecosystem you use. I'm not referring to Android necessarily, but rather Apple and Samsung. The Galaxy Buds Pro offer extra features paired with Samsung devices, much like Beats products have more synergy with Apple's devices. The difference is that Beats designed the Studio Buds to be Android-friendly, and as such, they work pretty seamlessly with any Android device. There's always the brand cachet out in the wild when rocking a pair of Beats earbuds, but style doesn't always equate to substance.

Also not the case for comfort, as has been an unfortunate reality for some using the Buds Pro. Under different circumstances, I wouldn't have even compared these, but given the shrinking price difference, they both became interesting value propositions. Go with the Studio Buds if you want bass to go with the basics. Go with the Galaxy Buds Pro if you want extras and are willing to try them on for size.

Ted Kritsonis
Contributor, Audio Reviewer

Ted Kritsonis loves taking photos when the opportunity arises, be it on a camera or smartphone. Beyond sports and world history, you can find him tinkering with gadgets or enjoying a cigar. Often times, that will be with a pair of headphones or earbuds playing tunes. When he's not testing something, he's working on the next episode of his podcast, Tednologic.