Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Buds 2 alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Buds 2 essentially replace the Galaxy Buds+ that were launched some time back and come with new features and improvements that put it right alongside some of the premium TWS earphones but with a slightly lower price tag.
If you’re looking to pick up a pair of wireless earbuds from Samsung, it’s worth noting the Galaxy Buds Live, which aren’t too old, are currently selling for less than the Galaxy Buds 2. So we thought we’d compare the two and help you decide which ones to get for yourself. Here’s the Galaxy Buds 2 vs Galaxy Buds Live comparison to determine the best pair of TWS earphones for you.XDA-Developers VIDEO OF THE DAY
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Both the Galaxy Buds 2 and the Galaxy Buds Live share an identical design language, at least in terms of the case. In fact, the dimensions of the case are exactly similar for both the Galaxy Buds 2 and the Buds Live which means you can use Galaxy Buds 2 cases with the Galaxy Buds Live as well without any issues. This is one good thing Samsung has done to allow uniformity. Both cases have a USB-C port on the rear and also support wireless charging.
There’s a slight change in the look of the cases though. The Galaxy Buds 2 has an all-white exterior with different color options for the internal component of the case and the earbuds themselves. On the other hand, the Galaxy Buds Live come in three different colors with the entire case and the earbuds having the same color scheme. Other than that, there’s no other difference in terms of how the cases of both earbuds look.
This is where the biggest difference between both earbuds lies. The Galaxy Buds 2 have an in-ear design that sits snug and goes into the cavity of the ear for a complete seal. The Galaxy Buds Live have a completely different bean-shaped design that doesn’t go inside the ear as much as the Galaxy Buds 2. It’s more of a half in-ear design with small rubber tips at the end of each bud.
It’s completely up to personal preference whether you prefer the in-ear design of the Galaxy Buds 2 or if you like having earbuds rest on your ear instead of completely going inside the canal and creating a seal. Based on that, you can choose which pair of earbuds are the best for you. If you want complete isolation from external noise, we would suggest getting the Galaxy Buds 2 and the same holds true even if you work out or perform rigorous physical activities.
Here’s where the Galaxy Buds 2 trump the Galaxy Buds Live, mainly due to the way they’re designed. While both pairs of earbuds have ANC, the Galaxy Buds 2’s in-ear design ensures better sound isolation which indirectly results in a better listening experience. The Galaxy Buds 2 also get louder and are much more effective at canceling out external sounds, especially while commuting or flying.
The Galaxy Buds Live also sound good, but you can easily hear external sounds even with ANC turned on purely due to the design of these earbuds. If you’re flying on a plane, these aren’t as effective in canceling out the sound of the engine. The bass response of the earbuds aren’t that great either and overall, the sound output isn’t as enjoyable as the Galaxy Buds 2.
If you want the best audio quality, you should opt for the Galaxy Buds 2. In fact, the Galaxy Buds 2 sound almost as good as the Galaxy Buds Pro which are among the best TWS earbuds right now.
Just like most pairs of TWS earbuds, both the Galaxy Buds 2 and the Galaxy Buds Live have touch controls on the earbuds that can be used to perform multiple different functions. This includes playing/pausing music, skipping to the next/previous track, triggering the voice assistant, etc. You can also configure both earbuds through the Samsung Wearable app and also control the ANC/transparency levels on both earbuds via the app.
The Galaxy Buds Live have in-ear detection so when you remove them from your ears, the music automatically stops playing and when you put them back on, the music resumes. This feature is not present on the Galaxy Buds 2. If you’re going to pair the earbuds with a Samsung phone, you can also use the fast-pair feature that lets you seamlessly connect to the earbuds.
In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Buds 2 can last you up to five hours on a single charge while the Galaxy Buds Live have a slightly better battery life at six hours with ANC enabled on both. In practical usage, both earbuds should ideally result in a similar battery experience. When you factor in the case as well, both the earbuds last 20 hours on a single charge. We would say the battery life on both earbuds is pretty decent.
The answer boils down to just one key aspect of the earbuds — which sort of design do you prefer for your earbuds? Do you like the in-ear style of earphones that sit deep inside your ear canal and provides maximum sound isolation from external noises? Or do you prefer a slightly more open style of earbuds that doesn’t create a seal in your ears and hence, doesn’t provide as much sound isolation? The best option for you would be the one that answers that question. If you go purely based on sound quality, the Galaxy Buds 2 will be a better pick.
If you’re confused between the Galaxy Buds 2 and the Galaxy Buds Pro, we have a comparison for that too along with a Galaxy Buds 2 vs AirPods Pro comparison as well if you’re confused between those two pairs of earbuds.