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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality for music and gaming, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro could be the better option as they perform well in those areas. However, if call quality and noise isolation are more important to you, particularly for use during air travel or in noisy environments, the Sony WF1000XM3 might suit you better. Both earbuds support apps that allow equalizer and controls customization. The Sony earbuds offer longer battery life, but on the downside, they are larger and take longer to charge. Keep in mind that the Sonys have better mic quality which could be important if you take a lot of calls. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
  • Very good for music
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Good for exercise
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM3
  • Very good for phone calls

Key differences

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Music

8.0
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
7.5
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is very good for music, while the Sony WF1000XM3 is good.

Gaming

8.3
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
5.6
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is very good for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM3 is poor.

Phone Calls

7.0
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
8.2
The Sony WF1000XM3 is very good for phone calls, while the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is good.

TV and Video

7.7
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
5.7
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is excellent for noise reduction, while the Sony WF1000XM3 is very good.

Battery

4.8 Hours
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
6.0 Hours
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro has 4.8 hours of battery life. The Sony WF1000XM3 has 6 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.4
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
8.7
The Sony WF1000XM3 and Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are both very good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Cost

$170
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
$180
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The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro has a price of $170 and the Sony WF1000XM3 costs $180.

Build Quality

9.0
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
WF1000XM3
9.0
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Sony WF1000XM3 both have excellent build quality.

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How the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and the Sony WF1000XM3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 ProSony WF1000XM3
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 ProSony WF1000XM3

GENERAL

Price
$170
$180
Brand
SamsungSony
Release Date
August 1, 2022August 1, 2019
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
8.1/107.6/10
Phone Calls Score
7.1/108.2/10
Gaming Score
8.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/105.8/10
Exercise Score
7.7/106/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
4.8 Hours6 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
1.1 Hours3.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.25
Case Battery Life
1224

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
NoYes
Mic Quality
6.5/108/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
7.8/107.9/10
Size
MediumLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.5 Grams9 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

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Sound Guys

Jasper Lastoria | April 2023
"Consider the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro as your next pair of buds for its excellent active noise canceling (ANC) of low frequencies and comfortable fit. For Samsung users, the integration with your devices is handy and good for productivity."

Sony WF1000XM3

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | November 2022
"Wireless earbuds are a dime a dozen, and the Sony WF-1000XM3 makes it easy to justify the cost. The design and comfort are good, and the connection strength is consistent. While the lack of aptX or LDAC support is a big drawback, DSEE HX processing improves low-quality audio files. If you want stylish active noise canceling (ANC) earbuds, the WF-1000XM3 needs to be at the top of your list."

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About Samsung

Samsung is a multinational conglomerate with over 85 years of history. They are mostly known to consumers for their high-end smartphones and TVs, however they are invested in many other markets like semiconductors and automotive. Samsung owns Harman International which itself owns other audio specialized companies like Harman Kardon, JBL and AKG who help engineer most, if not all, of Samsung audio products of their Galaxy line.

About Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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