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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Music to your ears
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have a ton of great features, including solid audio quality and above-average active noise cancellation. At $230, they’re a worthy competitor to the Jabra Elite 7 Pro.Benefits
- great sound
- Outstanding CPN
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
Long-lasting battery, perfect fit
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro offers excellent weather resistance, good battery life and quality sound. For $200, they’re strong competition for alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 ProBenefits
- Great battery life
- Stellar Cut
For the buds that share the honor of landing on our best wireless earbuds list, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Jabra Elite 7 Pro couldn’t be more different. Of course, they have a few things in common, like landing in a similar price range; but there are real differences between the two when comparing their sound quality, noise-canceling prowess, hardware, and other features. Which headphones are best for you? Let’s break it down and find out.
Price, availability and connectivity
Let’s start with the category Samsung and Jabra compete most evenly. For starters, both pairs of headphones dip their toes into the more expensive side of the true wireless experience. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are the biggest ticket, priced at $230. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro has a slight edge at $200, but each pair is still quite pricey.
In terms of availability, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Elite 7 Pro are in stock at major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy in various colors. Samsung’s buds, for example, come in graphite, white, and bora purple. Alternatively, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is available in seven different shades: black, mint, golden beige, navy blue, titanium black, copper black and grey.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are slightly better when it comes to connectivity, offering Bluetooth 5.3 compared to the Jabra Elite 7 Pro’s 5.2. Still, these opposing earbuds align pretty well on the themes of price, availability, and connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Jabra Elite 7 Pro Battery life 5 hours (ANC on); 18 with case 8 hours (30 with case) Noise cancellation Yes Asset Mono listening Yes Yes IP Rating IPX7 IP57 loading USB-C, wireless USB-C Price $230 $200
Design and fit
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro shines in this category, especially when it comes to durability. They feature an IP57 weatherproof rating, equipping them extremely well to handle dust, water, or a combination. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro offer an IPX7 rating – still good, but certainly not as well protected against the elements as Jabra’s buds.
Some additional, albeit smaller, gains in the design of the Jabra Elite 7 Pro. They weigh a little less (44 grams versus Samsung’s 55), have more microphones (four versus three), and offer a stable and comfortable fit in your ears. That’s not to say the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro aren’t comfortable, but the Elite 7 Pro definitely has an edge here.
Sound and call quality
Here, Samsung begins to distance itself from its Jabra counterpart. The core sound of the Galaxy Buds is remarkably well-balanced, delivering clear vocals while throwing out solid bass and punchy mids. And if out-of-the-box sound isn’t quite to your liking, the Galaxy Buds app that comes with the headphones offers an equalizer with six different presets, including options like Bass Boost, Soft, and Dynamic.
As for the Jabra Elite 7 Pro, our review of the earphones ranks their sound as “decent” and implies that users will be “fairly happy” with the sound they produce. The Elite 7 Pro are well balanced, to their credit, but their smaller 6mm drivers limit their overall soundstage. The music is clear but also lacks the dynamic punch we’ve grown accustomed to when listening to certain tracks. So while these Jabra buds aren’t inaudible from afar, they don’t quite match the excellent sound of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
Active noise cancellation, or ANC, is present in each of today’s competitors, although the application of it differs significantly. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have been equipped with exceptional noise canceling capabilities, easily eliminating sounds like airplane noise or air conditioners from your listening environment. They also feature a solid Transparency mode to complement the effectiveness of their ANC, providing a more natural route to picking up noise from your surroundings.
It’s a bit of a different story with Jabra. While highly regarded for its prized ANC as a trademark, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro isn’t impressive when it comes to canceling background noises such as fans, cars, or the rumble of car engines. plane. The only saving grace for the Elite 7 Pro is its ability to passively block noise, thanks to a good seal. Otherwise, it’s a disappointing entry into ANC for Jabra.
Throw another tally on the board for the Jabra Elite 7 Pro, as they take the cake when discussing battery life. They offer up to 8 hours of playtime with ANC on and 35 hours total with the included charging case. Plus, they have a handy quick-charge feature that gives you an hour of playtime after five minutes of charging.
Although the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro match the fast charge stats, they’re only good for 5 hours of playback with ANC on (although they can get up to 8 hours of listening without it). In total, they offer up to 30 hours with the charging case, again behind Jabra.
What’s right for you?
If we calculate this comparison solely on the categories we used above to analyze these buds, we’ve come up with a bit of a hung jury. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro has a more comfortable and lighter design that can better withstand the elements. And they’re a clear winner when it comes to battery life, with a full working day of listening with ANC on before running out of juice. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have completely conquered the coveted sound quality and ANC categories.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The best choice
Powered by great sound and stellar active noise cancellation, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro emerges as the winner over the Jabra Elite 7 Pro.
Even with that so-called ‘tie’, it’s not hard to choose between the two, as long as you know what you need most in a pair of headphones. If you’re looking for something that will sound better and block out all sorts of noise, spending the extra $30 and snagging a pair of Galaxy Buds 2 Pro makes more sense. But if battery life and a great fit matter more, save the cash and consider the Jabra Elite 7 Pro. The good news is that you get a quality set of true wireless headphones either way.
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
Although the Jabra Elite 7 Pro offers great battery life and weather resistance, it doesn’t have the sound quality or ANC specs to match the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Still, they’re a great option in this price range.