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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 hands-on: A watered down version of the Buds Pro

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 are noise-canceling true wireless earbuds with a 'bud' in an open, angled charging case.

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Samsung expands its line of true wireless earbuds with the Galaxy Buds 2, a pair of active noise canceling (ANC) earphones that share a lot of DNA with the successful Galaxy Buds Pro. The Buds 2 are the first of Samsung’s earphones to include an eartip fit test and use Bluetooth 5.2. Arguably the best thing about the Buds 2 is the $149.99 price tag, but Samsung’s more robust flagship earbuds often sell for just $20 more, making the Buds 2 a tough sell.

Let’s break down the confusing list of Samsung Galaxy Buds to see how the Buds 2 compare to their siblings. Are these earphones worth it, or do they end up as a middle child between the Buds Pro and Buds Plus?

About this Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 hands-on: I tested the Buds 2 running firmware version R177XXU0AUFC, Galaxy Buds 2 app version 3.0.21061051, and Galaxy Wearable app version Samsung provided us with this unit temporarily for testing.

Our audio experts at our sister site SoundGuys Will receive Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 for further testing and full review. We will update this article with objective measurements when available.

How to use Samsung Galaxy Buds 2?

A hand reaches to remove a Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 noise-canceling True Wireless 2 earbud from the case.

Lily Katz / Android Authority

The Galaxy Buds 2 retain a similar design to the Galaxy Buds Pro, with a rounded earbud shape devoid of silicone wing tips. Each earbud weighs only five grams. Still, stabilizing the wing tips would have been a good option for players who want to take advantage of IPX2 water resistance. Why Samsung refused to go back to the better fit design of the Buds Plus is a mystery since the Buds Plus are the most comfortable earphones out there.

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Like previous Galaxy Buds, the Buds 2 are packed with high-tech sensors, including a proximity sensor for automatic ear detection. Music playback pauses when you remove both earbuds. To resume playback, you must either tap on the earbud. The music doesn’t automatically restart when you reinsert the ‘buds. The touch controls are efficient and intuitive, but the touchpad often registers accidental contact, a widespread problem that plagues even older Samsung earphones. It didn’t take long for this to become a problem: I was often adjusting the earbuds as they came loose from my ear canals, which sent media playback into a frenzy of song skipping and pauses.

Is the charging case well made?

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Noise Canceling True Wireless Charging Case with USB-C Input

Lily Katz / Android Authority

The boxy charging case looks almost identical to the Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy Buds Live. Whether you go with different shades of graphite, white, olive, or lavender, the exterior of the case is white with the interior matching the earbuds. The case looks great, though I wish Samsung had changed the glossy finish…

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