Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung has become a top contender in the true wireless earbuds space with the Galaxy Buds Live and Buds Plus. The Buds Live are designed with ergonomics in mind, presenting a bean-shaped design that fits in almost any ear. The Buds Plus share a design more akin to what most are used to in earbuds; both designs have something for everyone.

In this guide, we consider design, audio, features, battery life, and price to give you an idea of which will work best for you.


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The difference in design between these two products is dramatic, to say the least. The Buds Live feature a bean-shaped design that fits into the concha of the ear — one of the most ergonomically shaped products in Samsung’s lineup. They have a glossy finish on the exterior and a matte finish on the underside. The Buds Live also feature air vents to keep your ears cool during long listening sessions.

The Galaxy Buds Plus are similar to their predecessor, the Galaxy Buds. They take the traditional approach for earbud design, with the tip filling up most of the ear canal. You do, however, get three adjustable tips in the packaging to fit your comfort. These earbuds have a glossy finish on the top part of the bud, and the inner portions are made out of matte plastic, similar to the Buds Live. With a stylish, ergonomic design, the winner here seems obvious.

Winner: Galaxy Buds Live

Audio performance

Speakers in both the Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Buds Plus are powered by AKG, part of Samsung-owned Harman Kardon, for high-quality performance. The Buds Plus use a two-way dual dynamic speaker for sound, while the Buds Live have 12mm speakers. The air vents in the Buds Live create a spacious