Samsung Galaxy Buds vs Sony WF-1000XM3: Which One is Better?

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This is the review of the comparison between Samsung Galaxy Buds and Sony WF-1000XM3. Both of these earbuds are of popular brands. There is much more difference in their price and their quality of work. To know which one is better than the other, go to the detailed review.

7.1 Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 37.4 Sony WF-1000XM3 1
Samsung Galaxy BudsSony WF-1000XM3
Light, discreet, comfortable design.
Legit six-hour battery life.
Tiny case with wireless charging.
Better sound isolation than Apple’s AirPods.
Strong audio performance. Intuitive companion app.
Active noise cancellation works exceptionally well.
Audio quality is great.
EQ adjustment allows for musical tweaking.
Battery life is excellent.
Flaky Bluetooth connectivity. Touchpads are finicky.
On-board volume control requires sacrificing other features.
Disappointing microphone quality for calls.
No waterproofing.
Frequent fliers may miss a cable option.
No wireless charging.
No on-earbud volume controls.


ModelGalaxy BudsWF-1000XM3
Headphones Form FactorIn-EarIn-Ear
Headphone TechnologyWirelessWireless
TypeBluetooth, USB(power only)Bluetooth, USB(power only)
Connector TypeUSB Type-C
Audio ControlsNoise-cancellation suspend button
ControlsNoise-cancellation suspend button
Width0.7 in
Depth0.9 in
Height0.8 in
Weight0.2 oz0.6 oz
Capacity58 mAh
Battery Life6 hour(s)8 hour(s)
Recharge Time1.5 hour(s)
FeaturesDelivers best possible listening experience at anytime 7mm dynamic driver: Experience superior sound quality from audio specialist Sennheiser

Built-in equalizer: Personalizing your audio experience ANC & Transparent Hearing: Block out or listen to your surroundings – the choice is yours

Simplifies your life during the day Customizable touch controls: Let you define your personal interface for effortless control

Smart Pause: Don’t miss any part of your favorite song with automatic play/pause feature

Voice Assistant support: Interact at a touch with Google Assistant and Apple Siri

Designed for full day wearing 7 + 21 hour playtime: Listen to music for up to 28 hours thanks to the charging case

Improved ergonomic design: Revel in sound it its smallest, most comfy form

Craftsmanship: Quality that you expect from Sennheiser brand IPX4: Splash resistant design for all weather conditions
Voice assistant function (Google Assistant)

Industry-leading Digital Noise Cancellation

Touch controls

Sony I Headphones Connect for Android and iOS

Detail Review:


Samsung Galaxy Buds

The surface of the Samsung Galaxy Buds feels like it’s a no-brainer with claimed exceptional better life, tuned by AKG for exceptional sound, and the price is only a hundred and twenty-nine dollars retail.

Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony is always been known for its noise-cancellation technology. The Sony WF-1000XM3 is also providing great noise-cancellation performance. Actually, the company claims that these have industry-leading noise-cancellation technology. These are retailing for around two hundred and thirty dollars.

7.4 Samsung Galaxy Buds 1


Samsung Galaxy Buds

The Samsung Galaxy Buds are one of the smallest truly wireless earphones available in the market while many of the competitors are so large. Aside from functional, they look good too from a very low profile that they provide. Thankfully, they don’t stick out of my ears. The controls are touch-sensitive and they work great in these. Samsung is providing the slimmest charging case for this. It’s practically half the size of some of its competitors. They’re also magnetized to keep the buds in place.

There’s an LED indicator there in the case, which could have used more colored lights to indicate power. Green simply means it’s 60% or higher and yellow is 30 to 60% life remaining. That’s somewhat not too useful especially when considering the case only hold enough power for one full recharge other competitors are offering at least two or more full recharges but to be fair it’s a trade-off for size versus performance. On the plus side, there’s a USB Type-C port that will future-proof your case for some time. If you have the new Samsung S10 phone or a Qi charger you can charge the case with that which is pretty cool and it’s pretty innovative.

Sony WF-1000XM3

The charging case has a nice weight. The case has a matte feeling, there is copper on the top and the Sony logo on the top. The right and left Brandon are on the inside of the case. The case has USB type-C charging and you get a little red LED on the front of the case. The case is magnetized and the earbuds can be firmly in place, so you’re not gonna drop these and lose your earbuds. The earbuds have a typical Sony design, that oval kind of shape. There are touch controls on them, you get your noise-canceling mics on them, gold tip pins, you get right and left Brandon. Also, you get a LED on the earbuds itself.


Samsung Galaxy Buds

The Galaxy Buds are ultra-lightweight, they’re very comfortable in the ear and that’s important they stay in the ears perfectly. I shook my head crazily to test how well they fit and they stayed in the ear very very well. These earbuds also come with additional ear tips and ear wings. With the help of that, you can adjust the size of the earbud so as to fit in your ears properly. In this way, they fit perfectly and they are comfortable too.

Sony WF-1000XM3

This definitely has a nice snug comfortable fit but not the best and you can feel some noise isolation already when you wear them. I did the head shake test, which was about 75% shake that wasn’t even maximum shaking, and the left earbud popped out. These are not gym earbuds, they don’t have the wings, they’re not water-resistant, so they’re not meant for heavy-duty activities. So, I don’t expect them to have the best fit in the world but they’re all lightweight, they are comfortable. If you have to desk at work or you’re on an airplane or you in the car, they’ll be fine.

7.4 Sony WF-1000XM3 2


Samsung Galaxy Buds

As far as the functions of touch control, you have your standard pause and play, skip, and going back on songs. The previous Samsung IconX is a swipe up or down changes volume but this time you have to lose a feature or two to have volume work through touching and holding. By default either earbud when held down will activate Google assistant. After you download their app, you’ll be able to customize them as the left earbud can be volume down and with the right earbud, it can be volume up if you choose to. But if you want to use Google assistance, again you have to lose one of those volume actions.

There’s also the option to add quick ambient sound in exchange for one of the previously mentioned settings as well but quick ambient sound takes three seconds to activate. If I need to hear flight information, someone yelling at me, or if I just simply need a situation or over awareness then it’s actually faster for me just to take off the earbud. The quick ambient sound simply wasn’t fast enough in a nonentitled way. But regarding ambient sound for those who are not familiar, it turns out the microphones to pump in your environmental noises, so you can hear what’s going on around you instead of having passive noise isolation on at all times.

In the Galaxy Wearable app you do get battery life up on the top, an equalizer in the middle which does slightly alter the audio signature. The next category is notifications which are really unique here, you can select which applications you want to go off in the earphones. Instead of quick ambient sound which afar is to tap and hold of the earbud, within the app also you can actually turn it on and keep it on. You can also control how much ambient sound to let in as well with the little meter within the app. You can use this while listening to music. Ambient sound in general from my personal testing has been really good on the Galaxy Buds, it sounds natural without sounding too amplified, where you can tell sometimes with other competitors is just louder than what it really is. In my personal opinion, it’s one of the best. One of the biggest highlights is we have “Find my earbuds” a feature in the app. The find my earbuds feature is finally for the first time here I’ve seen a company implement an audio beep. 

Bluetooth 5.0 is featured which is the latest version. Samsung claims fast pairing and from my experience as soon as I take the buds out of the case, it takes four seconds to completely pair with my existing device. It is fast or at least fast enough for my needs as by the time I’m turning the earbuds into my ears to have to fit, it’s basically done Paring. Testing this for distance, they blew through the signal but I was expecting something better. Testing this with video, YouTube, and Netflix, YouTube played fine but Netflix might have given me a very slight delay, it’s minute but it is there if you pay close attention. As far as syncing issues between the left and right earbud cross-talking with each other, I’ve also confirmed you can leave either one of these earbuds in your ear and they’ll still work. With some truly wireless earphones, you take off the right earbud, and then nothing comes out on the left one.

The Samsung IconX 2018 editions had onboard memory allowing you to save music right onto the earphones themselves and giving you the ability to leave your phone at home or in the locker from a fare perspective. The Galaxy Buds are priced much cheaper than most other reputable and popular brands out there seeing a feature that made the IconX iconic, seeing it missing was really sad for me but again we have to give it up for the pricing. As far as Samsung’s microphone performance, they’re calling it next-generation adaptive dual microphone technology, indoors in a quiet room it sounded okay but when outdoors it sounded like utter crap with my voice cutting in and out.

The Galaxy buds are only IPX2 rated. The more expensive options like Jabra, Jaybird, and even the Bose have at least an IPX4 rating or higher with some having as much as a 7 minimum, that they can withstand add a minimum splash of water. With an IPX2 rating, no splashes, and no sprays allowed. If you’re wearing this on a commute, at work, at home, and such, it’s not a problem but if you’re a sweaty runner or plan on using these on a possibly rainy day, I would throw some caution. I personally think this is something that any consumer should take into consideration.

Sony WF-1000XM3

These do come in two different colors you got black and silver. You get Bluetooth 5.0, you can pair two devices at the same time, you’ve got industry-leading digital noise cancellation and 24-bit audio signal processing. You get touch controls for play-pause, skipping, reverse tracks, and activate your voice assistant. You can’t increase or lower the volume using the touch controls. You get quick attention mode, so if you put one finger over the left earbud, that’s gonna activate your ambient sound settings and when you release your finger it’s gonna go back to your music.

You get wear detection ISO, when you’re wearing these if you take out one earbud it’ll automatically pause your music and when you put it back in your music, it starts back up. You also get smart listening so basically what that means is the software inside the earbuds is gonna know whether you’re indoors or outdoors and adjust your noise cancellation. You get full ambient sound mode, you get a mic for hands-free calling, you get auto on and off that’s gonna save battery, you get your voice assistant Google or Siri and you got your Sony Connect app that’s gonna let you change all of the options.

The box comes with a nice little presentation. Inside the box, there will be a quick start card, the charging case, your earbuds, usual books, a bunch of different sized ear tips small, and you get the USB Type-C charging cable. For the pairing process, open up the case, take out the earbuds, they’ll automatically power up, and they’ll be in Bluetooth pair of mode, then go to your phone’s Bluetooth menu and select the Sony WF-1000XM3. The next thing you need to do is download the Sony headphones connect app. Once you open that up, it will give you full access to all of the features.

In the app, you get your power on and off, you get your menus, your product information, and you get your battery percentage for left and right. You do get an adaptive sound control and you can turn that on and off if you want. When you turn it on, it’s gonna automatically detect the settings. If you are inside, it will go to the staying mode where ambient sound will be on six and focus on voice and you can manually change that too if you want. If you go outside and you start walking around, turn it on walking where the ambient sound went up to 19 and again you can adjust that manually. You also have running and you have transportation mode. On transportation mode, there will be maximum ambient sound and no focus on voice. 

Then after ambient sound, you get an EQ setting in the app. You can manually change this and you get two customs in that you can turn it off or on. Also, you get bright, excited, mellow, relaxed, vocal, treble boost, bass boost, and speech in the EQ setting. If you put it on manual, and if you hit settings, you get all the highs, the mids, and the lows, and you can also raise or lower the clear bass settings. You get “pause when headphones are taken off” option which means whatever music you listening to will pause on, once you had taken off your headphones. So, you can turn that on and off if you want. Also, you do get DSEE HX what it means basically is when you turn that on, it’s gonna upscale your music quality. You can also change the function of the left side button and change the function of the right-side button and by default, the left has the playback controls and on the right ambient sound controls. Also, you get your automatic power on and off, you get your notification and voice guide, and you get your automatic download of new software. Basically, you can change all of the features using this app.

I had tested out the noise cancellation on these outsides and these are the best in-ear headphones that I heard yet in terms of noise canceling. The noise cancellation on these is incredible. Obviously, Sony makes the best noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones in the game and these might be the best noise-canceling earbuds that I heard yet. The noise cancellation is drastic. Once I turned on the noise cancellation, it drowned out all the outside sound and it got so quiet. Not as quiet as the over the ear headphones and it’s not a hundred percent quiet but it’s working great. If you turn on noise cancellation and turn it off, the sound is night and day difference.

I checked out the lag latency and what I mean by that is when you’re watching the video is there any delay from the person’s lips to what you hear. Basically, there is no lag on this at all. This is excellent and this works perfectly. The phone call quality on these is it sounded amazing on my end and as well as the other end. The person on the other end said it sounded better than the Airpods and sounded almost as if I wasn’t even wearing earbuds. As far as reconnection, it takes three seconds to get fully reconnected by my test. You can also play music from one earbud at the time when the other one is in the charging case. I also did the Bluetooth connection test whether the music cuts out or not while going far away from the device. I walked all over to 30 feet and 50 feet the music didn’t drop out at all, so no problems with the connections.

The touch controls perform the functions such as to activate quick attention mode all you need to do is put your finger on the left earbud. When you tap again on the left earbud the ambient mode turns on, when you tap it again it turns off and when you tap it again the noise-cancellation will turn on. so that’s all the left earbud features. For the right earbud, one tap for play-pause, double-tap to skip to the next song, triple tap to reverse, and long press to activate your Google or your Siri. All the touch controls work perfectly, the only thing you can’t do with the touch control is volume up and down.

7.4 Samsung Galaxy Buds 2


Samsung Galaxy Buds

The battery life is claimed to be up to 6 hours with the earbuds itself, which is the best that I’ve at least tested. With my testing, I got around 6 hours and 20 minutes. Again, you get one more full charge with the case giving you a total of 12 hours, which makes the overall better life average to the competitors. The quick charge is also available 15 minutes equals 1.7 hours of playback as per Samsung. This performs average to others on the market as most competitors claimed 10 minutes on the charger gives them back an hour. If you were to add five minutes to those competitors then you would roughly have about an hour and a half returned in fast charging as well again similar to Samsung.

Sony WF-1000XM3

You’re getting six hours worth of battery on a single charge then that’s with noise cancellation on. If you turn it off then you’re getting eight hours worth of battery. With the battery case, that’s gonna give you an additional 18 hours worth of battery, so that’s a total of 24 hours. These also feature quick charge, so ten minutes of charge will give you 90 minutes of music playback. The battery life in this is really good enough.


Samsung Galaxy Buds

Starting with the bass, these are definitely not bassy at all. Bass is neutral or flat, they’re not even bass boosted than if anything played very casual bass. The positive of being flat or neutral, there’s much more or less of a chance of being muddy or distorted. But if they did tune it right, you can have bass, enhance the experience greatly. With the Galaxy Buds either some will be fine with this or find these underwhelming depending on your preference. The mid-range provided clear vocals and easy to listen to performance because of very much neutral bass, vocals and instruments were never recessed or it was never droned out.

The mid-range was never bright either or pushed forward. The high notes are kept within the check and never overreaching causing listening fatigue either. The Galaxy Buds felt more like everyday earphones and it did an exceptional job there. They don’t sound cheap but I feel like it’s missing that sparkle that would make these earphones stand out a little bit more. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are not bad but the auto signature is very mellow.

Sony WF-1000XM3

I tested out the sound quality with maximum volume and the EQ setting at the bright. It sounds really nice and loud, the bass was rich and clear, for two hundred and thirty dollars, so far these are really good in terms of sound. I tested out a bunch of different songs from a bunch of different genres and the sound quality is amazing. When you buy a lot of earbuds and they have a correspondent app some of the time, when you change the EQ settings it barely changes the sound, maybe by a little bit. But with Sony’s when you download this app, the EQ settings make a world of a difference. If you like a lot of basses put on that clear bass, you’re gonna feel that bass. If you want more treble, add the treble it gets a lot richer. My favorite sound setting is brightness, it sounds nice and balanced. These sound very loud and really great.

7.4 Sony WF-1000XM3 3


In my opinion, as far as noise-cancellation and sound go, Sony WF-1000XM3 is better than Samsung Galaxy Buds. If Comfort is important for you and you want an in-ear bud which fits perfectly so that it would be helpful to use in the gym or while going on jog then Samsung Galaxy Buds is better than Sony WF-1000XM3. Now it’s your choice what you prefer more. 

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