Samsung and Bose are both trying to get your attention with their true wireless earbuds that block out noise. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are bigger and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, which are small and light.

In this review of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 vs. the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, we’ll look at how comfortable they are, how well they fit, how well they block out noise, how long the battery lasts, and more. The most important thing is that we’ll compare both sets of earbuds to see which one has the best sound quality overall. Let’s get started and figure out which set of premium active noise-canceling earbuds is best for you.

What makes Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 different from Bose QuietComfort Earbuds? These are the things that set these two wireless earbuds apart from each other:

  • Fit and Comfort: how they fit and feel in your ears
  • Touch Controls: The earbuds have controls that make it easy to play music.
  • Sound Quality: Which earbuds have the best sound?
  • Which earbuds have the best active noise cancellation? (ANC)
  • Other features include the quality of the microphone, the battery life, a voice assistant, and more.
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 cost $149, while Bose QuietComfort Earbuds cost $279.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Fit and Comfort

The QuietComfort Earbuds stick out of your ears more than the Galaxy Buds 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, which weigh 5 grams each, are smaller and lighter than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, which weigh 8.5 grams each. If you’ve tried other in-ear headphones and found them too big and bulky, the Galaxy Buds 2 might fit better than other brands. You can choose between small, medium, and large ear tips. I like how they fit without being too tight, and I can wear them for long periods of time without feeling any pain.

The QuietComfort Earbuds were also easy to put in and take out of my ears. They come with two Bose StayHear Max ear tips that have a wing built into them to improve the sound. With the large ear tip, I was able to get a tight seal and a snug fit. The QuietComfort earbuds are smaller than other Bose earbuds, but they still stick out a bit from your ears.

Still, if you’re leaning toward the Galaxy Buds 2, you might be a little bit let down. The buds don’t come with wing tips, which help them fit comfortably in your ear. It wasn’t a deal-breaker, but for high-intensity workouts, I wouldn’t recommend them over the QuietComfort Earbuds. As an alternative, the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app has an ear fit test that can help you figure out which ear tip size is best for your ear shape.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Touch Controls

Touch controls are the same on both the Galaxy Buds 2 and the QuietComfort Earbuds. Each Buds 2 earbud has a touchpad that lets you play or pause music, answer or end calls, skip tracks, or change listening modes without using Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app. The QuietComfort Earbuds have a surface that can be touched. With the right earbud, you can control the music, the volume, phone calls, and the voice assistant on your mobile device. Using the left earbud, you can change the level of noise cancellation and get to a custom-made shortcut. Inside the Bose Music app, you can turn on or off touch controls for the volume, make two custom modes, and change the EQ to suit your own musical tastes.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Sound Quality

The Galaxy Buds 2 and AirPods Pro don’t sound as good as the QuietComfort Earbuds. They have a sound that is fuller, more dynamic, and more detailed, so you can hear each bass note. The QuietComfort Earbuds sounded just as good as the best wireless earbuds on the market. They were even better than the expensive Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. They sound good with a lot of different kinds of music, and hip-hop fans will feel the bass kick.

If you like how Samsung and AKG tune their audio, the Galaxy Buds 2 won’t be a big surprise. Samsung gives you six different options for the equalizer, one of which is “Bass boost.” Even though the sound quality isn’t great, the highs and lows are smooth and well-controlled. Many types of music sound great and have more bass than you might expect.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Active Noise Cancellation

Active noise cancellation works better on the QuietComfort Earbuds than on the Galaxy Buds 2.

Active noise cancellation is better on the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds than on the Galaxy Buds 2 and most other wireless earbuds (ANC). They are just like the Bose 700 headphones, which have great ANC. With the Bose Music app, you can choose from four different sound modes and up to 10 levels of noise cancellation for the QuietComfort Earbuds. By default, when you take one of the QuietComfort Earbuds out of your ear, the music stops in both, and the noise cancellation level in the other earbud changes to full transparency mode. So you don’t have to listen to just one bud with noise cancellation turned on. When you put the earbud back in, the music will start playing again and the noise cancellation will go back to where it was.

Active noise cancellation is present in both the AirPods Pro and the Galaxy Buds 2. They have three levels of ambient sound control that can be changed. The Buds 2 work well indoors to block out the sound of a humming air conditioner or bad weather. You can still hear the sounds of public transportation on your way to work, but with noise cancellation turned on and music playing in your ears, these sounds won’t bother you. The sound is more balanced because the Galaxy Buds 2 have dynamic two-way speakers with tweeters and woofers. Find out how the AirPods 3 compare to the AirPods Pro.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Microphone Quality

The QuietComfort Earbuds work well for phone calls, but they might not be as good as the AirPods Pro. It cut down on street noise while calls were being made. My voice was clear and I could hear well, but there wasn’t much noise reduction during calls. You can use both earbuds to listen to the phone. But the microphone is only in the right earbud, where you speak into it. The QuietComfort Earbuds also have a sidetone feature that lets you hear your voice during calls so you can change the tone of your voice.

Samsung made the Galaxy Buds 2 so that when you make or take a call, they reliably block out background noise. Three microphones and a VPU (voice pickup unit) work together to isolate your voice for clearer calls. In a quiet room, Samsung’s microphone did a great job of focusing on my voice, but there was some echo in the background. These earbuds do a great job of blocking out traffic noise and making it easier to hear what people are saying. But it can make it hard to hear callers because it filters out noise from other people. Even so, the Galaxy Buds 2 have a good microphone that lets you make calls in a variety of places.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Battery Life

The QuietComfort Earbuds’ battery life is 6 hours, which is good for noise-cancelling earbuds. If you can’t turn off both transparency mode and ANC mode at the same time, it could affect the overall battery life. That won’t cause any trouble. A quick charge that takes only 15 minutes will give you about two hours of battery life. The Bose charging case that comes with the speaker can be charged wirelessly and works with other Qi-certified wireless chargers. When fully charged, the case can hold power for up to 18 hours.

Samsung says that the battery life of the Galaxy Buds 2 is 5 hours with active noise cancellation turned on and 7 and a half hours without it. That’s normal for earbuds that block out noise. About 12 percent more battery life will be added to your phone after a 10-minute charge. The charging case from Samsung can give your phone up to 20 hours of battery life. Compared to the QuietComfort Earbuds, this is longer. The way the Galaxy Buds 2 are charged is also great. You can charge the case wirelessly or with the USB-C cable that comes with it.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Bluetooth Connection

The QuietComfort Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.1, which isn’t quite as fast as the Galaxy Buds 2’s Bluetooth 5.2. Low Energy Isochronous Channels is one of the most interesting new things in Bluetooth 5.2. This version will let more than one Bluetooth device connect to the same source.

With the Galaxy Buds 2, you can switch between an iPhone and a Samsung phone quickly and without having to disconnect from the device you are currently using. When you disconnect from a device, Samsung’s auto-switch feature will automatically connect to the last device it recognized. No matter which one you choose, it will connect quickly to your smart device. To switch between devices with the QuietComfort Earbuds, you’ll need the Bose Music app.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Voice Assistant

Smart speakers and smartphones aren’t getting as much attention as wireless earbuds when it comes to the growth of voice assistants. Earbuds are becoming more popular because they are smaller and easier to carry than other mobile devices.

Due to the fact that they work with Android, the Galaxy Buds line has become the main competitor to the AirPods in the U.S. The Galaxy Buds 2 come with Bixby as the default voice assistant, so you can’t use them with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Because of this, Samsung and Android phone users will get the most use out of these earbuds.

Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds, on the other hand, are made to work with your device’s built-in voice assistant. You don’t have to reach for your phone to play music, send or receive messages, or get directions.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: IPX Ratings

Let’s look at the Galaxy Buds 2 and QuietComfort Earbuds’ IPX ratings. Instead of just saying a device is waterproof or resistant to water, IPX ratings show how well the maker has protected it from things like water, dirt, and dust. The better the protection, the higher the number on the IPX scale.

The QuietComfort Earbuds are better for active people than the Galaxy Buds 2. This is because the QuietComfort Earbuds have an IPX4 rating, which means they can handle sweat and rain. The Buds 2 are IPX2 headphones that can handle sweat. That means they’ll be fine for light exercises, but runners should look elsewhere.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Which Is Better?

Are the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds better than the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2? If I had to choose, I would go with the QuietComfort Earbuds. Most wireless earbuds on the market aren’t as good as Bose’s active noise cancellation. I liked that Samsung gave me three different ear tips, but the Bose StayHear Max tips were also comfortable to wear.

Is it worth it to buy the Galaxy Buds 2? Yes, they are small, easy to carry, and reliably block out background noise when making or receiving calls. But in my tests, while talking on the phone in different places, the QuietComfort mic did a little better than the Buds 2 mic. This could be a deciding factor if sound and call quality are more important to you than size and comfort.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Pros

Small design and low profile

Decent active noise cancellation

Good sound quality

Bluetooth 5.2

Adjustable ambient sound mode

USB-C and Qi wireless charging

Interchangeable ear tips

Pros

Top-notch noise cancellation

Excellent sound quality

Sidetone “self voice” feature

Transparency mode works with ANC mode

Compatible with Siri or Google Assistant

USB-C and Qi wireless charging

IPX4 splash-resistant

Cons

Average battery life

Bixby voice assistant only

Ony IPX2

No audio transparency mode

No Sidetone “self voice” feature

Cons

Large design

Bulky charging case

Battery life could be longer

Bluetooth 5.1

Expensive