The new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (US$169.99) are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods Pro. I have a pair of AirPods Pro and I really like them, so this Buds Live review is more a comparison of the two. The first thing I noticed about the Buds Live is the design, which is unlike any other. They are shaped like beans and there is no silicone or foam tip to fit into your ear canal. They are smooth and are made to sit snugly in your ear. They do make a seal, but not as much of one as the AirPods Pro. But they are the most comfortable earbuds I’ve ever worn, aside from a few minor annoyances that I’ll get to later. The Buds Live slide into my ear and feel very secure. I can’t imagine any kind of movement would cause them to fly out. I can’t say that about my AirPods. I have pretty big ears, so I asked my wife to try them on, too. She is not an earbud wearer, but once I showed her how to put them in her ears, she said they were very comfortable, and she couldn’t shake them out of her ears either. Controls Each bud has a small area that is a touch button. Even the lightest touch activates the button, which was really my only gripe with the design. Touch the button once to play/pause the music. Touch it twice to answer or end a call or advance to the next song. Triple touch to play the previous track. How to put the zoom into your Zoom call and convert your iPhone into a hi-res webcam The user can define what happens when the button is pressed and held. By default, pressing and holding toggles the noise cancelling on or off. It is nearly impossible to insert or remove the Buds Live without touching the button. I adjust the fit every once in a while, and it’s impossible to do it without starting or stopping the music. You can disable the touch buttons in the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app, but I find the buttons useful. The Galaxy Wearables app is available for Android and iOS, and looks and acts the same on both platforms. The Buds Live have Active Noise Cancelling. You can hear the ambient noise drop when you turn it on, but not by a lot. Noise cancelling works best with a good seal in the ear. AirPods Pro do a little better job because of their silicone ear tips. Sound I was surprised at how good the Buds Live sound. I like a lot of treble and mid tones in my music and go light on the bass, and I was pleased at the range of sound I could dial in. The Samsung Wearables app has an equaliser section with six presets, including bass boost, treble boost, normal, soft, clear and dynamic. I preferred the clear setting, which dials back the bass a bit. Don’t worry about having not enough bass. They have bass to spare, especially if you choose the dynamic or bass boost settings. I like how music sounds through the Buds Live more than the AirPods Pro. The microphone for phone calls is good but not great. I had more than one person tell me that I sounded muffled. The AirPods Pro microphones are better for phone calls. Battery life and case The Buds Live have a battery life of eight hours if you don’t use noise cancelling, and six hours if you do. The case has its own battery to charge them, which can extend the playtime to 29 hours. It has a USB-C port for charging, and it can charge wirelessly. It’s a pretty simple comparison. Buds Live have great sound, a comfortable fit and a long battery life, and they cost US$80 less than the AirPods Pro. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are the best wireless earbuds I’ve tried. Pros : great music playback, comfortable and relatively inexpensive. Cons : touch buttons are too easy to press by mistake. Bottom line : Galaxy Buds Live are the best choice.