If you listen for it, the Buds Pro can push out just slightly clearer bass and more pronounced highs, but let’s be real, sound quality is pretty darn close across the board in the $150-$250 range now. You will not be picking out the subtle differences walking down the street or working out at the gym.
Comfort is paramount when you want to wear the Buds 2 for hours on end. Battery life is an average 5 hours with ANC and 7.5 hours with ANC off. With the case, you get 20 hours of total ANC music playback and 29 hours without ANC. With ANC, Buds 2 last 30 minutes longer than AirPods Pro and on par with Buds Pro and Echo Buds 2. But Sony’s WF-1000XM4’s 8 hours of ANC is untouchable (for now).
If you’ve got an Android phone and want ANC wireless earbuds, the Buds 2 hit all the right notes. Echo Buds 2 regularly sell for $90, but Buds 2 look better IMO. If you’re on iPhone: Nothing beats AirPods unless you hate the stems. In which case, get the Buds 2 unless you desire longer battery life.