The Best Accessories for Tech Ecosystems

Hayden Rose, Editor

Generally, different brands have a line of products that can be referred to as an ecosystem. This is largely due to the fact that they can be used more effectively when used with other products of the same line, as opposed to when they’re used alone. For example, if you have the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and the newest Samsung flagship phone, the Galaxy Buds will connect to your phone instantly, accompanied by a flashy animation on screen. The same is true for Apple as well, with the substitutions in this case being the Apple Airpods Pro and the newest Apple iPhone.

Overall, some people may wonder which accessories are best for their preferred ecosystem, so here’s a list of the ones that may be the most useful.

The first ecosystem in this list is Samsung. Samsung has a very wide ecosystem that covers most of the bases. Starting with easily the most useful accessory, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. The Galaxy Watch has a variety of features, such as fitness, heart and sleep monitors, GPS, and Google app compatibility, all on your wrist.

The Apple ecosystem equivalent of this product is the Apple Watch Series 7. This smartwatch is arguably more well-integrated into the Apple ecosystem than the Galaxy Watch is in the Samsung ecosystem. All of Apple’s products run on the same OS, all developed by Apple for their own products, which means they have the potential to pack in most of the software that an iPhone can handle into the watch alone, and that’s pretty much exactly what they did. Apple’s advertisement of the product reveals that the device has full connection to the user’s phone, and can even take calls and texts similarly to the newest iPhones themselves.

Apple’s top of the line wireless earbuds, the Airpods Pro seem to be all the rage lately, and they, just as the Apple Watch is, are integrated seamlessly into the Apple ecosystem. These true wireless earbuds flaunt what is widely considered to be some of the best active noise cancelling on the market right now. They connect to other Apple products seamlessly and quickly, and the so-called “force sensor” controls are intuitively placed on the earbuds to allow for an easily controllable experience that makes a user’s experience more enjoyable and quick.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro are designed quite similarly, although they have an edge over the Airpods in the sound department. These true wireless earbuds feature two speakers each to bring out the bright highs and the more bass lows, which is an excellent feature for audiophiles who may like clear bass. This pair of buds is, however, lacking in its ability to perform active noise cancellation. It isn’t all bad, but most people say that it isn’t perfect, or that it isn’t what they expected. The touch controls are much larger and more easily managed than those of the Airpods, using the entire outer surface as a touch sensor, and even individual tap sensors in both ears equipped with all different kinds of customizable control options. They connect seamlessly and quickly with other Samsung devices and will work flawlessly with most applications.

One advantage that Samsung has had over Apple for a long time now is the integration of the S Pen into their accessories lineup. The S Pen is an active stylus tool that allows the user to write down those notes that just have to be hand-written, or it allows them to draw whatever their heart desires. Not only that, but there’s variations for Samsung phones, tablets, and laptops, while Apple has only launched the Apple Pencil for their iPad lineup. Both have advantages and disadvantages that come with them, but it’s clear that Samsung has integrated this tool into their lineups more effectively than Apple.