Which is the best out of the two
If you are thinking about buying a smart speaker, you might come across these two most popular brands, Google and Amazon’s smart speakers. Read on as we dive deeper into uncovering the insights of these two behemoths....
Knowing their similarities and differences will help you make a more informed purchase. Here are what the two brands of smart speakers can do, and their compatibility with smart home devices.
The original Google Home is shaped like a cylinder, it has a white top and a slate-gray fabric bottom. It is a Wi-Fi speaker that doubles up as a smart home control hub and a personal assistant for the entire family. You can use it to play entertainment throughout your home, effortlessly manage everyday tasks, create reminders and ask Google things you want to know. Google Home can filter and separate speech from noise and the speaker inside features dual side-facing passive radiators, which deliver full range, clear highs, and rich bass.
Alternatively, you can get the Google Home Hub, or Google Home Mini. The Google Home Mini is much smaller than the original Google Home model but offering the same capabilities as Google Home. Google Home Mini is essentially the entry level model, has anemic sound and no much bass to speak of, it is considerable softer at full volume than Google Home and lacks comprehensive touch controls on top. On the other hand, the Google Home Hub is more expensive and is built for sound. Google Home Hub has a 7-inch touchscreen display. The screen allows you to do things like watch videos, view photos, control your smart home via touchscreen, and view who’s at your door when you have a video doorbell that works with the Hub.
If you're after the best Echo, the Amazon Echo Plus is it. You get the usual Alexa capabilities, added to a decent speaker and a Zigbee smart home hub – all within the original Echo design at 235mm tall. Amazon's second-generation Echo Plus is the best option for music lovers. It offers excellent Dolby-enhanced sound that is a vast improvement over the standard Echo.
The Echo Plus offers Bluetooth and a 3.5mm physical connection and they can work both ways, i.e., to broadcast or receive. This will mean you can connect your Echo Plus to other devices like a bigger sound system, or plug devices into your Echo to use its speaker.
In addition to the Echo Plus, there are several other types of Echo devices, depending on your needs. The Echo Dot is a mini version of the Echo. On its third generation, it has the same capabilities that original Echo has, but the Echo Dot is smaller and cheaper. Essentially, the Echo Dot is an entry level model in terms of its technical specifications.
The Echo Show is on its second generation, while Echo Show 5 will be coming in the summer of 2019. The Echo Show is a touchscreen device with built-in Alexa and it can do everything the other Echos can but there's a built-in display to show you more information such as a full weather report, recipes and, even, the image from your Ring Video Doorbell. Skype support is also coming.
Things Google Home can do but Amazon Alexa can't.
Alexa can use other music providers but it mostly deters to Amazon music (Prime Music) which is newer and due to that fact, has a smaller selection to choose from.
While on Amazon’s speakers, it can only handle one command at a time. Alexa is behind on the Google Home when it comes to being able to perform multiple commands from the get-go.
On the other hand, Alexa can only really be used as an assistant for the Amazon Echo speakers, Fire TV devices and Fire tablets. The way Amazon conceived their device is that there’s a downloadable application for Alexa for Android and iPhones but the application does not actually give you the access to the full Alexa experience but really only a simple control panel, the bare minimum.
What’s the verdict?
Comparing and choosing the best smart speaker from a wide range of smart speakers isn’t the most straightforward, and both Google and Amazon speakers have their merits. For now, we think that the Google Home is the better buy. It can do more than the Amazon Alexa and is compatible with more smart home devices. Additionally, for most of us that uses Google every day, they have been collecting, analyzing, and utilizing all our data with the help of smart learning to really understand their consumers. It is expected that the Google Home would perform vastly better than Amazon’s Alexa when it comes to answering questions correctly.
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