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Google Home vs Amazon Echo

Which Smart Speaker is Best?

Recently a trend to buy smart devices for the sake of improving the overall living standard of your home and making it a bit more digital people are buying smart speakers. If you happen to be from the same group of people currently looking to buy or invest in a smart speaker you might not have even the first clue where to begin. There are a bunch of options out there but to be honest these are only two fair choices i.e. Amazon Alexa and Google Home. But that doesn’t necessarily make the decision any easier. 

Both of these speakers have their own merits, skillset, voice assistants, and things that might rattle your brain thus making it harder to decide. Google Home speakers can be dated back to as far as 2016 as this is when Google decided to manufacture and ship these speakers. Many improvements shave been done over the years and some are pretty magnificent than others. Amazon Echo is a rival of Google Home and let’s say it is a bit more popular than Google Home as it has already debuted its 4th generation.    

However, if you truly want to take a deep dive into both of these speakers and figure out which one is best for you then by all means take a walk with the following comparison;

Design and overall aesthetics

Having a first glance at the Google Home speaker and you would assume that it is a dehumidifier before you, a long cylindrical object about 5.6 inches tall with a 3.79-inch diameter is enough to fool anyone into believing it to be the case. The top is all white with 4 dotted designs featuring all the bright colors of Google and the bottom is all greyish fabric. 

There are tons of other color options available if you want them and for an extra $20 you can get your hands on them. Google Home comes in Max, Hub, and Mini versions so you can pick these up according to your own requirements or feasibility of use. The mini-one is going to be slightly smaller in size, Max a little larger and Hub is your standard Google Home speaker. The max design also has more features compared with the other two and with an upgraded price tag.

Google has recently rebranded the Home series into Nest Hub with a 7-inch touchscreen display thrown in for a better user experience. You can control anything and everything when it comes to the settings of the device, voice preference, and whatnot from the screen. This speaker family is more functional, cheaper as compared to Google Home because it is being developed from cheaper and recycled material. 

Amazon Echo on the other hand is sticking with its current branded name and almost rigid-like design which is adapted from the 1st generation of the device and still kicking into the 4th generation. There are three different color options such as twilight blue, charcoal, and glacier white. The speaker itself is 5.2 inches tall and 5.7 inches wide. If you want a cheap alternative to Amazon Echo then you can opt for Echo Dot as it is inexpensive with a slight hole made into draining a bunch of features that are only available in Amazon Echo for bringing you a cheaper alternative. 

Whenever you chat with Alexa you are not going to hear machine-like whirring or overly excessive noises because it uses a brushless motor that allows you to experience quiet operation. Google Home responds well to touch plus the voice commands whereas Amazon Echo is more of a voice-controlled speaker with a small blue light at the bottom like a ring.   

Cost of the next-gen speakers

To keep a competitive edge in the market both these speakers were to be priced in close proximity of one and another. Amazon Echo is priced at $70 where the original price was at $100. The official release date for the speaker was October 22, 2020. On the other hand, as for the Google Home, it costs evidently in between the $70 and $100 price range. There are a few factors that might fluctuate the price for the end-user depending on their geographical position, buying from a retail store or online, and the very model they are interested in.    


The real deal on both: Voice Assistant

Out of all the features that have been listed and compared here it is actually the assistant that matters the most. Both devices use different assistant voices, commands, and levels of skills these are able to serve you with and for many customers out there it can be a deciding factor regarding which device they are most comfortable with. With Amazon Echo, you get your hands on Alexa an all-rounder voice assistant used in multiple devices, applications, and software accessibility proposed by Amazon. 

You can change the language of the interaction of course for Alexa but the most elegant aspect of this assistant is that you can change the accent as well. If you don’t like how it is interacting with you presently then you can always choose an accent of your liking from the available options. There are multiple tasks that Alexa can do for you such as asking her to control the connected devices for you, asking her about the latest news, about the weather, or just about any other information that you need a hint of. Setting reminders, alarms, and asking her to play games for you is not a problem anymore as all of it and more can be taken care of with your voice command only. 

But when it comes to Google Home you get the plain simply Google assistant that you come across accessing the voice input-oriented features on various Google apps and fronts. What you can do with Google Assistant is that you can choose a male assistant if you like, choose a different language and that is about it regarding the customizability oriented aspects of it. You can use however the interpreter mode in which you can ask the assistant to translate for you in real-time, just choose the input language and the one that you need it to translate in and you are all set.  

Skills offered by digital speakers

The majority of people who would consider them down for buying one of these speakers would be because of the exceptional skillset both these speakers promise. While some of the skills are basic and relevant to both but some are generic which can’t be found in the other one thus making both a unique option on the basis of the buyer’s perspective.

Amazon Echo provides its users with access to a skill blueprints portal using which they can devise their own skills and add them to the list of other many. This way you don’t only add these skills to your personal Echo device but can also upload it to the Alexa Skills store which means that it will be linked with your account allowing you to use it on other Alexa-based devices. For both Amazon Echo and Google Home, you are at liberty to set up multiple routines which are executable with a single command. 

You can have a routine set for your speaker to set up the alarm in the morning, bring up your favorite news channel on your smart TV, remind you of a meeting that you are to attend when you leave home, and set up directions in your car for a specific route. All of this could be added to the routine and a single voice command of yours will be activated. You can also video call using both these speakers but when it comes to Google Home there is a serious downside, you can’t make the call using video because it lacks a video camera. On the other hand, Alexa not only has a video camera but the call quality is actually better and on a personal note more immersive than the Google Home.

Google Home has its own merits and features that are unique to the Google name one such feature is Google Duplex that allows you to make calls on your behalf that can be used for the sake of making reservations for dinner, buying movie tickets, and whatnot. Alexa on the other hand lacks this specific feature and another important aspect of Google Home is that you can ask it a variety of questions in a linear fashion that is not true for Alexa that can only handle a single question at a time. 

Final Thoughts

All of it comes down to your personal preference or how you feel yourself moving on with either of these but if you are product savvy person and want your digital speaker to be able to sync with as many as you have then go with Amazon Echo. It has a more dynamic and diverse profile when it comes to connecting with a bunch of home devices, Google Home on the other hand is a bit restrictive in this fashion as it only allows connection to a specific few. 

On the other hand, if you are an information craving person and are always looking for new and exciting things then Google Home is the way to go. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you like, how you want to move on with this thing. 



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