Tech The Halls – Day#7: Smart Speakers

Amazon Echo Vs. Google Home: Which Smart Speaker is Best?

Assistant

Both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have developed into excellent voice assistants. They have duelling sets of features: Alexa fully supports slightly more smart devices, for instance, while Google lets you upload your own music to its cloud. Alexa is much more configurable if you are willing to stick to its specific syntax, while Google Assistant is easier to use, less frustrating, and more fluid. Speaking different combinations of words to the Google Assistant is more likely to result in a useful response.

Design

The Amazon Echo is much better looking than its predecessor. It’s a squat cylinder, about six inches high, with several removable fabric and wood covers so it can fit into a range of home designs. By comparison, the Google Home measures 5.6 inches tall and 3.8 inches in diameter. It comes in white, with changeable fabric and metal bases in 7 different colors.

Sound Quality

Google Home provides richer, better-rounded sound than the Echo does, although it doesn’t get as loud. Both devices support iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn. The Echo also supports Amazon Music, while the Home supports Google Play Music and YouTube Red.

Which One Should You Purchase?

They are both great choices, however the Google Home does integrate well with the Google Suite Apps and performs much more smoothly overall. Both products are priced similarly at around CAD$ 99.99. Ultimately regardless of the choice, these two smart speakers are ideal in any living area in your home and will put a smile on the face of anyone who uses it!

For a detailed comparison between the two devices, click here.

Nadeem Safi is a Client Support Specialist at Triella.  We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Nadeem can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.

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