This year’s Black Friday Sale is flooded with nail-biting deals on Amazon Echo products. You can make your home smarter at low prices because Amazon is offering great discounts on Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Show, Amazon Echo Plus and much more.
How could Amazon Alexa’s strongest contender, Google Home, leg behind the race? Now, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday are here, and Google Home has caught the eyes of the world due to some serious price crashes.
But the question is: which personal assistant should you take home?
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Below, we’ll explain strengths and weaknesses of both Google Home and Amazon Echo, so you decide which smart speaker is best for you.
Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Design
The new Amazon echo has a less industrial look and is shorter in size. Tiny perforations for the speaker grille cover the lower half of the device. The old volume ring in the upper half has been replaced with dedicated volume buttons, akin to the Google Home Mini’s design. The Google Home also has a touch-sensitive top surface. You can draw a circular motion with your finger on it to adjust the volume.
Seven small holes on the top of the Echo signify a separate beam-forming and noise-canceling microphone. Whereas, Google Home has only two microphones, which means that Echo picks your instructions in a smarter way that Home.
On the other hand, Google Home stands 142.8mm high and weighs 1.05 pounds. Google Home has an amazing design inspired by candles and wine glasses. The top half is made of smooth, durable plastic with white matte finish that lights up with LED’s in four colors when activated. Google Home has a swappable bases colors and material, including copper, snow, marine, mango, carbon, slate and violet.
Google Home Vs. Amazon Echo – Sound Quality
While the new Amazon Echo has a great design, the device offers inferior sound quality to the original. It lacks bass, which is not great for audio streaming.
In comparison, Google Home has a 2in driver and twin 2in passive radiators. The device offers a great audio quality. Home supports Google Play Music and spotify, while Echo plays Amazon Music and Spotify.
Google Home additionally supports multi-room audio that allows you to fill your home with audio if you’ve multiple devices.
The Home handles many smart home brands such as Honeywell, Lifx, TP-Link, Next, Harmony, Philips and everything that has a Chromecast feature. The Echo supports all except Chromecast and additionally supports Carrier, Netatmo, Leviton, Haiku, etc.
Google Home supports many streaming services such as HBO Now and Hulu, enabling to you call up shows by voice. On the other hand, Echo requires you to connect it to a Logitech Harmony Hub.
- Home offers weaker connectivity to home Wi-Fi network than the Echo.
- The Home can recognize six people’s voice and switch between their accounts and preferences. You have to tell Echo “switch account to X.” Google home can synchronize audio between rooms, while Alexa can’t.
- Alexa can handle Google’s own system better than Home itself.
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