When it comes time to purchase your first home device, chances are you’re considering either the Google Home or the Amazon Echo. Here, you can read a comparison of the two to make the best purchase decision. Here’s what these two gadgets have in common and what makes them different.
What do the Google Home and the Amazon Echo Have in Common?
Both of these devices are smart speakers and so much more. Here are some of the features they share:
- Omni-directional music player
- “Assistant” (Ask it questions)
- Inter-device calling (Coming soon to Google Home)
- Control other smart devices
- Integrations with popular software
- Sleek design
So, though it may seem like they’re the same, that’s not exactly the case. Both of these gadgets have features unique to them.
Which Features are Unique to the Google Home?
While both smart speakers have built-in AI, the Home is powered by Google Assistant. The design of this device has a unique, futuristic shape. Complementary to the look and feel, Google Home can distinguish your voice from others in your home. You can make this bad boy your own by accessorizing with a Google Home skin. The cost is currently $129.
Which Features are Unique to the Amazon Echo?
Where the Home uses Google Assistant, the Echo runs via Alexa, Amazon’s unique AI. The cylindrical design blends-in with traditional audio devices. You can currently call or message anyone with the Echo, so you won’t have to wait for this feature like you do with the Home. The current cost is $179.99.
There isn’t a lot that makes these devices different from one another, but you can choose the one that’s right for you by asking a few questions:
- Do I prefer Google Assistant or Alexa for planning and internet searches?
- Is hands-free calling an important option for me?
- Which design do I like better?
- How much am I willing to pay?
If you want messaging and calling now, and you prefer Alexa, you may want to go with the Echo, but you have to be willing to spend an additional $50. If you’re into the futuristic design of the Home, are willing to wait for the calling feature, and prefer Google Assistant, go with a Home.
Author Bio: Mitch Pazanski is the Art Department Head at MightySkins, a vinyl skin company located in Florida. He helps design Google Home skins, Amazon Echo skins, gadget and phone skins that are offered at MightySkins.com.