Which is better, the Amazon Echo or the Google Home? We took a look at both
The original Google Home is circular and looks a little bit like a dehumidifier. It has a white top and a gray bottom, but you can switch out the base for one that’s another color. It costs between $20 and $40 to get a different bottom section, available in metal/carbon ($40), copper ($40), and coral fabric ($20). There are three more fabric hues — mango, marine and violet — listed within the Google Home’s tech specs, too. They’re not offered in the United States yet but should become available at some point. You can also purchase them online, on sites like eBay.
Additionally, you can also get the Google Home Max, Google Home Hub, or Google Home Mini. The Max and Mini are larger and smaller, respectively than the original Google Home model. The Google Home Max is more expensive and is built for sound, while the Mini is a miniature, cheaper version of the original Google Home.
The Google Home Hub has a seven-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 like the Nest Hello. The Google Home Hub doesn’t have a camera. This means, when you make video calls on a Google Home Hub, the person on the other end won’t be able to see you (they’ll see your profile pic).
The original Echo is on its second generation. It has a cylindrical shape, and you can buy the Amazon Echo in one of five colors — charcoal, heather, oak, walnut, or sandstone (there are six colors if you include the limited edition red color). You can choose from a fabric covering in one of three shades of gray. Alternatively, go with a wood-like finish in either walnut or oak.
In addition to the regular Echo, you can buy several other types of Echo devices, depending on your needs. The Echo Dot is a mini version of the Echo. On its 3rd generation, it does everything the original Echo does, but it is smaller and cheaper.
The Echo Show (in its second gen) and Echo Spot are devices with screens – the former is good for a kitchen (looking at recipe videos) and the latter is great as an alarm clock or for a living room. The Show and Spot also let you see who’s at the door when you have a video doorbell, make video calls, and more. One major difference between the Echo Show and the Google Home Hub is that Show allows for two-way video calling. You can make video calls on the Spot too. The Echo Plus (on its second generation) has a smart hub built in, so you can push your smart home to the next level.
The Google Home responds to touch and has LED lights that activate while in use. Conversely, instead of having lights along the top, the Echo has a lighted ring on the bottom. Both of these smart speakers have cylindrical shapes, but the Amazon Echo is a bit more streamlined than the Google Home. The Amazon Echo’s top is flat, while the Google Home has a slight slant, too.
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