Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google these firms have entered the connected speaker market. With the countless ranges launched by each of these brands, it is not easy to choose. Here are test results and the comparison of the two voice assistants Google Home and Amazon Echo. Zoom on the design, the audio quality, the assistant’s quality, the compatibility, and the price.
The design of the connected speakers
Listed for sale on Amazon.fr, the most popular Amazon smart speakers are Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot. Their compact version models are appreciated for their plastic design but are, however, not very elegant compared to the competitors. In any case, their ultra-compact shape allows them to blend easily into any decoration. Besides, the Echo Dot is available in black or white, unlike the Google Home, which is also presented in coral apart from these two colors. The latest version of the Amazon Echo is made of fabric and comes in three colors. The Echo and Echo Spot are distinguished by the four function buttons located on the top of the speaker and the blue circular indicator providing visual feedback when Alexa is summoned. This last model is ideal for a nightstand. It is possible to make video calls thanks to its circular screen, camera, and screen. Available in a Google Store, the connected speakers from Google are also available in three versions:
- The Google Home;
- The Google Home Mini;
- The Google Home Max.
They allow you to interact with Google Assistant. The Google Home speaker is appreciated for its unique design: a contemporary flowerpot whose lower part is available in different colors. The Google Home Mini, which is covered in fabric, is also popular for the LED lights located below the speaker. As for the Google Home Max, its design is practically the opposite of the Google Home Mini. Either way, Google voice assistants also blend easily into any decor.
The sound quality between the Amazon speaker and the Google Home
Following the launch of the Amazon Echo connected speaker in the United States, it is recognized for having good sound reproduction, but which is not necessarily exceptional because the sound is not really the strong point of the versions. Compact. As for Google voice assistants, they offer specific audio quality for each range. The Mini version does not necessarily ensure a strong sound reproduction, the classic model offers an acceptable sound experience and the Max range offers the best sound quality among the three. The voice of the Google Assistant is clearer. To adjust the Google Home Mini sound, ask the assistant to turn the sound up or down or even press the device’s left or right edge. The small problem is that the button is placed under the base, while it’s more accessible on the Amazon Echo Dot since it’s located on top of the enclosure. Also, it allows switching alarms to silent mode. Also, the Google Home Mini only uses a Bluetooth connection for better sound quality. Simultaneously, Echo Dot has an AUX port, which allows it to be connected to other speakers via a mini-jack socket.
The quality of the voice assistant
Several studies attest that Amazon’s Alexa is placed at the same level as the Google Home assistant, whether in terms of intelligence or the percentage of correct answers given. For example, both speakers all give the weather report, play the songs in streaming, whether the user is subscribed to Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Spotify, etc. The little extra for Amazon voice assistants is the possibility of installing “ skills,” allowing speakers from other brands to connect easily, with Alexa, for example. These “skills” can be created and personalized by the user himself. However, the Google Assistant remains the best assistant on the market. He can :
- Pass IQ tests;
- Control multiple applications;
- Give a better rate of correct answers than Amazon speakers.
Compatibility and performance of connected speakers
Before any command, it is always compulsory to pronounce “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” for the Google Home Mini, and “Alexa,” “Amazon,” “Echo” or “Computer” for the Echo. The advantage of Amazon Echo speakers is their compatibility with iPhone and Android devices. They are also compatible with many connected objects, for example, to control lamps, doorbells, locks, and thermostats. As for the Google Home speakers, they can be connected to Android smart TVs and other devices of the brand. They also rely on the strength of Google Assistant to connect to things, like thermostats and lights.
When it comes to performance, the Echo is more adept at shopping online since the speaker is part of the Amazon environment. The Home speaker is, for its part, more efficient in Internet searches since Google is its parent company. Moreover, although none of these voice assistants are pure artificial intelligence and do not clearly understand everything that is asked of them, Amazon’s Alexa’s command must be much more structured than for Google.
The official prices for the Amazon speakers are € 99.99 for the classic Echo, € 59.99 for the Echo Dot, and € 129.99 for the Echo Spot. However, to break into the market in France, Amazon gave 50% off all orders. As for Google Home speakers, the Mini version costs € 59, the classic € 139.99, and the Max € 400, compared to $ 399 in the United States.
In short, Google Home offers the exceptional sound quality, which makes music lovers happy. It is also more efficient than the Amazon Echo in terms of the order, as it accurately answers the majority of questions asked. He can make calls, help in the preparation of a cooking recipe, control home automation devices … The disadvantages are in the insufficient number of basic functions, such as note-taking. Also, its compatibility with other home automation equipment is more limited compared to the Amazon Echo. As for the latter, it is appreciated for its more elaborate finishes than the original model. It can also be plugged into an existing audio system. On the other hand, the quality of the sound it diffuses is far from equaling that of a hi-fi speaker, which means that it remains efficient as long as it is used occasionally.