Amazon Echo vs Amazon Dot vs Google Home



  • So I'm looking at the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a diehard Google person. That being said, I'm looking at the Amazon Echo, and the Dot, and comparing that to the Google Home. The Echo definitely has more features at this point, and more compatibility, but I LOVE using "Ok Google" to do everything from adding items to my shopping list in Google Keep to asking random questions. Given that I already use Android everything, as does my girlfriend, that is why I'm leaning towards the Google Home, but I haven't decided. I know @scottalanmiller has an Echo, and loves it. My best friend got in on them when they were still pre-release and got it for $99 instead of the $179 it is now. Any thoughts?

    https://madeby.google.com/home/
    https://smile.amazon.com/Amazon-Echo-Bluetooth-Speaker-with-WiFi-Alexa/dp/B00X4WHP5E
    https://smile.amazon.com/All-New-Amazon-Echo-Dot-Add-Alexa-To-Any-Room/dp/B01DFKC2SO

    Thanks,
    A.J.



  • I should add I'm also curious about the comparison between the Dot and the Echo. Doing some research now.



  • I think a good question is what are you looking to use it for? I lOVE my Echo as a matter of fact I have 2 of them.



  • Really love our Echo.



  • @scottalanmiller same here - the Echo is great. I use it for playing music, adding stuff to the shopping list, and asking stupid jokes 🙂



  • @Minion-Queen said in Amazon Echo vs Amazon Dot vs Google Home:

    I think a good question is what are you looking to use it for? I lOVE my Echo as a matter of fact I have 2 of them.

    I know with the Echo and the Dot, you can control a Fire Stick, which a friend of mine might be giving me in the near future. So that is a big plus. However, the Home works with the Chromecast, which I LOVE, having used before. I am looking for something to play Spotify when I want it to, I want voice-controls (obviously both have that), and simplicity. If the Echo/Dot can interface with my Google stuff, then the Echo is the clear winner.



  • Also, I do have Prime, and shop a massive amount on Amazon, so there is that too.



  • @thanksajdotcom said in Amazon Echo vs Amazon Dot vs Google Home:

    Also, I do have Prime, and shop a massive amount on Amazon, so there is that too.

    Preaching to the choir...



  • @BRRABill said in Amazon Echo vs Amazon Dot vs Google Home:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Amazon Echo vs Amazon Dot vs Google Home:

    Also, I do have Prime, and shop a massive amount on Amazon, so there is that too.

    Preaching to the choir...

    I like the idea of ordering completely via voice but also are hesitant...



  • Watching this and it's a good side-by-side comparison. I'm starting to like the Home more at this rate.
    Youtube Video



  • So after some research and watching the video, the Home is still lacking in terms of smart-home equipment, like thermostats, etc, in that it doesn't have the range of selection that it's compatible with versus the Echo. It also doesn't appear to integrate completely with all Google functions yet, but it's coming. Decisions, decisions...



  • Considering the complete and utter lack of security in almost anything that actually allows remote control (i.e. JB and his cameras that demand UPNP open ports for the world - thank you NO) I currently refuse to use any of that stuff.

    That said, I do have an Amazon Echo - after hearing Scott say how cool they are - and now I just sit back and wonder why. Sure I have it play Amazon music on it's crappy speaker (ok a dot could fix that) 1 time a month on average, I ask it the weather about 2 times a month on average... Otherwise I'm constantly annoyed, almost nightly by it saying "I'm sorry Dave I didn't understand the question I heard" while watching a show where no one said Alexia.

    I guess my wife and I have asked it a question here or there, but it fails to know 9 out of 10 times and we fall back to google to get the answer.



  • @Dashrender said in Amazon Echo vs Amazon Dot vs Google Home:

    Considering the complete and utter lack of security in almost anything that actually allows remote control (i.e. JB and his cameras that demand UPNP open ports for the world - thank you NO) I currently refuse to use any of that stuff.

    That said, I do have an Amazon Echo - after hearing Scott say how cool they are - and now I just sit back and wonder why. Sure I have it play Amazon music on it's crappy speaker (ok a dot could fix that) 1 time a month on average, I ask it the weather about 2 times a month on average... Otherwise I'm constantly annoyed, almost nightly by it saying "I'm sorry Dave I didn't understand the question I heard" while watching a show where no one said Alexia.

    I guess my wife and I have asked it a question here or there, but it fails to know 9 out of 10 times and we fall back to google to get the answer.

    That is the other thing I do like about the Google Home vs the Amazon equipment. Google seems to be much better at answering general questions, and you can ask it follow-up questions, something the Amazon Echo/Dot is lacking. Also, even if Google hasn't fully integrated all their services with it yet, I have zero doubts they will in the future. I'm leaning more towards the Home at this point, tbh.