First Impressions on Google Home and Alexa Dot

I have been playing with Google Home and Alexa Dot and these are my initial impressions:

Google Home

  • Get a Chromecast and it becomes an invaluable combo.
  • The IA reactions feel more personal.
  • The IOS App is annoyingly requesting the iPhone/iPad to be set in American English and localized in the US, otherwise it does not work properly.
  • Games are fun.

Alexa Dot

  • Voice recognition feels more precise.
  • Music quality is decent but (expectedly) not the best without a separate speaker.
  • Integrates seamlessly with Amazon services.
  • The tiny size makes it a perfect travel companion.

Do you have any of them? Do you have any cool hack to suggest?

Published by Luca Sartoni

I lead three teams of engineers across four continents at Automattic. I love hiking, photography, and 3D printers.

2 thoughts on “First Impressions on Google Home and Alexa Dot

  1. I haven’t tried out a Dot, but I have the Echo and Google Home. I think what you trade for portability with the Echo, you gain with a speaker that blows the Google Home away. It’s definitely not Sonos-quality, or even “sound system” quality, but the Echo easily fills a room for “background” music. I have the Google Home on my desk, and only ever play music loud enough for me, right there at the desk.

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