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I prefer Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa. Here's why

Smart voice assistants are cool. Nobody will deny that fact. The ability to control my home with a few quick commands means that I have not touched a light switch for months. Wondering about the weather? I always know what the temperature is like. In fact, it can be one of the most common questions in my apartment – someone from the south knows that the temperature and weather conditions can change in a whim. Bill Roberson / Digital Trends When it first came down to choosing between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, I faced a dilemma. Amazon Echo with Alexa's voice was one of the first in the market, which meant that it had the most time to grow and refine itself. On the other hand, when I decided, Google Home with Google Assistant was going to be for sale. Couldn't choose between the two, I bought both. What better way to determine which of the two smart home assistants is best? (I know Siri exists via HomePod and HomeKit, but Siris constant misunderstandings about my questions – or perhaps lack of ability to process southern accents – tell me everything I need to know.) What I discovered surprised me. I was expecting to find myself with the Amazon Echo more, but Google Home became my go-to alternative. This is why. Google Assistant only works I prefer Google Home to be how easy the creation is. While none of the platforms are particularly difficult to configure, I liked how…

Smart voice assistants are cool. Nobody will deny that fact. The ability to control my home with a few quick commands means that I have not touched a light switch for months. Wondering about the weather? I always know what the temperature is like. In fact, it can be one of the most common questions in my apartment – someone from the south knows that the temperature and weather conditions can change in a whim.

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When it first came down to choosing between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, I faced a dilemma. Amazon Echo with Alexa’s voice was one of the first in the market, which meant that it had the most time to grow and refine itself. On the other hand, when I decided, Google Home with Google Assistant was going to be for sale. Couldn’t choose between the two, I bought both. What better way to determine which of the two smart home assistants is best? (I know Siri exists via HomePod and HomeKit, but Siris constant misunderstandings about my questions – or perhaps lack of ability to process southern accents – tell me everything I need to know.)

What I discovered surprised me. I was expecting to find myself with the Amazon Echo more, but Google Home became my go-to alternative. This is why.

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I prefer Google Home to be how easy the creation is. While none of the platforms are particularly difficult to configure, I liked how Google made it so easy to download, pair and start controlling my smart home devices. When I wanted to pair my Philips Hue lamps to the Google Home Mini, the process was simple and easy. In fact, the most complicated part of it came from the Hue lamps themselves. By pushing a button on top of the Hue Bridge, I reminded myself to restore a faulty router … in the early 2000s.

Amazon Echo is not difficult to install or use, but the mating process for smart devices seems more difficult in comparison. It usually means adding a skill and requires a couple of extra cranes in the app. Sometimes you need to enter the app for both devices.

On the other hand, Google Home has only gotten better over time. Now the Mini also comes together with smart lights that automatically switch on as soon as they are plugged into a socket. Easy as pie.

But that’s not the main reason I prefer Google Home.

“I AM A ROBOT”

Everyone remembers the silly robotic voices that early Apple computers could generate. How many kids spent their time in the computer lab at school giggling in how bad the system uttered some words? That’s what Alexa’s voice reminds me of every time I hear it. Although the system has gone through several updates using a variety of linguistic techniques to produce a more natural bend, it still doesn’t sound normal.

When asked about julienne vegetables, both Google Assistant and Alexa share similar responses, but the nature and cadence of their deliveries is drastically different.

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Google Assistant on the other hand lay like someone at the other end of a phone: natural and easy to listen to, without the impression I am talking to a robot that is almost, but not really, ready for human integration. It seems like a little thing to nitpick on, but when it comes to a smart assistant I carry on a conversation, the quality of the voice depends.

Functional Functionality

Yes, I know that Amazon Echo has more than 50,000 Alexa skills and Skills Blueprint for the simple, unlimited creation of even more skills, but it has always struck me as a great effort. Google Home may not be able to do my shopping on Amazon, but the fact that I can ask a question and then follow up on another related issue without a break has always appealed to me more.

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As for Google’s home, it can already do all the basic features I need. It tells the weather, turns on and lights my lights and plays music. I can set alarms and hear the latest news from all over the world. And Google does a better job of answering the random questions that appear in my head all day long. If I need it to do something specific, chances are that I can find an IFTTT recipe that will do the same as an Alexa skill.

I admit that Amazon Echo has a lot to do for it. It’s a good platform, and people who are more connected to the Amazon ecosystem can get much more out of it than I do. All the improvements and improvements made to Echo are astonishing me, and Google Home hasn’t really taken it that way. After all, Google Home feels like asking an old friend for a service, and it has earned it a place in my heart as my go-to-smart assistant.

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The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not reflect the belief in Digital Trends.

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