Amazon may have had a head start with the Amazon Echo and Alexa but with the launch of the Google Home and Microsoft's planned Home Hub, the other tech giants are catching up fast.
If you're looking for a futuristic constant home companion that answers your questions, plays music, helps you organize your day, and even brightens your day with a joke or two, then these "smart" speakers may just be the appliance you need.
Ladies and gentlemen, the home virtual assistant wars have started. For now, we'll compare the two virtual assistants that are currently available - the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.
The Amazon Echo is a 9.2-inch cylindrical Bluetooth speaker with a circular array of seven beamforming mics on its crown. Its smaller counterpart, the Echo Dot, replaces the Echo's cylindrical speaker with a tiny one and is a mere 1.6 inches tall. Both have a diameter of about 3.3 inches and they come in either black or white.
The Google Home is 5.6 inches in height with a 3.7-inch diameter. Its main body is white but the base's color can be swapped.
I personally prefer Echo's futuristic Pringles, but some may prefer the Google Home's more domestic appearance that some say looks like a vase or an air freshener.
Either way, both look fantastic and shouldn't appear out of place in any modern household.