If you've visited Amazon since it launched Down Under, you've surely seen the adverts for the Echo smart speaker range. With multiple versions to choose from, there's a lot for prospective buyers to unpack before making a purchasing decision. Here's a rundown of each model, with links to buy.
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With great versatile hardware, powerful sound and the full resources of Google's AI and Assistant software, the Google Home Max is more than just a better version of the original Google Home. This is an excellent quality, relatively compact speaker system that will likely be able to handle all your music, and can also act as a voice-activated hub for all your smart home needs.
Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren't great options for the visually impaired. Smartphones have small displays and require precise controls, and their screens shut off after a few moments of inactivity, which makes them difficult to use if your vision isn't great. In these instances, a smart speaker is probably a much more useful device.
If you're looking to kick your smart home sound system up a notch, here's a fun way to do it. With a little extra work and some RFID technology, you can build your own card-driven jukebox that's sure to impress at your next party.
The HomePod's best feature is its sound quality, but Apple also went above and beyond when it comes to controlling the volume of your music. Sure, you could just tell Siri to "raise the volume" or tap the buttons on top of the speaker, but for the best results try adjusting the HomePod's volume on a scale of 1-100.
Rarely lost for words, Google, Apple and Amazon's talkative smart speakers are auditioning for the role of all-knowing oracle in Aussie homes. But which version should rule your aboad?
We compare the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple Homepod at playing music, helping around the house, doing stuff online and actually understanding your requests. Here's how each unit fared.
Amazon Echo has a head start when it comes to the skills and software support needed to control the rest of your smart home gadgets, but Google's competing voice-controlled speaker is quickly catching up. A recent update to the Google Home support site reveals how the gadget is set to make it even easier to control your other connected devices and appliances around the house.
If you just picked up Apple's flashy new HomePod speaker you might be thinking of displaying it proudly on the nicest piece of furniture you have, but before you do there's something you should know. The $499 gadget's silicon base can damage wooden surfaces, leaving behind an ugly stain.
Apple's entry into the increasingly competitive smart speaker market is here, and while the tech giant likes to claim it's focused almost entirely on the musical experience, via Apple Music, its close ties to Siri and Apple HomeKit make it tough not to compare the HomePod to similar devices produced by Google and Amazon.
Apple's HomePod is finally launching on February 9, but the reviews are already pouring in. Overall, it sounds as though Apple managed to make a great-sounding speaker while leaving out many of the features that might qualify it as smart. However, there is one "smart" feature the HomePod does offer that you're probably better off not using: Personal Requests.