Google home Mini or echo dot 3rd generation? Confused which one to buy? Well, struggle no further, in this article I have compared three crucial differences between Google home and echo dot (Alexa).
These differences include regarding Google Home Mini vs Echo Dot 2018 their software, hardware, and design. Let’s get started.
Google Home Mini (Google Speaker)
The Google Home is a tiny smart assistant Bluetooth speaker that performs not only as a sound box but also performs other various functions. For instance, it can talk with its user, answer questions and play music and the best part is it operates on your voice. Yes, you read that correctly, you don’t require your hands to use the Google speaker. Almost all of its functions are operable without touching the device.
The Google Home Mini is shaped like a macaron with fabric covering the top half of the body whereas the bottom half is made up of matte plastic. Placing a finger on the left and right sides of the speaker lowers and raises the volumes. And finally, whenever you navigate with your voice or touch, the Home Mini will illuminate four LEDs on its top to display an action.
The Google Home Mini runs on smart Google’s voice assistive software that answers almost 90 percent of your queries. The device is for people who like to browse and search for data on the Internet. Not to mention that you can also connect your smartphone to Google home Mini using the Google App.
The Google home Mini is chargeable using a micro USB cable. It has a decent speaker that lacks bass effect. The device does not possess a 3.5 mm. However, the sound output is quite large compared to Amazon’s Alexa.
- Google Assistance
- Value for Money
- Poor Bass
- No 3.5 mm audio jack support
Amazon Echo Dot 2018
The Amazon Eco Dot 3rd generation is a similar device that rivals with the Google Speaker. Likewise, it’s the competitor, Alexa to is an assistive voice speaker that plays music, answer questions and much more just by using your voice.
DOt 3’s Design
The 3rd Generation Amazon Echo Dot is in the shape of a small doughnut without a hole. On the top of the Echo Dot, you’ll find four buttons that consist of volume up and down, microphone mute and Alexa, as well as four pairs of a microphone. At the bottom, you have the power jack plus an auxiliary 3.5mm jack that is used to connect the Amazon Echo Dot to an external speaker. Furthermore, the base is wrapped in a fabric similar to Google’s device.
The Echo Dot 2018 runs on Amazon Alexa software that unlike Google isn’t very responsive in answering your questions. However, the sound and base quality is far better than the Google Home. You may connect Alexa with Amazon’s Firestick using the inbuilt Bluetooth.
ECHO DOt Hardware
The Echo Dot 3rd gen is powered by a 15W adapter that provides sufficient juice to run if for an entire day. Additionally, it has a 3.5 mm audio port to connect external speakers to it.
- Good sound and base
- Auxiliary support
- No Aux cable included
- Poor Search Support
|Google Home Mini||Amazon Echo Dot|
|Colours||Chalk, Charcoal, or Coral||Charcoal, Heather Grey, or Sandstone|
|Weight||6.1 oz||10.6 oz|
|Voice Support||Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa|
|Controls||Touch controls & Mic mute switch||Volume buttons, action button, mic off button|
|Display||Four LED lights||Top-mounted colour light ring|
|Microphone||Two far-field microphones||Seven far-field microphone array|
|Ports||Micro USB (Power)||Micro USB (Power), 3.5 mm audio output|
In conclusion, both the Google Home Mini and the Echo Dot 2018 are amazing devices in their respective ways. I recommend Google Mini if your sole purpose is browsing and searching data over the Internet. However, if you plan on listening to music, the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen is your best buy.
Further Reading: Xiaomi AirDots