Today Amazon begins selling the third generation Echo Dot, one of the best-selling smart speakers in the world.
Without doubt, the third generation of Echo Dot is its predecessor in sound quality as its total audio output. In fact, Amazon says that the latest Echo Dot is 70 percent higher than the second generation. It also looks better. All new Echo devices introduced last month – from Echo Plus to Echo Show to Echo Dot – dropped plastic for a network finish.
If you're an Amazon Echo fan, this is all welcome news. It's, as some reviews have stated, the best Echo Dot yet, but if you belong to the broader cohort of people who have not yet brought a smart speaker into their home, you should know: Google Home Mini is still better than Amazon Echo Dot.
Despite improvements to the latest Echo Dot, the Home Mini still delivers sound quality that is more appealing to the ear.
Yes, the new Echo Dot gives more bass and thicker notes than its predecessor, but the Home Mini does a better job of letting music and human voices keep its integrity and to do it without sounding.
In search of friends and family, the word that often came up sharply: The echoes are physically larger and weigh more than the Home Mini, but the Home Mini gives sharper sound than the new Echo Dot.
The echo can achieve higher volume, but you will not turn one of these speakers up to full volume if you want the richest experience possible.
Th is the second year, the Home Mini has delivered a better sound experience than Echo Dot. Last year, VentureBeat made a similar side-by-side comparison, and found that the Home Mini was able to produce both better sound quality and higher volume levels.
The Home Mini is better than Echo Dot means a lot because these small speakers have great influence and choosing one above each other can determine a chain of answers.
For example, more studies have shown that average consumers will buy more than a smart speaker.
So when shopping, do not just consider if the echo point is better than the Home Mini, but how they mate with the wider range of Echo and Home speakers.
Home Mini and Echo Dot are number 1
So you can go out and get another Echo Dot or Home Mini, but it's also about Home versus Echo, Echo Amp versus Home Max and Home Hub versus Echo Show.
Compared to these other devices that produce sound quality that is good enough for the kitchen or family room, Home Mini and Echo Dot are designed to serve as a utility program for your bedroom, garage, bathroom or the rest of your home. They are great at working as a remote control that attaches to a larger system of speakers throughout your home, offshoots from a Home Max or Echo Show in which room you prefer to spend most of your time.
So these two speakers can do something a lot if you like the idea of having voice control and music throughout your home.
The smart speaker line you choose may also end up deciding whether you're shopping with Amazon or Google Express, watch Amazon Prime Video or YouTube, or pay for Amazon Music or Play Music.
Beyond the fenced garden of apps and services provided by every tech giant, the assistant you choose can also affect how to drive your smart home.
Visit the Amazon market and you will see, just below the price of Echo Dot, an offer to sell you a smart plug too. The smart plug-in and simple hands-free voice control seem to be a gateway to purchase more smart home computers.
This is because the AI Assistant you choose may affect the smart home devices you buy.
So, the Home Mini is a year old, but it's still better than the new Echo Dot, and it's possibly much more than $ 50 on the table when you decide whether to buy an Echo Dot or Home Mini.
The speaker you choose to buy – or the gift you receive this holiday – can help you decide which assistant will be ubiquitous throughout your life.