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Google Assistant vs Alexa?

So I have $300 I need to spend on an Bestbuy gift card, and I've been looking at a Lenovo Smart Clock ($49) or an Alexa Show 5 w/Bluetooth LED bulb ($59).

I wouldn't mind having an alarm clock, and the fact that the Alexa comes with a Bluetooth bulb is a plus.

 

I'm basically looking for alarm clock functionality, plus the ability to control the lights. Ideally, it would have the ability to set multiple alarms without having to say each one individually.


Has anyone here used both, or one or the other, and have pros/cons to say about them?

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I haven't used multiple alarms with both devices, but I do own Alexa devices as well as Google Assistant devices. I honestly prefer the Google Assistant, but really it just comes down to personal preference. I use an original Google Home in my bedroom with Philips Hue lights (1 set of 4 bulbs and 2 individual lamps) and have no complaints. It works well, and I use it as my alarm clock on occasion. I've got an Echo Show 5 in my kitchen and an Echo Dot in another room, but I don't use them as often as I do any of the Google Assistant devices. 

TL;DR I think you'd be fine with either, but I can't say about setting multiple alarms. 

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Any reason why you aren't considering Google's Nest hub? I believe that's on sale for $49 USD currently and pretty much better than the lenovo in every way.

 

With that aside, also check that all your smart lights/devices can be controlled by either alexa or google assistant. Some lights only work on just alexa or just google. If everything's compatible, it'll really come down to personal preference as both can pretty much do the same thing (such as setting multiple alarms). 

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I've used Amazon Echos in the past, I made the full switch over to Google/Nest. I just feel there is more diversity within the product stack and what it supports. In many ways they are extremely similar. But there are key differences, and it depends on how immersed you want to get with "smart" tech. The biggest selling feature for me is that pairing with other Google Assistant enabled hardware (TV's, sound bars) allows me to effectively have a Sonos streaming system for 1/3rd the cost. If you go the Google/Nest route you also have access to smart locks, doorbell cameras, and some more 'home hardware' based products. Where as that segment isn't yet as grown out on the Amazon side. 

 

I also was already using the Google Assistant (android user) so all around this was a good switch for me personally. 

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23 hours ago, ProjectBox153 said:

I haven't used multiple alarms with both devices, but I do own Alexa devices as well as Google Assistant devices. I honestly prefer the Google Assistant, but really it just comes down to personal preference. I use an original Google Home in my bedroom with Philips Hue lights (1 set of 4 bulbs and 2 individual lamps) and have no complaints. It works well, and I use it as my alarm clock on occasion. I've got an Echo Show 5 in my kitchen and an Echo Dot in another room, but I don't use them as often as I do any of the Google Assistant devices. 

TL;DR I think you'd be fine with either, but I can't say about setting multiple alarms. 

Hmm, I see.

23 hours ago, Airdragonz said:

Any reason why you aren't considering Google's Nest hub? I believe that's on sale for $49 USD currently and pretty much better than the lenovo in every way.

 

With that aside, also check that all your smart lights/devices can be controlled by either alexa or google assistant. Some lights only work on just alexa or just google. If everything's compatible, it'll really come down to personal preference as both can pretty much do the same thing (such as setting multiple alarms). 

I'm in Canada, so it's $70. Still not terrible, but at 7" it might be a little big for an alarm clock. I'll take a look into it though.
I really only need it to control the lights in my room. I might go with the Alexa unit since it comes with the bulb as well.

23 hours ago, DailyProcrastinator said:

I've used Amazon Echos in the past, I made the full switch over to Google/Nest. I just feel there is more diversity within the product stack and what it supports. In many ways they are extremely similar. But there are key differences, and it depends on how immersed you want to get with "smart" tech. The biggest selling feature for me is that pairing with other Google Assistant enabled hardware (TV's, sound bars) allows me to effectively have a Sonos streaming system for 1/3rd the cost. If you go the Google/Nest route you also have access to smart locks, doorbell cameras, and some more 'home hardware' based products. Where as that segment isn't yet as grown out on the Amazon side. 

 

I also was already using the Google Assistant (android user) so all around this was a good switch for me personally. 

Yeah, I don't plan to connect it to anything but a light or two and the alarm feature. I live in an apartment building so the smart locks/doorbells etc aren't really beneficial.

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1 minute ago, dizmo said:

Yeah, I don't plan to connect it to anything but a light or two and the alarm feature. I live in an apartment building so the smart locks/doorbells etc aren't really beneficial.

Then either will work for your use case. Basically all smart bulbs/lights and switches are compatible with both Google/Nest and Amazon/Alexa.  

 

More a matter of who you want listening to you, Jeff, or Sundar hahaha.

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Anyone know if google has added the ability to use them as an intercom yet?

 

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1 hour ago, Slayerking92 said:

Anyone know if google has added the ability to use them as an intercom yet?

 

You'd think that would have been one of the first things they added...

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