Prime Day smackdown 25 Echo Dot vs 25 Google Home Mini

first_img$25 buys you one of these. Which one should you choose? Amazon and Google It’s not even Prime Day yet (that happens Monday, as you’ve undoubtedly heard), but two of the biggest rivals in smart-home technology are already on sale — at prices that match their all-time lows and probably won’t be seen again until Black Friday. The question: If you’ve got some spare cash to spend on a smart speaker, which one should you get?First, the contenders. Amazon already has a handful of pre-Prime Day deals up and running, including the Echo Dot (3rd-generation) for $24.99.See it at AmazonMeanwhile, Walmart has a whole bunch of Google Home and Nest products on sale, including the Google Home Mini for $25.See it at WalmartThese two hockey pucks normally sell for $50, so they’re both 50% off — making this a win-win scenario in my book. That said, if you don’t already have a smart speaker (and you’re not freaked out by the idea that humans might be listening to your queries), is there a clear winner between these two?Here’s my take: If you own an Android phone, meaning you’re already acquainted with and accustomed to “OK Google”-ing, the Google Home Mini will fit your lifestyle better than an Echo Dot. The former is also the better-sounding of the two, at least according to CNET’s Google Home Mini review.However, the Echo Dot is probably the more versatile of the two products, with a larger selection of skills and compatible voice-controlled devices. It also has more intuitive touch controls and a line-out jack for connecting external speakers. On the other hand, it’s the more reserved-looking of the two, with rather drab black, white and gray color choices. The Mini, at least, has a few pastels on the menu. Read CNET’s Echo Dot review to learn more.Whichever model you choose, you’ll probably want to add an external speaker. (Both support Bluetooth connectivity.) Because while they may sound good enough for your den or nightstand, let’s be honest: These are small speakers. For big sound, you’ll need to help them out. These are our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers of 2019.What do you think? If I handed you $25 right now, which smart speaker would you buy — and why? Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar $49 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Amazon Echo Dot Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy Amazon Bluetooth Google Mini Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Now playing: Watch this: $29 Tags Amazon Prime Day The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How to decide on a smart speaker See It $49center_img News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Comments Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Smart Speakers & Displays 1:08 See It Share your voice Adorama $29 See it See also Crutchfield See It 5last_img

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