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Google Home vs. Google Home Mini: Which should you buy?

Should you buy a Google Home or a Google Home Mini? Big in importance but small in stature, the Home Mini was overshadowed by the Pixel 2 announcement at Google’s recent hardware event. But it’s an important addition to the company’s hardware canon. At just $49, the rounded plastic puck, covered in fabric, is an inexpensive entry into Google’s burgeoning smart home ecosystem. It offers a speaker that while lacking in bass is adequate for most voice-based tasks. As it sits, its microphones listen for the “OK Google” hotword and,…

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Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap vs. Show: Which should you buy?

Which Amazon Echo is best for you? I have no idea. But here’s how I’d approach each one. I own too many Amazon Echo speakers. From the original Echo to the Echo Dot and the newfangled Echo Show with its screen and camera. Plus the Amazon Tap, and Echo Look, which you can’t even buy without an invitation. (And you probably shouldn’t but it, for reasons I’ll get into in a second.) This isn’t a cookie-cutter list of all the Echo speakers and why you should buy them. Hell, a…

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. Fire TV 4K: Which should you buy?

Two streaming solutions, both alike in dignity, from fair Amazon, where we make our choice. … Which should you buy? We’ve got your answer. When it comes to plugging into your television, Amazon has two options that’ll tempt you to open your wallet. OK, three. Sort of. Do a quick search for “Fire TV” on Amazon and you’ll find the “Fire TV Stick,” and the new “All-New Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote.” (I’ll be referring to it as the “Fire TV dongle.” The latter is…

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