Should You Buy? HomePod, Amazon Echo & Top Wireless Speakers

In the 60th episode, the iPhone Life team helps you decide which speaker you should invest in this summer. Listen as Sarah, Donna, and David weigh in on whether Apple's HomePod Smart Speaker can beat the Amazon Echo and Google Home, plus make sure not to miss their side-by-side comparison of six of the best wireless speakers on the market.

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Question of the week:

Apple promises the HomePod will never listen to you while it's off, while Amazon Echo and Google Home are always on. Is this an important factor for you when deciding which device to buy? Email podcasts@iphonelife.com to let us know why or why not.

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  • Rating the Smarts of the Digital Personal Assistants This article shows that Donna was right about digital assistants' accuracy and Sarah was wrong. You can see that while Alexa and Siri answered about 20% of questions with varying success, Google answered 68% of questions in comparison, and answered 90% of those questions correctly. so Google is by far the best smart speaker, according to this study.

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Author Details

Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.