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  • - Hi, YouTube.

  • Welcome to Digitales.

  • I'm Olivia, and today we're gonna be unboxing

  • and reviewing the brand new Google Home.

  • (cheerful music)

  • So we're quite lucky.

  • We've managed to get this early

  • considering that we're in the UK

  • so we're gonna do a bit of a testing comparison

  • with Amazon's Alexa,

  • and see how it compares to other digital assistants

  • that are in the market including Cortana and Siri.

  • So just this bit of a warning

  • before we probably get going,

  • if you have a Google Home

  • or an Alexa or (laughs)

  • a Siri or Cortana within your vicinity

  • whilst you're watching this video,

  • you may want to put them on mute

  • because every time I say the name,

  • they will likely react and stop responding. (laughs)

  • (beeps)

  • Like that. (laughs)

  • One of the key differences with the Google Home

  • in comparison to Amazon's Alexa

  • is that the Alexa is obviously powered by Amazon Cloud

  • whereas Google Home is powered by Google Search,

  • Google Maps, Google Play.

  • So yeah, that's kind of the main difference

  • so I think at the moment that kind of means

  • that Google Home actually gives you access

  • to a lot more information

  • and a lot more kind of things like different music services

  • and that type of thing.

  • Something worth mentioning though.

  • This is the American version of Google Home, not the UK one.

  • It's not been released in the UK yet.

  • It's going to be hopefully soon.

  • There is no date that's been announced yet

  • but it's possible that when it is released,

  • packaging might be different, et cetera

  • so I just want to make sure everyone knows

  • this is the US version of Google Home.

  • Let's start the unboxing.

  • It's got a circle thing here, the Google.

  • Okay, there's a little tab here.

  • It's the reveal.

  • Da dadada dada da

  • Okay.

  • It's quite small.

  • I mean I heard someone, (laughs)

  • someone said that people think

  • it looks like an air freshener,

  • which I guess it kind of does. (laughs)

  • But I think at the moment it looks like it probably blend in

  • quite nicely in your home.

  • Oh cool!

  • It comes in different colors.

  • You can get different bottoms for it.

  • I didn't actually realize you could do that.

  • That's quite neat.

  • It's customizable.

  • Nice one.

  • Well done, Google.

  • Okay, cool.

  • So there we have it.

  • So let's now get all set up.

  • Okay, so now we've got it set up,

  • we're just gonna ask some questions,

  • and see how it kind of interacts now or works.

  • So okay, Google, what time is it?

  • - The time is 8:46 p.m.

  • - Okay.

  • Okay, Google, play some Justin Timberlake.

  • - Sure.

  • Here's Justin Timberlake on Spotify.

  • ("Can't Stop The Feeling" by Justin Timberlake)

  • - Cool, okay.

  • So with Google Home, (laughs)

  • we can also either increase

  • or decrease the volume as well by talking to it

  • or by actually turning it around on the device.

  • I love this song. (laughs)

  • Okay, so here we go.

  • (music volume increases)

  • We're flying up, no ceiling, when we're in our zone

  • My neighbors are gonna hate me.

  • And then we can also tell it to stop by talking to it

  • or just by tapping it like this.

  • (music stops)

  • Nice and easy.

  • It's really cool to use.

  • Okay, so the other thing that Google Home does

  • that's slightly different to the Alexa

  • is that you can actually,

  • it remembers the content of the kind of questions

  • that you ask so for example I can say,

  • "Okay, Google, when was Robert Downey Junior born?"

  • - Robert Downey Junior was born on April fourth, 1965.

  • - Okay, Google, where was he born?

  • - He was in Manhattan, New York, United States.

  • - Okay, Google, how old is he?

  • - 51 years old.

  • - Cool, so I think that's a really great example

  • of how Google Home kind of continues

  • that kind of conversation with you.

  • The other thing we can do similar to the Alexa

  • is have her interact with our other devices in the home

  • or the IoT devices so one of the things I have set up

  • is quite a few of the Philips Hue light bulbs

  • so let's just see how that works.

  • Okay, Google,

  • turn living room lights off.

  • - [Google] Okay, turning for lights off.

  • - Cool, so totally seamless.

  • All right, so now we're just gonna get the Amazon Alexa out,

  • and see how the two devices compare.

  • So first of all, just doing a bit of a comparison

  • in terms of the look of the two devices.

  • So I've got them both in the white color,

  • and I think they're both quite nice-looking devices

  • obviously to keep in your home.

  • I think both Google and Amazon

  • have done a really good job of creating something

  • that isn't gonna be some massive eye sore. (laughs)

  • Personally I think I do actually prefer the look

  • of the Google Home.

  • The one plus though that I would say

  • about the Google Home as well is the fact

  • that obviously you can change the color of base speaker bit,

  • which I think is quite cool.

  • It's a bit more customizable.

  • So one of the key differences from a performance perspective

  • with these two products is the microphone.

  • So the Google Home only has two microphones on the top here

  • whereas Amazon's Alexa has a seven microphone array

  • all around the top, and what I found

  • is actually that when I'm in my home

  • and I'm, say further away from these devices

  • is that the Alexa actually picks up my voice

  • from further distances over the Google Home

  • because of obviously the extra microphones

  • so that's definitely a plus points for the Amazon Alexa.

  • Another key difference between Amazon's Alexa

  • and the Google Home is the apps that they support

  • so Alexa supports tons and tons of apps

  • like loads of them so you can pretty much do,

  • well, most things with it,

  • and one of the key things is that in terms of smart devices

  • in your home that currently allows integration

  • with the vast majority of smart devices

  • that are out there on the market

  • whereas Google Home currently only supports three apps

  • so it supports Google Nest, Samsung's SmartThings,

  • and Philips Hue light bulbs, and that's it

  • so if you've got other devices in your home

  • that you want to be able to control

  • by a digital assistant of some sort,

  • then Google Home isn't really gonna do it for you right now,

  • and with that in mind, I would probably suggest

  • opting for Amazon's Echo.

  • Also a bit of a difference in price

  • between these two products

  • so Amazon's Alexa retails at $179,

  • and Google Home retails at around $129

  • so that's a good $50 difference

  • in the price of the two devices, which is interesting,

  • and I think as Google Home is around for a bit longer

  • and more apps are developed hopefully

  • to work with the device,

  • I think Google Home will definitely start to become

  • a lot more competitive with Amazon's Alexa.

  • So as an alternative to paying the $179 for the Amazon Echo,

  • you could also opt for the Echo Dot.

  • So the Echo Dot essentially still gives you access

  • to Alexa and all the same functionality.

  • It just doesn't have anywhere near as good of a speaker

  • as the Amazon Echo does but you can resolve that

  • by quite simply attaching it to another speaker

  • that you have in your home

  • so for example I've got Sonos system

  • so I can attach the Echo Dot to one of my Sonos speakers,

  • and I'll have actually better sound than what I get (laughs)

  • with the Amazon Echo, which is great,

  • so I think that's a really, really good alternative

  • that Amazon's given people.

  • And this retails at $50

  • and also 50 pounds in the UK.

  • First, you might want to purchase in the UK.

  • So we're just gonna unbox the Echo Dot.

  • Hey, this is some very neat and tidy packaging.

  • Cool, it's tiny.

  • It's so small.

  • That's absolutely tiny.

  • That's gonna be even more discreet in your home.

  • You could hide this thing anywhere.

  • Next, we have in here.

  • Okay, this is the wire that comes with it,

  • and also the plug, which is nicely branded with Amazon.

  • This is definitely I think a really good option,

  • and that's a really good price.

  • That's an absolute bargain. (laughs)

  • So that's definitely another option to consider.

  • So now we're just going to ask these two

  • some questions and see how they both perform.

  • Alexa,

  • buy chocolate.

  • - The top searches are for chocolate

  • is Gro-wer collection, pack of 48 pieces.

  • It's 12 pounds total.

  • To order it, tell me your voice code.

  • - Okey-dokey.

  • Okay, Google, buy chocolate.

  • - Sorry, I don't know how to help with that yet.

  • - Okay, that's a shame.

  • Alexa, how far away is my nearest cinema?

  • - Based on your postcode settings,

  • there are a few nearby popular ones:

  • Reel Cinemas, Everyman Barnet,

  • Cineworld, and Rainbow.

  • Check out the Alexa app for contact info and hours.

  • - Okay, cool.

  • Okay, Google, how far away is my nearest cinema?

  • - I found a few places within 7.2 miles.

  • The first one is SK Vision on Daws Lane in London.

  • The second one is Musical Images

  • on Station Road in Edgware.

  • The third one is Varna Studios Photo and Cinema

  • on Hazel CL in London.

  • - Okay, so I think the Google Home gave me

  • obviously a little bit more information about the distance

  • specifically being 7.2 miles to these cinemas.

  • Alexa didn't do that but I think the information

  • that she did provide has actually improved somewhat.

  • That's definitely a lot more information

  • that she used to be able to do

  • so that's definitely I think a plus point there for Alexa.

  • I think their answers were pretty much on par.

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  • Alexa, what is the meaning of life?

  • It's a very important question.

  • - 42.

  • - 42.

  • 42. (laughs)

  • Okay.

  • Okay, Google, what is the meaning of life?

  • - The answer is somewhere between 41 and 43.

  • - Okay, fairly similar but to be fair,

  • I think, okay, Google's answer was slightly more original.

  • I think Alexa just ripped off Siri.

  • Just gonna do a quick comparison of the speakers.