Which personal assistant is better? Apple’s Siri vs. Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa
Which personal assistant is better?
While Apple pioneered the idea of a smart personal voice recognition assistant with the launch of Siri on the iPhone, recent years have seen this concept taken to the next level with smart speakers from Apple, Google, and Alexa. But which smart assistant is the best? Let’s look at the differences between the three dominant market systems.
While Siri is primarily known as the personal assistant for the iPhone and iPad, Apple recently launched its own smart speaker called the HomePod. And, in true Apple fashion, the HomePod is packed with superior sound and a premium price. But is Siri up to the task?
Great for doing chores and staying organized. Siri’s connection to the iOS ecosystem makes it a great assistant for iPhone and iPad owners.
The potential is soaring now that Apple is opening Siri to third-party applications, which means it will be able to do even more for you in the future.
It has the largest language and worldwide support. Siri is also available on a wider range of devices when Apple TV is included along with support for HomePod, iPhone, and iPad.
- It only works with Apple hardware, so if you don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or HomePod, you’re out of luck. It also works best within the Apple ecosystem, such as removing music from an Apple Music subscription.
- Although she is good at homework, she is not that good at gathering information. It is the worst at interpreting human speech patterns and often returns text on the screen rather than a voice response.
- Limited third-party functions. Apple allows developers to make their applications with Siri, but developers cannot program applications directly on Siri as they do with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
- Almost non-existent purchases.
It is no surprise that the world’s leading search provider has an advantage when it comes to gathering information from the web and delivering it on demand. But Google Assistant is much more than just a voice recognition for Google Search.
Pros or advantages of Google Assistant:
- By far the best at interpreting human speech and delivering information.
- Excellent for understanding the context of questions, allowing quick follow-up of questions.
- Available on smartphones, tablets, and smart speakers, including availability on the iPhone and iPad through the Google Assistant app.
- Purchases are actually quite strong thanks to Google Express.
- Third-party applications or “actions” help extend the functionality of Google Assistant.
Cons of Google Assistant:
- Google Play music channels are mediocre if you don’t have a subscription to Google Play Music or YouTube Music. You better change the default provider to Pandora.
- While the Google Assistant allows third-party developers to produce skills, it still lags behind Alexa in this regard.
While both Apple and Google beat Amazon in the market when it comes to voice assistants, Amazon defined the smart speaker when it launched Alexa. A voice assistant for a speaker is very different from one for a smartphone. For one, there is no screen, so all communication must be done by voice.
Pros of Amazon Alexa:
- She can do the most for you. Alexa has more third-party skills than Google Assistant or Siri.
- The best in shopping … as long as you buy from Amazon. Not surprisingly, Alexa and an Amazon Prime membership go hand in hand.
- Music is almost free. Although the music subscription that comes with Amazon Prime isn’t as comprehensive as Apple Music or Spotify, it’s basically a free add-on for those of us who subscribe to Prime for free shipping or streaming video content.
- The closest thing to the dream of a smart home. We all want to talk to our house, right? Alexa gives you that feeling more than any other assistant. He can even play Jeopardy with you!
Cons of Amazon Alexa:
- Closely linked to the Amazon ecosystem. If you’re not a core member and don’t regularly shop with Amazon, you won’t get as much from Alexa.
- Although Alexa can do more than other assistants, it is not as good as Google Assistant at tracking human speech and delivering information. But it is closer to this than Siri.
- Mostly it’s a smart voice assistant. While Alexa is branching out to smartphones and tablets, and there is a line of Alexa-enabled smart displays, she’s still largely a smart assistant. This means that Alexa is not as portable as other smart assistants.
Which smart personal assistant is right for you?
There is no easy way to choose the best overall smart assistant. They all have their bright spots. Siri is the best assistant for a mobile device, Google is the best assistant to understand your requests and deliver information, and Alexa can do the best for you. So which one to choose?
Your first choice should be the assistant that comes with your smartphone.
If you have an iPhone, take a look at what Siri has to offer. You will be amazed at how much it can add to your productivity. Do you want a smart speaker? Use Bluetooth to connect your iPhone with a wireless speaker.
If you have an Android smartphone, try Google Assistant. Samsung phones come with their own smart assistant called Bixby. See how it works with Google Assistant. Like the iPhone, Android smartphones can be paired with wireless speakers.
Are you not satisfied? Buy an Alexa smart speaker. Your smartphone assistant is free, so you better check it first. But if it doesn’t do it for you, buy an Alexa smart speaker. Alexa has the most skills available and currently leads the market in this area. And since Alexa smart speakers come with an audio output port, you can easily hook even the cheapest model to a great speaker system.