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Lately you can’t walk down the street without seeing an advert for one of these smart home helpers, but whether you’re an Apple, Google or Amazon user, which one is right for you? Here’s what we think:

Rise to it

“You can also say things like ‘OK, Google, show me how to bake a Victoria sponge on the TV’ and a YouTube instruction video will pop up on your screen


The Echo has been around quite a while now, and plenty of people have already been enjoying the calm but authoritative tones of Alexa as she helps sort our lives out. As expected, you can ask Alexa to do things like tell you the weather forecast or set an alarm. But Echo is also full of other unexpected and useful tricks such as controlling your smart lights or ordering a taxi through Uber or a takeaway via Just Eat. These skills now run into the hundreds but not all are useful. Sound quality is good but definitely poorer than the Apple or Google version. However, you also have the option of buying Echo dots — smaller, cheaper versions — meaning you can communicate with Alexa in other rooms. Alexa is accurate but because Amazon doesn’t collect data on you from your mobile she feels a bit less rounded and won’t grow with you as much as the others. PRICE: £149.99.

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