If you’re in the market for buying a smart assistant speaker, then you’ve probably just realized the sheer amount of options that are available to you. There are tons of different smart assistant speakers from Amazon, and you have multiple options from Google with Google Assistant. Not only that, but third-party manufacturers are building products with either Google Assistant or Alexa inside, giving you even more to choose from.
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So, what smart assistant speaker do you choose? We’re going to help you make a decision on the Lenovo Smart Display or the Amazon Echo Spot specifically. The Smart Display is a bit of a larger unit, whereas the Echo Spot was designed to be able to fit anywhere in your home, coming in as even smaller than the Echo Dot. Here’s how they stack up against each other:
First up on our list, we’re looking at the Lenovo Smart Display. This product is run by Google’s own Google Assistant software. Like any voice assistant software, you can say things like “Hey Google, what’s the weather look like today?” or “Hey Google, what’s on my calendar for Friday?” You can ask for information on scores in sports games and more.
The Lenovo Smart Display has an 8-inch touchscreen display, which enables Google Assistant to do a little bit more. For example, you can watch YouTube videos while cooking or watch a movie on it while doing something else. You can also ask Google Assistant to start up a video call with friends or family members. With a great quality camera and high-end microphones, the Lenovo Smart Display handles this easily.
Since the Lenovo Smart Display is a touchscreen, you can do other things on it as well, such as download apps, use Google Now, and more. It has some really great speakers attached to it, which lets you The Lenovo Smart Display is a little on the pricier side in comparison to the Amazon Echo Spot, sitting at $200.
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The Amazon Echo Spot is the next second option on our list, and acts essentially as a full-sized Amazon Echo that can fit anywhere around the home. Due to its extremely small form factor, it can fit in almost any space you want to set it in. You could easily stuff it in a crowded kitchen corner, or even set it next to a picture on your nightstand.
Being built by Amazon, it does run off of the Amazon Alexa Cloud-assistant software. That means you can have the Echo Spot complete a lot of different activities — you can tell it to let you know what the weather looks like, what your calendar looks like for the next week, stream a specific song or playlist, and so on.
Even though it has an extremely low profile, it still has a display, and there’s a substantial amount that you can do with it. Since it has that display, you can easily use the Echo Spot to make video calls with friends and family members, play a movie, or even watch a YouTube video while you’re cooking or doing something else. Even though the Echo Spot has relatively lesser hardware in comparison to the Echo Show, it’s still able to pull up security feeds that you have setup throughout your home as well.
The Amazon Echo Spot can still do a lot of neat things with controlling smart home products — you can actually use the Echo Spot to connect up with around 1,500 different connected products. The Echo Spot can be used with smart locks, garage doors, smart blinds, and so many other products on the market.
Amazon’s Echo Spot is nice, because it’s a little bit on the cheaper spectrum as far as smart home products go. A single Echo Spot will cost you $130, whereas an Echo Show or even the Lenovo Smart Display will cost you as much as $200.
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As you can see, both the Lenovo Smart Display and Amazon Echo Spot have their advantages and disadvantages. The biggest difference between both of these products is that the Smart Display runs Google Assistant and the Echo Spot runs Amazon Alexa. That said, Google Assistant comes with a few more privacy concerns with it, whereas Amazon has improved things as far as actual privacy goes. The Echo Spot has a little more value for money, coming in at just $130 as well.
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