These days, busy professionals in fields from financial services to graphic design are increasingly relying on multiple apps to get their work done, often running two, three, or more apps at the same time. And the more we flip back and forth between email, spreadsheets, and various business-grade apps in our daily work, the more extra screen real estate becomes a necessity.
Home assistant devices—speakers with powerful built-in voice assistants—have taken off in the last year. And it’s easy to see why, as they bring Star Trek grade functionality to the homes of consumers for under $200. You can ask them to play music. You can ask them about the weather. You can even ask them to control internet-connected devices, from thermostats to lightbulbs, inside your house.
Right now, the Amazon Echo and the Google Home are currently the only major home assistant devices on the market (although Apple’s HomePod will hit stores in December – more on this below). So, which one is the best?