Should You Buy? HomePod, Amazon Echo & Top Wireless Speakers

In the 60th episode, the iPhone Life team helps you decide which speaker you should invest in this summer. Listen as Sarah, Donna, and David weigh in on whether Apple's HomePod Smart Speaker can beat the Amazon Echo and Google Home, plus make sure not to miss their side-by-side comparison of six of the best wireless speakers on the market.

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Question of the week:

Apple promises the HomePod will never listen to you while it's off, while Amazon Echo and Google Home are always on. Is this an important factor for you when deciding which device to buy? Email to let us know why or why not.

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  • Rating the Smarts of the Digital Personal Assistants This article shows that Donna was right about digital assistants' accuracy and Sarah was wrong. You can see that while Alexa and Siri answered about 20% of questions with varying success, Google answered 68% of questions in comparison, and answered 90% of those questions correctly. so Google is by far the best smart speaker, according to this study.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.