Smart speaker showdown: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

Smart speaker showdown: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

There was a time when buying a speaker just meant grabbing a boombox off the shelf of the nearest Radio Shack and rocking out in your room until your parents told you to stop blasting Kenny G, because the neighbors were starting to ask questions.

Today, if you’re buying a speaker, chances are it’ll also double as a smart assistant. And the standouts in this new age of smart speakers also happen to come from the biggest names in Silicon Valley. I’m talking, of course, about Apple’s (AAPL) Siri-powered HomePod, Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) Assistant-powered Home and Amazon’s (AMZN) Alexa-powered Echo.

The HomePod is easily the best sounding of the group, but I wanted to know how smart they are. So I asked each one seven basic questions ranging from the weather conditions in my area to why my cats meow, and gave them three commands to find out which should apply for a Mensa membership, and which needs to go back to school.

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