I love playing around with tech and smart speakers are the latest things on the block. But which of the big 3; Apple's Homepod, Amazon's Echo, or Google's Home, is the right one to get? Actually any of the 3 could be the right one, depending on what you want to do with it. Here's some comparisons the each. I'll start with the weakest one. Apple Homepod - Yeah, it is the weakest of the bunch, mostly because Siri is the weakest of the 'digital assitants' out there. Since Apple brought out Siri they really haven't done much with it. The Homepods claim to fame is the audio quality. Look at the ads, that's what they talk about. And it is well deserved, it does sound amazing compared to the other two. But for home automation Homekit and Siri are weak, and all because Apple chose not to do as mch with them as Amazon and Google have done. The selection and breadth of gear is more limited at the moment. That might change going forward as Apple is supposedly making some changes about how Homekit devices work with Apple. The HomePod play music from your iTunes library and from any app/device that can do Airplay. It can do voice texting, which neither Home or Echo can do without 3rd party apps/support. You can Handoff a phone call to the speaker, but you cannot make calls from though both Home and Echo can. It has a bit more limited Siri support than does the iPad/iPhone/Macs have though I'm not sure how much limitations are there. Biggest issue for using HomePods around the house as you would with the Google Home or Amazon Echo line is that there is only one version of HomePod and it costs $349 each!!! Google Home - The Home products are limited to 3 smart speakers. Sound quality is not as good as HomePod, but on the Home Maxi is pretty good. The real strength of the Home products is search as you would expect. It will control a lot of different 'smart' things in one manner or another and there has been an anouncement of getting some video pieces involved, though it isn't clear when or who will do it. I found the Google Home/Assistant to be more forgiving as you command it to do things. Amazon Echo - The Echo line of gear is very broad. You have the speakers, Echo, Dot and Plus. You have the video, Show, Spot and a camera. Quite extensive. The Echo line is the oldest line of smart speakers and it shows. Virtually anything 'smart' will work with it in one way or another. Some comparably inexpensive stuff too! I use the Show in the kitchen and can do recipes totally hands free, that is handier than dealing with a tablet or computer. Sound quality on the Echo and Plus isn't bad but nowhere near as good as the HomePod. The Dot and Spot being smaller, don't have quite the volume or quality of the Echo and Plus. The Show falls somewhere in the middle for sound quality. With Show and Spot u can make video/voice calls, video being limited to those with a Show or Spot or those using the Alexa app. But Alexa sometimes has problems with commands. Usually it seems to get confused with what device you are wanting to do something with and that because of naming. No real guidelines, but naming things can be an issue though a relatively minor one. And sometimes I'll do something like "Alexa turn on the Kitchen", it reports it did, but the lights didn't turn on.