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That is what what google home mini is for, to compete against the dot.
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Google assistant is better then Alexa imo, if Alexa did not have such a huge headstart the integration landscape would look significantly different imo
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I have both systems and can share my own experiences. tl;dr if you're new to the smart speaker game, I'd lean toward investing in Google's system but honestly you can't go wrong with having either (or both).

Audio Quality

The regular-sized Echo and Google Home both have similar audio quality.

GH has a slightly warmer tone, but both units are fine for general use (e.g. music while cooking).
Both units support Bluetooth and multi-room/whole home audio.
I use more Chromecast-supported apps (i.e. Spotify, Google Play Music) so my preference is GH but new users should evaluate what apps each system supports.
Wife prefers Echo because she can play her Audible audiobooks (by speaking to Alexa or using the Alexa app) without needing to first go through the Bluetooth pairing process.


Google Home Mini has vastly superior audio quality compared to the Echo Dot's incredibly tinny sound.

My $20 Chinese Bluetooth shower speaker [amazon.com] sounds better than the Echo Dot.
That said, it's important not to expect miracles from GH Mini. It still sounds like a mini speaker - it lacks bass (very apparent when listening to pop music like David Guetta & Sia's "Titanium").
Like their larger counterparts, both support Bluetooth and multi-room/whole home audio.


Voice Recognition, Multi-Users, Wake Words

Both are superb with accurately understanding my questions even from across the room.

If music is too loud, both will occasionally miss my wake command.
Both use "Echo Spatial Perception" technology allowing you to set up multiple devices in separate rooms, but it responds to you based on the device you're closest to.

Both support multi-user voice recognition but Google Home's implementation is FAR superior.

On Echo, it knows your voice BUT you still have to manually switch "accounts" in order to get YOUR news updates, music accounts, etc. Example: My news update focuses on headlines, business news, and technology updates. If wife asks for her news flash, it'll play my updates unless she first asks it to switch to her account.
Google Home doesn't have this problem.

Alexa does let you customize the wake command ("Alexa," "Echo," "Computer" or "Amazon"). Even though "Ale-x-a" is the same 3 syllables as "Hey Goog-le", I psychologically find the 1-word approach more pleasing.

Intelligence, Home Automation, Phone Calls

Google Home is far better with answering more complex questions.

Google just rolled out a new feature supporting multiple commands [androidpolice.com] in 1 phrase. "What's the weather and what's on my calendar?"

I use Samsung's Smartthings v2 as my hub.

Both connect flawlessly to all of my Z-wave/Zigbee devices.
Personal preference but I find Google's "adding a device" and "assign to room" process to be cleaner. Something about Echo's process using the Alexa app or web interface all seem a tad unpolished.
Wife and I LOVE that Alexa simply responds with "Ok" when you ask it to perform a home automated command (i.e. "Turn on bedroom lights"). GH is annoying because it'll repeat your entire command (i.e. "Ok, turning on the bedroom lights."

Both will tell you traffic and your calendar updates.

Echo can easily connect to Google Calendar.
Google's output is clearer with traffic updates AND it sends you the directions to your phone if you have Google Assistant ("This avenue is closed. You should take the ABC route. It will take you X number of minutes. You can find more details on your phone.") Even without the Google Assistant feature, Alexa's traffic output is not as detailed.

Both feature silly things like jokes and games (e.g. trivia) it'll play with you. For us, we rarely use these features.
Both systems allow you to make external phone calls to cells/landlines and some form of intra-house communication.

Echo has a full intercom feature where you can connect to another Echo device in the house (e.g. I can hold a full conversation with my wife in the other room).
Google Home has a broadcast feature, where you tell it a brief message (e.g. "dinner is ready") and it'll play it across all the GH devices in the house.
Echo devices can call another person's Echo. GH devices cannot call another person's GH, as of this writing.
Because both are on Wi-Fi with no ethernet option, it's prone to occasional quality/drop out issues

Neither wife or I shop through Echo. It's personal preference but I find it silly to order something vocally only to run to your computer moments later and verify if the price/quantity/type is good. But we're also cost conscious and do a lot of price shopping.

Final Words
Both systems have their pros and cons and it ultimately boils down to (A.) determining what system supports your household uses and apps best, and (B.) what "quirks" your household members are most willing to tolerate. Google Home has been late to the game with a lot of its features, but present day, they're on near equal footing to Amazon Echo. If I had to pick one, I'd go with Google Home based on how quickly it seems to surpass Echo's capabilities, but it doesn't mean Echo is a slouch either.
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Google cutting prices more and more each passing day. Does this mean people are not enthusiastically buying? Two for $99 next?
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Google cutting prices more and more each passing day. Does this mean people are not enthusiastically buying? Two for $99 next?
Sure looks like it. But it's not that bad of a deal. They are decent speakers by themselves and Google Assistant built in is a huge bonus. Good deal if you're invested in home automation. Which sadly I'm not. Still a 'wall switch' kinda guy myself.
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They have so much competition, that's why. Their biggest issue is Amazon selling their Echo dot for $30. Who wants this when you can get a $30 one from Amazon. That's what the majority of people are thinking and that's why this will continue to plummet.
That is what what google home mini is for, to compete against the dot.
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That is what what google home mini is for, to compete against the dot.
Except it doesn't have audio output like the Echo Dot does. The bluetooth capability of the Home mini is for one to be able to use the mini as a bluetooth speaker, not as audio output. Stupid af decision if you ask me. ConfusedConfusedConfused
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Google assistant is better then Alexa imo, if Alexa did not have such a huge headstart the integration landscape would look significantly different imo
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This seems like an amazing deal for the big home
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They would give it out for free if they can. We are in the early phase of the smarthome and AI revolution and this is a push for greater user grab/adoption.
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Except it doesn't have audio output like the Echo Dot does. The bluetooth capability of the Home mini is for one to be able to use the mini as a bluetooth speaker, not as audio output. Stupid af decision if you ask me. ConfusedConfusedConfused
I like the broadcast feature.
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Google cutting prices more and more each passing day. Does this mean people are not enthusiastically buying? Two for $99 next?
It's market saturation - it's how they're going to beat amazon/apple.
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They have so much competition, that's why. Their biggest issue is Amazon selling their Echo dot for $30. Who wants this when you can get a $30 one from Amazon. That's what the majority of people are thinking and that's why this will continue to plummet.
IMO the echo and GH have their own strengths and one would want to own both. I have found the GH to be vastly superior in voice recognition and answering generic questions and tasks much more efficiently. On the other hand the echo excels at home automation and anything related to the Amazon ecosystem for eg getting great offer prices on select items etc...
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Except it doesn't have audio output like the Echo Dot does. The bluetooth capability of the Home mini is for one to be able to use the mini as a bluetooth speaker, not as audio output. Stupid af decision if you ask me. ConfusedConfusedConfused
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