Would you buy / do you own a smart speaker?

Would you buy / do you own a smart speaker?
Smart speakers are all the new rage nowadays... well, for developers, at least. Getting voice assistants out of our phones and on devices that we spread across our homes seems to be a lucrative business idea.

What do users get? Easy queries, web-searches, note- and reminder-making, texting, calls, and music playback through a simple voice request. And addressing your smart assistant by voice is definitely much less awkward when you do it in the comfort of your own home.

Apple has just joined the fold and has finally announced the launch date for its HomePod. Samsung is reportedly preparing its own smart speaker, and LG has been seen dabbling with the concept. Of course, there are the Google Home and Amazon Echo out there as well. Obviously, these large companies see a market for the smart speakers. Do you? Would you buy one, or do you already have one?

Would you buy / do you have a smart home speaker?

I have one / am buying one ASAP!
Not sure yet...
Nope, not interested



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Have several GH and one Echo Dot

19. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Google home is awesome. My kids love it. They ask a multitude of questions, as well as the fact that Chromecast turns the TV on and off with their words :) Google adds functionality to it regularly and the speaker is really decent in it for playing music - so its essentially our spotify music box when we have people over for dinner or BBQ's. If you don't have one now, definitely get one. They're awesome!

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I prefer a serious sound system.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

#metoo But seriously smart speakers are for different things than ordinary system. I still struggle to find anything to convince me to buy one and I don't want anyone to listen to all my conversations

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Do you have a TV or home theater system? If you do, then you can also play movies, YouTube videos, music, Netflix, and more using a Google Home or even an inexpensive mini. I don't see Apples Homepod support those options, yet. You don't want people to hear you, but it's okay for people to see you with your iPhone X FaceID. Go figure.

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

What makes you think that I own, or even like iP X? I refuse to buy any phone without headphone jack

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Ok... Not one and the same but sure!

18. Skizzo

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

You can have both. Use whatever speakers you want, plug a Chromecast audio into it, and link a Google home mini to it...BAM! Now you have Google Home/Assistant benefits pumping through a "serious sound system" on the cheap. ;)

3. torr310

Posts: 1728; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Can live without it.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I had enough electronics for now. I can access Google assistant thru my XB10 bluetooth speaker.

6. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nah, I'm good. I like the idea but I'm good with just using it in a phone when I want to.

7. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I have 7 total: 1 Home Max, 3 Home, and 3 Home Mini. Yeah I'm kind of all-in on Google's ecosystem

12. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Do you use them for tv control? I have an original Echo and would love to control my tv with it, but it's a bit cumbersome.

8. burkett375

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

Echo and Insignia Smart Speaker. Looking to get a google home mini if/when the prices drop again. With all the smarthome stuff I have, it makes it much easier than reaching for my phone.

9. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Have yet to find a need for it. Kinda like the smart watches.

13. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Waiting for the Maxx to have a price drop.

14. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Does? Not Sure Yet == Yes

16. 48Chevy

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I have a buddy who has a home littered with 5 Echo Dots, an Echo Show, a standard Echo, a Google home mini, and, a Google Home. They control lights, home security, kitchen appliances, the piano, home theatre, ceiling fans, window curtains, bathroom shower (!) and much more. It's "extremely" creepy feeling when I visit as he spends quite a lot of time barking commands to them, and, even more so when the Google Home and Echo begin to have garbled conversations with each other!

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not unless sound quality is decent. Something like Google Max looks acceptable.

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