Apple's HomePod Mini takes on the best of the smallest from Amazon and Google

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The entry-level smart speakers from Apple, Amazon and Google each make for a good smart home starting point. We pit them head to head to head to find out which one is the best for your household.
We compare sound quality, smart home capabilities, general knowledge, extras and value. The hardware is important, but you're also getting a smart home platform and a voice-enabled digital assistant. So Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant battle it out in the video as well.
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1:01 The Basics
2:23 Round 1: Sound Quality
5:39 Round 2: Smart Home Smarts
6:27 Round 3: Smart Assistant General Knowledge
9:00 Round 4: Extras
10:45 Conclusion
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  • You failed to compare the skills or so called apps that you can add on to your device !!! Kind of important because it gives you functionality and ability to do things

    Alireza AghamohammadiAlireza Aghamohammadi9 päivää sitten
  • 🤨 $50 for a dot? They are $30 as long as I can remember

    Matt MotleyMatt Motley24 päivää sitten
  • There is no easy way to actually play music on Echo. Doesn’t work like a Bluetooth speaker. Use voice commands only. HomePod wins.

    herefobeerherefobeer24 päivää sitten
  • I don’t think this is a fair comparison the echo dot goes on sale all the time for around $25 and the google goes one sale for 30 - 40 while the apple will be fixed cost of $100

    ADVADV29 päivää sitten
  • 1. The sounds i choose the apple cause ye my ears arent that resistant 2. Amazon just for being better 3. Amazon for more information than the others 4. Still amazon i like music The winner , Amazon All by me

    paraguparagu29 päivää sitten
  • It is double the price... not even in the same class if you are looking to fit your entire house with them. A better comparison would be to the Nest Audio (same price).

    Nathan HoodNathan Hood29 päivää sitten
  • I’m using Apple Music in my google nest mini 🤷‍♂️

    Jonathan SchiesslJonathan SchiesslUukausi sitten
  • The Echo Dot and the HomePod Mini sound basically the same, the Google Nest Mini sounds... not that good

    Alan IluminalanAlan IluminalanUukausi sitten
  • apple wins sound quality

    Josh Reviews StuffJosh Reviews StuffUukausi sitten
  • Sound quality is without a doubt better on Alexa (personally experienced it sounds a lot better than apple) Compatibility is better on alexa Google is the smartest one while homepod is the dumbest Winner is choose between alexa and Google, don't go for overpriced and dumbest homepod

    Stone coldStone coldUukausi sitten
  • Siri is pathetic at being "smart". Sounds good and that's about it.

    Vunene MutariniVunene MutariniUukausi sitten
  • I'd rather buy more google nests than one of the other two.

    Jeff KirauJeff KirauUukausi sitten
  • Why does this pop up with placed 4 days ago....and my reaction is...1 week old. Ordered a Argos Hello 5 for 31 i can watch youtube and Netflix in bed next to me.Tablets go empty lol This or the hub for 60+ chromecast..... go for the apps. Wanted one of these for some time and i beleive it has a charger on 31 bucks🤔🤨

    JUR OJUR OUukausi sitten
  • I have the HomePod mini and I’m returning it for an Alexa I wasn’t that impressed because I wanted it to be for my smart home but the Alexa is better for that

    SavageDog 205SavageDog 205Uukausi sitten
  • I have to go with the HomePod mini because of privacy and I already have HomeKit enabled home products and that I just really want good sound quality and Siri smart enough for what I need to do with Siri.

    Gaming with ColGaming with ColUukausi sitten
  • Does anyone with a homepod actually use the handoff feature? I've never wanted to "continue a song" with my Echo Dot, given that it takes me a minute to get to my car and I'm totally fine not having continuous music in the meantime.

    Ahad RaufAhad RaufUukausi sitten
  • It's a smart speaker and the key word is smart. These reviews clearly don't "deep dive" into the actual functionality and anyone that's building a smart home system will tell you that Apple is a virtual non entity in that space. Apple Homekit is an absolute joke and even if you find something that works with it there's almost always a caveat that not all functions are available with Homekit. So it sounds better but is literally the dumbest "smart speaker" available for easy more money. You can usually get a functional smart speaker from a low as 25$ from Amazon or Google and they actually will run your smart home. There are much better speakers out there from real audio companies that have Google assistant baked in anyways. The whole innocent "maybe the homepod is the best" is either a bold faced lie or shows how little work you did. Look around and see all the people complaining about Homekit. Real people that love their Apple products and have tried to make it work but, ultimately learn the truth. Homekit is not a real thing. Even with Apple everything you're better off using Alexa or Google and to even suggest that the Homepod is a capable smart speaker is criminally negligent.

    John PJohn PUukausi sitten
  • Your justification for not comparing against the bigger same priced speakers is not 'just' enough. In the end, price is one of the biggest factors for choosing one of these, and as you admitted, both the other $99 options from google or amazon sound way better

    megashadow1390megashadow1390Uukausi sitten
  • just get Alexa you won’t regret it

    Pyxl PilotPyxl PilotUukausi sitten
  • CNET... You are full of crap. Looks like you desperately wanted Apple to win in some or the other category in spite of it being just a piece of junk. So you made it the winner in best sounding category totally ignoring Google's bigger sibling at the same price as Apple but sounding multitudes better than home pod. Totally worthless and biased review.

    Phanendar BNPhanendar BNUukausi sitten
    • The comparison was between the smallest smart speaker models. Not the larger ones.

      CNETCNETUukausi sitten
  • Siri the dumbest "smart assistant"

    Rishi BajariRishi BajariUukausi sitten
  • Am I crazy or wasn't the echo the best sounding by far

    Jack BoothJack BoothUukausi sitten
    • Agreed! Louder, clearer, crisper sound.

      ACACUukausi sitten
  • The reason google and Amazon put mute switches on their microphones is because they know they aren't secure and private. HomePods are fully encrypted and apple are confident in keeping your information private so they see no need to put a physical mute switch on the device

    Lyle McwaddltonLyle McwaddltonUukausi sitten
  • Comparing a $100 speaker to $30 speakers, well done CNET 🤡🤡

    Chris daCostaChris daCostaUukausi sitten
    • And what is hilarious is that the homepod mini lost the competition

      Derek oteroDerek oteroUukausi sitten
  • It's like _which company would you like to spy on you and sell your data?_ I'll pass

    JonnyInfiniteJonnyInfiniteUukausi sitten
    • I bet you don't even trust your mom😂

      Derek oteroDerek oteroUukausi sitten
  • Well I listen to music on my Bluetooth compatible Bose speaker that’s connected to my TV. My Echo dot with clock is used for so many more useful things around the house. I didn’t buy it to listen to music.

    Diane SDiane SUukausi sitten
  • What he said all are affordable we’re do you live?? Home pod is so expensive for a small pod

    Carlos Andres ZambranoCarlos Andres ZambranoUukausi sitten
  • So you're say Apple's smart speaker is a...speaker.

    Kenneth DanielsKenneth DanielsUukausi sitten
  • Do you belive charge jbl link music to echo is upgrade or not?

    danbretasdanbretasUukausi sitten
  • Apple free home systems

    minzaw oneminzaw oneUukausi sitten
  • Wouldn't the new google nest be a fairer comparison because it's $99 as well? Bc I'm gonna grab a mini for $18.99 from target!

    Arquell EastlandArquell EastlandUukausi sitten
  • I really dislike how FIstreamrs play music and have a mic record them to compare music sound quality. It literally doesn't do anything apart from comparing which speaker has louder volume at a specific percentage. Volume is NOT quality...

    Frank WangFrank WangUukausi sitten
  • Extremely biased, completely out of ranges of prices. Size just an excuse to throw flowers to Apple.

    Juan Andres SantosJuan Andres SantosUukausi sitten
  • Unfair comparison, the nest audio should be the one being used for realistic comparison🙄

    Boris DmelloBoris DmelloUukausi sitten
  • I'm an Apple fan, but HomePod isn't very smart. "I'll send the results to your iPhone." HomePod does have amazing sound quality, especially if you like songs with bass.

    apple mapple mUukausi sitten
    • @fleet3 better privacy

      MultiLostknightMultiLostknightUukausi sitten

      fleet3fleet3Uukausi sitten
  • Terrible audio quality

    Edgar MkhitaryanEdgar MkhitaryanUukausi sitten
  • Echo/Alexa is my choice, even that she doesn’t support my language.

    VenoStuffVenoStuffUukausi sitten
  • How's HomePod mini a winner at all? For sound maybe (Echo Dot ain't far behind). But for every other category it's beat. As always CNET skewed to Apple.

    aarongeorge007aarongeorge0072 kuukautta sitten
  • 2 out of 4 is Apple. Winner

    Ace CampbellAce Campbell2 kuukautta sitten
  • cnet's smart home is so nice

    Gabriel BerkiGabriel Berki2 kuukautta sitten
  • The Nest Audio sounds much better than the Homepod Mini. It sounds cleaner and louder. The Homepod Mini sounds muffled in comparison.

    Mark TomehMark Tomeh2 kuukautta sitten
  • I’m going with the HomePod Mini. Siri is definitely not the best, but when it comes to ecosystem and integration with my iPhone I think it does what I need it to do. Very rarely do I ask these assistants these types of questions (at least not yet). It’s usually command questions: turn on/off the lights, add an item to the list, play music etc. Siri does just fine with that. So given the better audio, I think HomePod Mini will do just fine.

    Rick EvansRick Evans2 kuukautta sitten
  • Apple was the best on sound. The bass was amazing.

    Shiraz ChanawalaShiraz Chanawala2 kuukautta sitten
  • Apple won the sound quality

    HarryplayzHarryplayz2 kuukautta sitten
  • Passive radiators make a difference in bass that lacks in both rather than home mini.

    teja krishteja krish2 kuukautta sitten
  • You should be comparing speakers in same price category not by speaker size.

    save400save4002 kuukautta sitten
    • @save400 price does not impact performance, therefore it is irrelevant. the homepod mini is apple's SMALL VERSION of the homepod, the echo dot is amazons SMALL version of the echo. how do you not understand this? its not that deep

      fleet3fleet3Uukausi sitten
    • @fleet3 everyone wants to get the best sounding speaker for the money they are willing to spend. If you can buy best sounding speaker for 100$ and meeting all the other requirements you will not turn it down because it’s not in “mini” category. Because it’s 10 centimetres taller. lol

      save400save400Uukausi sitten
    • @fleet3 nobody buys speakers based on their size unless they are Bluetooth mobile speakers. Size difference between $99 nest speaker and $50 nest speaker does not make a difference. What makes difference is a price and sound quality. Since when the amount of stationary speaker takes place is a deciding purchase factor? 😂

      save400save400Uukausi sitten
    • um, no? that’s not how that works... they compared all the mini versions of smart speakers for a reason. price category does not mean the same type of product. just because the new amazon echo and the homepod are $99, does not mean that they are comparable products because they are in two completely different categories. the homepod mini is apples more affordable, smaller speaker. same with the echo dot.

      fleet3fleet3Uukausi sitten
  • Well at the moment you can buy 3 Amazon echo dots (without clock) or 5 google home minis on the sales for the price of 1 HomePod mini. Hmm.

    Tanuj DuaTanuj Dua2 kuukautta sitten
    • And to top it all of... You pay double or triple the price for a piece of garbage that didn't get even a single question right if you choose Apple.

      Phanendar BNPhanendar BNUukausi sitten
    • @Jared Shelton you can also get a full size echo or Google nest audio for that price though

      Daniel CoxDaniel CoxUukausi sitten
    • The HomePod has the best sound quality

      Jared SheltonJared Shelton2 kuukautta sitten
  • I love my Alexa but have a ton of Apple stuff. The only thing that has me hesitant is that Siri isn’t as knowledgeable as Alexa..

    Justin PhyJustin Phy2 kuukautta sitten
  • so $100 is affordable? lol

    Mecs BMecs B2 kuukautta sitten
    • If u can't afford it get the eco dot it's 40$ to 50$ max

      Tech Guy H-A GoldenTech Guy H-A GoldenUukausi sitten
  • I’m gonna have to go with Apple here know the sound quality it’s good and plus I signed my soul to Apple so yeah there’s that

    Dean RauDean Rau2 kuukautta sitten
    • @Gamer F Basically

      Alan IluminalanAlan IluminalanUukausi sitten
    • @DOSE OF TECH when you enter the apple ecosystem, you’re there to stay. They make it so seamless you won’t even look for alternatives.

      Charles-David BérubéCharles-David BérubéUukausi sitten
    • More like just the last part of your comment 😂

      megashadow1390megashadow1390Uukausi sitten
    • @DOSE OF TECH it's a joke

      Gamer FGamer FUukausi sitten
    • Apples dumb

      Prerna ChandraPrerna ChandraUukausi sitten
  • The last question of the video was the most useful one.

    The Desi LifestyleThe Desi Lifestyle2 kuukautta sitten
  • Amazon runs everything through mp3gain.

    The Desi LifestyleThe Desi Lifestyle2 kuukautta sitten
    • Do you belive charge jbl link music to echo is upgrade or not?

      danbretasdanbretasUukausi sitten
  • The Big Blue Party blows all of these out of the water.

    The Desi LifestyleThe Desi Lifestyle2 kuukautta sitten
  • Siri needs to read up

    rabit818rabit8182 kuukautta sitten
  • Does the Echo Dot still have an Aux port? " That is an important feature that only the Dot has had in the past.

    John ArmwoodJohn Armwood2 kuukautta sitten
    • Yes it has 👍

      Tech Guy H-A GoldenTech Guy H-A GoldenUukausi sitten
    • yes

      NikoYTNikoYTUukausi sitten
  • still price-wise google beats all

    rudra sarkarrudra sarkar2 kuukautta sitten
  • Isn't siri pretty stupid

    neetu syalneetu syal2 kuukautta sitten
  • We have 1 Google Home and 3 Google/Nest Mini's - one of the mini's randomly "factory resets" every 2-14 days. Long threads on Googles forums about this, thousands of others with the same problem, and they won't fix it.

    Drew MartellDrew Martell2 kuukautta sitten
  • Nest audio would have been the better competitor for home mini

    Anjir KasedAnjir Kased2 kuukautta sitten
  • According to the dc Apple TV app Batman ninja is a 2020 release even though it’s from 2018 I wonder where this knowledge comes from

    AME TVAME TV2 kuukautta sitten
  • Sound quality wise, the HomePod Mini crushes these two

    Stephan LevesqueStephan Levesque2 kuukautta sitten
  • Siri is painful.... and I’m an apple Stan

    Liam O'BrienLiam O'Brien2 kuukautta sitten
    • @The Approver alexa has spotify support too. Trust me bro, alexa is better than google, it has more features and its voice recognition is better. I also have homepod mini but I use it only to play music (because it's that best one to just play music)

      TechWiseTechWise4 päivää sitten
    • @The Approver yeah apparently apple reached out to spotify to get support on the homepods but spotify hasn't accepted

      WooshinwevWooshinwev29 päivää sitten
    • @fleet3 yeah that’s why I will get one of googles speakers the google assistant is just amazing also Spotify support!

      The ApproverThe ApproverUukausi sitten
    • i just want her to be smarter

      fleet3fleet3Uukausi sitten
  • Google speakers are trash! Bought two of them and they keep turning off

    datalin1datalin12 kuukautta sitten
  • I would choose Google home mini! Google assistant is the best.

    Errol JarogonErrol Jarogon2 kuukautta sitten
  • If im honest, I don't think i'd ask a smart speaker those things. Unless I'm just used to using Siri but whenever I go to use a smart speaker it's usually for things "To do" not asking it questions. Like to play music, turn the lights on/off. Whenever I have a question I usually just google it myself.

    MilkysaurusMilkysaurus2 kuukautta sitten
  • 8:08 What is the average weight of an apple? HomePod mini: (whispers under his breath) *how dare you ask me that*

    Craig BerkowitzCraig Berkowitz2 kuukautta sitten
  • Echo dot all day for 100 you can buy two echo’s so you can set them up to fill a room!Google really need to step up their game Apple is not even in the smartphone race!

    Elvin OElvin O2 kuukautta sitten
  • Whoosba hair style.

    JR RichardsJR Richards2 kuukautta sitten
  • I like how siri tries to dodge the question about distance between sun and earth.. Classic textbook move :)

    90s Something90s Something2 kuukautta sitten
    • i hate text books but i like my homepod mini

      fleet3fleet3Uukausi sitten
  • Haha, why don’t they do the “sound tests” with frequency equipment?? I’m sitting here listening to the music play through the speaker on my iPad!...I can’t hear what the actual speakers sound like!

    George hGeorge h2 kuukautta sitten
  • Apple mini is so stupid, it hurts. And that is coming from an iPhone user.

    Ciprian GeorgiuCiprian Georgiu2 kuukautta sitten
  • I have no idea what Apple's thinking at that price point. Just... No...

    Nicholas CoffeyNicholas Coffey2 kuukautta sitten
    • @Logan T sure it definitely is

      DucletDuclet20 päivää sitten
    • @Duclet no Apple is a ripoff lol

      Logan TLogan T20 päivää sitten
    • Apple is the luxury of smart devices

      DucletDucletUukausi sitten
  • I have the bose home speaker 500 and the sound quality is so artificial and poor.

    Kanwar AnandKanwar Anand2 kuukautta sitten
  • lmao the homepod mini is literally the Amazon echo dot flipped upside down, lack of innovation and design as always.

    Samuel MelendezSamuel Melendez2 kuukautta sitten
    • speak for yourself for stealing comments from others lol.

      Javier HJavier H2 kuukautta sitten
  • Amazon is the best assistant not bad sound. Those two categories are the most important for me.

    Tango CashTango Cash2 kuukautta sitten
  • The sounding sweetness roots deep over the! deepest

    Mizanur BhuiyanMizanur Bhuiyan2 kuukautta sitten
  • Just useless things which companies sell to farm for your private data

    C V Sunil KumarC V Sunil Kumar2 kuukautta sitten
    • Seeing as how Apple creates false routes when you use Apple Maps so they and anyone looking at the data can’t see your route... I’ll trust Apple with my data more than Google or Amazon.

      AxiarusAxiarusUukausi sitten
  • Sound quality and security are the most important for me.... so HomePod.

    Bryan GuevaraBryan Guevara2 kuukautta sitten
  • This is so silly. Why does it matter if they’re all “entry level”? If Amazon released a $10 echo, would you still compare it to the the $100 HP mini? The only comparison that makes sense is price

    TheBoyTeeTheBoyTee2 kuukautta sitten
    • that’s not how it works in the tech industry lol

      NomixiuNomixiu2 kuukautta sitten
  • Apple HomePod Mini!!

    theRogue GeishatheRogue Geisha2 kuukautta sitten
  • So if you ask “how far away is the sun” to Siri, she gives that bad answer. However if you ask “how far apart are the sun and the earth” she gets it right.

    Ethan TurnerEthan Turner2 kuukautta sitten
  • I’m surprised by the questions test. I have a HomePod mini, and I don’t feel like Siri is that dumb.

    Ethan TurnerEthan Turner2 kuukautta sitten
    • They definitely made Siri dumber than she is here. She’s definitely not the smartest but this video is not very truthful. If you ask Siri how far away the sun is she shows you the results accurately on the iPhone/iPad but describes the sun vocally. Siri is more embedded into an ecosystem than the other two so looking at Siri as a stand alone device is half baked at best. Again, not full depicted in the video.

      Augústo WilliamsAugústo Williams2 kuukautta sitten
    • You must have not used Alexa and Google then. It’s not even a contest. Suri is a very distant third.

      roguegeekroguegeek2 kuukautta sitten
  • This tutorial is very useful. I am waiting for the next your video. Please also visit my FIstream channel and I hope you can subscribe to my channel. I look forward to your support. Thank you :)

    jarot97jarot972 kuukautta sitten
  • homepod mini definitely wins by sound quality

    alex torchiaalex torchia2 kuukautta sitten
    • @bksst ikr

      alex torchiaalex torchia2 kuukautta sitten
    • 100 vs 30 in price. Why didn't they compare to 100

      bksstbksst2 kuukautta sitten
  • Siri is an idiot.

    trayNTPtrayNTP2 kuukautta sitten
  • Apple 🍎 is dumb but sounds good 👌

    Juan MmJuan Mm2 kuukautta sitten
  • Should be nest audio not the mini to be fair test... then your comparing them at the same price..

    eddie drivereddie driver2 kuukautta sitten
    • @fleet3 people care more about price than the speaker being 3 inches taller than the other one. They should have compared the equally priced speakers. If Apple can't make a better speaker for the $100, that's their fault.

      MyNameAZeusMyNameAZeusUukausi sitten
    • But then the tinny sound of the home pod would be too evident🤣🤣

      Chris daCostaChris daCostaUukausi sitten
    • @Miguel De Freitas um, no? that’s not how that works... they compared all the mini versions of smart speakers for a reason. price category does not mean the same type of product. just because the new amazon echo and the homepod are $99, does not mean that they are comparable products because they are in two completely different categories. the homepod mini is apples more affordable, smaller speaker. same with the echo dot.

      fleet3fleet3Uukausi sitten
    • @eddie driver um, no? that’s not how that works... they compared all the mini versions of smart speakers for a reason. price category does not mean the same type of product. just because the new amazon echo and the homepod are $99, does not mean that they are comparable products because they are in two completely different categories. the homepod mini is apples more affordable, smaller speaker. same with the echo dot.

      fleet3fleet3Uukausi sitten
    • @Miguel De Freitas exactly!! All around the $99 mark then compare them, I think they need to re-do the reveiw.. I would be interested in that although I've already chosen a house of google but If I hadn't yet decided a fair comparison would be beneficial.

      eddie drivereddie driver2 kuukautta sitten
  • Awesome comparison, thank you

    Jeramie ReevesJeramie Reeves2 kuukautta sitten
  • I thought the best device comparison of apple is the original home for sound quality

    Abraham HatchAbraham Hatch2 kuukautta sitten
  • It's rediculous to compare sound quality with each set to a different volume level (louder always sounds better). Volume level capability should be a separate test.

    P RP R2 kuukautta sitten
  • This is a serious comparison, compare the $100 versions of each of the ecosystems. If course $100 speaker will sound better "entry level" or not.

    IM.Mister.TomIM.Mister.Tom2 kuukautta sitten
  • For the price google is the best

    laroka24laroka242 kuukautta sitten
  • As an apple user, I love how dumb Siri is.

    Chris ClaesChris Claes2 kuukautta sitten
  • That sound test is not ryt, the Amazon echo won that. You can’t claim distortion unless the other 2 can reach the same decibels.

    Tizo JiyaneTizo Jiyane2 kuukautta sitten
  • A stupid comparison. Home pod mini is a dumb "smart" speaker. And it sounds bad for the price. Not fair to give it best sound quality point.

    Rahul VincentRahul Vincent2 kuukautta sitten
    • Bro it's not dumb, you're be surprised what it can do in a smarthome with homekit. my echo dots are gone now, replaced them with these minis for my homekit house 👌

      Jay tech addict HomekitJay tech addict Homekit2 kuukautta sitten
  • For $100 just get an older iPad and use it as a HomePod show

    Noah BoockNoah Boock2 kuukautta sitten
    • Get the fire tablet and get the stand as an accessory and it will automatically turn ur display into an eco show mod 👍it's cheaper better or get the alexa show 8 or 5 . Christmas deals are hot even cyber Monday

      Tech Guy H-A GoldenTech Guy H-A GoldenUukausi sitten
  • There is the other alternative that I do which is use my Kindle Fire HD and ask Alexa through that. Works every time! I really enjoyed the sun question when Siri told you all about what it was but no mention of the distance, which of course was the question.

    Gary KorzeliusGary Korzelius2 kuukautta sitten
  • Damn Siri is dumb.

    MbizozoMbizozo2 kuukautta sitten
  • HomePod Mini for the win in terms of sound quality.

    MbizozoMbizozo2 kuukautta sitten
    • HomePod mini rules

      The Saint IncorporatedThe Saint IncorporatedUukausi sitten
    • @Jeremiah Kamara true but in this lineup, it is🤷🏽‍♂️

      MbizozoMbizozo2 kuukautta sitten
    • Does it really though for the same price as the homepod mini I could get the amazon echo or the google nest audio and have better sound quality

      Jeremiah KamaraJeremiah Kamara2 kuukautta sitten
  • worst review.

    Durgesh KolteDurgesh Kolte2 kuukautta sitten