When you're choosing a phone, one of the biggest decisions you'll make is whether you're going to go with iOS or Android. To help you out, we compared two of the most affordable options from top phone-makers: the Apple iPhone XR and the Google Pixel 3. Both phones cost about the same and are equipped with premium hardware (check out the price chart below). But they also offer vastly different user experiences and software goodies that make them stand out from one another. Let's see how they compare. Now playing: Watch this: iPhone XR vs. Pixel 3: How to choose the best phone 13:19 Design: Pixel 3's sharper screen vs. luxe iPhone XR looks With its thin bezels, notch and elegant glass and metal encasing, the iPhone XR flaunts a premium, iPhone XS-like aesthetic. Unlike other iPhones, however, it comes in six colors, including a vibrant red, blue, yellow and coral in addition to the standard black and white. The iPhone XR also has a big, 6.1-inch LCD screen with … [Read more...] about iPhone XR vs. Pixel 3: Which affordable phone should you buy?
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Back at Google I/O 2016, we got a first look at Google Assistant. It was designed to be a conversational assistant, as opposed to the search-based Google Now. Then when Allo was released in September, it shipped with a beta version of Assistant. Finally when the Google Pixel phones were released in October, Assistant was a major selling point. Google has a tendency to rush products out the door without fully finishing them, and Assistant was no exception. So now that about four months have passed since the official introduction of Google Assistant (roughly five months if you count the Allo beta), has anything changed? Assistant vs. Google Search Before you continue reading, it's worth pointing out that Google Now refers to the card list that contains information relevant to you - sports scores, suggested articles, etc. That's what you see when you open the Google app, or on the left-most screen of the Google Now Launcher and Pixel Launcher. Google Search is the … [Read more...] about Google Assistant, four months later: Still fragmented, still unfinished, still the best
SoundGuys Google Assistant can perform a wide array of tasks, including reading notifications, answering questions, and reciting recipes. If you’ve never used Google Assistant through your headphones, consider this your guide on all you need to know for getting started. We’ll cover the differences between headphones with Google Assistant support and full integration, how to pair your headphones, popular commands, and round it off with a list of recommended Google Assistant headphones.Google Assistant “support” vs. “integration” Virtually any wireless headphones or earbuds include virtual assistant support for Google Assistant (or Siri, if you’re using an iPhone). In this case, the headset simply alerts Assistant on your phone. However, headphones with full Google Assistant integration have the virtual assistant run natively on the headset. This is a big deal: it facilitates assistance without needing to tap into your smartphone. While it … [Read more...] about How to use Google Assistant through your headphones
Signature Apple Flair Smart and versatile Apple's HomePod is a compact smart speaker that has amazing sound. The microphones are super responsive — even with the volume turned up — but the HomePod can only use Apple's HomeKit and stream directly from Apple Music. $349 at Apple Pros Amazing sound quality Compact design Simple setup process Cons HomeKit and Apple Music only With its combination of great sound, smart home features, and built-in Google Assistant, The Google Home Max has a lot to offer. However, the multi-room audio can be tricky to set up, and the bulkier design doesn't look as sleek as it could. $399 at Google Pros Google Assistant and smart home controls built-in Multiple streaming services AUX port for wired audio Cons Heavy and bulky design Multi-room audio is a bit tricky Apple set out to build a speaker that truly sounds amazing and is as easy to set up, use, and integrate into its existing product line, and the HomePod accomplishes … [Read more...] about HomePod vs. Google Home Max: Which should you buy?
As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of devices that gives the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant a visual interface. These new devices let you watch videos, see the latest photos of friends and family, and give you visuals when you ask questions — but there’s more to it than that. With nearly half of all Google Assistant interactions this year combining voice and touch to get things done, smart displays could be on the rise. So which has the best features? Which is right for your home? In this article we draw on learnings from reviews of the Portal, Echo Show, and Home Hub and take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages that each of these smart displays brings to market. Amazon Echo Show The first Amazon Echo Show was a bit meh. … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?