Amazon Echo (4th Gen)
Smarter, faster, clearer
A major upgrade on the previous Echo generation, the Amazon Echo 2020 adds a faster processor for better Alexa response time, improved music quality thanks to revamped drivers, and control over more devices thanks to Zigbee connectivity. Add in Dolby processing, multi-room music and hands-free calls, and you get a versatile home speaker.
Google Nest Audio
Audio and Assistant revamped
Despite the name change from Google Home to Nest Audio, Google’s latest speaker is less focused on new smart home integrations and more on improved audio quality, improved Google Assistant response time and a striking, multi-colored tower design. Regular Google and Nest Security users will find plenty to like with this device.
- Solid audio quality
- Great EQ customization and automation
- Fast processor for Assistant commands
- Excellent mic quality
- Intuitive capacitive touch controls
- Occasional software glitches
Amazon Echo and Nest Audio remain the two most reliable speakers for controlling your smart home. Both released in October 2020, these smart speakers made significant upgrades over their predecessors that make them still worth buying almost two years later. But which of the two is the better choice? We’ve reviewed both products and have the necessary knowledge to help you decide.
Nest Audio vs. Amazon Echo: Comparing audio quality
Before we get to the “smarts,” let’s focus on the speaker side of these two devices. You can buy an Echo Dot or Nest Mini if you solely want a cheap way to speak to a smart assistant: If you’re buying the Nest Audio or Amazon Echo, you’ll also want some rich audio to go along with the higher cost.