Which voice assistant is right for you?

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As co-founder and CEO of Tali, a voice-driven timekeeping solution, it’s no surprise that I rely heavily on voice assistants to get things done throughout the day. In fact, I just counted and I currently have six Amazon Echo smart speakers around my house, along with one Google Home, not to mention all my Apple devices.

Whether it’s Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri—each voice assistant plays an active part in my day. This got me thinking:

How do you know which voice assistant is right for you?

Just like adding a new team member, you want to find a good fit. Here are some tips to consider as you look to add a voice assistant to your day:

Amazon Alexa: great for at home

If you want a voice assistant for your home, look no further than Amazon Alexa. You can play music, listen to NPR, and shop on amazon.com with any Amazon Echo smart speaker. Some of my favorite things to do with Amazon Alexa around the house are:

  • Make phone calls – Need to make a call but have your hands full? Just say “Alexa, call Mom” and she’s on the line in no time.
  • Household intercom – Put Echo devices throughout the house and use them like an intercom system. Need something from your spouse, who happens to be downstairs in the kitchen? Just say “Alexa, drop in to the kitchen” to chat directly.
  • Make existing appliances “smart” – Use Alexa-enabled smart plugs to turn any appliance into a smart one. Can’t find the TV remote? No problem, just say “Alexa, turn on the TV.”

Siri: perfect for the Apple user

Siri is good choice for anyone that loves their Apple products. I have an iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Apple Watch, all of which are Siri-enabled. Siri helps me:

  • Set reminders – If you’re like me, random to-dos pop into your head throughout the day (like email a prospect, pick up milk from the store, etc.) and Siri is great for setting reminders. Whether I’m driving or out on a run, I can just say “Hey Siri, remind me at 10am tomorrow to email Jim about his Tali subscription.”
  • Make phone calls – Eliminate the need to pull your phone out of your pocket, and just tell Siri who you want to call.
  • Play music – If you subscribe to Apple Music or have a large iTunes collection, then check out the HomePod smart speaker, which is Siri enabled.

Google Assistant: helpful at home or on the go

I am admittedly an Apple person, but Google Assistant is a great choice if you use Android products or have a Google Home smart speaker. Whether at home or on the go, Google Assistant is ready to help, just say “Hey Google.”

Microsoft Cortana: easy for PC users with Windows 10

If you’re a PC user, try Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana, which is built into Windows 10. When not at your computer, you can access Cortana through an app on your iPhone or Android phone, or use the Harman Kardon smart speaker powered by Cortana.


In the end, all four voice assistants are extremely capable and offer huge benefits when you’re looking to get something done hands-free.

And even though considering your primary use case may help you make your initial decision, you might end up using more than one assistant down the road. Not a day goes by where I don’t utter both words “Alexa,” and “Siri.”