document updated 1 year, 10 months ago, on Aug 5, 2022

Pros and cons of various voice assistants

The current list of decent voice assistants (as of 2022) is:

See here for market share analysis.

Amazon's Alexa

Google Assistant

Apple's Siri

I've never bought an Apple device, and I'm not sure when I intend to start.

In general I prefer having more control over my devices than less (preferring manual transmissions and dual-clutch transmissions, for instance, and preferring gargantuan settings panels), so I'm not sure that Apple's approach of providing a slick user-experience but limited ways to dig around under the hood would resonate with me.

My overall conclusions

Each of these voice assistants feel like they're a vast ecosystem, tying together many different services (both manufacturer-provided as well as third-party integrations). IMHO, this makes it much more complex to attempt an apples-to-apples comparison. I've decided that it's better to simply try each voice assistant out in turn, and figure out what I personally think about the specific services that I might use on each platform.