Note: Amazon Prime Day is over, though some of these deals remain (as of midnight, July 18). Our Post-Prime Day deals guide and Deals from Amazon Rivals will live on until July 18-20. As always, we hope we helped you sift through the sales madness and find great products. Check the WIRED Gear section for the latest news and reviews.
The discount fest that is Amazon Prime Day is chugging along until Tuesday, July 16, ends on the West Coast, and a lot of people will probably pick up a discounted Amazon Device, like the retailer's Echo speakers, equipped with its Alexa Voice Assistant.
Google isn't thrilled with that. It would rather you purchase one of its Google Assistant devices instead. To sway you, Google is hosting its own mini Prime Day.
We here at WIRED wish you the best, no matter which smart home ecosystem you choose. (And honestly, you're fine if you choose none at all!) But from a usability standpoint, we prefer Google Assistant to Alexa. Google answers common questions more capably, and its setup process is simpler and friendlier for any third-party devices you may want to add to your smart home. Many Google devices are on sale, but these are our favorites.
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__Google Pixel 3A XL for $479 ($100 Amazon Gift Card):__ The latest Google Pixel smartphone is currently our absolute favorite phone, and it's available this Prime Day, not at a discount, but with a $100 Amazon gift card. To us, this phone is already the best bargain around. If you're in the market for a new Pixel but don't want to wait for the upcoming Pixel 4 (which will be more expensive), this could be a good time to buy. It's also available in almost-white. Google Pixel 3 XL for $639 ($261 off): The standard, more powerful Pixel 3 is also on sale, though we think the 3A or 3A XL will do you fine.
Google Home Mini + GE Smart Bulb for $31 ($24 off): If you have an extra Lincoln and want to try a smart bulb, here's an easy bundle.
Google Home for $69 ($30 off): The original Google Home sounds OK for music, just not amazing. At a sub-$100 price, it's worth a look if you have a smaller space.
Google Home Max Speaker for $250 ($50 off): We really like this Google speaker. It was great at $400, and for $250, it will fill any room with booming audio. If you buy two, you can sync them up for stereo sound.
Google Nest Hub for $79 ($70 off): This used to be called the Google Home Hub. It's basically like a Google Assistant speaker with a display—a small display. At its regular price, we didn't think it was the best deal around, but we like that it has no camera, and its 7-inch screen makes it small enough to put at your bedside.
Nest Hello Smart Doorbell for $189 ($40 off): Amazon's Ring doorbells grab more headlines, but the Nest doorbell has some neat face-tagging features that let it recognize your loved ones and issue alerts when they arrive, among other features. Read more about it.
Nest Secure Alarm System is also $100 off, though we have not tested it enough to give a recommendation.
Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant for $128 ($72 off): This is one of the best smart displays you can buy (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s not technically made by Google, but the company collaborated with Lenovo, which may be why this gives the Echo Show a run for its money.
Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant for $60 ($20 off): Lenovo made it, but the Smart Clock is also Google’s competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show 5 ($50, $40 off during Prime Day). It brings the Google Assistant to your bedside and doesn’t have a camera staring at you while you sleep, which is a nice bonus. Read WIRED’s review.
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