Jeffrey Mincey points out the obvious– seemingly overlooked by the technology media– Amazon’s highly touted Echo and Alexa team have some weaknesses.
Alright, what does Siri do better than Amazon’s Echo and Alexa? Siri fits in my pocket. Siri can make phone calls, launch apps on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Siri does not require a Wi-Fi connection so isn’t tethered to a device that goes nowhere. And, unlike the few million Echo units that Amazon doesn’t claim to have sold (Amazon doesn’t use numbers, it seems), Apple’s Siri works on over a billion devices, and while Amazon households may have an Echo or two, I’m willing to bet that– thanks to a billion Apple devices in the wild– that Siri shows up in more places. Many, many, more places.
Each of these talking artificial intelligent personal assistants can perform tricks the others cannot.