Amazon Nebula vs Sonos Beam: Which Alexa Soundbar Sets the Bar Higher?

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In the post, I’ll explore the similarities and differences of Amazon Nebula vs Sonos Beam smart soundbars, both of which have Amazon Alexa built-in. Until now, Sonos has had arguably the best and most popular soundbar with Alexa, the Sonos Beam. Will Amazon’s new Nebula soundbar announced last week unseat Sonos? While the Nebula includes Fire TV as well as Alexa, the Sonos Beam also has Alexa built-in, offers more advanced audio hardware, supports Google Assistant and even has limited support for Apple Siri. Sonos Beam also supports Apple Airplay where the Nebula does not. Generally, the Sonos sets the bar higher for best sound and voice control, but Amazon also provides solid sound performance that includes the benefits of Fire TV. Nebula vs Beam: Comparison Table Here’s a comparison table contrasting some of the key features of these two soundbars that include Amazon Alexa onboard. Amazon Nebula Fire TV Edition, Coming Soon We won’t really know what the customer response will be until Amazon starts shipping the soundbar in November. However, you can buy the Sonos Beam on Amazon today or pre-order the Nebula for November shipment. Here’s a look at everything that Amazon announced at IFA 2019, including …

Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen vs 1st Gen Comparison: What’s the Difference?

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In this post, I’ll compare the similarities and differences between the All-New Fire TV Cube 2nd Generation vs 1st Generation Cube. But what has really changed in going from Gen 1 to Gen 2?  First, key Alexa TV commands are processed on the Cube instead of requiring a trip out to the Cloud, leading to faster response time. Second, is improved hardware including a faster Amlogic S922z Quad-Core processor (up to 2.2GHz) and a better graphics processor (GPU). Finally, the latest 4K Ultra HD standards are also supported, including HDR Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HLG.  In the rest of this post, I’ll explain how these hardware enhancements relate to a better overall user experience. oneSmartcrib.com is supported by readers like you. If you buy something after clicking a link on our site, we may earn a commission. For more information, see our affiliate disclaimer below. This Cube Is on Fire f you aren’t familiar with Amazon Fire TV Cube, it is essentially a marriage between Amazon’s Fire TV streaming media platform and Amazon Echo/ Alexa. The biggest benefit of the Amazon Fire TV Cube is that you can use it to control your TV hands-free (i.e., no remote control required). …

Ecobee vs Nest vs Honeywell vs Emerson: Ultimate Smart Thermostat Comparison [2019]

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Ecobee vs Nest vs Honeywell vs Emerson – and dozens of others – oh my!  Trying to find the best smart thermostat to rock your smart home can be overwhelming due to all of the options out there now. In this post, I’ll provide a side-by-side comparison of my top three picks, plus I’ll break down the pros and cons of 13 top-rated thermostats from Ecobee, Nest, Emerson, Honeywell, Bosch, Flair, and Lux. oneSmartcrib.com is supported by our readers. If you purchase a product after clicking a link on our site, we may earn a commission. For more information, see our affiliate disclaimer in the sidebar (or below on mobile). Ecobee vs Nest vs Honeywell vs Emerson: My Top 4 Picks Let’s start with a comparison table that captures my top four recommendations for the best smart thermostats you can buy based on considerable research. Full disclosure, I did not have the means or resources to test all of these on my own, but I promise you, I spent a TON of time researching this post. These recommendations are very well-informed on several levels and are based on my analysis of customer and industry expert reviews ad well as the …

Echo Auto vs Roav Viva: Which Alexa Device Is Better for Your Car?

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In this article, I compare the Amazon Echo Auto vs Roav Viva.  I’ll weight the pros and cons and provide helpful side-by-side comparison tables that include both the Roav Viva Pro and Standard Edition as well. The bottom line? While both products give you Alexa in your car, Echo Auto has more streaming music options, including Spotify. Roav Viva provides more connectivity options including CarPlay, Android Auto, and FM radio transmission. Another notable difference is that Roav Viva is available right now to everyone, and Amazon Echo Auto is invitation-only (currently shipping in limited quantities). I’ll start with an overall comparison, and you can also jump down to compare Echo Auto vs Roav Viva side-by-side in each of the following categories: Alexa Skills Navigation /Driving Directions Streaming Music Services Connectivity Options VR-ROOM, VR-ROOM! We’re off to the races🏎️🏎️! Echo Auto Vs Roav Viva: Overall Comparison The following table provides a side-by-side comparison of Echo Auto vs Roav  Viva Pro vs Roav Viva Standard Edition. Done Waiting K, I’m officially done waiting for my Amazon Echo Auto invitation. I simply couldn’t live without Alexa in my car for another second, so I went and bought the Roav Viva Pro. I have …

Pet Gadgets Galore 2019! Smart Home Tech for Dogs, Cats, Fish & More

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Pet Gadgets 2019! In the post, I’ll provide a definitive guide to the best smart pet gadgets you can get at Amazon. The focus will be on dogs 🐶 and cats 🐱 but these devices could potentially be used for more exotic types of pets as well 🙈. We Love Our Furry Friends ur pets! We love them. And how could we not when they look like this: And this: According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by theAmerican Pet Products Association (APPA), sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet [source Insurance Information Institute]. Now, that sure is a lot of pets! And that is just in America alone! In general, when it comes to our furry friends, we want three things for them. We want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. In this post, I’ll provide a bit of a mini-guide to smart pet gadgets that will help you cover all three. I’ll give you my recommendations for best smart dog and cat feeder, a smart water bowl, a smart fish feeder,  a smart pet door, two smart chew toys, a smart pet cam that you can use to play games …

Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max: Which Premium Display Is Smartest?

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In this article, I compare the Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Google Nest Hub Max. Read on to find out which one these displays should sit atop your kitchen counter or home office desk. So which smart display is best overall? Facebook Portal Plus is the best overall smart display.  It has the largest [15.6-inch] screen with the highest resolution [1920 x 1080]  and the ability to rotate from landscape to portrait mode. During video calls, the camera frames and follows subjects around the room, plus the microphone volume even adjusts up or down depending on a caller’s proximity to the device.   For these reasons, even with the slightly higher price tag, the Facebook Portal Plus gets my pick for the best smart display so far in 2019.  I’m in good company apparently as it currently has stellar ratings on Amazon.  You can read the latest ratings and check the price here. But let’s take a closer look at all four options. oneSmartcrib.com is reader-supported. When you buy through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission. There is no additional cost to you.  Comparison Chart: Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Hub …

11 Baby & Toddler Tech Gifts for Dads [And the Moms Who ❤️ Them]

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Baby Tech Gifts for Dads 2019: Looking for the best baby and toddler tech gadget gifts for dads in 2019? You’ve come to the right place. Babies and Toddlers! Everybody loves them. They’re cute. They’re cuddly. Sometimes they say things like goo goo, ga ga, and da da. Sometimes too these little cherubs soil their diapers, hop out of their cribs, or cry hysterically through the night. But we love them just the same. Benefits of Baby & Toddler Tech Gifts for Dads This article explores some hot, trending baby & toddler tech gift ideas for dads. These gifts go great in a baby nursery or toddler’s bedroom. We’ll look at some unique and award-winning new technology gadgets for parents and children that also make ideal gifts for the holidays or any of time year. Why? They: Help make grumpy babies and toddlers happier Give both dad and mom added peace of mind Help parents and baby/toddler sleep better Facilitate early childhood development With all of these benefits its no wonder the industry has seen double-digit annual growth since 2014 [source IBISWorld]. OK, without further ado, lets’ check out the best baby tech of 2019. #1 Best Hi-Tech Car Seat:  CYBEX …

Meural Canvas vs Samsung Frame: Two Best Digital Art /Photo Frames for Your Smart Home Wall

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In this article, I’ll give you a non-art connoisseur’s thoughts and opinions on the Meural Canvas vs Samsung Frame digital art/photo frames. I’ll compare them both side by side, include some excellent video reviews and list the pros and cons of each frame. Did you know that one of these also happens to be a 4K UHD TV?  Can you guess which one? Let’s jump right in. Art. Ask For More. You might recall this tagline for an Americans for the Arts ad campaign that first aired in the 80s and was narrated by Donald Trump-er, I mean Alec Baldwin. It was designed to encourage parents to ask for more art for their kids both in and out of school. When I started researching this post, this tagline kept popping into my head.  Why? Because with this new breed of smart digital art frames that’s exactly what you get. More. And so much of it. Regardless of whether you choose a Meural Canvas or Samsung Frame, you get a revolving display of your favorite works of art in a frame that you customize according to your proclivity. Smart. In this post, I compare Meural Canvas vs Samsung Frame to …

How To Make a Smart Dorm for Under $100 $50 $25 [35 College Tech Products for 2019]

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Heading off to school on a budget and want to know how to make a smart dorm for under $100 $50 $25? Alright, you frugal college-bound genius, we are here to give you not 10, not 20, but 35 cool college tech products for 2019. Safeguard That Mac ‘n Cheese ack in the day, roughly a quarter-century ago (yikes), I spent my college freshman year at a little school called Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH (now Franklin Pierce University).  I spent a year living on campus there before transferring over to Northeastern U in Boston. There was no such thing as a smart plug or smart light, and Alexa wasn’t even a twinkle in Jeff Bezos’ eye. Man, if only I had an Alexa as a study buddy and to help keep me organized in school. And a security camera to catch my roomies in the act of raiding my mac ‘n cheese supply! Crazy thing is, this year BOTH of my sons will be attending college (at Bunker Hill and Umass Lowell respectively).  So I thought who better than Christopher and Casey to help me come up with some great budget ideas for college dorms and apartments. In …

Sensibo Sky vs Ceilo Breeze Plus vs Ambi vs Tado: Which Smart AC Controller [& App] is Best?

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In this article, I provide a side by side comparison of Sensibo Sky vs Ceilo Breeze Plus vs Ambi vs Tado. Which smart ac controller and app is best? Let’s find out. h yes. The Dog Days of Summer. We are really in the thick of it now. With last week’s heatwave, August just starting to heat up, and even more oppressive heat in the forecast for many parts of the U.S., all I can say is…it’s hot! And that has me thinking about my AC – and last month’s electric bill 😢.AND wouldn’t it be great if I could save some money somehow, some way. I don’t have central AC so a smart thermostat is out. So, what is a sweaty frugal boy to do? Short answer is: there’s an app for that! In fact, there are four really good ones that will let you control both window and portable AC units. They are: Sensibo Sky, Ceilo Breez Plus, Ambi Climate 2, and Tado. They aren’t free and don’t come cheap, but with the savings you can get on your electric bill they could more than pay for themselves in a couple of seasons. But which app is best? …

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