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If you’re in the market for a high-end, great-sounding smart speaker, you have a tough choice to make: Apple’s HomePod, or Google’s Home Max?

Both speakers offer incredible sound, built-in smart assistants, and the power of two tech behemoths behind them. They even cost a similar price at $350 and $400, respectively. 

But Google Home Max has several crucial advantages over HomePod, advantages that make it a smarter buy than Apple’s new offering: