Robert wants a voice assistant that has the best artificial intelligence. He wants to be able to ask it a variety of different questions about the news. Leo says the Google Home is the winner in that category, but the Amazon Echo is the only device that lets you shop on Amazon. Amazon is also very good with music, and simple commands like setting a timer, and home automation tasks. There's also more than 50,000 third party skills on the Echo. The problem is that it's hard to find skills, and then he'd have to learn the specific syntax to use that skill. If he wants an assistant that's more human-like, Google is easily the best of the two. Leo says Robert's solution may be to have both. That can be complicated though to remember which device to ask for various things.
Leo's favorite Echo device is the Echo Show, because it has a 7" screen built-in. This means it can display photo albums, the view from cameras Robert may have set up, and it would allow him to tap on the screen to complete tasks that he asked about. It also has pretty decent speakers. Amazon and Google both have cheaper devices he could experiment with first as well.