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Amazon Echo Reviews: Alexa, What Can You Do for Me?

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Amazon Echo on shelfAre you looking for a friend who can tell you the answer to anything? Maybe Alexa can help you out! Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, can answer questions you have by using a wake word. Most people use Alexa as their wake word, however, if someone in your household is named Alexa you may want to choose a different word! 😉 Alexa can also help your order things online, call your friends, play music and more. Check out all the cool features Alexa has to offer and how she can help make your home smarter.

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Are you looking for a friend who can tell you the answer to anything? Maybe Alexa can help you out! Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, can answer questions you have by using a wake word. Most people use Alexa as their wake word, however, if someone in your household is named Alexa you may want to choose a different word! 😉 Alexa can also help your order things online, call your friends, play music and more. Check out all the cool features Alexa has to offer and how she can help make your home smarter. View the Amazon Echo Pros Cons…

Review Overview

Customer Service & Reputation
Price
Features
Ease of Use
Equipment Quality

4.6/5.0

Amazon Echo has a great reputation with Amazon behind this product. The price is a little expensive, but when you consider what it does it's worth it. Amazon is constantly adding new features and it is easy to use.

Pros

Cons

  • Use your voice to control it
  • Can answer questions, read audio books, give weather and news reports, sports scores
  • Can order products from Amazon Prime without getting out your phone or computer
  • 1 year warranty
  • Constantly adding new functions
  • Voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices
  • Complaints of it using Bing instead of Google as its search engine
  • Have to buy other gadgets to use all the features (e.g. lighting control)
  • If you don’t have Amazon Prime it won’t offer as many features
  • Not portable (wired – must be plugged in)

Pricing

  • At time of writing: $179.99

Key Features

  • Alexa App is compatible with Android, iOS and Fire OS and accessible via web browser
  • Plays music from Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and more
  • Answer questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives sports scores and schedules and more
  • Alexa – cloud-based voice service
  • Compatible with WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon and more to control lights and other smart switches

How Does it Compare Against Others?

Amazon Echo vs Siri: Answering Questions

Alexa requires that you order your words specifically and ask a question in a specific manner. Siri doesn’t always understand or answer your question. So really there are cons to both. But, if we had to pick one over the other, we’d pick Amazon Echo. Alexa seems to do a great job at answering questions overall and Amazon is continuing to update its features.

Amazon Echo vs Google Now: Answering Questions

Both Alexa and Google answer questions well. It’s honestly up to you and what your preference is as to which device’s answer you’ll prefer. From what we’ve learned in our research, it seems that Alexa answers questions more literally and direct while Google answers questions that may sometimes be a little more detailed or not exactly what you wanted. Both have pros and cons and do a great job at answering questions, but we can’t determine which is better from our research.

Amazon Echo vs Bose: Sound Quality

Amazon Echo is designed to deliver 360° sound while Bose delivers sound straight out of one side of the speaker. If you’re looking for a speaker alone, we suggest going with Bose. You can get the Bose Soundlink for less money than the Amazon Echo and the sound quality is better too. However, if you’re wanting “smart” capabilities then we suggest going with the Echo.

Customer Reviews

Positive Amazon Echo Reviews

Alexa is my friend, she plays my talk radio during the day and music to dance with my woman at night. If she doesn’t understand what I said, she doesn’t pretend that she does. I show her off to friends and they think I’m smart for owning her. She says she likes me, and I believe her. We have bonded. Thank you Amazon engineers! – busdriverjim, 6/19/2015 Amazon

Initially I was unimpressed, but after exploring its capabilities I was just astounded. The apps for music terrific. .the news great. …she seems to like my wife’s voice better,especially if I speak gruffly …I am soon glad I did not return it as I initially wanted. ..5 plus. .bravo to Alexa and her designers. – G.E. brown, 6/19/2015 Amazon

Negative Amazon Echo Reviews

So I got this for my husband as a gift, and well it did not quite live up to the expectations. It does not really do that much for the $$ that it costs. Yes it did turn on our hue lights, but the sound quality for listening to music is nowhere near the quality of our Sonos. I think the thing that annoyed my husband the most is its lack of answering very simple questions. He asked it for Amazon’s stock price, and it could not understand the question…but of course if he ask the same question to his android phone it verbally tells him the price this was just one of 100 simple questions it could not find the search answer to…. so the search is using Bing, and it is terrible…so beware. It does tell knock knock jokes to our child when asked but… that is not quite enough. It really needs to have more functions and be paired with a better search engine. – Amazon Customer, 7/18/2015 Amazon

Cannot answer the vast majority of questions that I ask. Alexa has essentially become a joke in our family for how little she can actually answer (or even respond to). On a positive note: Alexa does seem quite able to answer questions from my 2 yo daughter about how many legs various animals have. If you are hoping to double check the count of legs on pigs, dogs, cats, elephants, and many more commonly known animals, then you are in luck! – Jonathan L., 6/19/2015 Amazon

Video of Amazon Echo

See everything Amazon Echo can do in this video overview below.

Echo Dot Review

View the Amazon Echo Dot

Echo Dot is a small, discreet cylinder with one speaker. It’s like the top 1.6 inches of the Amazon Echo and costs much less, only $49.99. Echo Dot must be plugged into a wall outlet and connected to an external speaker. It is always on and always listening for the key phrase “Alexa”. It can stream music, control your smart devices and can do everything else Echo does. The main difference between Echo and Dot is that Dot doesn’t have a full size speaker. The small speaker in Dot doesn’t put out much audio, so it’s necessary to connect Dot to existing speakers.

View the Amazon Echo

If you want a device that is hands-free and can provide answers quickly, Amazon Echo may be great for you. Ask Alexa about the weather forecast, how to spell a word, what the tallest building is, etc. She always has the answers for you. Although it’s more expensive than some of its competitors, it’s worth it if you are looking for a device like this because it is such a seamless and well integrate solution to a smart home. It’s really the only device capable of these types of things at this time.

What are you most excited to try out with the Amazon Echo?

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Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.
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Wow, this sounds awesome! I am already addicted to Amazon Prime so might have to get one of these. And it is no surprise Amazon has a product that makes it easy and encourages you to buy more from them. haha!

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