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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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Review Overview

Customer Service & Reputation
Ease of Use
Equipment Quality


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.



  • 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)


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.

Read our Amazon Echo vs Google Home Comparison

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.

Amazon Echo vs Dot vs Tap

This video from Mashable explains how the Echo, Dot and Tap differ and why you may want one over the other.

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.

Amazon Tap Review

View the Amazon Tap

Amazon Tap is a wireless Bluetooth smart speaker that uses Alexa. It requires a Wi-Fi connection to work, so unless you have a hotspot, you won’t be able to use this on the go. This smart speaker provides up to nine hours of playback and streams music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. Unlike Echo and Dot, Amazon Tap is not hands free. You must tap the microphone button before you ask it to do something.

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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1 Comment on "Amazon Echo Reviews: Alexa, What Can You Do for Me?"


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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