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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.
- At time of writing: $179.99
- 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.
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
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.
Is Echo Right for You?
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?