Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black
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- Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported)
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice
- Controls lights, switches, TVs, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
- Hears you from across the room with 7 microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
- Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device
- Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills
Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Echo Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more. Prime members can also ask Alexa to order eligible products they've ordered before and many Prime products. All you have to do is ask.
Echo Dot can hear you from across the room—even in noisy environments or while playing music. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo Dot responds. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the device you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP
Sleek and compact design makes Amazon Echo Dot a convenient addition to any room in the house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Echo Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers and more using just your voice. With multi-room music support, you can play music across multiple Echo devices simultaneously (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported). Learn more
Echo Dot can also directly connect to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable, using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for compatible wireless speakers to add voice control to your home stereo system in the living room. Learn more about Bluetooth speakers and devices that work well with Echo Dot.
Amazon Echo Dot provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favourite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to 40 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn More
Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Spotify and TuneIn.
Introducing Alexa calling and messaging—a new way to be together with family and friends. When you’re busy making dinner, just ask Alexa to place a call to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App. You can also enable a new feature called Drop In for the special cases when you want to connect with your closest friends and family or other Echo devices in your home.
With the Alexa App, conversations and contacts go where you go. When you’re away from home, use the app to make a quick call or send a message to your family’s Echo. Alexa calling and messaging is available within the United Kingdom, and at no additional cost—to get started download the Alexa App on iOS and Android smartphones. Learn more
Use Amazon Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn up the thermostat while reading in your favourite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a film—all without lifting a finger… or even raising your voice.
Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, TVs thermostats and more from WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue, Sony, Hive, Netatmo, Tado°, Tp-link, Nest and others. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
Echo Dot now supports IFTTT (If This, Then That), a third-party service that allows you to create rules (or “applets”) that automate how your devices, apps and websites work with each other.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Amazon Echo Dot can hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music.
When you want to use Echo Dot, simply say the wake word, “Alexa”, and Echo Dot lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognise and respond to your request. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo Dot.
Alexa—the brain behind Amazon Echo Dot—updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more you use Echo Dot, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary and personal preferences.
Just in the last few months we’ve added Alexa calling and messaging, multi-room music, Amazon order tracking, IFTTT, local search from Yelp, movie showtimes, Google and Outlook.com calendar support, Audible audiobooks, text-to-speech for Kindle eBooks and thousands of new skills from third-party developers.
Skills add even more capabilities such as ordering take away from Just Eat, requesting a ride from Uber, checking train times from National Rail and more. Enabling skills lets your Amazon Echo Dot do even more—simply discover and enable the skills you want to use in the Alexa App.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about skills in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.
With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS and desktop browsers, you can easily set up and manage your Amazon Echo Dot.
Use the Alexa App to connect services you already use such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Google Calendar. Set up your smart home devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and more. See which books are available to listen to from your Audible library. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover and enable third-party skills.
Make calls, view your conversation history, manage contacts and get notifications when you receive a message (calling and messaging features available on iOS and Android only).
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|Overview||Echo Dot (2nd Generation), add Alexa to any room in the house||All-New Echo (2nd generation), a hands-free Alexa-enabled speaker designed to fit any room||The simple way to start your smart home||Stylish and compact Echo with a screen||Everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things|
|Speaker size||0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.8" tweeter||1.4" speaker||Dual 2.0" speakers|
|Screen size||2.5" screen||7.0" screen|
|Dual-speakers with room-filling sound, powered by Dolby|
|Play video from Amazon Video and more|
|Streaming Wi-Fi music (including Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more)|
|Line-out with 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth||Bluetooth only|
|Audio calls between Echo Devices and Alexa App|
|Video calls to supported devices|
|Built-in hub for simple setup of compatible ZigBee connected smart home devices|
|Compatible with most smart home brands|
|Device size/weight (Actual size and weight may vary)||32 x 84 x 84 mm, 163 grams||148 x 88 x 88 mm, 821 grams||235 x 84 x 84 mm, 954 grams||104 x 97 x 91 mm, 420 grams||187 x 187 x 90 mm, 1170 grams|
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So when Mum decided that she'd like to get me "something special" for Christmas but just didn't know what to get me, I chose Alexa, by which time she'd forgotten her negative attitude to it, but she just told me to go ahead and get myself one and she'd reimberse me later on, since she just doesn't know how to use a computer or anything technical. So on Saturday, 11 November 2017 Alexa arrived and, after a great deal of difficulty in setting her up which was resolved by my best mate, she's now set up and I'm having the time of my life with her. Just to tell her to go into my Audible account, TuneIn, Kindle and to ask her such questions as weather updates, football scores or other sports news is such a joy. Like a number of people, I've had to learn a lot, for instance, I first asked her to find The Phoenix, my favourite internet radio station on TuneIn, but she just kept going to a station on Amazon, so later I just asked her to go to TuneIn and, once she'd taken me there, asked for the station I wanted, which she found no trouble at all. When I later asked her to find TuneIn Again, she said, "Getting the last station you were listening to on TuneIn, The Phoenix" and immediately the radio station started. When Mum came around to close the blinds, I told Alexa to play Release Me by Engelbert Humperdinck and she was chuffed!
Since writing the above, I have now paired it with my Anker Soundcore Mini speaker and also selected home appliances so that whenever I switch the speaker on, it immediately finds it and I've got bluetooth now around most of my home. I will probably get a better speaker at some stage, given that this doesn't have the best bass, though it's fine for listening to Audible books. On Saturday, I had BBC Radio 5 Live on for six hours or so, enjoying the sport on glorious bluetooth. I've listened to part of my kindle book and really enjoyed that. I've also told Alexa to play various artist shuffles such as Jim Reeves, John Denver and Engelbert Humperdinck and Mum said she was delighted with the way Alexa's changed my life.
I have also, since writing the above, noticed another thing about Audible books. One night I was listening to Oliver Twist and the last thing I remember before falling asleep was Noah Claypole taunting Oliver about his dead mother. The next thing I knew, Oliver was trying, unsuccessfully, to explain to a group of bystanders that Nancy's assertion that she and he were siblings at the time Nancy and Sikes had kidnapped him and were about to drag him back to base were untrue. How to get back to where I had originally been? Asking Alexa to restart achieved nothing but restarting the chapter I was on, so I said, "Alexa, go to Chapter 6" and she took me there. Be warned, however, some of Audible's books aren't broken into chapters, but into parts lasting an hour or so, and such books which come to mind which are split like this, are The Chronicles of Narnia (unabridged) and many of the unabridged Agatha Christie books, so I've yet to find out if she can do the same for me when I start on one of them.
Without doubt, this just has to be my best Christmas present ever. True, there are still a number of weeks till the big day yet, but in a few weeks' time I'll be getting her to play seasonal music. I've also plugged my 3.5 mm auxiliary cable from my HiFi into her, requesting While My Guitar Gently Weeps by the Beatles, asked her two or three times to turn the volume up and I've had perfect HiFi sound.
Another update: I recently purchased an item from Amazon, or attempted to do so by voice, but as Alexa couldn't find what I was looking for, I went on to the Alexa app to purchase it. As soon as my email came from Amazon to say my one click order had been received, I asked Alexa to give me information about my latest order and she told me what I'd ordered. On asking for it to be tracked, she said my order would be arriving the following day.
There is no doubt that Alexa has made a dramatic change to my life and both my girlfriend and her daughter are of the same mind as to their own respective echo devices. When the time comes for us to settle down as a family, we'll be having a home filled with technology. What more can I say, but thanks, Amazon, Alexa and Mum.
Easy to set alarms
Easy to request music
Easy to connect to music system
Can ask questions
It is a device that adds to your sound system, especially if you have Prime.
It makes you lazy, as no need to load a CD for example. I like to think of that as saving time, so it's positive.
I also like the fact Alexia will play what it thinks you might like and that is quite refreshing, because Alexia will play pretty much what you do like, because "she" knows what you already have.
- Alexia can hear the telly (nearby) and thinks something has been requested, when Alexia wasnt even mentioned. Odd!
- No switch to allow you to switch from integral speaker to 3mm output jack and to external sound system, which means you would need to leave the external sound system on, for alarms etc, so I just pull the cable out of the back so I can turn the sound system off. That is poor design.
- No digital output for audiophiles, which is a shame and I would pay a little more for that.
- Don't place right next to the external speaker if playing loud, otherwise it makes tricky for Alexia to hear you stop it and terrible if demonstrating it's virtues lol.
- You need to remember what is in your library otherwise you'll being playing a limited set of your own tunes, however, there is normally something Amazon has.
- I asked Alexia to play some rock music and I did find on this occassion that titles repeated more often than I expected.
Overall I like Echo Dot, but I would like to see some changes
Digital out a must
Switch to set to internal or external speaker a must
Then I might add another one or two.
There are many reviews of the Echo Dot and most are by able bodied users, so this will just focus on how we used it. My dad was moderately tech savvy and already had a Kindle Fire. However he was starting to find this heavy to hold for long periods.
The Echo Dot and Alexa gave him a degree of independence that he had lost. He could talk to Alexa and do things that he no longer found easy: ask Alexa to play his favourite radio station, find out the news, use Alexa as a substitute for google to find things out, find out what the weather was.
As he was very ill we had a hospital bed installed downstairs for him, but he slept quite a lot in the day. During the night if he woke he could talk to Alexa and say good morning and good night and "she" would talk back. When he was down Alexa would tell jokes. As he became very ill I looked at getting the smart plugs to work with the Echo Dot so that he could tell the lights to go on and off. I can't begin to say how important having these little gains in independence as he became ill were.
Unfortunately my Dad subsequently died, but my mum now uses the Echo Dot. She too talks to it and says good morning. Now she lives alone it is a little less lonely. Mum is also disabled, and finds the ability to voice control the radio, eg to turn it down when the phone rings, very useful. I've spoken to a couple of friends who have bought the Echo Dot for a few of their relatives as a result of the success that my dad had with his and they are happy too.
In a couple of years I'm sure devices like this used as cheap and available assistive technology will all be the new normal. But in a truly dreadful year when our lives were turned upside down, the Echo Dot was a little bit of kit that actually helped and brought smiles into some pretty dark days.