Re: Request: Repost Of Extensive Comparison Of Echo Devices


Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...>
 

Hi Ron, Here you go
Vicky
Amazon Echo vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo
Spot: What's the difference?
| 7 March 2018
Amazon/Pocket-lint
Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers,
video devices and new Alexa Gadgets.
The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of
years, with a flurry of new devices announced last September to add to the portfolio.
There's an Echo for everyone!

Here are all the Alexa-enabled Amazon devices compared to help you
work out which one best suits your needs.

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* Buy Amazon Echo (UK),
Buy Amazon Echo (US)
* Buy Amazon Echo Spot (UK),
Buy Amazon Echo Spot (US)

Amazon Echo smart speakers

There are several variants of the Echo smart speaker available.
Amazon Echo (second generation)
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* Availability: Available in the US (
Amazon US order page)
/ Available in the UK (
Amazon UK order page)
* Price: $99.99 / ??89.99
* Dimensions: 148.5 x 88 x 88mm, 820g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and
5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
* Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
* Audio: 2.5-inch woofer and 0.6-inch tweeter
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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The original Amazon Echo is dead. Long live the Amazon Echo.
That's right. Amazon has retired the original Echo model and replaced
it with a new connected Alexa speaker that's shorter, and comes with a
range of different finishes for a nicer, more contemporary look. It
still offers the same Alexa power as it did before, serving as the
centre of the universe while coming in at a much cheaper price.

It's just better designed to fit into your kitchen, thanks to those
new shells. It's very much realigning itself as a competitor to the
Google Home.
While it offers all the skills of Alexa and offers Bluetooth and the
rest of the Echo experience, it doesn't sound as good as the original
model, nor as good as the Echo Plus. This is the model to get if you
want to get connected cheaply, but accepting that music isn't top of your list.

It's available to buy now in both the
US
and the
UK.

* Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience

Amazon Echo Plus
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US)
/ Available in the UK (
See on Amazon UK)
* Price: $139.99 / ??149.99
* Dimensions: 235 x 84 x 84mm, 954g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and
5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
* Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
* Audio: 2.5-inch woofer and 0.8-inch tweeter
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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Amazon
Echo Plus
is now top of the Echo tree. It looks just like the original,
canister-shaped Echo. It's very much the same design as the original
speaker, but offering better sound quality, while also offering better
quality sound than the smaller Echo 2. Echo Plus has all the Alexa
skills you know and love - so it will do the same things as the other
Echos - but it's a much more capable smart home controller, thanks to the inclusion of Zigbee.

Zigbee is a smart home standard used by many devices - such as Philips
Hue lights - which allows the Echo Plus to setup and control devices
without the need for a separate hub or app specific to that device.
You just plug in your Hue lights (for example), tell the Echo Plus to
search for them and it will name them and over voice controls. It's very simple.

The Amazon Echo Plus is our favourite of the Echo range. It is
available in the US, UK and other regions now.

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* Amazon Echo Plus initial review: The smart home choice for Alexa
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Amazon Tap
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US)
/ Not available in the UK
* Price: $129.99
* Dimensions: 59 x 66 x 66 mm, 470g
* Connectivity: Bluetooth and supports 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n
Wi-Fi
* Power: Relies on a charging cradle (9 hours of playback)
* Audio: 360-degree sound (dual 1.5-inch drivers and dual passive
radiators)
* Alexa: Yes (Not always-listening by default; Must touch mic button
to access Alexa or enable hands-free option in Settings) Amazon Tap is
a 6.2-inch-tall cylinder speaker with a 7-piece microphone array and
full access to Alexa, making it a smaller, more portable, version of
the original Echo. Unlike the Echo though, the Amazon Tap is wireless
and must use the included cradle to charge but it can do all the same
tricks as Echo as long as you are connected to Wi-Fi.

Amazon says the Tap will stream up to 9 hours of audio on a full
charge, or last up to 3 weeks in standby mode. The Tap isn't an
always-on by default like the Echo is. To wake it, you need to press
the mic on the front or you can enable the hands-free option in the
Settings section of the Alexa app to wake Alexa without having to tap the Tap, though this will drain battery.

* Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

Amazon Echo Dot
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US)
/ Available in the UK (
See on Amazon UK)
* Price: $49 / ??49
* Dimensions: 38 x 84 x 84mm, 250g
* Connectivity: Bluetooth and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)
* Power: Plugs into a wall outlet
* Audio: 0.6-inch tweeter
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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Echo Dot
is 1.6-inch-tall cylinder with one tiny speaker. It's basically just
the top section of the Amazon Echo and half the price, though equally
as smart. It supports always-on Alexa, connects to the cloud to stream
music, controls your smart home devices, and it offers all the same features as Echo.

The main difference between Dot and Echo is that the speaker is gone.
The idea is you'll hook Dot up to your own audio setup (via 3.5mm or
Bluetooth) so you can use Alexa with your existing speakers. That tiny
speaker won't output much audio; it's only really for Alexa voice
feedback, which, again, requires Wi-Fi. Echo Dot is a great way to add smart skills to another device or a different room.

* Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big
personality

Amazon video devices
Aside from the devices that kick-started the connected speaker trend,
Amazon has also moved into the realm of video too, with several
devices that will give you a screen to take the Alexa experience into the visual realm.

Amazon Echo Show
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US),
Available in the UK (
See on Amazon UK)
* Price: $229.99 / ??199.99
* Dimensions: 187 x 187 x 90mm, 1170g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5
GHz)
* Power: Power adapter/cable (6 foot)
* Camera: 5-megapixel sensor
* Audio: 8-microphone array, dual 2-inch stereo speakers
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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Amazon's Echo Show is a touchscreen device with built-in Alexa and it
can do everything the regular, voice-only Echo can do (like setting
timers and playing music), but it has a built-in display to offer a
new level of interaction. It's meant to show you more information
about your Alexa queries, such as display a full weather report, steps
in a recipe and it can even serve as a digital photo frame, fetching
your pictures stored on Prime Photos or display lyrics when playing songs from Amazon Music, with bigger and better speakers to do so.

You can connect Echo Show to your Wi-Fi-enabled security cameras in
order to check your video feeds and you'll also be able to place and
receive calls
- both video and voice. A feature called Drop In allows you to specify
which friends and family can make a call at any time, with the
receiver offering a 10-second timeframe to reject a Drop In call or go
into audio-only mode.

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* Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future list
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Amazon Echo Spot
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* Availability:
Available in the US
and
now the UK
* Price: ??119.99, $129.99
* Dimensions: 32 x 84 x 84mm, 163g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and
5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
* Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
* Audio: Built-in speaker, 3.5mm stereo audio output
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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The
Amazon Echo Spot
is what you'd get if you cross the Echo Show with the Echo Dot. It's a
compact Echo to sit beside your bed for alarms. It has a small
2.5-inch screen, which can be used for basic tasks and skills, like
music, but it does a lot more. Like the Echo Show it can be used to make video calls, with a front camera.

It basically offers the same functions as the Echo Show, but in a much
smaller form factor. It can also connect to your Bluetooth speakers, or via line-out.
The Amazon Echo Spot is now available in both the US and UK.

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* Amazon Echo Spot initial review: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

Alexa Gadgets

Amazon officially announced Alexa Gadgets in 2017 a range of
innovative devices that take Alexa into a new realm. We've included
the Echo Look in this selection, because of its unique set of features.

Amazon Echo Look
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* Availability: Available in the US - invite only ( See on Amazon US)
* Price: $199.99
* Dimensions: N/A
* Connectivity: Dual-band, dual antenna (MIMO. 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
* Power: Power adapter (21W) with 7.9 ft. cable
* Camera: 5-megapixel sensor
* Audio: Built-in microphone array, built-in speaker
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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Echo Show is a $199 Wi-Fi camera that offers full Alexa functionality
plus hands-free photo and video. It is pitched as a cloud-connected
fashion consultant that allows you to snap pictures of yourself in
various outfits. Alexa's software will automatically blur the
background in each image to make your outfit pop, and then it uses
machine learning guided by "fashion experts" to serve up recommendations about what you should wear.

It will work as any other Alexa-enabled device, allowing you to access
music, traffic timers, weather, and a vast library of "skills." The
device is wall-mountable, too, and includes a 5-megapixel sensor,
built-in microphone array, and small built-in speaker. It also has LED
lights (used for the flash). No other specs have been announced yet
and there is no date set for when the Echo Look will start shipping to customers.

Currently, it is available in the US only via an invite-only scheme.

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* Amazon Echo Look is the personal assistant that replaces your mirror

Amazon Echo Connect
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US),
Not yet available in the UK
* Price: $34.99
* Dimensions: 130 x 90 x 29.5mm, 126.9g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5
GHz)
* Included cables: Power adapter, Micro-USB cable, RJ11 splitter,
phone cable
* Audio: N/A
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated, but requires
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The Echo Connect is a box that you plug your landline phone connection
into to turn it into a voice- controlled system. The box, which will
be launched in the US first and come to the UK and Germany early 2018,
works with an Echo to give you Alexa control over your conventional
phone line. You will be able to make and receive calls in the home simply by telling it answer or ring a contact.

As it uses your existing landline number, you won't need to sign up for any additional services either.
Plus, it all connects to other Echo devices around the home so you can
call from an Echo speaker in the kitchen, say, or a Dot in the
bedroom. It effectively signals the end of the basic handset. The
Amazon Echo Connect goes on sale in Q4 in the US, priced at $34.99.

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* Amazon Echo Connect turns your landline into an Alexa-enabled phone
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Amazon Echo Buttons
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* Availability: Not yet available yet in the US or the UK
* Price: $19.99/??19.99 for two
* Dimensions: N/A
* Connectivity: N/A
* Included cables: N/A
* Audio: N/A
* Alexa: N/A
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Amazons New Echo Buttons Will Take Your Jeopardy Game To The Next
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Echo Buttons are Bluetooth-connected, multi-coloured devices that can connect to Alexa for gaming.
Imagine playing a game, such as Jeopardy, and being able to slap these
buzzer buttons as you play. Jeopardy, of course, has long been a
popular skill on Amazon's Alexa platform, so it makes sense that the
company would want to develop an accessory that takes advantage of it.

But you can use these buttons for any Alexa-enabled game skill,
including trivia ones. Amazon demoed such use-case scenarios during
its event, showing how they interact, glow, and respond to touch. Keep
in mind Amazon isn't afraid of playing with different form factors and
ways of using Alexa. Amazon said its Echo Buttons will cost $19.99 for a set of two in the US, or ??19.99 in the UK.

They are not yet available to pre-order or buy.

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* Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level

Conclusion: Which Echo should you buy?

When it comes to the Echo speakers, the falling price of the latest
generation of devices makes them attractive. The second-gen Echo (or
Echo 2 as some might call it) is attractively priced and looks great.
The small size and small price of the Echo 2 does come with a slight
downside, and that's a smaller sound.

If music is what you're interested in, then the Echo Plus sounds a lot
better than the Echo 2, so we'd recommend the Echo Plus as the speaker
to buy. If you can find a good deal on the original Echo then that is
also worth considering, as it sounds better than the Echo 2 and is
just as smart thanks to the Alexa skills it offers.

The Echo Plus is a natural smart home controller - although all Echo
devices have Alexa skills to support a wide range of smart home
devices, the Echo Plus will discover, name and control those devices
that use Zigbee (like Philips Hue) without the need for separate hubs
or apps. If you're building a smart home, the Echo Plus is the model you want.

The Echo Dot is essentially your Alexa extension, ideal for connecting
to your existing sound system to add smart skills, like voice controlled music.
Echo Dot is also ideal to extend Alexa to other rooms of the house, so
if you've setup a voice- controlled smart home, Echo Dot makes it easy
to always be in voice range.

The Echo Show takes things in a different direction. It's more expensive, but if gives you video calling.
If you know someone else with an Echo Show, it's a natural choice to
save you from needing to use Skype on your laptop for example. Echo
Show is also a great visual companion, serving up information cards
for things like weather or sports result, reflecting the Alexa experience on the Fire tablets.

The Echo Spot will give you a mini Show experience, putting video
calling and a small screen into a smaller device, the sort of thing
you might want on your desk or bedside table. You still get all the
Alexa skills, but Spot will probably be best joining a household
that's already using Alexa. It's essentially the Echo Dot with a display.

Why Amazon's Echo Dot Is Better Than Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)
Updated on April 7, 2018
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Krzysztof Willman more

Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest
stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon.

The Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot | Source

What's the Amazon Echo Dot?

Amazon's
Echo Dot
is a 360 degree speaker that uses far-field voice recognition powered
by the Amazon Alexa voice service/assistant.

Design-wise it looks like a hockey puck with four buttons on top. It's
basically a Bluetooth speaker that looks like the first inch and a
half of the top of a Pringles can.

The Echo Dot has everything the Echo Plus has, including long range,
far-field voice capabilities, a microphone off button, volume buttons,
an action button (for WiFi setup), and of course "Alexa," who can
answer questions, play music, and give you news, weather, traffic, sports results, and much more.

You also won't lose access to any of the Echo's abilities, including
its third party skills like Fitbit, Uber, Domino's Pizza, and Capitol
One (found in the Alexa app).

However, there are a couple of huge differences between the Amazon
Echo Plus and the new Echo Dot such as the smart hub via Zigbee integration in the Plus.
This allows for easy smart home connectivity among a variety of products.

There are other differences listed below but ultimately you'll decide
what works for you, so feel free to compare and contrast between the
Dot and the Plus.

Comparison of Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Amazon Echo

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Echo Plus
Echo Dot
Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)
"Alexa," who can answer questions, play music, and give you news,
weather, traffic, sports results, etc.?
yes
yes
yes
Skills like Fitbit, Uber, Domino's Pizza, and Capitol One (via Alexa)?
yes
yes
yes
Long range, far-field voice capabilities?
yes
yes
even better
Size
9.3" x 3.3" x 3.3"
1.5" x 3.3" x 3.3"
5.9" x 3.5" x 3.5"
A microphone off button?
yes
yes
yes
An action button (for WiFi)?
yes
yes
yes
Built-in speaker?
yes
yes
yes
A 3.5 mm audio output jack that facilitates connectivity to any
speaker and turns it into an Alexa- enabled device?
yes
yes
yes
Power adapter and USB charging cable included?
yes
yes
yes
ESP feature designed for multiple devices: Word command alerts the closest device?
yes
yes
yes
Can you connect to your own Bluetooth speaker?
yes
yes
yes
Is it portable?
no
with accessory
with accessory
Does it have a volume ring?
yes
no
no
Hands-free activation with a wake word?
yes
yes
yes
Color options?
black, white, or silver
black or white
multiple outer shell designs
Cost?
$150
$50
$100
Additional features
Zigbee smart hub integration
Install in vehicles via mobile connection Improved audio with Dolby
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The new Amazon Echo Dot is the smartest no-brainer ever

Echo Dot's Best New Features

While the software of Echo Dot is similar to its predecessor's, the
different hardware makes it slightly more interesting and accessible.

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The Dot comes with a power adapter and a USB charging cable, but the
3.5 mm audio cable is sold separately.

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* If you prefer to connect the device to your own Bluetooth speaker, then you may do just that.

Download the Alexa app from Fire OS, Android, or iOS devices and use
the Quick Start Guide included in the packaging to setup your WiFi and
Bluetooth to other products (mobile phones and Bluetooth speakers).

If you have a Sonos One speaker, you can access that speaker's
settings in the Alexa app. You'll need to enable the Sonos skill and
link your account to Alexa before setup.

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* You can obtain the sound quality you want and access Alexa's smarts,
including the ESP feature designed for multiple devices. When you say
"Alexa", only the closest device to you will respond.
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* The Echo Dot is much lighter/smaller than the Echo, which increases its portability in the home.
There are even ways to take the product outside the home if combined
with another Alexa powered device called the Amazon Tap.

However, the Amazon Tap is viewed as a middle-of-the-road Bluetooth
speaker that lacks cellular data and/or mobile hotspot connections, thus limiting portability.
The Tap may be battery powered, but when you constantly need a WiFi connection, it loses its punch.

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* The Echo Dot, like the Echo, provides hands-free activation through
a wake word. Within the Alexa app, the spoken wake word that activates
the device can either be "Alexa", "Computer", "Echo," or "Amazon."

Due to the Tap being battery powered, you have to "tap" a button on
the device for Alexa to respond to your request/question otherwise
it'll drain the battery.

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* Lastly, the 2nd generational model is available in either black or white.

The Echo Dot's Price Cut
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* At a mere $50 ($49.99 to be exact), the Echo Dot is half as
expensive as its first generation predecessor and $100 less than the Echo Plus.

You'll receive the same software and Alexa voice capabilities as the
original with the added capacity to improve speaker quality through an
audio output or Bluetooth connection, and it's half the price of an
Amazon Echo! No wonder so many tech sites praised this product, often
giving it an Editor's Choice Award.

The Echo Dot's closest price competitor is the Google Home Mini, which generally costs around $49.
The Mini is very similar to the Echo Dot in sound quality, size, and
ability, but the Dot (and Alexa) has been around longer and it offers
a lot more third-party integration than Google does.

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Echo Dot Stands on Its Own

What I love is that this device doesn't lose the far-field voice recognition of its predecessor.

The Echo Dot has a seven-microphone-array for listening, supports fast
and easy WiFi connectivity, and most importantly it has a built-in
0.6" speaker that delivers sound on par with other mini Bluetooth speakers.

The sound quality will be lacking and won't fill a room with sound,
but it's not bad for intimate bedroom listening, and many reviewers
agreed that it sounded better than expected.

But if the sound quality bothers you, then you can always connect it
to another speaker or perhaps upgrade to the larger Echo. The Echo Dot
was always designed to be a gateway to the smart home, which is why
consumers often buy multiple Dots for their home.

So if you're willing to forego sound quality, then you can't go wrong with this device.

Good luck buying the Echo Dot, Amazon didn't make it easy!





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