The launch of Amazon echo alexa has brought your future in your backyard. Amazon has once again broken new ground in the gadget industry, designing the first personal assistant that you can carry around with you in your backpack or bag. Amazon Echo “Alexa” is a nine-inch black cylinder that works similar to Google, just that it offers more comprehensive answers, quicker, after receiving a vocal command from you. Best of all, it does all of that after hearing your vocal command. It only takes a few hours to discover all the amazing features of this new technological advancement. If asked a lot of questions, including “How tall is Barack Obama?”, “What’s the weather outside?”, “When it’s the next Transformers movie scheduled to be released?”, and so on, Alexa will answer all of the questions in a matter of seconds. This device has already got over 20,000 reviews on Amazon from tens of thousands of happy customers who have already bought it since it was released at the beginning of the year. While only few lucky guys were able to purchase the device in the previous months, Echo has finally been released to the masses in June 23, 2015. Of course, there are some who claim that at $180, Echo it’s just not worth the money. However, the great majority of users declared that this device is worth its price.
What Actually is Amazon Echo “Alexa”?
This device is practically a voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker that features a Siri-like assistant that can play music and answer a ton of questions. You can also use it to listen to your favorite stations, including Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Amazon Prime and iHeartRadio. This device is great at telling you the weather, playing music, controlling gadgets and appliances in your house, adding additional stuff to your shopping list, reminding you of your calendar appointments and enabling you to control the tunes you are playing from your smartphone. Of course, you can do all that right from your smartphone or laptop. So why is then Amazon Echo “Alexa” so useful? Well, this device is always there, always plugged in, always listening, and extremely fast. It’s quite surprising how much of a difference a few milliseconds can make in offering you a satisfactory experience. Alexa is also faster than Siri, Apple’s personal assistant. The time you can save on a monthly basis can amount to hours if you use Alexa on a regular basis.
Amazon Echo Features
According to CNET, Echo may be the only device we have at home closest to a Star Trek computer. This device can hear your voice even when music is played loudly. Needless to say, Echo is unique from all points of view. Here are some of the features that make Amazon Echo aka “Alexa” priceless. – Far-Field Voice Recognition: this device has no more than seven microphones embedded within. These powerful sensors make the most out of the beam-forming technology to make sure the device hears you from every direction. Once Echo detects the “wake” word, which is “Alexa”, it lights up and listens to your command. – Ever-Evolving: this device is built in the cloud, which makes it enjoy a continuous stream of evolution. It continually adapts to your vocabulary, speech pattern and personal preferences. Additionally, the manufacturer adds new capabilities to their new device continuously. They’ve recently added audiobooks from Audible, music from Pandora, traffic reports, Google calendar access, control of devices connected via Philips Hue and WeMo, and the list goes on. – Advanced Audio Design: one of the best features of this device is the 360 degrees immersive sound. Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver exceptional sound quality that fill the room with immersive tones. You can stream your favorite tracks from your phone and tablet or you can choose to listen to your favorite music from Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Amazon Music and TuneIn. – Control your Home: you can use the Amazon Echo “Alexa” personal assistant device to turn on the fan, switch off the lamp after going to sleep, turn on the heater or even dim the lights while watching your favorite music. Using a compatible Philips Hue or Belkin WeMo device, you can start controlling almost all the appliances in your home. – Extremely Easy to Set up: you can connect this device to your home network in as little as 5 minutes. The free app available for Fire OS, iOS, Android and desktop PCs can make this job even easier. – Everything you need at a Word Distance: this groundbreaking device from Amazon is always connected, always ready for you. All you have to do is to say the magic word and a whole new world of opportunities opens up for you. You can play books from Audible, check your upcoming schedule, re-order products from Amazon, find out the fastest route to your destination, ask for sport scores and schedules, listen to your favorite music library, discover the latest weather news, find the right answers to your questions, set up voice alarms, and the list goes on.
Amazon Echo -The Good
Amazon Echo features a very attractive design, offering a top-notch voice-control system which boasts smooth, soothing sounds. Since this product was first launched, Amazon has kept adding useful features. With a tons of features, this device is the best personal assistant ever to be created. Best of all, it dwells under the aegis of Amazon, which is the biggest retailer online and one of the top Forbes 500 companies.
Amazon Echo -The Bad
As no device is perfect, Amazon Echo “Alexa” has its own drawbacks. At higher volumes, the speaker distorts the music. Moreover, as it does not come equipped with a battery option, you need to keep it plugged in at all times. Moreover, as Spotify or many other similar audio services are not yet supported, Echo becomes useless at streaming music from these services.