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Old 30-10-2016, 08:58 AM
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Amazon Echo & Dot

I got one of these over the weekend. I have been far more impressed that I thought I was going to be. My Son has the Echo but as I already have a decent bluetooth speaker, I picked up a Dot. I recon the Dot is great value at 50 and the Echo expensive at 150, as all you get is a bigger speaker. First impressions are really good. The key is the app on the phone that helps with set up and bridges that voice only command problem, that I thought I was going to be faced with. It also is getting better all the time at recognising my voice and accuracy is improving.
I've got my morning alarm set up, morning news briefings, radio stations, playlists in Prime, Hue lights switching on and off. Audible books running which is neat as I can mix between the books in the car and now play at home from where I left off. Anyone else got one and found any of the skills useful?
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Well this is popular, am I the only one that bought one? Is this the Betamax of 2016?
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:39 AM
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I had a brief look at one mate, but I aleady have speakers in every room in the house. I know it controls other stuff like lights, but these things will collectively become expensive. This may not be the case though, as I said, brief.

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I have a Mac and iphone , don't really use Siri but I am tempted with the Amazon echo.
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Old 29-11-2016, 07:04 AM
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Got another one in the sales but the echo this time for 119 as I found myself using it more and more for listening to music. I also got a couple of smart plugs to go alongside the Hue and it's great. The dots are only 40.

Looked at the home whilst in the USA. The search seems better but the voice activation is no where near as good as the echo. You really have to speak in its direction. You also don't have the "ring" which gives you instant understanding Alexa/echo has heard you. Shouting Hey google is a pain vrs Alexa. 30/40 to see if you like it vrs 140?
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Can someone link me to a cheap smart plug that talks to Alexa?

I love mine, think its a great object to have in the house. But we don't really have any speakers or anything.
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I got one of these over the weekend. I have been far more impressed that I thought I was going to be. My Son has the Echo but as I already have a decent bluetooth speaker, I picked up a Dot. I recon the Dot is great value at 50 and the Echo expensive at 150, as all you get is a bigger speaker. First impressions are really good. The key is the app on the phone that helps with set up and bridges that voice only command problem, that I thought I was going to be faced with. It also is getting better all the time at recognising my voice and accuracy is improving.
I've got my morning alarm set up, morning news briefings, radio stations, playlists in Prime, Hue lights switching on and off. Audible books running which is neat as I can mix between the books in the car and now play at home from where I left off. Anyone else got one and found any of the skills useful?
Have you got full control over Audible? Would this Echo thing work well for someone who is almost blind and not computer literate, if it was set up properly?
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Have you got full control over Audible? Would this Echo thing work well for someone who is almost blind and not computer literate, if it was set up properly?
Yes I have and yes it would. You simply ask it to read the book you want. "Alexa read XYZ" it then tells you how long left in the chapter and the whole book. You can then stop and it will resume from where it left off when you ask it to read next time. You can also switch between books and go back the the first book without a hitch. I believe you can order by command as well but I haven't tried this.

You can also ask it to play music or a radio station. It gets the music from Amazon music although you can use Spotify if you have premium. Again the radio is simply "Alexa radio "xyz" and it grabs it from Tune-in. No setting up at all.
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Yes I have and yes it would. You simply ask it to read the book you want. "Alexa read XYZ" it then tells you how long left in the chapter and the whole book. You can then stop and it will resume from where it left off when you ask it to read next time. You can also switch between books and go back the the first book without a hitch. I believe you can order by command as well but I haven't tried this.

You can also ask it to play music or a radio station. It gets the music from Amazon music although you can use Spotify if you have premium. Again the radio is simply "Alexa radio "xyz" and it grabs it from Tune-in. No setting up at all.
Thanks, the review I read suggested that it would read the Audible book in its own voice rather than the Audible one. Is that not the case?
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