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Oh Alexa, you've spoiled me..
Posted by: dev0 from: on
I purchased the Amazon Echo to augment my other smart devices. Boy, has it made me lazy. Gone are the days when I'd have to stretch my arm out ALLLLLL the way to the lamp on my nightstand to turn it off. The days of pulling out my smart phone and setting my alarm for the next morning are also gone. Now, a simple "Alexa, turn off my nightstand" and "Alexa, set my alarm for 8:30am" is all I need. Even walking through my living room, I find myself saying "Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights" and "Alexa, play my favorites playlist." You see, it's addicting, and having a wireless speaker that plays music AND controls your life with simple voice commands means you end up buying two. I started with one in my living room but found that I had to yell to turn off said nightstand lamp or turn the thermostat down.... so I bought another. I have now repositioned the one in my living room so that it can hear me when I walk in from the garage, and added the one in my bedroom, which can hear me from the entry or my bathroom.
Now, if only she could automate the rest of my life. Amazon is working on it though - I receive weekly emails about new things you can do with Echo.
63 out of 71 found this review helpful.
Useful, versatile and fun!
Posted by: Labby from: on
I've had my eye on the Echo for a few months now. I didn't realize Best Buy had got them in stock until I was discussing with the sales person. I decided to give it a try. Set up was so easy. The voice recognition has been excellent. Alexa hears and appropriately responds to all of my requests, as well as my husband's. It really comes in handy in the mornings, as I can request news and entertainment while getting ready for the day. I can review my daily schedule, adjust it, make lists and so much more.
Integration with IFTTT works great. The amount of easily available content is wonderful. While I don't have any smart devices such as lights or thermostats yet, I am planning for them, and will be able to use the Echo to control them.
54 out of 61 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Dondi from: on
I'd been looking for a decent table radio for a very long time. Best Buy had a Deal-of-the-Day on these and I thought, what the heck, here's a table radio you can talk to. It does a whole lot more than that, and there is quite a learning curve, not so much in how to use it, but to learn what all is available for it and then how to make that functionality useful. The sound quality is easily that of a good table radio and aside from telling it to play a radio station I can play tons of stuff from Prime Music online and add skills whenever I need them from the skills store. (All the skills I've seen so far are free so "store" is kind of a loose term.) It responds to your voice immediately and is easier to use than Siri or Cortana. With all the alarms, timers, shipment trackers, wall street reports, entertainment updates, etc, it's like living with a gifted, less snooty concierge. I like it and would buy another if this one ever broke.
39 out of 46 found this review helpful.
I love my Alexa!!
Posted by: Petstyler from: on
Best Birthday present I ever got... I have my lights set up using Alexa and thermostat.. Also use the shopping list everyday helps to remember when I am at the store shopping.. love playing millions of trivia games and all the information she gives all day.. also love the many new apps added almost ever day... I Love my Alexa I highly recommend it!!
26 out of 31 found this review helpful.
Amazon Echo well worth the bucks
Posted by: Baird from: on
Alexa is easy to setup and fun to operate, she can answer just about anything you need to know, it works best if you have Amazon Prime to stream all the free music. Be sure to find a remote, its crazy the jokes you can play on folks, and the Amazon Dot is next on my list, gonna connect it up to the surround system
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Took me some time to get my $$$ worth
Posted by: EDtheITguy from: on
Initially I purchased this solely for the purchase of controlling Lutron lights. However, after being @ a friends house for a BBQ and watching them use this for music, I decided to give it a try to see if it could replace my Sonos.
It can't, however, I've found that I'm much more likely to play Spotify through this using voice controls if I'm in and out of a room for a shorter period of time and not near a Sonos to hit play/too busy to pull the phone out for Sonos app.
This thing has also become more powerful as more IoT devices and services integrate with Echo or IFTTT.
There is a TREMENDOUS amount of potential... give it a try and spend at least a week getting to know Alexa. You won't be sorry.
18 out of 24 found this review helpful.
This is SOOOO FUN!!!!
Posted by: Peeks1980 from: on
This is a great item!!! You can ask her basically anything and she will let you know the answer. Even How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
25 out of 36 found this review helpful.
My new BFF - Alexa!!!
Posted by: BBLUVA from: on
Alexa is not only fun to ask questions to, but she also tells jokes, weather, news, TV programs, how to spell a word, sports updates and any thing else you can think of. She is a hands free google. You can even have her send flowers for you. More and more aps are coming available. I love listening to either Pandora or Iheart radio, the sound quality is very good. We also have our lamp hooked up so she can turn this off and on when you tell her to.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Fun and useful assistant
Posted by: Jason968 from: on
I had been looking at the echo for awhile but wasn't an early adopter. As much as I geek out over products like this I wanted to wait till the skills library was a bit more tested and expanded. Well imagine my surprise when I got this as a gift! Absolutely love using my Echo/Alexa. Weather, music, shopping lists, and the constant things they are adding. Yes it has its moments when it can't understand something but I do tend to mumble at times. Don't expect it to be a search engine giving multile results to an inquiry but it's a great speaker, home assistant, kitchen helper with measurements, and it even controls my home temperature on my Honeywell thermostat. Next purchase...smart plugs so I can turn some items off and on with my voice. Love the interactivity and I haven't even scratched the surface yet on all Alexa has to offer. I have found the Love my Echo website to discover new things I haven't tried yet.
11 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Good First Generation Product
Posted by: Tiredofchoosingnicknames from: Florida on
Good product that does the basics. Too bad you have to buy a specific light control or security system to make this useful. My Smart TV's are connected to the internet, so why not control them too? But I was impressed when I asked "Alexa, whats on TV for the Olympics tonight?" and the response was Swimming at xx time, Gymnastics at yy time. Far more info than the TV guide on screen showing only a 4 hour block on NBC. It is the beginning of things to come.