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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 9470 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great considering it was free, but would I buy it?

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    Yhuzan
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    The answer is... It depends. I got this for free after purchasing a Blink XT camera and Alexa is, well, nifty. The concept of the Echo Dot to me originally came off as a novelty for people who wanted to be TeChY and tReNdY, but after having the device for a couple weeks, I see some utility to it. But also some issues. First off, the voice recognition is maybe a tad superior compared to Google and looks like a genius compared to Siri (I have Android, my fianceé has Apple. We... Have settled our differences). Asking questions while studying without having to reach for my phone feels ~oh so good~ and setting reminders, alarms, and... Well, that's pretty much all I've done so far. Because, well, the issues... The setup tutorial tells you how to connect your phone properly to the Alexa app. There's a problem, though... The directions don't match the interface. "Scroll to the bottom of the home page and select settings then..." but the home page only has tooltips for teaching Alexa things, and nothing in the settings has revealed much luck either. Which is a shame, because I'd love to have an easier way to send texts while cooking/cleaning/studying, etc. The other downside is more or less a fault of my own, though: I don't really NEED this. I don't have smart devices throughout my home like an advanced security system. I could upgrade my existing one, but the one I have works, and there's little benefit to be had. I could install smart light bulbs or even outlets, but the technology is still fairly new and the benefits of minor convenience wouldn't warrant the entry costs. So where does that leave me at the end of the day? Well, if you're a tech savvy person with multiple smart devices and home systems and have some disposable income to get everything connected, then I wish you the best in your endeavours and recommend you get this! The build quality is robust, the speaker is adequate, the microphone will pick your voice up from the next room, and the accuracy is great. But if you don't have the time/money/know-how, then perhaps you can still buy it if you can get it for a reasonable price. It is neat to have, and if you can get it fully connected to your phone, it's a great little assistant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Didn't think I would like it, but I really do!

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    CaptK
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    So I was one of the early adopters of the original Amazon Echo when it first released many years ago. When Iearned about the Echo Dot, I could see why a smaller unit would be desirable (to have more than one around the home), but it seemed silly to me. Furthermore, the original Echo was touted for its strong speakers, so a smaller Dot (to me) would not be able to produce audio quality anywhere close to the original Echo. As a result, I refrained from purchasing the Dot and figured it would benefit those who wouldn't want a larger Echo or wouldn't want to pay a higher price for it. It seemed like the Dots were on sale everywhere from Thanksgiving through Christmas (and beyond). I still wasn't interested, but when Best Buy did a daily deal on a Ring Pro + Chime that also included a free Dot, I bit on the Ring deal (but still wasn't interested in the Dot). However, once I got everything hooked up, my wife wanted to put the Dot in our bedroom for music and to be able to access some of the features we love about the Echo that sits in our kitchen. Plus, where the Dot can be linked to the Ring Pro doorbell, it is nice to be able to have Alexa notify us verbally of a door event. Within moments of getting the Dot set up, my wife was thrilled...and I was impressed. The Dot doesn't produce the power of the original Echo speaker-wise, but the Dot isn't trying to be an Echo. The Dot does, however, produce very good sound--much better, stronger, and clear than I anticipated. For its size, I am pretty amazed. My wife loves the ability to utilize the alarm, timer, and shopping list features (all without needing to head to the kitchen). Plus, learning that the Dot can be linked to the Echo, there is now an ability to get closer to a "whole home" speaker system experience. In fact, I purchased a third Dot a few days later for this very option. Add to all of this support for Apple Music (our preferred music provider), which (for us) was a thrilling development. The Dot isn't the unnecessary novelty I figured it would be (although it may still be a novelty). It has become a very happy addition to our home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than 2 Gen , Love it!!

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    TheRiceLover
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    Sound quality is the best I've heard on a speaker of this size!!! Definitely worth paying a little extra for this one over the 2nd generation model. I'm not going to discuss the functionality as there's tons of info already out there. One important note: If you set up the Alexa app on your phone, IT WILL IMPORT ALL OF YOUR PHONE CONTACTS. I didn't think I gave it permission to do so but Alexa did indeed import my contacts! You may have read stories how, WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, Alexa can record what's being said in your home and then send it to ANY or ALL of those contacts! Yikes! And, I won't want any of my kids to accidentally send messages to or call people on my contact list. So, if you want to keep your contacts from Alexa and prevent that from happening here's how I did it: Before installiing the Alexa app on your phone, export your contacts to a file and save it for later. Then, go back to the phone and delete those contacts (don't worry, you'll import them back in later). Now, install the Alexa app on your phone and go through the set up process. At some point, you'll have the option to allow Alexa to automatically import any additions to your contacts. Please "disable" that option. After you're done with the installation, you'll notice there are no contacts in your Alexa app! Now, you can import your contacts back into your phonebook using the file that you initially created and you're good to go! If you already installed the app but want to delete your contacts from Alexa, it's not too late. Simply export your phone contacts to a file and save for later. Then, delete the contacts from your phone. Now, open the Alexa app and click "Contacts." On the Contacts page, click on "Import Contacts" and enable it by moving the button to the right side. This will cause Alexa to replace your existing contacts with the now empty phonebook. After a few minutes, your Alexa contacts will be gone. Go back and disable "Import Contacts" to prevent Alexa from importing them in the future. You can now import the contact file that you created back into your phone. Of course there may be some contacts you do want to use with Alexa. I simply added them manually by clicking "Add Contact." I hope this info is helpful as I wasn't able to find an easy way to manage Alexa contacts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome prodcut for the price

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    TechyGuy01
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    I was pleasantly surprised by just how much this little guy\girl can do. I have never had any issues with this device recognizing my questions its always accurate and knows exactly what I am asking it. The one issue I have with it is unless you are a techy person you may never use it to its full potential because you may never really pick up on just how the "Skills" as Amazon calls them work. Basically you have to download an Alexa app on your phone and then setup the device but from there you have to download skills to really take advantage of this device, an example would be I downloaded a Fios Skill so that I am able to control my cable box with commands such as "Alexa watch AMC on Fios" The problem is setting up the skills for this to work I had to enable the Fios TV skill then I had to choose what cable box this device was going to control, well if you never named your cable boxes by the rooms they are in then you have to figure out the name the cable company gave your cable box. Anyways like I said once you get everything figured out its great. I have it tied to my calendar in Outlook, my cable box, my Fire TV, I use it to play music from Amazon "Apple Music is coming to this device soon" I ask it what my commute to work is like, what's the Weather today. As far as the Sound quality goes, this small device is perfect for a bedroom or office if you want good sound in a bigger room buy the ECHO or ECHO Plus its that simple.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Keeps getting better and better

    Posted
    Bill
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    Have you ever thought about how close we are to the future portrayed in Star Trek? Their communicators? Our cell phones. Medical imaging? Check. Turn in reports on tablets? Ditto. All hundreds of years ahead of time. But the best is when someone would enter a room and call out "Computer. What is the current status" of something or other? Or ask for music? Etc. This is almost there. I have several Dots and their Echo hub to handle other smart devices. It is an easy setup. To get started, you will need a (free) Amazon account, a smart phone and wifi. Bought the first one for an elderly parent for help in answering and making phone calls. Turn off and on lights. Worked great. I now have several scattered around the house plus the version built into the 2 new Toshiba Fire TV's purchased from Best Buy. Also controls a Nest thermostat. But it all started with a single Dot. This 3rd generation looks and sounds a little better than the last model but is pretty much the same. And watch for special pricing - I paid $25 for this 3rd generation model. What do you have to lose by trying it? Still some issues in being fully implemented but getting better all the time. Besides updates, Alexa learns from how you use it. Do you NEED it? No. But did we need cars instead of horses? Jets over propeller airplanes? This is part of an interesting future. Hop on and enjoy. Still no sign of food replicators yet, unfortunately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Buggy, Muffled voice and not enough mics

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    Kannan
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    I had high hopes for the 3rd Gen Echo dot. I put mine in my Master bedroom, behind a table lamp (That is what I did with my previous echo dot (2nd Gen) and the Google home mini). I assumed this will work fine. But most times, the echo dot will not even respond. Either the mics on these are very low sensitivity or not enough. Now I have to keep the echo dot in line of sight to have any reasonable response. Even then I see 1 out of 5 wake words being ignored. Also, when there is a song or audio already playing on the echo, the wake word response is very low probability unless you are really loud. The sound was extremely muffled with high bass and much lower treble settings. This meant every time Alexa managed to respond to me, I had trouble making out the speech and tell her "I did not understand that" :). But those audio changes make the echo an awesome music playback device. There seems to be some form of software auto volume leveling going on, that is very unreliable. There were random change in the volume which was annoying at times. My biggest problem with the 3rd gen Echo dot was its lack of consistency with recognizing what I said. Most command recognition was almost a roll of dice. But the major reason I returned the echo dot, was the power supply design. This was bad design. Amazon decided to make their power adapter a non standard connector. This meant I cant use the tons of USB output power regulators, I have lying around in my house. Also in the age of USB type C, Amazon went a step back on their design. The reason maybe for them to avoid the use of non standard power supplies. But then that is a design flaw that they cant limit current drawn. The software app interface and set up was also a cumbersome process. This has been my qualm about amazon in general compared to their competition who seems to be picking up very fast.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly handy.

    Posted
    Shirley
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    I had absolutely no idea what the Echo Dot was, honestly! But, it was free with something else totally unrelated that I ordered so I figured why not? I just thought I'd figure it out when it gets here or give it to one of my tech savvy nieces. It arrived, I was clueless! Haha. But I forged ahead, followed the directions and wa-la! I have a mini Alexa! The speaker is decent for music for my purposes. It's small, compact and easy to hide in a room. Nobody even knows I have it until I talk to it and I'm a minimalist neat freak so I don't want cords and devices all over the place. I totally love the features that allow you to just add things to your to do list and shopping lists by talking out loud where the device can hear you. I would buy one for just that feature in fact. I love that my lists show up on my phone automatically and my shopping list also shows up in my Amazon Prime lists. It makes it so easy to never forget things. I also love the search feature that allows you to just ask a question like... "how long do hummingbirds live?" Alexa came right back with the answer. For those who think it's silly that I even mention this, there really are those of us out here who have no clue about these "smart devices" except that they make us feel intimidated and dumb! Well this is one I'm willing to support because at it's core there are very practical and handy things it does that make my life simpler! I'm all for that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation is great

    Posted
    John
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    Back towards the end of 2018, I bought 2 of the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation for $50,00 at BB. When I got it home, I was surprised at the sound quality from such a little device because the sound quality is very good. I have used the device to listen to my radio stations on Pandora and my local FM music stations and my all news radio stations on the AM band. Note the device only works with your wifi; it is not a radio receiver. If you have an amazon music library you can play the music you have on amazon.com. I have used the device with some smart plugs to turn on and off electric heaters. It is a very useful device since you can ask it all kinds of questions, and it responds like Apple Siri or Google Assistant. I liked it so much, I went to BB 2 more times, each time buying 2 at a time for $50.00. I have a total of 6 of these devices in different rooms of my house: Living Room, Kitchen, 2 Bed Rooms, Bathroom where I can use it as a shower radio, and a Game Room. When you can get the device at BB 2 for $50.00 or 2 for $60.00 ($30.00 each), it is an especially good value. The device responds to queries/commands directed to Alexa, and Alexa is getting smarter all the time by amazon adding "skills" to what she can do. I opted for the Echo Dot in Charcoal which is very attractive. Final comments: What sold me on the device in the first place was the review on youtube by Craig's Tech Talk...On youtube look for "New Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation - Unboxing and First Impressions" where you can find out all about the device and see and hear how great it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best investment

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    WillR1496
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    I purchased 2 Echo Dots when it was on sale, even after reading mixed reviews about them. The setup was very simple. I placed one in the bedroom and another in the living room. I setup the skills I wanted and that was the only time consuming thing as I had to see which ones we would use the most. Once setup, it was very easy to use. The only thing "issue" we ran into is when playing music. Some radio stations use different skills and although you say the radio station name, there can be multiple. So we have to use the radio stations' call name like WPGC, WKYS, etc. Once you use it a few times, it stores the names on the Alexa app. I've had the echo's play a radio station feed for hours. It never turns off on us unless the radio station stops the feed (has happened to 1 particular station). Once in the app, I can control the volume, location of stream (bedroom or living room) without any issues from wherever I am. I do not have to be on the same network to get it to work. I also synced my phone to the Echos so that I an use that as a speaker instead of my phone if I needed to. Best part is that these Echo's have great volume to it. It goes from 0-10 and I usually keep it at 3 or 4 and it's loud enough for me. If you have a party with a lot of people, you can increase the volume to a comfortable level and still hear it just fine. I also use the Bluelink skill to remote start my SUV in the mornings so I don't have to use the Bluelink app. This comes in handy when I'm doing things in the morning. I'd purchase more if needed. Well worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes us Lazy

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    PantherDJ
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    We have enough items in our house to make buying an Alexa device practical. I have connected the following to our Alexa app: 1. Our car - remote lock and remote start by asking Alexa. 2. Our Roomba 3. Several TP-Link plugs 4. Our NEST thermostat 5. Our Ring security system You can also link it to apps that manage calendars and grocery lists. Therefore you can add to a list just by asking Alexa to do so when you think of it so you don't have to write it down. Oe of the main decisions I had to make was which version of the speaker do I need for listening to music? I considered the $400 Bose speaker but didn't want to spend that much. Then there is is the $180 Sonos speaker but you need 2 for stereo. But, here is the great part - this Dot will connect to my Bose mini soudlink that I already have giving me fantastic sound. I highly recommend going this route rather than buying an expensive speaker with Alexa built-in. If it is also important to have a screen then there is the Spot or Show for that. However, the Echo Dot understands me even when the TV is loud and performs whatever skill I ask of it. I decided on the Dot rather than the Google Mini simply because I am already an Amazon Prime member and have a Fire TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Aux port was the only positive. ONLY 3mo. warranty

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    Krowbar
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    This assistant was a good little companion for my auto shop - while it lasted - I would have it connected to a 2.1 computer speaker setup and blast spotify. It was always tough getting it to show up on Spotify. (Always had to say, "Alexa! Spotify connect!" before it showed up on my device list.) Alexa is far behind my google assistant in terms of understanding spoken word and answering questions. 3 months into ownership, I noticed i had to unplug and re-plug the Dot because it was freezing and shorting out other devices on the power strip it was connected to - after this became too frequent, I yanked the AUX out and started using that. I put the Dot away. 5 Months into ownership, decided i wanted to be able to use my product again, I contacted Amazon telling them about my problem, and they sent me an AC adapter. It attempted to boot, lights came on, and then never came on again. Immediately, I contacted amazon a second time, long story short, I was told the device was out of warranty and there is nothing that can be done. Why did they send me an AC adapter then? I was told I had to purchase a new Echo Dot. No thanks, my money was spent once. This device has a 3 month warranty. 3 months! Watch out for that. It seems that this Dot is designed to be an expendable product. I will not be purchasing another Amazon device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Promo Item

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    ACW993
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    We got this as a free item with purchase. It was very easy to setup and operate and our whole family has enjoyed using it. The sound quality is really good and I have been impressed by how far away I can stand and speak in a normal voice and it still hears me (as in telling a child what to say to Alexa kind of far away and Alexa hears me and does what I said so the child doesn’t have to repeat it). When you activate a skill you do have to pay attention to the exact language that you need to use to activate the skill. In terms of smart speakers, I wasn’t necessarily in the market for one because our phones have very good voice activation that really meets that need for us, but since this one was free with purchase, I will say it is nice to have the speaker for our family. Alexa listens to anyone who says her name, whereas my phone only listens to me, that means Alexa can entertain my kids screen free or answer their questions (great for checking math homework and random questions they have that I would normally ask my phone on their behalf). We don’t have any smart devices (besides the doorbell it came with that won’t work with this model because it doesn’t have video), so we haven’t really maximized our use of it yet (I’m thinking a smart plug for the Christmas lights), but we really are enjoying it so far even if it isn’t vital. The thing I most often use it for is playing music when I’m cooking or cleaning. It would make a great gift for the person who has everything but one of these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from previous Echo Dot

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    gsr852
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    While this is larger than the previous Echo Dot, the rubber like material on top and the mesh wrap around is a step up. The sound quality and increase in volume level is what I found to be the biggest improvement... That said, I feel that there is no true mid level volume. My experience is that if I’m looking for that “sweet spot” it doesn’t exist, as it’s either quieter than I would like it to be or louder than I would like it to be. I did purchase two Dots for one room for the purpose of stereo sound. This is where I believe Amazon fell short. For the last few years, I have been able to use a pair of very inexpensive Bluetooth wireless speakers at the same time for listening to music from my cell phone & laptop. With the Dot, you are limited as to what will play in stereo and what won’t. I feel as if I have taken a step back in time with respect to technology as relates to this issue. My only other hope for future Dots is that they make them waterproof. Again, I have wireless Bluetooth speakers that I can attach via suction cup to my shower wall. I’d like to be able to take advantage of the smart home I’ve created, forged on the foundation of the Echo Dot when I’m in the shower, or anywhere there might be water. Bottom line, for the price you can’t beat it. Amazon has made improvements. I am hoping for refinements with the next generation Dot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Bang For Your Buck

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    ToMacOrNotToMac
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    If you are getting into the smarthome world, this is should really be your first buy. It has incredible functionality in a small package for a really reasonable price. I was hesitant to buy an echo dot for a couple of reasons at first. The original and 2nd gen. echo dots has horrible horrible sound quality. I mean truly atrocious. I am a bit of an audio snob that prefers Bose products and I promise I know what I am talking about when in comes to sound quality. However! When I heard the 3rd gen. echo dot I was pleasantly surprised. It still isn't fantastic, but it is about 300% better than the old dots. So that sound stuff, moving onto smarthome features. My Echo dots (yes plural, I now own three) control my smarthome and act as a mini-hub for me. I control my bulbs, outlets, and music all from Alexa, which has worked great for the past couple months. I also use Apple HomeKit just in case I want to use my phone to control lights and such but that is just a personal preference. The echo dot 3rd Gen. has so much functionality that I haven't even tapped into yet and am excited to keep exploring. Highly recommend. And for 40 bucks it is pretty much a steal. I also recommend getting 2 of these because the stereo pairing ability is fantastic stuff, I use it all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally

    Posted
    ThatOneRandomTechGuy
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    The older echo dot has been the ugly stepchild of the Amazon Echo lineup. Not because it was particularly bad at what it does best (Virtual assistant) but because of how laughably bad it sounded. The good news was that you could connect a separate speaker using a 3.5mm adapter or Bluetooth but this was cumbersome and unless it was stationary, there was always that one extra step of connecting to it to a speaker that would get annoying. Anyway, out with the old and in with the new. This new echo dot sounds spectacular. Relatively deep bass and not overly punchy but present miss and highs. The volume also loud enough to fill a small room all while being able to hear your commands from accords the room. You still have the 3.5 and Bluetooth option but unless you have a really nice speaker you won’t really need to use those features. The only “ negative” thing I could say about it is the removal of the micro USB port. This was cool for connecting it to the car or a portable charger. There were also several accessories that used that port that will no longer work with the new dot. That being said I love this product. The setup is much easier and the sound alone makes this an easy buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A headache

    Posted
    Kevin
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    I was initially very excited to receive my echo dot and thought I got a great deal for it. Upon its arrival I was impressed by its look. Once I began setting it up in my college dorm it gave me a headache since the Alexa App runs so slow. Then, things got worse when I tried connecting my echo dot to the WiFi. This product is not university WiFi friendly, I had to use my cellphone’s hotspot to set it up. Well after 15 minutes I finally got it running. I decided to link my Spotify account to it and it worked very well, the sound quality was pretty good for its size. After 8 minutes of listening to music Alexa decided to run an update without permission, completely disrupting my music. I waited about 10 minutes and decided to give it a shot to get it running again, but Alexa kept saying “I’m sorry, I’m having trouble understanding you. Please try later.” I unplugged it and plugged it back in again but I had the same response from Alexa. I am surely returning this product ASAP because I am truly disappointed in the efficiency of the Alexa App and the user friendliness of both the app and echo dot. I hate having no control over what the “smart” speaker does. It truly felt like Alexa was in control all the time. I do not recommend this product to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Took Google Home Mini back

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    THOUSANDSMITH
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    I purchased one for my living room. It got nonstop usage for over two weeks. My kids were in love with it. My teenage nephew even took it in his room a few times to use it. So I got him one for Christmas. My kids got a Google Home Mini from a family member. But it proved to be too difficult for a 4 and 6 year old to operate. It required too many apps to operate the same way the Echo does. I dont like having too many subscriptions. And the Home Mini required just that. So we exchanged it for another Amazon Echo. Easy set up. Easy to set routines for my kids like bedtime and alarm setting. I also like the Parent Mode that controls what they can listen to. No need for the kids version Echo. This works just fine. They can also call me when Im out, no phone required. Im gonna regret that later lol. But its a nice feature as I dont want them to have cell phones at this age. Sound quality is just as good as a house phone. It has a nice modern, simplistic style. Everyone loves it. The Google Home Mini was much harder to set up on the app. The customization on the Home Mini was much more complicated. I found myself downloading more and more apps, just to make it function. All the apps I have for my Echo is Tidal for music, and Amazon Alexa. We’re up to 3 Echos. I’ll get another one when we get a bigger house lol. But maybe one more wont hurt. I recommend this for anybody. Kids as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound in a small package

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    DJ11001
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    I was skeptical about what kind of sound experience the Echo Dot would provide. When you look at it, the first thought is, wow, this is small. It isn't terribly bigger than a hockey puck, but the sound it produces is pretty impressive. The size of this speaker really works to it's advantage. It won't get knocked over, it is very discreet to a point that you usually don't even notice it's there, until you start up the music. Of course, since this is a smaller speaker, you are not going to get the bass impact like you do from it's big brother the Echo. However, when you have a Dot paired with an Echo, they compliment each other quite nicely. The price point on this device is great. I was able to pick a couple of the Dots up during the Holidays for $25 a piece and for that price these are a steal!!! Even at the regular price of $49, you are getting a quality speaker with enough functionality through the Alexa app to make it a worth while purchase. If heavier bass and volume are your thing, then go with the bigger Echo, otherwise, you can't go wrong with the Dot if you are looking for a way to break into the world of Alexa. The Dots are currently 2 for $50, which makes this a no brainer purchase in my opinion. Go get some!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Hit or miss depending on use case

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    Cody
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    Personally, I am fairly deeply immersed in the Google Assistant environment. I bought this for my parents, as they have an Amazon Fire TV Stick to stream live TV via Playstation Vue. For that use case, the Echo Dot works great, as you can easily link the Dot to the Fire TV Stick to tune to different channels on PS Vue, watch a certain movie on Prime Video, etc. I also like the Xbox integration, and the speaker's sound quality is pretty impressive on the new generation for how small it is. That being said, the Echo's capabilities can be limited in some areas. For example, shortly after I set the device up, the Dot's light ring began to glow orange. I didn't know what that meant, so I decided to experiment and ask the Echo. "Sorry, I don't understand" was the response from the Dot. I asked my Google Home the same question, and it listed what each color of the light ring on the Dot indicated. Sometimes it seems like the Dot can't even return an answer that only requires a simple internet search. The bottom line to me is- if you're integrated into Amazon's ecosystem, or there are specific skills that the Echo can perform that the Google Home devices can't, then I'd recommend the Echo Dot. For most people, I would lean toward the Google Home environment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Echo Dot 3 Gen

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    RetiredMarine303
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    Great little device, I received it free for purchasing the Echo Show 2nd generation along with a Phillips hue light bulb, great promotion from BestBuy Includes Echo Dot (3rd gen) and Amazon Smart Plug – everything you need to start your smart home. Echo Dot is our most popular voice-controlled speaker, now with improved sound and a new design. With Echo Dot and Amazon Smart Plug, you can add voice control to any outlet. Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Simple to set up and use—plug in, open the Alexa app, and start using your voice. With 4 far-field microphones, Alexa hears you from across the room. And with compatible Echo devices in different rooms, you can fill your whole home with music. No smart home hub required—set up routines and schedules through the Alexa app. Amazon Smart Plug is for indoor use only, works exclusively with Alexa, and must be connected through a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network.

    I would recommend this to a friend