We’ve been testing the Amazon Echo, a home Bluetooth speaker that also connects to Amazon’s new digital assistant. Using voice commands, we can ask it to perform some basic tasks, like checking the news or playing streaming music. We answer the most common questions people have about the Echo, and let you know whether it’s worth the investment. Check More Reviews here http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/amazon-echo
Imagine a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker, but one with a voice-controlled personal assistant inside. That’s the Amazon Echo, which gives you a personal assistant called Alexa. She is the first AI personal assistant to merit a dedicated device. She will listen to commands, answer questions, play music or control smart home devices. She will interact with third-party apps, answer questions and even help you do your shopping.
Linking your phone or tablet via Bluetooth is also simple. Just say “pair”, find the Echo within your phone’s settings and connect. You can set the name that Alexa responds to, but the only options are Alexa, Amazon or Echo. It’s a shame that you can’t name it, and it would be nice to be able to choose from a few voices.
Even for those new to smart home devices, setting up the Echo is quick and easy. Once plugged in, the first step is to download the companion app for iOS, Android/Amazon Fire. You can also visit Amazon.com/echosetup on the web.
From there you’ll pair the Echo with your home Wi-Fi connection. Connectivity is super-reliable, even though the Echo is about as far away from my router as it could be. I’ve never experienced a drop off while our internet connection is active.
You don’t need another device to get plenty of use out of the Echo. The Alexa app allows you to add new Skills – Amazon’s parlance for third-party apps. With one tap, it’s possible to add Spotify integration, or BBC news, Uber rides and pizza orders from Just Eat.