Amazon Echo: All you need to know in 2019
Smart speakers have emerged relatively recently, but have become extremely popular, especially outside Brazil, due to their prices. They use the technology of mobile assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant or, in this case, Alexa.
Let's follow our series of evaluations and comparisons of the three such devices sold in our country, following the comparison between them and the analysis of Echo Show 5, now seeing all the features and functionality of Amazon Echo 3rd Generation, the latest iteration. the product that pioneered this type of device.
1. Body and construction
Amazon Echo uses only the best materials to build, resulting in a product that is not only excellent, durable, beautiful to look at, but also very modern. It is covered, like all others in the Amazon Echo line, with a very good quality fabric.
Unfortunately, this product does not offer the possibility to change its external color later, as the previous generation allowed; So choose very well which variant you want, if you buy. However, it is available in four beautiful colors: black, white, blue and gray.
It is completely different from the previous generation, using equal parts to Echo Plus, resulting in incredible improvements. One of the biggest strengths of this new version is the sound quality offered, which is much better than any other product in the line.
At the top of Amazon Echo you will find four buttons; two for volume control, increase and decrease, one to mute the microphone and one to activate Alexa without talking to her. These buttons are in a product color top, which is surrounded by a light-emitting ring of some colors, each with its own function.
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Blue indicates that Alexa is listening to you; will change to blue circling when you finish speaking to indicate that the assistant is processing. Violet light indicates WiFi configuration problem; orange indicates that the device is trying to connect to the network; red that the microphone is turned off.
Blue with purple, do not disturb mode is active; pulsating green light indicates the user is receiving a call; circling green light that the call was answered; Pulsing yellow light means you have unread messages in your inbox.
2. Features and Alexa
Most of the innovations offered by Amazon Echo are in the design industry, even though their hardware has improved as well. Its speakers are great considering the size of the device, and won't let you down if you want to listen to music.
The assistant is also much better compared to its previous versions, however much it still lacks compared to Google Assitant; With it, you can perform numerous functions and give voice commands to control various things in your home.
The user can ask the assistant, for example, to set an alarm for him. She can alert you to events she has recorded on the calendar, remembering to prepare to leave before going to a doctor or in similar situations. It is also possible to ask several questions, such as the time, the weather and even curiosities.
In addition, it integrates with your smart home, such as turning on the lights when you usually arrive, automatically adjusting the thermostat so that the temperature is pleasant before you even get home, and even playing a playlist when you open it. door.
Plus, you can play music very easily by simply asking Alexa from your Amazon Echo. Unfortunately, she doesn't have access to some of the most popular platforms, such as YouTube, but she does have Spotify and Amazon Music. You can also turn it into a simple bluetooth speaker by connecting to your smartphone.
A major problem with it, however, is the difficulty in making it understood, as it has problems with accents and even more natural ways of speaking, sometimes causing the user to change their language to ask for things.
Amazon Echo 3rd Generation is a really great smart speaker, with improvements in the key areas where it left you wishing. Your audio is much clearer, resulting in an infinitely better listening experience than in the previous version, and very beautiful color choices.
All the extra control you get from having this smart speaker can be very worthwhile, especially if you have other smart devices at home as well, as they are integrated with each other. If price is not a problem, be sure to buy this device, as it is the best of those sold here.
So what did you think about our Amazon Echo review?
We hope you enjoyed what you saw in our article and that we helped you decide whether or not this product is worth it to you. Tell us in the comments if you already use any other device or want to buy one soon and don't forget to check out our comparisons between Echo Dot vs Google Home, Echo Dot vs Google Home Mini and Alexa vs Google Home.