That Girl Alexa – Reviewing the Amazon Echo

Smart devices for the home always seemed like a futuristic dream to me. Nice idea, but a lot of installation. When Christmas came around I toyed with the idea of buying Tom a Google Home Mini, but thought to myself “We just won’t use it”. So I put it to one side and bought him a remote control helicopter instead (that he can’t use because the cat’s terrified of it…).

One of the first presents handed to me on Christmas morning (or afternoon, after mine, Tom and Peggy’s accidental lie in until 10am, breakfast, and family visits were over and we finally got to the present pile) was a little box addressed to both of us, from Tom’s mum. When I unwrapped the Amazon Echo, I was amazed! I’d never really considered having one, because I thought I wouldn’t use it. Having one bought for me made me realise how wrong I was.

The Echo is so quick to set up and is all done via an app. Just download the Alexa app, set up the WiFi, adjust your settings in the app, and there you go. Time to start asking some questions!

Alexa is very responsive and understands most of what I say – no nightmares of me asking for one thing and getting another. I mostly use it to play music from Spotify, and the speakers are amazing. I also use it to set timers for things like cooking, or ask what the weather’s like when picking out my outfit for the day. Do I need it? No. But have I learned to use it for just about everything?

Yes, yes I have!

A home smart device may not be the most necessary thing in the world, but I do really enjoy having it around. It’s very responsive, I don’t have to repeat commands and if I want to just play music, it’s there. I can ask it anything, and it answers.

It even sings the national anthem! (Albeit quite creepily…)

Do you have a Smart Device for your home? How do you rate it? Let me know in the comments!

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4 Comments

  1. January 22, 2018 / 10:28 am

    Wow, Alan was telling me the other day that we should get one of these “because it will help Flora with her homework” – she’s seven so I think we can knock that reason on the head. But actually reading your review I might think again – if only to hear the National Anthem, haha! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • January 22, 2018 / 10:46 am

      The national anthem singing is terrifying! I do think it might help with her homework – I can’t say I’ve used it for that purpose! But I do get a lot of use out of it!

  2. January 25, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    I don’t know if I could actually bring myself to spend the money on this for myself like you said but the features actually do sound so handy! Like having a little robot PA in your home at all times ha!

    Maybe I’ll need to hint to Santa for next Christmas!

    Allanah// http://www.allanahlouise.co.uk

    • January 25, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      I definitely wouldn’t have bought this for myself but it’s so worth the money! I definitely recommend it if you get a chance to get one!

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