I purchased the Amazon Echo as soon as it was available. I purchased it for $99 as a prime member and am very happy with the purchase. I have the Echo placed on my kitchen table and I use it every day. The most useful feature is the music player which connects with my Amazon Prime account and features a ton of music. I have connected my Google Calendar, Pandora, and IFTTT to it as well. It’s nice being able to play my Pandora stations through the Echo. I have also started using the shopping list quite a bit when I run out of something.
One of the features of the Echo that I think is it’s strongest point is that it is SO easy to use. Before I had the Amazon Echo, the friction involved when I wanted to look something up wasn’t too difficult, but I still had to pull out my phone or a nearby device. With the Amazon Echo I am able to ask it a lot of questions such as, “Alexa, how many cups are in a quart?” or “Alexa, how old is Billy Joel” without having to get anything out. I just need to be within earshot and she is ready to answer my question. At $99, I would be happy with just the speaker, the integration with Amazon Prime, etc… but because it’s a virtual assistant that’s always there and it keeps getting better, this device is a no-brainer. At $199, I still think it’s worth it. It’s a very cool device and it definitely is very innovative. I look forward to seeing how it will improve over time.
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