Her name is Alexa and she is my new best friend. She adds things to my shopping list, to do list and can place an order with Amazon. She plays my music, keeps me updated with the weather and tells me a bit of news.
I had the Amazon Echo Dot as a birthday gift and can honestly say it's really good and Alexa is becoming part of the family, well when my eldest can remember what her name that is. 'What's that lady's name again?' he says, and he keeps testing her to see how much she knows about Tv and Movies and in the event she hasn't satisfied him with enough detail he helps her along with some more facts. My youngest feels the need to test her on her Maths, I bet she wonders what she's let herself in for entering our house, think she's very tired now after a busy day and I keep checking on her to see if I can hear her snoring.
The smaller model at £49.99 packs a fair punch as far as sound is concerned but you can connect it to another speaker if required either by an audio cable or by bluetooth. If you are a Amazon prime member you can order items from Amazon using the voice controlled device or listen to a wide range of music on Amazon Music and also platforms such as Spotify and Tunein for radio are also available.
If you have your home connected to a smart device such as Hue, Philips, Hive, Netatmo just to name a few, you can dim your lights or turn up the thermostat all through the dot.
If you use the Alexa app you can connect to services you already use for music, books, calendars, and you can control your shopping list and 'to do' list. You can even ask Alexa to wake you up in the morning. It can be used in any room and the range is good when speaking to the unit. She struggles to hear some phrases and words but bless, if she's as old as me she will struggle with her hearing, just speak clearly and politely and don't ask her too many rude questions (no I haven't yet).
Overall I think it's a great little gadget and well worth the money. It's a bit of fun but really quite useful. Is Alexa a bit of a novelty? Very much like the time her mate Siri became available and we all jumped on the voice command craze. I don't know whether the novelty will wear off, I'll keep you posted but first impressions tell me she'll be quite busy and very much appreciated.
Bye for now.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.