I totally want one just for the fun factor!
pear / 1770 posts
My husband bought one when they were Prime exclusive and I'm really not a fan. Alexa starts talking a lot when she thinks people on TV are asking her questions. It takes longer for her to spit out the weather forecast than it does for me to check it on my iPhone. Accessing your music library through the cloud is the best feature, IMO, but the voiced volume controls are clunky and she misinterprets a lot of requests. For consumer electronics in a similar price point, I'd rather have the new generation Apple TV.
honeydew / 7917 posts
I have one, and it works best for me when playing NPR and music from my music library. I don't use the other functions often. It is pricey, and we bought it when it was a prime exclusive as well. I don't think I would pay full price for it though.
blogger / pomegranate / 3044 posts
We have one, DH bought it on an impulse. We have some phillips hue bulbs that he synced it with, so he mostly uses it to turn on/off the lights in that one room. I sometimes use it to play music, but you have to be weirdly specific or it will pick a random Pandora station for you, and it will only play stuff either on Prime radio or pandora stations you've synced (it won't search for public pandora stations)
@ms.line: I also find that asking it questions is cumbersome.. it repeats the question in the answer (Q: Alexa, what's the weather today? A: The weather today for the area XYZ, MD is currently X with a projected high of Z.). My brother tried asking it for NFL scores and it had no idea what he was talking about. We've tried asking what time stores opened in the area and it said it can't look that up, which I think Siri can.
Actually, I guess we use it to tell jokes a lot, the kids like that function For example, if you ask "what do you call a cow with no legs" it says "ground beef!"
Also this is me, but I have a weird internal struggle with the humanity of it all - I take pains to call Alexa "it" instead of "she" and always feel weird not saying "please/thank you" and I know that makes me sound crazy
apricot / 274 posts
We have one and I love it! It controls out lights and thermostat. She pretty much always understands me when Siri never can. I love that I can ask her the weather while I'm doing other stuff so I know how to dress for the day. It's also awesome that if my son is freaking out, I can say Alexa, play let it go and she will. That song is magical and always makes him stop crying. We've also asked for game start times and scores for college football and she will answer. It's also convenient when cooking because she can convert measurements.
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts
Bumping this because Echo is on sale for Prime day. Is this something I need?
pomelo / 5298 posts
I was debating if I needed it too... And if not Echo, do I need the Tap?
Or do I need to just save my money?
@MamaG: I found this link.
I don't really listen to music at home so I don't think I need it.
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