But one common complaint about the Echo was that it had too many features and was too expensive. so if you only wanted for one specific purpose it was hard to justify the purchase. Amazon’s answer to this? Release of two stripped-down variations with lower price tags: Tap and Echo Dot.
In other words, you can think of both of them as Amazon Echo Lite, but each one is for a different end user. Here’s our comparison of all three to help you decide which one is right for you.
At its core, the Amazon Echo is a «smart wireless speaker» and while the term is entirely accurate, it fails to unlock the full potential of this cutting-edge device. It’s not technically a personal assistant, but given how much it can do, you feel that you have your own assistant to make your life easier .
It is currently on sale for $180.
Echo has seven microphones and an omnidirectional speaker, which means you can activate it from across the room and hear it react wherever you are. At first, his voice recognition is fuzzy, but after some practice, he will understand you perfectly — even if you have an unusual accent or dialect.
The biggest feature, however, is that the Echo can integrate with hundreds of available smart home products. like WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Nest and more. It can also integrate with IFTTT recipes. about all kinds of automated and flexible tasks.
Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot is a petite version of the Amazon Echo — it doesn’t come with the dedicated speaker you’ll find on the Echo, but instead opts for a basic speaker that still does the job but allows the Echo Dot to be much smaller and lighter.
The Echo Dot is actually Amazon’s answer for customers looking to hook up their own high quality external speakers. which is currently not possible with the original Echo. With the Echo Dot, you can connect your speakers via Bluetooth or a standard 3.5mm audio cable.
It currently retails for $90.