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Old 07-15-2017, 02:45 PM   #31
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I've got a Dot and I like it, even thought I'll probably pick up a HomePod from Apple this winter for better sound quality and integration with Apple Music since I already subscribe to that and not Spotify.

You can stream Pandora without paying anything, which is good enough for my use case. I'm not terribly particular about specific albums or songs when I'm cooking or eating dinner. My use from the other day:

- Arrive home, Alexa reads me the news and the weather.
- I start chopping up some tomatoes and realize I'd like some music playing. Without stopping, "Alexa, play my Louis Armstrong playlist on Pandora". Music starts.
- Realize I'm running low on olive oil. "Alexa, add Olive Oil to my shopping list". That item then gets pushed to the list app that both my wife and I use.
- "Alexa, turn the lights in the kitchen all the way up" because it was a little dim.
- "Alexa, set a timer for ten minutes" for the skirt steak to marinade for a little while

I've heard it said that "luxury is a series of small delights." Even without my fancy light bulbs, the $40 Echo Dot delivers a lot of those.

The Dot leaves a good to be desired in terms of sound quality, but what do you expect from something that's so small, light, and cost $40? If you listen to old timey jazz while you're cooking, you won't even notice.

In terms of privacy, the app does store recordings of your commands on their servers. You can clear that history out, but it looses data that it uses to recognize your voice. If you think she fired off and recorded something you don't want recorded you can selectively delete that if it's that much of a concern.
I think the Echo is pretty decent in terms of sound quality (but haven't compared it to a Dot) and I can hear it throughout the house... and it can hear me when I walk in the door on the other end of the house, which is great for starting up some music.

They did a great job with the app, takes the guesswork out of whether issues are with functionality or not hearing you correctly. Plus it's pretty similar to Google Now, giving you the links for each news item, scores, etc. I use Prime Music, so I can easily add stuff to my library and it's pretty spot on when I just say "play music".

The easter eggs are kind of fun... it also has random bits of info if you tell it good morning, and knows several common phrases/responses.

Only a few issues so far... I've had to press the button a couple of times after it would light up, but ignore me. It wouldn't play music earlier, but I couldn't pull up Prime Music on my phone either, so that was probably a broader issue.
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