My Echo Spot is here: it’s cute!

My Echo Spot is here: it’s cute!

Well, it looked like it wouldn’t be here by the 25th but my

Echo Spot (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping)

arrived at the Amazon Locker today!

Regular readers may notice I said “my” rather than “our”; my Significant Other is not really a fan of Alexa, and this one will end up going to my office. 🙂

First impressions:

It is far more elegant looking than the original

Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

While the Echo Show is my favorite Echo device currently, it is kind of clunky…reminiscent in that way of the first generation Kindle, even having somewhat of a wedge shape.

I traveled with the Show to a family wedding so one of my relatives with a mobility issue could “attend”, but it wasn’t that easy.

How the Echo Show kept our family together at a wedding

The new one is about the size of a Magic 8 Ball, I think, and my black one (they also come in white) sort of looks like one…although I believe it is lighter than that liquid-filled toy/oracle. 😉

Yes, the screen is much smaller than the Show, and the sound is not as good to my ear (but it does do Bluetooth and line out).

Picture showing relative sizes of the Echo Spot and the Echo Show

The biggest thing I had to change on it was to make it brighter. The screen is a touchscreen, and you can swipe down from the top to get to settings. There are quite a few settings:

  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Home & Clock (I changed it to a digital style clock from the analog default style…you know, one with hands)
  • Display
  • Sounds
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Device Options (this is where I changed it to my preferred Celsius for temperature)
  • Restrict Access (you can block Prime Photos and/or Movie Trailers)
  • Things to Try
  • Help
  • Accessibility
  • Legal & Compliance

There are also more settings in the Alexa App (on your phone).

You can do everything you can do with Alexa devices generally.

Watching a video on it is…like watching a video on a phone. It’s doable, just depends on your taste for that.

Where I expect it to perhaps shine at work is bringing it to meetings so a remote person can attend on it. It will fit in my laptop case (although it’s fair to say that I do use a relatively large one).

Set up was easy, but updating took more than ten minutes.

One thing is that it didn’t know my wi-fi password: that seems pretty random to me as to when a new device knows the one I’ve stored with Amazon and when it doesn’t.

There are three physical buttons on the top: volume down, deafen (turn off the microphone), and volume up.

At $129, there may not be massive adoption. However, if it got down to $50, I think we’d see homes with several of these as a video intercom system, and more commercial uses as well. There might be one in each hospital room, for example…allowing guests to visit remotely.

I’ll let you know more after I’ve had it for awhile…family stuff the next few days, so it may be after I have it at work next week (although feel free to ask questions in-between). I’d learn more at more before that, but our now adult kid is visiting…and doesn’t like Alexa listening, so we deafen them all. Makes things a lot harder for me…but I won’t say that my SO isn’t happier that way. 😉

Bottom line: my feeling is that it will become a daily part of my life at work, but that at this price, it won’t be a big hit right away. It’s certainly possible that it will take some market share away from the Show.

One other interesting thing that happened recently: I went to send something to the Amazon Locker we usually use…and got a message that the locker was full! That’s never happened before.


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6 Responses to “My Echo Spot is here: it’s cute!”

  1. Harold Delk Says:

    Chuckled when I came to “analog” and your clever explanation … “with hands.” You, being the wise one from the Left Coast”, probably already know that “analog clock” is a retronym. Merry Christmas and thank you for another year of wonderful information and clever writing.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Harold!

      Glad you liked that! Wikipedia has a list, but yes, I was familiar with that. 🙂

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_retronyms

      Oh, I can relate this to Amazon devices specifically! After I’d paired an Alexa with a Fire TV, I tested it by asking it to watch Star Trek. I got a results page, and I thought it had done a web search. Nope, to see what I wanted to see it, I have to say, “Alexa, watch Star Trek: The Original Series”. 😉

  2. Edward Boyhan Says:

    I received mine about a week ago. As I am doing with all my purchases since 12/15, I put it under the Christmas tree ☺️. I’ll get to it (and a lot of other stuff) after the holidays.

    It has generally received very positive reviews from the tech press — save for the price — though many are expecting frequent discounts😁.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      We just don’t buy non-necessities for ourselves after we put out our “wish lists” (we do those every year…even as adults). I like your method, too, though.

      Our Echo Show is no longer deafened, since our adult child has left…but the Spot is for now. I’ll take it to work tomorrow (I’m still off today), and get a better sense of it then.

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