Since the original Amazon Echo was announced, I have been so curious to see what all the hype with Alexa is about, but I was very hesitant to invest $180 dollars on what seemed like a pretty limited device. Amazon answered my prayers when they released the Echo Dot at a $50 price point, and although it was sold out for a bit, I was finally able to order mine and start to see what everyone has been talking about. Below I outline what I thought were the main pros and cons of the Echo Dot, but overall I was really impressed with how well Amazon has been able to execute on this vision and create a product that makes you feel like you are in the future.
8/10: Overall my experience using the Echo Dot has been fantastic. I have been so impressed with how well it recognizes my voice and how it almost always is able to execute my requests correctly. The Echo is the first device that has really convinced me that using your voice to control your home can become a reality and at $50 there really is no reason for people who are curious not to give it a shot. As I mentioned in the cons, it can still be a little difficult to control everything via voice when you are not alone in your home, and the amount of things you can do with the Echo is still a little limited. But, I really admire how much Amazon has managed to do with this little device and I look forward to seeing what sort of skills they bring to Alexa in the future.