I was pretty excited for the Amazon Echo to release in India. The moment I saw it on the pre-order list on Amazon, I just went for it. I pre-ordered an Amazon Echo Dot since I already have a Bose Soundlink I thought of not ordering Amazon Echo Plus.
Amazon Dot Specifications
|Size||83.5 x 83.5 x 32 mm|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connection to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.|
|Bluetooth Connectivity||Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Dot or from Echo Dot to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.|
|Audio||Built-in speaker for voice feedback when not connected to external speakers. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included)|
|System Requirements||The Alexa App is compatible with Android and iOS devices and also accessible via your desktop browser. Certain skills and services are subject to change, may not be available in all areas and may require separate subscriptions or other fees.|
|Warranty and Service||Echo Dot is sold with a limited warranty of one year.|
|Included in the Box||Echo Dot, power adaptor, USB charging cable and Quick Start Guide.|
Amazon Echo Dot Review
As expected the delivery was on time. Expected date of delivery was 3rd November and it arrived on time. Packed in the now recognizable Prime package, the box itself was small and compact. I was really excited to receive this shipment, although I had done a COD, the delivery guy had Ezytap machine with him so I paid for it with my card.
Have to give it to Amazon, they know how to pack something. The no-nonsense packaging was straight to the point and I was using the Dot right after I removed it. I guess that;s how big companies work, they want you to spend less time on unpacking and more time using the product itself.
You need to download the Amazon Alexa App from the Play store for Android and App Store for iPhone. Once you have downloaded the app, connect to Amazon Echo by going to your Wi-Fi setting and connecting to the device. Go back to the app and finish setting up the device.
This device is a dust magnet. I suggest you by a cover from Amazon itself. I played around with Alexa for a while. It works perfectly with NDTV, Uber and Ola app. You would need to connect and take permission for each of the supported apps. Alexa understands Hindi, Hinglish and English, which surprised me a bit. The accent that Alexa uses is Indian as well. Way to go with localization!
Alexa works as a personal assistant perfectly. But it’s built to be a Home Assistant. If your house has smart appliances then Amazon Echo Dot can control them. I haven’t tried it but I think it should be able to connect to Amazon Fire Stick at home once the software update is done.