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Need Echo & Echo Dot help

2,233 900 December 12, 2017 at 05:20 PM
My mom said the other day she thought she would like to try the Echo.
Something I never thought I would hear from her.
My problem is I know nothing about it.

Do I have to or should I get the Echo?
Or can I just get the Dot?

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.



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If she's really into the amazon eco system go with echo. If not google home is much better imo. I have 1 regular and two mini in my house. As far as the difference between dot/mini and echo/Google home the biggest is most certainly sound. My minis are ok for playing talk radio but music is very lacking. Though not terrible. What's her draw to this? Assistance, automation?
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Get the Echo. Most likely she will use it for music and it is really good for that. Does she have a Prime account?
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The main difference between the Echo and the Echo dot is the sound quality. If you want it primarily for music then get the Echo, otherwise the Dot has the exact same features. if you ware looking for home control the Echo Plus comes with a built in hub but from what I've been reading it's not very feature rich or compatible, so you may be better off buying an Echo or a Dot and a compatible (Alexa compatible) hub.

Then there's google, Googles Home and Mini speakers both have good sound quality, though I do think the echo edges out the Google home slightly, but the Google mini blows the echo dot (first gen, don't have a second gen) out of the water. I also like the tap to pause and tap volume functions on the google home. Google home can also be setup for multiple users, so say for example you and your mom both have a a calendar on google. The google home devices will be able to recognize your voice or her voice separately and give you your personal calendar events. I have yet to set this up but it's one of the reason I went Google.

Purchasing stuff, Google home also give access to google express store that you can use to order things from many different participating vendors. Echo gives access to Amazon which 6 of one half dozen of the other, you're not going to have a problem buying stuff from either device. I do like the vendor distribution on google but I like the prime shipping on amazon, plus amazon has Alexa specific deals you can order different items at a discount (changes daily) just by ordering it through alexa instead.

One feature I think is really cool about the Alexa echoshpere that google doesn't seem to have yet (or I haven't figured it out) if you have multiple alexa devices you can say "Drop in on [Device Name]" an it will open up an intercom between two rooms or 2 houses (on the same account). This requires you turn this feature on for security but out of the box you can say "Call [Device Name]" and it is like placing a phone call where they have to say "Alexa Answer" and you can talk to them. I think there's a way to do this between Amazon accounts as well but I haven't done that yet either.
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