Introducing you to Amazon’s newest addition to the Echo family: the Echo Spot. With its compact, circular shape, the Echo Spot may have the nicest design of all the Echo family. But not only is it attractive, the device is loaded with some very striking features that put’s it ahead of most members of its family.
The Echo Spot Provides Beauty And Brains For Your Smart Home
The Echo Spot looks like a soft ball cut into half diagonally. Measuring 104mm x 97mm x 91 mm and weighing just 402 grams, it is circular with a 2.5-inch, 480 x 480 pixel resolution color touch screen situated on the slanting side. The screen display is very clear and easy to use for selecting options on the device through pull-down menus. Just above the screen is the camera. Its smooth texture exterior makes it easy to clean smudges and smears compared to the fabric finish on the Echo 2.
It has four microphones that enables it to pick up your voice clearly even across the room. The flat bottom enables it to sit snugly on any surface in your home or office. The Spot has a bigger speaker (1.4 inch) than the Echo Dot(0.6 inch) located at the bottom. This gives it a fairly fuller and much richer sound.
As with most Echo devices, there are three buttons at the top – the volume up, volume down and the mic on/off button. When you turn the device on, you must turn on the mic manually to use it. The mic button also doubles as the enable/disable switch for the camera.
On the back, as with all Amazon’s Echo devices, is the power connector and a 3.5 mm audio stereo output for connection to external speakers, if you do not want to use the device’s internal speaker which is located at the bottom of the device.
The Echo Spot is available only in two colors – black or white. With dual band Wi-Fi that supports 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for streaming audio and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice-controlling mobile devices, you have seamless connection to a wide range of devices.
Everything You Need To Know About The Features Of Amazon’s Echo Spot
At first sight, the Echo Spot looks like a fanciful table top clock. However, it is built with a number of impressive features that makes it a delightful choice for you. Let's take a look...
The Echo Spot's clock
Starting with the clock, you can select a digital or analog format, choose from different themes, background photos from Prime Photos, set preferences for home card, set do not disturb period or time to dim the clock display and so forth. You can also set various messages in celebrity’s voice or a music artist or track (Tuneln, Spotify and Amazon supported) as your alarm ringtone.
Voice-control Music with the Echo Spot
You can stream music with Alexa on the Echo Spot simply with your voice. There are millions of music to choose from Amazon Music and you can also connect to Tuneln and Spotify. Lyrics are displayed (UK only) as well as album art and the playlist. With the Bluetooth functionality, you can stream audio to and from compatible devices in your home with its multi-room music features.
Control your smart home with Echo Spot
The Echo Spot allows you to voice-control smart devices in your home such as thermostats, fans, lights, TV, plugs, doors, cameras and many other brands. You can even connect the camera feed from your children’s nursery to the device and schedule instructions or carry out series of instructions with a single command such as “good night Alexa” and the lights are turned off, the doors are locked, the security alarm is activated, etc. – all in one sweep.
Alexa shopping lists
Obtain any information at a glance with Echo Spot
Listen to local news broadcast with video flash briefing from BBC, Telegraph and others. Obtain or display weather information, show commute time, display your calendar from Office365, Outlook.com, Gmail, iCloud or G Suite, your To-Do or Alexa shopping lists. Your list items are synced between the device and the Alexa app so you can add items on the device at home and it is added to the Alexa app on the shopper’s phone.
Make voice and video calls with the Echo Spot
The Echo Spot drop-in feature allows you to make hands-free voice calls through Alexa to other Echo devices anywhere, or to Skype or the Alexa app. Hands-free video calls can also be made to users with Echo Show or Echo Spot devices, Skype or the Alexa app. The Spot will verify your identify and the contact before making the call. The voice connection is pretty clear and good when compared to the Google Home Mini.
Setting Up the Echo Spot
Just plug in, turn on and after booting, it is ready for setting up. If you have downloaded the Alexa app, simply open the app and log in with you Amazon account details and the device will be automatically synced. If you have not downloaded the Alexa App, then you will need to enter the details of the Amazon account manually using the device touch screen. From the Settings menu, the Echo Spot’s functions can be customized to your taste and desire (such as clock format, theme, volume, brightness, photo slideshow screen saver, etc.).
Video viewing with Echo Spot
You can watch videos, film trailers, TV shows, make clear video calls to other Echo devices in your home or to others outside your home having compatible Echo devices, Skype or Alexa app.
Alexa Skills for Echo Spot
Order a pizza, track fitness with Fitbit, customize skills and responses to your taste using Alexa Skill Blueprints and more. All you have to do to enable new skills is to ask. If you are a Prime subscriber, you can use the Sport to order products, play film and TV shows from Prime Video, view Prime photos and stream millions of songs from prime Music. The device has myriads of skills and more are being added online. The Spot learns and adapts itself to vocabulary, voice patters and preferences
The Fine Print on the Amazon Echo Spot
Among the Echo family, the Spot stands out. Its immediate distinguishing feature is its design. Compared to other Echo devices, its small, circular shape makes it more attractive and pleasing to look at than the cylindrical shape of the Echo or the big rectangular look of the Echo Show. But more importantly are the number of unique and interesting features that are packed into the little devices. It is definitely small but, in terms of what it can do to make your life simpler, organized and fun, it is mighty.
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• Simple, intuitive and friendly user interface
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• Microphone has to be manually turned on
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“Love this I bought 2 one for my night stand and one to replace the ugly old alarm clock in the living room...works great an with my echo show and 3 other echo dots I have been able to link them all together and have music playing in every room so awesome and affordable...I do wish that I could watch YouTube on there but I'm sure amazon will work that out eventually...sound is awesome. - Scurvydog Designs December 2, 2018
“I have alot of echoes, in our house got two of these for beside our beds in the house and camper., nice as a clock and to listen to music and get the news and weather before getting out of bed, also controls our lights. I not sure how we got along before echoes, lol. - Bob Utterback December 3, 2018
“Easy peesy set up - I was able to get it up and running and customized in less than 20 minutes - score!!! Paired my bluetoothThonet and Vander speakers (that also live with my bedroom TV) flawlessly. Figured out how to set recurring and different alarms for weekdays and weekends (after you set the 'single alarm' go to the alexa app under alarms and reminders - you have far more control through the app to easily change that single alarm into a recurring alarm with lots of options). Got a photo uploaded to make a custom clock face (used my photo cloud storage at Prime). Played some Prime music. Watched a little CNN. - Art Tart December 29, 2017
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