Amazon added new products to the battle of smart speakers, namely, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. Both differ slightly from their predecessor in traits however, core values remain the same.
Echo Dot is the mini version of Amazon Echo and still provides all Alexa’s quirks.
However, it does compromises on the quality of speaker to cut down on cost. A smaller built-in speaker does let you talk to Alexa, but it’s not good enough for streaming music. Also, it needs to be plugged in to work.
You might have to connect your own Bluetooth speakers through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
The Dot comes at an affordable price of $49.
The Amazon Tap is another Wi-fi enabled digital assistant which takes the Echo’s fundamentals and packs them into a portable Bluetooth speaker. It is 6.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide , lasts for about 9 hours once fully charged. Unlike it’s counterparts, the Tap isn’t always listening. Instead, you have to press a mic button to speak to Alexa, which is disheartening to most users, but this is required to preserve the battery life. However, a recent update does allow you to enable hands-free listening at the expense of battery life.
It comes at a price of $129.
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