You probably know I love my electronics – I always want the newest and latest thing. I bought the Amazon Echo a while back and hadn’t mentioned it on the blog because I honestly couldn’t decide whether it was worth the money or not. I use it in my sewing room and it makes a great speaker – I love the hands free option for changing songs and volume. I check the weather frequently especially in the summer, trying to decide when I want to take my walks. Occasionally I’ll listen to a news brief but in general I found it kind of challenging to use to its full potential because you have to activate “skills” and then remember how to phrase questions for different skills … too much to remember for me.
So the bottom line was that I used it and like having it in the sewing room but knew I wasn’t using it to its full potential so I surprised even myself when I decided to buy the portable version, the Amazon Tap for the library. Keith has a Bluetooth speaker for his office but it’s paired to his phone and when he’s traveling I’d like to have music in the library and be able to carry that music outside to the porch.
Since I have two now, I’ve decided I need to put a little more effort into learning to use them more fully. I did try out the Amazon ordering feature the other day and reordered Finn’s dog food. I’m not sure I’d order something I hadn’t had the chance to research and review but for reordering I think it will be fine.
I’m not encouraging anyone to buy anything, just sharing my experience with them. I’ve had some problems with the current app that controls the light bulbs in the house so when it’s time to replace them, I will replace them with ones that are compatible with Alexa.