Alexa Tap and Echo Dot: first impressions
They are here…and they are already set up!
As promised, our
arrived on release day.
I must say, I have never had an easier set up of any connected device!
I pretty much just had to plug them into power and pick a Wi-Fi network. I didn’t even have to enter a password, since Amazon now memorizes my network for me (if I want it to do that).
I already had an
all of which use the Alexa Voice Service. I had the Alexa App on my Fire Phone, so the set-up was a snap!
The Tap did act like it needed to be set up twice, but I suspect it updated itself.
As soon as they were set-up, I could control my lights, ask for the weather, and so on.
Oh, it’s probably worth noting that the devices were delivered to another city (we have Amazon packages get sent to an office rather than our home, for security). I did have to tell the Tap that it was in our city, rather than where it was delivered.
So, not much to say about that because it all worked well. 🙂
I can tell you something to help you.
I bought the “Sling” carrier for the Tap. The device is about as tall as a soda can and a half, and about the same diameter. The Sling (the Tap is battery operated) is a way to carry it (and is designed to help protect it in a drop). I’ve heard people express concern about taking the Tap in and out of the Sling to set it on the charging cradle.
Well, there is a diagram for how you take it in and out. You don’t put it in from the top…you put it in from the side. You just put the bottom of it in the Sling, then you lift the top over it just be stretching it a little bit…no problem.
I have not yet connected either of them to Bluetooth (I’ll do that tomorrow and update this post).
The Dot does have a speaker, although the big difference between the Dot and the Echo is that it doesn’t have the Echo’s Bluetooth speaker. However, the speaker is…serviceable. It’s just fine for conversation, for doing things like telling you the weather. I did play music on it. I’d say it’s a bit like the old transistor radios we used to have. 🙂 I have a tolerance for “tinny” music…my Significant Other doesn’t. I’ll fix that by connecting it to a speaker (there is an included 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable…that’s the normal “headphone jack” size).
They can all have the same wake word. The same Skills work on all of them.
Bottom line: we had two more ways to access the Alexa Voice Service within ten minutes…painlessly.
Have any questions? Feel free to ask by commenting on this post.
Oh, and as usual, April Hamilton has a great post on her blog, Love My Echo (not connected to my I Love My Kindle blog):
It may also answer some of your questions. I don’t have a connection with April Hamilton except that we have had some correspondence.
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