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Amazon Echo £129.95 + 2 Year Guarantee @ John Lewis

£129.95 @ John Lewis
Amazon Echo going for £20.00 cheaper than the RRP with a John Lewis 2 year guarantee . It's a virtual assistant with a decent speaker that can knit together all the smart-tech in your house. Guardi…
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Amazon Echo going for £20.00 cheaper than the RRP with a John Lewis 2 year guarantee . It's a virtual assistant with a decent speaker that can knit together all the smart-tech in your house.

Guardian review the Echo here: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/21/amazon-echo-review-the-best-combined-speaker-and-voice-assistant-in-the-uk
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#1
Is the Echo the same as Alexa and do I need one?
#2
Is there a forum to read about different actions
1 Like #3
DexMorgan
Is the Echo the same as Alexa and do I need one?
Yes
1 Like #4
Its a good device, but i still warn people that its a Work In Progress. Some apps & services get updated on Fridays but, like the Amazon App store, there is a lot of crap "skills" that make it hard to find anything decent. Also, a lot of the Skills are already available through Alexa.

If i didnt have Amazon Prime i don't think i would have bought one but since i've owned mine (and a Dot) they're pretty much streaming Amazon Music most of the day & night.

A good price, heat added.
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trott3r
Is there a forum to read about different actions

some helpful advice & tips here, ALTHOUGH, you need to check if the post is for the US or EU Alexa, as the US has more Skills enabled

alexa.amazon.co.uk

https://www.reddit.com/r/amazonecho/


Edited By: epic mushroom on Dec 14, 2016 13:45
#6
Great Find :)
#7
It's a good deal, I missed out on the Black Friday one but my 73 year old Dad bought one and loves it.

Whilst a completely different device I ended up buying a Roberts 93i Radio to allow me to DAB, Stream and DLNA of my server. Just wondering if I should send it back and get one of these instead.
3 Likes #8
DexMorgan
Is the Echo the same as Alexa and do I need one?

I did a quick Video Demo for a friend at work the other week of just a few things that it can do. I just use the Echo Dot paired with a Bluetooth speaker I already owned, it's plenty good enough for my needs. I subscribe to Amazon Music via the Device itself, which gives 40 million tracks on tap for £3.99 a month.. an absolute bargain. I wouldn't be without mine now.

Quick Video Demo

Edited By: smackos on Dec 14, 2016 19:48: Spelling
#9
hot
#10
smackos
If you
DexMorgan
Is the Echo the same as Alexa and do I need one?

I did a quick Video Demo for a friend at work the other week of just a few things that it can do. I just use the Echo Dot paired with a Bluetooth speaker I already owned, it's plenty good enough for my needs. I subscribe to Amazon Music via the Device itself, which gives 40 million tracks on tap for £3.99 a month.. an absolute bargain. I wouldn't be without mine now.

Quick Video Demo


​nice demo
#11
Genius_Discounts
smackos
If you
DexMorgan
Is the Echo the same as Alexa and do I need one?
I did a quick Video Demo for a friend at work the other week of just a few things that it can do. I just use the Echo Dot paired with a Bluetooth speaker I already owned, it's plenty good enough for my needs. I subscribe to Amazon Music via the Device itself, which gives 40 million tracks on tap for £3.99 a month.. an absolute bargain. I wouldn't be without mine now. Quick Video Demo
​nice demo

Thanks. I don't think I'll quit my day job just yet, but it gave enough of a demo to help my mate decide whether to get one or not. :)
#12
I am not rely convinced whether to buy it or not in terms of practicality or usability. Heat added though.

Edited By: Baz417 on Dec 14, 2016 20:05: Incomplete
#13
DexMorgan
Is the Echo the same as Alexa and do I need one?
Yes and Yes.
#14
Baz417
I am not rely convinced whether its buy or not in terms of practicality or usability. Heat added though.
Bought it and love it. Cant live without it now.
#15
Is there a separate application for reddit rather than using a browser BTW?

I like things separate like my email in eudora
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Baz417
I am not rely convinced whether its buy or not in terms of practicality or usability. Heat added though.

You can use the Amazon Music app on your phone to save songs to playlists, like you can on Spotify. It's nice that you can just walk in your room and just say "play my Christmas playlist", "old favourites playlist" etc etc. The music aspect alone is worth it to me. In fact, there are times when I think it's possibly the only thing in our house that actually listens to a word I say.. :|

You CAN also queue up songs etc using the Alexa app itself on your phone, in a similar way you would with Spotify connect. (If that makes sense.)

Alternatively of course, if you are a paying Spotify Premium subscriber then you have full use of your Spotify setup via the Echo anyway. Just say "play my (insert playlist name) on Spotify."


Edited By: smackos on Dec 14, 2016 20:21: Spelling
#17
Ask it to open the pod bay doors. Alexa has a good sense of humour ;)
Interacts with my nest and my philips hue... I love these things. got four of them now (a cylinder and 3 dots)
#18
Ask it - what is the mass of our Galaxy in Milligrames?
#19
myapps
It's a good deal, I missed out on the Black Friday one but my 73 year old Dad bought one and loves it.
Whilst a completely different device I ended up buying a Roberts 93i Radio to allow me to DAB, Stream and DLNA of my server. Just wondering if I should send it back and get one of these instead.

I sometimes listen to BBC Radio 5 which is played through the pre-installed TuneIn app and it regularly disconnects, This used to be an issue with all BBC national radio stations, although its worth googling to see if its been fixed IF you going to listen to BBC a lot.

I've never had a problem with Music playback or other internet radio stations & podcasts though.
#20
Heat! Purchased last black one yesterday from JL Leicester Highcross.

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