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Amazon echo £134.99 at Argos

£134.99 @ Argos
Just got the mail from Argos. Echo reduced to 134.99. Personally I opted for the dot due to having a decent Bluetooth speaker in the kitchen already to hook up to. But same functionality etc. … Read More
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Just got the mail from Argos. Echo reduced to 134.99.

Personally I opted for the dot due to having a decent Bluetooth speaker in the kitchen already to hook up to. But same functionality etc.

Whether you think gimmicky or essential is a good price for it.
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5 Likes #1
Good price if you really want an Amazon echo.

I have an echo in the kitchen and a dot in the bedroom.

Having used both, I can confirm that:

1.Functionally, the dot and the echo perform the same.
2. The echo speaker is louder & clearer. (Better for listening to music)
3. The dot is tiny (very easy to discretely hide it on your beside table, kitchen worktop etc). The echo is the same diameter, but is considerably taller.

Dot: 83.5 x 83.5 x 32 mm (3.3" x 3.3" x 1.3")
Echo: 83.5 x 83.5 x 235 mm (3.3" x 3.3" x 9.25")

http://www.digitaltrends.com/media-streamer-reviews/amazon-echo-dot-review/


I agree with the person posting this deal:
Given the choice again, I would probably buy a dot for the kitchen and a reasonable quality £20 bluetooth speaker.
(It also has a 3.5mm socket to at the back to connect to your speakers with a wire if you prefer)
-£70 for this setup instead of the £135 for the echo on its own.

The dot can also be wall mounted with this £6.99 product but I dont think you can do this with the echo




Edited By: Helpful567 on Mar 20, 2017 00:03: useful info added
2 Likes #2
The Dot has been my purchase of 2016/2017 that I got for £30 from a previous deal on here and it is amazing with all the wifi stuff connected including Kasa, Hue and Nest etc; more functionality is added on a weekly basis.

Totally agree with Helpful567's comments about the speaker as the Dot is totally lacking the Echo's capabilities, but soon Sonos will be added to the control and then it will be amazing; if not then a suitable/cheap bluetooth speaker is the way to go.

OH laughed and said I won't use that when I added it to the kitchen, but now she can't be without it; for the simple things like timers for cooking, radio, playlists etc etc etc etc! Get either, dependent upon your budget, and you won't be disappointed!
1 Like #3
Probably not, but can these be used for Google play music? Or do i wait for Google home here?
7 Likes #4
Currently the cheapest way to get the CIA in your house 24/7 ;)
4 Likes #5
JoeSpur
Currently the cheapest way to get the CIA in your house 24/7 ;)

Everyones had a mobile phone with a mic on for the last 10 years anyway
2 Likes #6
Got as a Xmas present. Fun for a few hours. A novelty toy really. It will join the cat translator and boiled egg squarer in due course methinks. Dont put it too close to the TV if you do invest. It ordered me some Apples, bizarre lol.
3 Likes #7
johnnyd57uk
Got as a Xmas present. Fun for a few hours. A novelty toy really. It will join the cat translator and boiled egg squarer in due course methinks. Dont put it too close to the TV if you do invest. It ordered me some Apples, bizarre lol.
how do you like them apples?
sorry couldn't help myself, its still early

Edited By: davedelaney1978 on Mar 20, 2017 07:22
2 Likes #8
1 Like #9
Waiting for Google Home. Shouldn't have to wait too much longer now....
#10
Can you change the name and or gender of Alexa?
2 Likes #11
Whats the fee for CIA connection on this?:D
#12
Disco.Dave
Can you change the name and or gender of Alexa?


Hi you have 3 other names can call it I think. Echo, Amazon and computer. Gender seems to be set. US or UK accent.
Re erroneous ordering comment you can pin protect orders but haven't tried that function yet.
Appreciate votes on my first post everyone!
1 Like #13
randolph_45
Whats the fee for CIA connection on this?:D


Comes included in the price Randolph - no extra fee! Lol. Yes it is certainly a concern for some but they'd find our kitchen chat somewhat mundane. Might be a different matter if someone's profession is somewhat more exciting!
4 Likes #14
VN125250
Waiting for Google Home. Shouldn't have to wait too much longer now....

I wouldn't.
Google Home has already stooped to the new low of playing adverts (about Beauty & The Beast) whilst you're trying to use it, and some have even reported it playing an advert unprompted. And Google\s ability to abandon their tech projects (Glasses, OnHub, etc) makes me wonder if you'll even see a v2, let alone your v1 becoming useless in <2 years when they turn off the servers.

The Echo and it's predecessor (On Tap) date back a few years and it's well established, preferred by developers and makes Amazon a lot of money. It's not going anywhere.
#15
mistermoneysaver
Probably not, but can these be used for Google play music? Or do i wait for Google home here?

No Google Play Music support currently. Unlikely to ever be, either, as Google have a competing product.
#16
AndiTails
VN125250
Waiting for Google Home. Shouldn't have to wait too much longer now....

I wouldn't.
Google Home has already stooped to the new low of playing adverts (about Beauty & The Beast) whilst you're trying to use it, and some have even reported it playing an advert unprompted. And Google\s ability to abandon their tech projects (Glasses, OnHub, etc) makes me wonder if you'll even see a v2, let alone your v1 becoming useless in <2 years when they turn off the servers.

The Echo and it's predecessor (On Tap) date back a few years and it's well established, preferred by developers and makes Amazon a lot of money. It's not going anywhere.


Google glasses was always in beta and was never a fully fledged released product that's why you had to sign up to get one. The onhub is still available to buy from Google and in American stores, there's been no word of them stopping it and it still has support so I'm really not sure what you're referring to. Amazon are no different they've canned a number of projects including the fire phone??

Amazon are making money however Google rarely go into the market with hardware trying to make money it's usually there to enable them to collect more data
1 Like #17
Chidmas
AndiTails
VN125250
Waiting for Google Home. Shouldn't have to wait too much longer now....
I wouldn't.
Google Home has already stooped to the new low of playing adverts (about Beauty & The Beast) whilst you're trying to use it, and some have even reported it playing an advert unprompted. And Google\s ability to abandon their tech projects (Glasses, OnHub, etc) makes me wonder if you'll even see a v2, let alone your v1 becoming useless in <2 years when they turn off the servers.
The Echo and it's predecessor (On Tap) date back a few years and it's well established, preferred by developers and makes Amazon a lot of money. It's not going anywhere.
Google glasses was always in beta and was never a fully fledged released product that's why you had to sign up to get one. The onhub is still available to buy from Google and in American stores, there's been no word of them stopping it and it still has support so I'm really not sure what you're referring to. Amazon are no different they've canned a number of projects including the fire phone??
Amazon are making money however Google rarely go into the market with hardware trying to make money it's usually there to enable them to collect more data

Last time I checked, this is Hot UK Deals, not US.
If a company abandons plans to launch in a country (which is what they did with the OnHub in the UK), then they don't have much confidence in a product it's days are numbered.

The Fire Phones were a flop - Amazon admitted it. They're still pushing updates out to the phones that are out there, though. Google don't admit flops, they just announce they're switching off the service with about 4-8 weeks for you to find an alternative (iGoogle, Picasa, FeedBurner, Code, Health, Reader, Labs, Send to Phone (loved that one), Gears, Writely, Answers, Video, Picnik, Wave, Meebo, Talk, Notebook, Orkut..... )
#18
I have a couple of the Dots and I find them fine for music. Ok, it's not going to replace your stereo but for the size of the dot I was quite impressed with the sound it produces. Replaced the DAB radio in the kitchen and just as loud. It won't be good enough for a house party but it's fine for a dinner party.
#19
Same price on Amazon now. Mother's Day special.
2 Likes #20
My grandchildren call Alexa all sorts of names and have a right giggle at the responses.
#21
Its also available on amazon for the same price as a mothers day promotion, so free delivery 1 day etc for Prime users :D
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GAGVIE4/ref=gw_aucc_dopp_mday17?pf_rd_p=8e054b96-69fa-436f-b599-e5284f0df30f&pf_rd_r=WQ3DADWJZVM8554V7M6S
#22
JAMAL
JoeSpur
Currently the cheapest way to get the CIA in your house 24/7 ;)
Everyones had a mobile phone with a mic on for the last 10 years anyway
Haven't mobile phones always had a mic?
#23
For those of you with Dots and access to a 3D Printer I can highly recommend this:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1708949

Does improve the sound.

Dots are multiplying in our house, though we do have the echo in the lounge dots are used throughout the house to control lighting, heating and music etc
#24
mistermoneysaver
Probably not, but can these be used for Google play music? Or do i wait for Google home here?
Actually it sort of does if you have Google Play Music on your phone you can pair it with your echo using bluetooth then click the microphone icon on Google on your phone and say e.g. "play x by y on Google Music" and it will play on your echo it works very well


Edited By: kid992 on Mar 20, 2017 22:33
#25
kid992
mistermoneysaver
Probably not, but can these be used for Google play music? Or do i wait for Google home here?
Actually it sort of does if you have Google Play on your phone you can pair it with your echo using bluetooth then click the microphone icon on Google on your phone and say e.g. "play x by y on Google Music" and it will play on your echo it works very well
Ok thanks. Will it play my playlists too?
1 Like #26
mistermoneysaver
kid992
mistermoneysaver
Probably not, but can these be used for Google play music? Or do i wait for Google home here?
Actually it sort of does if you have Google Play on your phone you can pair it with your echo using bluetooth then click the microphone icon on Google on your phone and say e.g. "play x by y on Google Music" and it will play on your echo it works very well
Ok thanks. Will it play my playlists too?
It should play whatever you have in Google Play Music. If it won't play the playlist using the voice command you can always just play it using the play button in the Google Play Music App. I don't have a Google Play Music subscription anymore. I play the music I have uploaded to Google Play Music. I have the Amazon Music Unlimited subscription playing through one Echo Dot connected to my hi fi for £3.99 a month its an absolute bargain. On the rare occasion Amazon Music Unlimited does not have what I won't, I usually have it in my own collection on Google Play Music and I play it as mentioned previously via Bluetooth
#27
Does the dot have Alexa as well? I was informed the dot was a speaker only and you need the echo first. John lewis.
#28
daniellndn
Does the dot have Alexa as well? I was informed the dot was a speaker only and you need the echo first. John lewis.
yes, its the same as the Echo, but not a very good speaker.

Amazon Echo (known in-development as Doppler or Project D and shortened and referred to as Echo) is a smart speaker developed by Amazon.com. The device consists of a 9.25-inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array.
1 Like #29
Hey all,

No Google music or iTunes support, however you can import 250 tracks for free on the Amazon cloud to play on Echo or Amazon devices.

Any other questions fire away,
1 Like #30
JoeSpur
Currently the cheapest way to get the CIA in your house 24/7 ;)


As long as the bring the beer thats fine by me :D
#31
kid992
mistermoneysaver
kid992
mistermoneysaver
Probably not, but can these be used for Google play music? Or do i wait for Google home here?
Actually it sort of does if you have Google Play on your phone you can pair it with your echo using bluetooth then click the microphone icon on Google on your phone and say e.g. "play x by y on Google Music" and it will play on your echo it works very well
Ok thanks. Will it play my playlists too?
It should play whatever you have in Google Play Music. If it won't play the playlist using the voice command you can always just play it using the play button in the Google Play Music App. I don't have a Google Play Music subscription anymore. I play the music I have uploaded to Google Play Music. I have the Amazon Music Unlimited subscription playing through one Echo Dot connected to my hi fi for £3.99 a month its an absolute bargain. On the rare occasion Amazon Music Unlimited does not have what I won't, I usually have it in my own collection on Google Play Music and I play it as mentioned previously via Bluetooth
Thank for this info.
2 Likes #32
Gordinho
JAMAL
JoeSpur
Currently the cheapest way to get the CIA in your house 24/7 ;)
Everyones had a mobile phone with a mic on for the last 10 years anyway
Haven't mobile phones always had a mic?

Yeah but not everyone had them 10 years ago :p
#33
davedelaney1978
johnnyd57uk
Got as a Xmas present. Fun for a few hours. A novelty toy really. It will join the cat translator and boiled egg squarer in due course methinks. Dont put it too close to the TV if you do invest. It ordered me some Apples, bizarre lol.
how do you like them apples? That's a quote from Mean Machine starring Burt Reynolds
sorry couldn't help myself, its still early
#34
Love the echo. Come in the house take my earphones out, tell Alexa to play Spotify and the music continues right where I left off. Also the other day Bieber started playing on the radio and I told Alexa to 'Shut the F*** up'. She listened, Brilliant!
#35
AndiTails
Chidmas
AndiTails
VN125250
Waiting for Google Home. Shouldn't have to wait too much longer now....
I wouldn't.
Google Home has already stooped to the new low of playing adverts (about Beauty & The Beast) whilst you're trying to use it, and some have even reported it playing an advert unprompted. And Google\s ability to abandon their tech projects (Glasses, OnHub, etc) makes me wonder if you'll even see a v2, let alone your v1 becoming useless in <2 years when they turn off the servers.
The Echo and it's predecessor (On Tap) date back a few years and it's well established, preferred by developers and makes Amazon a lot of money. It's not going anywhere.
Google glasses was always in beta and was never a fully fledged released product that's why you had to sign up to get one. The onhub is still available to buy from Google and in American stores, there's been no word of them stopping it and it still has support so I'm really not sure what you're referring to. Amazon are no different they've canned a number of projects including the fire phone??
Amazon are making money however Google rarely go into the market with hardware trying to make money it's usually there to enable them to collect more data

Last time I checked, this is Hot UK Deals, not US.
If a company abandons plans to launch in a country (which is what they did with the OnHub in the UK), then they don't have much confidence in a product it's days are numbered.

The Fire Phones were a flop - Amazon admitted it. They're still pushing updates out to the phones that are out there, though. Google don't admit flops, they just announce they're switching off the service with about 4-8 weeks for you to find an alternative (iGoogle, Picasa, FeedBurner, Code, Health, Reader, Labs, Send to Phone (loved that one), Gears, Writely, Answers, Video, Picnik, Wave, Meebo, Talk, Notebook, Orkut..... )


Come on Google whole business is developing new products which will not last it's a very different company to Amazon.

I haven't heard anything about them not launching in the UK not every product is suitable for every market. The phone I use now there's a dual sim version however not I the UK. It's a fair point you make but I think your over egging it.
#36
Heat
#37
Nice find but just don't ask Alexa to play Ticker Ticker

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