A Review Of The Amazon Echo

Eco by booksI came across a review of the Amazon Echo the other day that I really liked because it started as follows:

“Alexa, what’s the weather today?”

“ALEXA! What’s the weather today?”

 

“ALEXA WHAT IS THE WEATHER TODAY GODDAMMIT.”

The review went on in this vein showcasing both Echo’s strengths and weaknesses.  For example, is an excerpt that really hit home with me

“The Echo is one of the most compelling cases I’ve ever seen for the power of voice control, of talking to our gadgets the way we talk to each other. It’s also a powerful and infuriating reminder of its limitations, of how long the road to our robotic future really is.”

This is really true. , too.

When I ask Alexa to play a certain type of music or  a specific song she almost always comes through like a champ. But when  I ask her to play one of my Pandora radio stations, goodness knows what I’ll get. If I ask her to play the Pandora radio station for BG Adair I might get songs by the Bee Gees And while Alexa is pretty good at answering question it’s fairly easy to stump her,

The review I found is pretty evenhanded so if you are considering laying out $199 for Amazon Echo, here’s a link to the review that could help yo make a buying decision