Amazon Echo Spot Smart Clock: All You Need To Know

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"In less than 60 days of the Alexa India skill store going live, Amazon has added more than 1,000 new skills to the store". In many respects it is meant to be a smaller and more affordable version of the Amazon Echo Show; being a smaller device the speaker quality isn't going to be quite as good, but it is cheaper and still comes fully-featured in terms of its personal assistant capabilities.

First announced in September and then placed on-sale in the USA at the end of 2017, the Spot can also be used to make video calls and as an intercom system with other Echo devices in the home.

The Amazon Echo Spot is out now in the US. I get the feeling that you will tend to use Spot from a shorter distance away - on a bedside table or kitchen worktop - but Amazon reckons that "enhanced noise cancellation" will help it hear you from a distance as well, anyway. You're getting a little more tech with the Echo Show, but the Echo Spot might be the more useful device depending on your needs.

The UK release comes right after the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas where four Google Assistant-enabled Echo Show competitors were announced. It's similar to the Echo Show insofar as it has a screen, except it's squeezed into an alarm clock-style form factor. In my opinion- no.

That's the thing with the Amazon Echo Spot - much like other Echo devices, Amazon wants you to have a multitude of them in your home so you always have access to video chat no matter where you are.

The screen itself has three levels of zoom, switching between showing the entire footage, to a slightly cropped version where the corners are cut off, to full screen where you only see the central content in shot. Amazon hasn't revealed the specs for the Echo Spot's camera, but we've reached out for confirmation.

You can set your alarms to wake you up to a particular artist or genre, or on a particular radio station. Price starts at Rs 4,499 for the teensy Echo Dot, and goes all the way up to Rs 9,999 and Rs 14,999 for the standard Echo and the smart home hub carrying top-end Echo Plus. So should you buy the Echo Show or the Echo Spot?

Like the Echo Dot there's an integrated speaker and we were surprised with how good it sounds.

First published on 28 September 2017.

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