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Old 17-01-2018, 05:23 PM
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seems very steep for £120. It's just a £50 dot with a screen isn't it? Isn't the whole point of the dot and echo (of which i have 4) that you can be anywhere in the room, ask a question and then can hear it back. i don't see the benefit of having to be so close it to it to see the small screen, kind of defeats the whole point of what they were originally setting out to do
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Old 17-01-2018, 05:25 PM
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also, is a 1.4 inch speaker on the spot better than a 2.5" woofer,and 0.6" tweeter that you get on the echo? i have no idea. The Echo sound quality is actually very good
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Wanted the show but £199 and Loosing YouTube killed it for me. Thought the spot would be great but not at £120.
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In case anyone's interested they have gen 1 echoes at £89 in the refurb store
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IMO they are better than the gen 2 as the sound is better AND they have a manual dial volume bezel on the top.
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Old 24-01-2018, 02:54 PM
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Ordered the new new Alexa device now. The dot with a video screen thingy. The Spot it’s called. Honest.



Not sure where it will go yet but pretty sure I will end up with one everywhere in the end. I can try out the Video thing between rooms when it arrives.



One update on the Show (the larger screen based device) is that it’s not as good at word recognition as the original echo. I can only assume it’s a difference between the microphone effectiveness of the devices. The screen is really nice and quite handy. I can see how it could be really handy for someone living or working away somewhere. Get an internet connection and you can watch media, video chat to friends/family plus all the other stuff.



The Spot looks like it will be a good clock when you aren’t using it. Discreet looking. The thing that could spook you out is the risk that ‘they’ are watching you. So a camera cover would be sensible addition.



Then ‘they’ can just listen to you instead.

Have you had delivery of your Spot yet Martin? Look forward to hearing your thoughts on it as I’m debating getting one.
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Old 25-01-2018, 09:32 PM
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Andy, sorry for the delay. It arrived in time and like all of the others it's is nicely packed and very easy to setup. I guess first impressions would be that I like it and it is what I expected. It functionally is I guess a dot with a small screen. It looks quite cool and I bought the adjustable stand too which all works well. The screensaver defaults to a neat clock but. Think you can just set that to a photo or other things if you want.

The obvious thing to say is that it is a very small round screen. You aren't going to watch movies on it. I could imagine you could watch something if you needed to on the Show which I have tried it for 10 mins or so and it was fine. I tried watching a bit of Elf on the Spot and no surprise it's more of a listening experience. But that's not the point of it. Displays the weather and lyrics and probably handy is you can video chat on it. Again, I think ideally you would choose the Show but it's nevertheless for the cash handy. Another way to think about it is that I would now buy it instead of another dot.

Early days. One warning if you get one. Following setup, right a the end it offers you an audible trial and the only option you can see is accept. You have to scroll the screen with your finger to see the no thanks option. I can imagine a lot of people might accept it without realising. TBH I reset the thing and shouted a few things at it before realising I could do that on its touch screen.

So far so good.
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Andy, sorry for the delay. It arrived in time and like all of the others it's is nicely packed and very easy to setup. I guess first impressions would be that I like it and it is what I expected. It functionally is I guess a dot with a small screen. It looks quite cool and I bought the adjustable stand too which all works well. The screensaver defaults to a neat clock but. Think you can just set that to a photo or other things if you want.

The obvious thing to say is that it is a very small round screen. You aren't going to watch movies on it. I could imagine you could watch something if you needed to on the Show which I have tried it for 10 mins or so and it was fine. I tried watching a bit of Elf on the Spot and no surprise it's more of a listening experience. But that's not the point of it. Displays the weather and lyrics and probably handy is you can video chat on it. Again, I think ideally you would choose the Show but it's nevertheless for the cash handy. Another way to think about it is that I would now buy it instead of another dot.

Early days. One warning if you get one. Following setup, right a the end it offers you an audible trial and the only option you can see is accept. You have to scroll the screen with your finger to see the no thanks option. I can imagine a lot of people might accept it without realising. TBH I reset the thing and shouted a few things at it before realising I could do that on its touch screen.

So far so good.
Thank you Martin. Food for thought and I know being me, I will get one at some point soon.
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Absolutely not. Siri is crap compared to Alexa and Google. It is outrageously expensive. The sound may be better by all accounts but I think my Echo is good enough and one dot to a surround sound, has to be better than anything Apple can do. My last dot is connected to a portable Bose speaker which would be the equivalent sound quality AND I can take the portable for other things. Finally I dont know if Spotify will be available just Apple Music. Oh and did I mention it's expensive. Apple fanboys will buy it. Will be the first I have passed on
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Thanks to the Holmesdale pod this week i realised that you can use the Anypod skill to play both the Holmesdale radio pod but also the FYP one. Add the skill and then just say

Alexa, ask Anypod to play Holmesdale Radio
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I requested the latter as F Y P and it announced it as 'Fip'.
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That's cool. Yet another justification for haveing one. FIP ��

What does drive me mad is trying to ask for music. This girl by kungs v cooking on 3 burners always says no but simple to find on the Spotify app loads of instances like that I simply use my phone now as it's quicker and easier
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You also have to ask the right way round for example you cant say queen killer you have to say killer by queen. otherwise it just goes nahhhhh
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I saw on HotUKDeals that Tesco were offering last week two Spots for £180. Sounded like a great deal but didn’t go for it....stupidly, arguably!
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