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Back when I did my Christmas blog last year about what I got for Christmas, I mentioned that among my presents was the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation. I also mentioned that I would be writing reviews of everything I got, but since then, I’ve had to work on background work for some stuff I’m doing when not blogging, so apologies for this coming so late.
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The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation is the latest among Amazon Smart Speakers, and one of the cheaper models on market at the minute. Now available with a fabric design and improved speaker, it has a richer and louder sound, letting you pair it with other compatible Echo devices around your home, and share music all around!
Ready to help, Alexa is ready to play songs, answers questions, read the news, check the weather, control compatible smart home devices, set alarms, and more!!! You can voice control your smart home by using her to turn on your smart lights, to adjust your thermostat, lock doors, etc, and even play games which you can do by searching through the thousands of skills on the Alexa app. This is something I find very helpful, because I’ve been able to set Alexa up to remind me about taking my medication each day, but I think the voice control has to be improved a wee bit as it is still difficult for Alexa to understand me at times with the sound of my ventilator, and I often have to try multiple times.
Now coming with the ability to let you connect with others, you can call almost hands free from UK mobile and residential numbers (although this feature is only available in the uk at the time of writing this). With the Announcement option now added, you can also tell the other people in your household that you need something without even leaving the room, or drop in on them if they’ve got any compatible device.
Designed to protect your privacy, the Echo Dot 3 is built with multiple layers of privacy protection and control, including a Microphone Off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. You can also do this in the settings in your Alexa app, but I won’t get in to the settings in this blog, but I might do it in a different one.
You can also use Alexa to play soundtracks and playlists on Amazon and Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn, BBC Radio, Downtown etc.
So what do I think about the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation so far? I think the speaker is a lot better than the first generation, and even – although I didn’t have one – the 2nd – and I can hear it from long distances away, so I don’t think you would need to buy any other speakers unless that’s something you really think you want to do. The new fabric design is also very nice, and I find myself most of the time, if not playing music, listening to radio or enjoying any of the other features, just playing games. I really like the quizzes! But on a not so good note, I think the voice control still needs to be improved so it can recognise people who have a quieter voice or are talking with air in the background, as that would make it even more accessible. But other than that, I think it’s great!
Selling for £49.99 but on sale at the minute and at various other times of the year, the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation is available in Charcoal Fabric (black), Heather Grey Fabric (Grey), Plum Fabric (Pink), and there is now a new Sandstone Fabric as well.