This is the Amazon Tap.
It has all of the same powers as its big sister, the Amazon Echo.
But it's smaller, cheaper, and battery powered.
The Tap is $130, the Echo, is $180.
Just like with the Echo, you can use the Tap as a bluetooth speaker, a wi-fi streamer, It can be a personal assistant, a smartphone control hub, or you can just use it for fun.
And the tradeoff for the battery powered pack is that it's not always listening like the echo.
Anytime you want to talk to it you have to hit this button, even when it's on it's target station.
I still sometimes find myself calling this thing Alexa, which is the echos wake word Even though this one doesn't have one on it's own, you hit a button.
You don't need a wake word.
So, it's less useful as a smart home hub, since it's not always listening, and you need to keep it with you.
As a compact Bluetooth speaker in it's own right, it's pretty good.
It's just not great.
You're gonna hear voices clearly, which is nice.
But, the base is a little bit thin, and it's gonna distort at high volume
Amazon's Echo Wall Clock puts your Alexa timers in full view
This smart fitness tech replaces a gym membership
I like this fancy fitness mirror, but it sure costs a lot
Peloton Bike makes spinning at home much smoother
Peloton Tread is one serious running machine
Get a solid home workout at a good price with ClassPass Live
Brewie+ automatically makes good beer, but needs too much help...
This smart oven cooks with the power of light
You can do better than this LG Smart Display
Nanoleaf Canvas decorates your smart home in living color