"The Amazon Tap touches greatness but can't hold on"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
The Amazon Tap touches greatness but can't hold on
This is the Amazon Tap.
It has all the same power as its big sister the Amazon Echo.
But it's smaller, cheaper, and battery power.
The Tap That is a $130, the echo is $180.
Just like with the echo, you can use the tap as a E2 speaker, a wi-fi streamer.
It can be a personal assistance in Smartphone control or you can just use it for fun.
The big different between the echo and the tap is that they guy's battery power.
So, because you don't need to keep it and plugged in.
You may take it with you wherever you go.
So it can keep you company when you're working in the garage, doing dishes in the kitchen, or even playing fetch with Pepper in the park.
The catch is without Wi-Fi it's pretty much just a ..Bluetooth speakers.
You won't even have voice controls without a connection.
I'm having trouble connecting to the Internet.
But it does work with mobile hotspots, if you want to use your phone to keep it connected.
And the tradeoff for the battery power tap is that it's not always listening like the Echo.
Any time you want to talk to it, you have to hit this button, even when it's on its charging station.
I still sometimes find myself calling this thing "Alexa." Which is the Echo's wake word, even though this one doesn't have one on its 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 BlueTooth speaker in its own right.
It's pretty good.
It's just not great.
You're gonna hear voices clearly, which is nice.
But the bass is a little bit thin.
And it's gonna distort at high volumes.
So the Tab can do a whole lot.
So if you want.
The power of Echo, the power of Alexa, and you really value portability.
Or you just want a Bluetooth speaker that can do a lot more.
It's certainly worth a look.
That said, it's also a master of none.
So if you want a device that really specializes in one of those talents You'll wanna look at.
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