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Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

The $130 Amazon Tap gives you the full power of Alexa in a portable device. Alexa (Amazon's personal assistant) can play music, track your calendar or control your smart home. Its price converts roughly to £90 in the UK and AU$170 in Australia.

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Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

Press the button on the front of it and the Tap's lights turn on to let you know it's listening.

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Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

A single charge supposedly lasts 9 hours of playback time and three weeks of standby.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Chris Monroe/CNET

Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

The Amazon Tap functions as a Bluetooth speaker you can take on the go, like the JBL Charge 2+ on the left and the Bose SoundLink Color on the right.

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Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

The Tap sounded great, though not quite up to the level of its top competition.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET

Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

Press the Bluetooth button on the bottom to sync the Tap to your phone.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Chris Monroe/CNET

Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

You can purchase a separate carrying case for $20 (roughly £15 and AU$25) to take it on the go.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Chris Monroe/CNET

Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

The Tap is certainly smaller and more portable than the first device to make use of Alexa, the $180 (roughly £125 or AU$255) Amazon Echo on the left.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Chris Monroe/CNET

Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

Along with the Tap, Amazon just released the $90 (roughly £65 or AU$120) Amazon Echo Dot -- which is basically the full-sized Echo with the speakers cut off and a line out port on the back.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Chris Monroe/CNET

Ready to Tap

Listening

Multi-talented

Still a Bluetooth speaker

Amongst the competition

The buttons on the back

The separate carrying case

Echo vs. Tap

Dot vs. Tap

Portable power

The Amazon Tap rounds out the trio of Echo devices nicely, and is worth a look if you want a portable Bluetooth speaker that can multi-task.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Chris Monroe/CNET
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