Echo Dot 3rd Generation Review

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The Echo is very popular and the 3rd generation is even better compared to competitors like Google Home. The new speaker and design, Echo Dot is voice-controlled, smart speaker with Alexa that will fit any room. You just ask Alexa for music, news, information and along with more. With the Echo Dot you can call almost anyone and control other compatible smart home devices with your voice.

Playing Music


You can use your voice to play a song, artist, or genre through Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and others.  With compatible Echo devices in different rooms, can fill your whole home with music.  I like using my Echo Dot 3rd Generation to play music for parties, family dinners and alone while cleaning house. You can also listen to Audibles, podcasts, ratio stations, or pair with Fire TV to voice control movies and entertainment.

Alexa is happy to help you with Echo Dot.

Can make your life easier at home by using the device to set timers, add items to your lists, create calendar events and reminders. You can check the news, weather or traffic. I use Alexa to check weather and traffic conditions when making plans to take grand children to park. If you missed watching your favorite sport teams play, can even ask for the scores and scheduled showtimes. The feature used most throughout my house is movie showtimes and restaurant hours, as nothing like planning a dinner and movie.

Voice control more through your home with Echo Dot.

You can manage compatible smart home devices using your voice that will allow you to turn on the light, dim your light or turn thermostat up.  Enable Alexa guard to get smart alerts if your Echo detects the sound of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or glass breaking.

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Keep family in sync with Echo Dot

Have a big house, can use the Echo to communicate with family members in different parts of your house. After dinner is ready can just simply let everyone know its ready instead of going across house or upstairs letting family members know. Got children, you can use to tell your children due homework or bedtime.

You can also use the Echo to make hand free calls to most phone numbers in United States, Canada, Mexico, and United Kingdom.

Alexa Skills

Tens of thousands of skills and counting, Alexa gets smarter. These skills include apps along with helping you do more, like playing relaxing sound or testing your music knowledge. Just ask Alexa, what are your top skills?

Alexa for Kids

You can make your Echo kid friendly at no extra cost by enabling Amazon FreeTime in your Alexa app. Can automatically filter explicit songs, add approved contacts, set time limits, or review activity with easy to use parental controls in the Amazon Parent Dashboard. Learn more about FreeTime on Alexa.

Designed to protect privacy

Alexa and Echo devices are designed with multiple layers of privacy protection. For instance, Echo Dot has a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones and you also have control over your voice recordings. You can view, hear and delete them anytime you like. Learn more about privacy.

Compare Echo Dot

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Echo Dot

Size: 3.9” x 3.9” x 1.7” (99 mm x 99 mm x 43 mm)

Weight: 10.6 oz. (300 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process

Wifi connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

Bluetooth connectivity: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Dot or from Echo Dot to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.

Audio: Built-in speaker for voice feedback when not connected to external speakers. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included).

System requirements: Echo Dot comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices and also accessible via your web browser. A list of supported operating systems can be found here. Certain skills and services may require subscription or other fees.


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