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Old 11-21-2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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I just read about this bluetooth speaker on Sound & Vision. Apparently invitations went out to Prime members with Kindle Fire HDX Tablets. I requested an invitation, but was curious if any members were invited and bought it? If so, what are your impressions?



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Common iPad Issue: "delete the Echo app on my iPad and manually reset the Echo and start over"

ITunes, Pandora, and Spotify

Sports, Traffic, and Connected Home

IFTTT Support

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Wink Hub Support

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Old 11-21-2014, 09:09 PM   #2
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I submitted for an invitation as well (another family members as well) and I have heard nothing... I really wanted to try it out too!
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Here is another review.

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After just a day with the Echo, itís already become a routine for me to walk in the front door and tell Alexa to play some genre of music or artist. Thatís impressive, as my front door is over thirty feet from the Echo. I already do it without thinking about it, which shows the beauty of the Amazon Echo. It becomes part of the environment.
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This thing scares me. It says that society will get so lazy that they can't do anything for themselves so they have to talk to an electronic device.

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I requested an invitation for the $99 offer the day the product came out, but I don't think I'd pay more than that. The main thing I don't like about the Echo is it has to be plugged in. I understand with it's always on technology it would probably be nearly impossible to be battery operated, but it would be nice if it included a battery and maybe when it was running on battery power it could just be a speaker. All the extra features are nice but I need more portability from my Bluetooth speakers.
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The Good: The Amazon Echo is an attractively designed speaker and its voice-control system, anchored by soothing and smooth-sounding "Alexa," works well within its current limited scope. The speaker's Wi-Fi setup is relatively straightforward and you can also directly connect to the speaker via Bluetooth. The speaker plays loud and Alexa's voice sounds clear.

The Bad: At present, it can't be set up with an iOS device -- only Android and Fire products need apply. The speaker doesn't sound great with music (it distorts at higher volumes), nor does it have a battery option, so it must be plugged in at all times. And -- so far, anyway -- Alexa is more a novelty than a useful productivity tool.

The Bottom Line: The Amazon Echo shows promise and is a bargain at its introductory price point of $99 for select Prime members -- but it's too much of a work in progress to enthusiastically recommend at its full list price.
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It's seems like more requests went out.

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Got an invitation today and ordered an Echo for $99. It's out of stock right now and not expected to be delivered until February 11th so I won't be able to review it anytime soon.
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Got an invitation today and ordered an Echo for $99. It's out of stock right now and not expected to be delivered until February 11th so I won't be able to review it anytime soon.
When did you submit your request for an invitation?
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When did you submit your request for an invitation?
I requested an invitation the morning the product was announced and they started taking requests. Based on a quick internet search it looks like the product was unveiled on November 6, so I assume that was the day I submitted the request.
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I am in the same boat! It sucks as I spend a lot of money with Amazon!


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I requested an invitation the morning the product was announced and they started taking requests. Based on a quick internet search it looks like the product was unveiled on November 6, so I assume that was the day I submitted the request.
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Expected delivery on April 23rd.
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Just got an invite tonight and estimated delivery is May 7th!!!
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Default Amazon's Echo lets you control iTunes, Pandora and Spotify with your voice!



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My Echo shipped Friday and is being delivered Tuesday.
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Got my Echo hooked up this weekend. It seemed like setup should have been pretty easy but my iPad wasn't syncing with the Echo so I ended up having to call tech support. Apparently this is a common issue and all I had to do was delete the Echo app on my iPad and manually reset the Echo and start over and then everything worked. I didn't spend a whole lot of time playing around with the Echo after I got it working. The voice command seems to be kind of hit or miss. When the room was perfectly quiet and I spoke loud and very clearly it worked well but when I tried to use it with the TV on or when I wasn't near the Echo it didn't work as well. Sound quality was fine, especially for $99, but it was nothing fantastic. I think once I spend more time with the Echo it could be useful but so far it's nothing special.
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Amazon’s Echo team is working on a software development kit, setting the stage for outside developers to create third-party apps for the intelligent, talking home speaker.
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Given that people have already hacked Echo's to turn lights on/off, set their thermostat, and other smart home tasks, Echo could quickly become the hub that we all hoped it would be.

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Amazon added a few new "Features" to the Amazon Echo:

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New - Connected Home: Control compatible WeMo and Philips Hue devices with your voice.
New - Pandora: Listen to and discover music from Pandora's library of over 1 million tracks.
New - Traffic: Hear commuting time and the fastest route to your destination.
New - Sports: Ask for sports scores and schedules from the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, and more.
Some recent links:
Amazon's Echo gets some savvy upgrades
Is Amazon's Echo On Its Way to Taking Over Your Home?

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We ordered Echo on January 9th and they gave us a delivery date of April 30. Surprisingly it is shipping today so we should get it on Monday with 2 day shipping. My major hope is that it is good with spelling. My kids ask how to spell just about everything at this point.
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