- Séamus Bellamy , PCWorld
The need to get up and tap the Tap to get Alexa's attention defeats the purpose.
- Katherine Boehret , The Verge
The Tap doesn't capture the charm of Amazon's other devices.
Just tap and ask for music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, and even order a pizza. Streams all your music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet. Delivers crisp sound powered by Dolby, with dual stereo speakers that provide 360º omni-directional audio.
Just tap and ask for music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, and even order a pizza. Streams all your music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet. Delivers crisp sound powered by Dolby, with dual stereo speakers that provide 360º omni-directional audio.Less
So far three of my friends have purchased an Echo, and all tell me they love it. As it did for me, it quickly becomes a useful technology for each of them. Alexa becomes an invisible assistant in daily life. This is why introducing a portable Echo is a good move for Amazon. While Alexa technology often impresses those exposed to it, many folks never see it in action. Getting exposure to it through the mobile Amazon Tap gives the opportunity for many to see it in person and start thinking about having an Amazon Echo in the home. This is a very good thing for Amazon to get Alexa technology sp... Full review
The Amazon Tap works as well as the Amazon Echo. It also includes all the cool Alexa Voice Service Skills that the larger more expensive version has. At $129.99 it’s still a little pricey. I still wish the Alexa app turned my phone into an Echo device. Amazon put the feature into the Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, so they could put it into the app. Until they do, the Amazon Tap gives users the best option to bring Alexa on the go. Alexa works better than Siri for the things that both services can do. It’s also better than Google’s voice service for the things she’s... Full review
I have a wish list of features for the Tap. I wish it would turn on the far-field voice recognition when it was plugged in and battery issues aren’t an issue. I wish it sounded a little better—I’ll probably end up buying an Echo Dot, too, which lets you connect Alexa to any speaker you like. I wish it got just a bit louder, to really fill a big room. But it already checks more boxes than just about any other Bluetooth speaker on the market, even ones that cost a lot more than $130. And thanks to Alexa, it’s both more powerful and more self-sufficient than anything th... Full review
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