Amazon Echo Spot initial review: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

Todd Singleton
January 17, 2018

The list of Alexa commands, as is evident by Tuesday's announcement, is expansive and growing with every new service or device it supports.

Amazon's most compact Echo is about to land in the UK.

Announced back in September, the Echo Spot is a small, globular version of the Echo with a 2.5-inch screen and a built-in camera.

It has graphics added to core skills such as weather, news, timers and sport, the ability to make video calls and "drop in" on other Show or Spot users. "It also makes purchases using Alexa much more viable because you can see a product before buying it".

Amazon's Echo speakers have continued to dominate ever since they first launched some 15 months ago. When not in use, Echos screen doubles as a night clock. You're getting a little more tech with the Echo Show, but the Echo Spot might be the more useful device depending on your needs.

That's because the USA retailer has just announced the United Kingdom launch of its all-new Echo Spot.

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The tiny circular device, created to act as a smart alarm clock, was first released in the United States previous year. In my opinion- no. Unlike the Echo Dot which is only really passable for things like chatting, the Echo Spot had a nice sound to it.

The Amazon Music, Prime Music and Spotify music services can then be voice controlled, with quite sophisticated search phrases available on the Amazon services, such as "Play sad 1970s music" or "upbeat 80s heavy metal" or "that song that goes [insert popular lyric here]". Or, if you prefer, a radio station. Amazon hasn't revealed the specs for the Echo Spot's camera, but we've reached out for confirmation. So should you buy the Echo Show or the Echo Spot?

The new Echo Spot can do everything the Echo Show can, with varying degrees of success. It's an ideal bedside clock, as long as you take precautions to ensure you don't appear on video or call your friends in the middle of the night - but perhaps that's the appeal.

Amazon launched its first screen-carrying Echo - the Echo Show - in the United Kingdom at the end of previous year, with the device able to display video news briefings as well as make video calls and show song lyrics.

We're yet to test the Echo Spot's audio prowess, but we'd imagine it would be similar in quality to the Echo Dot.

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