The #AmazonEcho is a revolutionary product with its always-on voice assistant Alexa being our favorite. The company has now decided to diversify the lineup with the release of two more products based on Alexa. These are known as Tap and Echo Dot.
The Tap is basically a more convenient version of the standard Echo and comes with the same set of features and as a bonus comes with a battery underneath too. This means that the device can function independently without requiring a power outlet, unlike the original Echo. Amazon claims that the device has a battery life of about 9 hours, which should be more than enough. It can pair with your devices over WiFi as well as Bluetooth.
But there’s one caveat here and that’s the lack of an always-on microphone. Amazon is not providing this feature on the device since it operates on battery. So in order to make a request every time, you will have to tap on the microphone button on the device. This might be a bit of an inconvenience for standard Echo users, but not much of a sacrifice given that it can be carried around with you. The Amazon Tap can be pre-ordered now for $129.99 with availability commencing on March 31.
The Echo Dot is essentially a shrunken down version of the full sized Echo, which naturally means that it has a very small speaker as well. However, the Echo Dot comes with the same 7-microphone arrangement as on its larger sibling. It can pair with a nearby Bluetooth speaker or use a 3.5mm jack to connect to bigger speakers, so the lack of a proper speaker module is not exactly a concern. This product is exclusive to Amazon Prime users and requires customers to make the purchase over a Fire TV or an existing Amazon Echo, which is kind of weird. This product can be snatched up for $89.99.