amazon echo 2017

  • The Echo Spot is the best Echo

    The Echo Spot is the best Echo

    The message of today’s big Amazon event was pretty clear: Echos for everyone, for every need in every room of every home. The company clearly has no desire to create one device to rule them all. Instead, it’s building out micro functionality, with every product designed to target different needs for different users.  Read More

  • Amazon launched a million things today but all I want is a new Kindle

    Amazon launched a million things today but all I want is a new Kindle

    Amazon launched so much new stuff today that I can’t even remember what they all are (there might’ve been a fish in there, even), but there was a glaring omission in the slate of reveals: The Kindle. Amazon’s e-reader has a long and successful track record, with each successive model and iteration bringing some nice changes to the table, but the last big change came out in June. Read More

  • Here’s why Amazon made those weird Echo Buttons

    Here’s why Amazon made those weird Echo Buttons

    In a day full of Echo announcements, the Echo Button was a clear standout. Not because it was a better or more useful product than the rest, but because it’s just damn weird. Where most of what the company announced today was some iteration of an existing product line (be it the Echo or Fire TV), the Button is a strange, left field offering with a limited case use. Read More

  • Apple’s HomePod is set to have some weird competition

    Apple’s HomePod is set to have some weird competition

    Today, Amazon threw a lot of darts at the smart speaker board with new product offerings that are seeking to explore what smart speakers can even do. A report also emerged today from 9to5Google that Google is seeking to build a high-end “max” version of its Home speaker, news that comes just a week before the company is likely to show off a cheaper “mini” version of… Read More

  • Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

    Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

    In the year of the $1000 iPhone Amazon just announced a scattering of new gadgets and none cost more than $150. Essentially, Amazon said “screws the margins” and are selling everything as cheap as possible. This race to the bottom is Amazon’s standard operating procedure. The company did it with Kindles e-readers and again with Kindle Fire tablets. The company releases a proof… Read More

  • Amazon’s brightest new innovation might just be the smart home bundle

    Amazon’s brightest new innovation might just be the smart home bundle

    Amazon went above and beyond today in terms of launching stuff – it debuted not one, not two, but six brand new devices at an event held at its HQ. One of the most interesting things it did today was not any particular piece of hardware it designed or built – but the way it’s selling the Echo Plus, the version of its Echo smart speaker with an integrated smart home hub. The… Read More

  • Comparing all 8 Amazon Echos

    Comparing all 8 Amazon Echos

    Which Amazon Echo is right for you? The new Echo 2, Plus, Spot, Connect and Buttons, or the existing Dot, Show or Look? This handy chart lets you compare the functionality and pricing of Amazon’s entire Echo line that got several new additions today at a big launch event. Though Amazon has traded simplicity for flexibility, the Amazon Echo sh*tshow makes Google Home look like… Read More