This week, I took advantage of my Amazon Prime Membership and bought two items I had been thinking about picking up for some time.
After setting up my Amazon Echo (£70 discount on Prime Members Day) – which was fairly easy once I got it talking to my BT wi-fi hub and I’m loving it.
I find myself wondering how I managed without it.
The first and most obvious thing is linking it with my Amazon account to play music, with over 1 million songs available, I found myself enjoying tracks I hadn’t listened to for years.
The single speaker pedestal is great for what it is with good high, medium and low end and can easily be linked to a Bluetooth stereo, headphones or speaker system.
Today, I used the lists function to compile a shopping list for a visual reminder of what I needed to order from my online supermarket for delivery, loaded the list in one tab and the online supermarket in another tab.
I was able to check off each item as I ordered it and you can also print your list or send to OneNote or to disk for email forwarding or further processing.
Using reminders and alarms is a breeze too.
I am looking forward to listening to an Audible book next and really look forward to using Smart Home Automation when I’ve decided which system to use.
What I like best is the pure simplicity of talking to Alexa from anywhere in the room and the fact that I am understood after slight frustrations with other voice systems such as Siri and Cortana, Amazon seem to have got it right with Alexa being cloud based.
I also picked up an Amazon Fire TV Stick for a discount which I will talk about in another post.