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

Posted January 17, 2018

Amazon has announced that the new Amazon Echo Spot is now available to pre-order in the United Kingdom as of today. The e-commerce giant said that the Echo Spot is officially available to purchase outside the US, with preorders one in the Germany and United Kingdom the Echo Spot includes the features you love about Alexa into a stylish and compact device. The design of the Spot is one of the best we've seen from Amazon, though.

Amazon has also tucked a camera in the front of the Spot which allows it to be used to make video calls to friends and family. If you're buying this as a video device, the Echo Show is likely the best choice.

Plus, with the multi-room music feature, you can play your favourite tracks throughout your home, with synchronised music across all of your Echo devices.

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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.

"See the weather, watch video news briefings, glance at your alarm clock, make video calls, and more-we think customers in the United Kingdom will find lots of places for Echo Spot in their homes". It supports all the same commands, so once you get it home, all you have to do is open up your Alexa app, add a new device and off you go. Like the Chumby, the Echo Spot wins on the cute factor, avoiding the harshness of the larger Echo devices, but giving you convenience of both Alexa and the visual display.

Both devices are designed for video calls and both feature the instant "drop in" feature that lets you make quick video calls without actually making the call.

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The Echo Spot, which will cost £199.99, will carry similar functionality, with a series of clock faces available hinting at the device's premier use case - as an Alexa powered alarm clock for your bedside table or elsewhere in the home. This is where Alexa really comes into its own, as you'll be able to talk to your Spot to turn on or off the lights, switch on your smart kettle or other tasks.

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Like the Echo Dot there's an integrated speaker and we were surprised with how good it sounds.