Amazon Echo

Echo doesn’t belong in this comparison post. But it’s included because thousands of people are searching for Echo comparisons, and I want to set the record straight.

Sound (F):

  • Music sounds thin and flat with no bass. For reference, I tried JBL Charge 3, and UE Boom 2 speakers that are in the $100 range, and those sound better than Echo.
  • You won’t want to use Echo as your primary sound system or play music for extended periods, but it might work in a room you use less frequently.

Design (C+):

  • It’s only six inches tall. That’s significantly smaller, and a notable improvement over the first generation Echo.
  • Echo has changeable fabric covers that hide the unsightly speaker holes.
  • The bright blue indicator light that illuminates when Alexa’s listening is helpful and can be seen from across the room.
  • It’s made of cheap materials and nothing special to look at, but due to its size, it’s easily concealable.

Voice Assistant (B):

  • It responds more efficiently than Siri, even though it can’t do multiple tasks at once or understand pronouns.
  • You can set up multiple voices for personal requests, but it doesn’t work as well as Google’s.
  • The simple wake-up signal “Alexa” is quick and easy.
  • You can create “Routines” that are set phrases to perform multiple tasks at once.

Compatibility (B+):

  • There are over 15,000 different skills in Alexa’s app store, making it the most widely-compatible smart assistant. Alexa will work with almost any smart home device available.
  • You can control Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIN, Gimme Radio, and SiriusXM via Alexa.
  • You can listen to any music service with Bluetooth, but you won’t have voice control.

Software (F):

  • The Alexa app is a disaster. It’s hard to navigate, find skills and set up smart devices.
  • Multiple voice setup doesn’t work well, and the voices you add must be in your “Amazon Prime Household.”

Bonus (F):

  • Amazon doesn’t care about your privacy and will try to hard-sell constantly. Advertisements on Echo are coming, too.
  • I like the simplicity of a one syllable wake word, “Alexa” but there’s a caveat. Because of its simplicity, it produces way more false alarms than “Hey, Google” or “Hey, Siri.” Conversation between individuals or TV audio sets it off a few times per day.

The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Portable Bluetooth speakers allowed me to obtain a good sound from small and flat objects that can fit in my pocket. This is more convenient compared to obtaining sound from laptops and smartphones. I am able to carry my sound system everywhere i go and bust out jams anytime i want. These speakers work with android, iOS and any Bluetooth enabled devices including desktops and laptops. The best ones utilize both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection which makes them flexible. The best portable Bluetooth speakers have Bluetooth connectivity as the main function. They are also portable with rechargeable batteries as the power source. The best ones are rugged, compact and durable to handle water, dunks, scratches and drops. Lastly, sound quality and connectivity is very paramount when looking for a good speaker. Below are some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers not named Amazon Echo.

ExoXGear EcoCarbon

This is one of the best outdoor audio designs I have ever experienced. It offers a solid audio performance in a super-portable unit. It delivers laudable bass response on tracks with powerful sub-bass. I can always bring my sounds to a pool party since its designed with waterproof features. It comes with a speakerphone functionality, built-in flashlight and ability to charge mobile devices. EcoCarbon weighs only 1.9 pounds. It is 1P68 rated for waterproof and dust proof. This sleek design features rounded corners with rubberized surfaces and grills at the front and on the rear. There are 8-watt drivers behind the front facing grille and he black grille covers a mini sub woofer. Buttons are featured across the top panel. These are meant for power, Bluetooth, volume, track navigation, playback management and LED flashlight. A built-in handle on the right side allowed me to carry the speaker easily. There is also a mount attachment point at the bottom panel. The left of the speaker features a canvas carabiner loop. It comes with a 3.5mm aux input and a micro USB charging port. EcoCarbon’s battery is expected to last 12 hours.

Pros

  • Delivers a powerful audio performance for its price
  • Highly waterproof
  • Ability to charge mobile devices
  • Comes with a built-in flashlight
  • Designed with a speakerphone functionality

Cons

  • A waterproof designs makes buttons more difficult to operate.

Libratone Zipp Mini

Libratone Zipp Mini is also one of my favorite portable speakers. The black plastic surface and wavy textured pattern gives a cool outlook. This portable speaker delivers a bass-forward and a user-friendly audio experience using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. This cylindrical, attractive and powerful model allowed me to expand my sounds with additional speakers. I was able to supply sounds to different rooms without wires. It can be operated with the free Libratone app availed on the user-friendly control panel. This speaker weighs only 2.4 pounds and comes with a strap which allows me to hook it on anything around. Setting up the speaker for Bluetooth connectivity is pretty simple. There is a favorite app that allowed me to select top five streaming stations from the app. The touch interface provides a Hush feature that silences the music by gently placing a hand over the interface. Connectivity is highly enabled with a 3.5mm aux input and a USB port that acts as a wired digital audio input. It comes with a stylish shaped power adapter and a battery that lasts up to 10 hours.

Pros

  • Streams audio via both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Comes in a stylish and portable design
  • Expandable for multi-room setups
  • Provides a user-friendly control panel and an intuitive app

Cons

  • It may irk purists due to a highly sculpted audio and absence of stereo drivers.

Conclusion

Portable Bluetooth speakers provide me with sounds everywhere without wire connections. There are many types of Bluetooth speakers in the market. The above mentioned models are my best. They are portable enough to fit in my pocket. I can also hang and place them at all audible levels. These speakers are easy to use with well placed buttons, user-friendly apps and control panels. The compact constructions withstand shock and keep out water. Audio connectivity is also highly enabled. These models have a long battery life making them perfect for outdoor uses.

Why Everyone Wants To Take Advantage of Amazon Alexa Products

It is now acknowledged that Amazon Alexa products are the in-thing for both consumers and producers across board. This is not only because of the many benefits that come with this customizable Alexa virtual assistant, but the fact it’s a versatile tool that makes transaction as easy as counting 123. Basically, I liked the idea from the word go, as it has helped me understand how to save money in most of my business transactions.

I no longer need to waste time getting what I need, and the best thing is that manufacturers are taking advantage to customize everything in order to meet unique needs of their target markets.

What About Alexa Devices?

There are quite a number of Alexa devices that you should take note of irrespective of whether you are an end user or manufacture. As a matter of fact, these devices relatively differ in one way or another-but all the same, they come in handy in any business transactions. The common devices for Amazon Alexa products include, but not limited to; Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Tap, Amazon Echo, Invoxia Triby, Ford Sync, and Samsung Family Hub Fridge. Overall, Amazon Echo is the Amazons flagship that is capable of controlling smart home products, order products, as well as play music, and the best thing about this device is that you can customize it in so many ways just to meet your unique needs.

What are the main categories?

If you talk about categories then I can affirm that there are a good number that you can take advantage of, too. To begin with, there is the device category that I have outlined above as Alexa devices. The others are; Automotive, Heating and Cooling, Lighting, Switches and Dimmers, and services, not forgetting to mention the Smart Home Hubs.

As you can see, there is a range of products that fall under each category making it even simpler to evaluate everything in good time. It is based on this fact that sooner or later everything under the sun with be smart in one way or another. If you are into business I would recommend using Alexa to leverage everything in your business. And if you are a consumer of services or products. I bet this can help you a great deal in many ways including saving some money in tight economy.

Wrap Up

Alexa has unmatched voice driven capabilities that you can take advantage of at any given time with its speaker. You can enable the voice-driven skills not only to play some music, tell you about concerts in your home city, or even play math and anything in between. Enabling the skills is a walk in the part and doesn’t need you to be tech savvy in any way. You just select the skills on navigation panel, go to categories and search the skills you desire, and lastly, enable the very skill you need. This is a wonderful app that anyone who likes to make money or get products without any hustle can go for. It is an app that is highly recommended by most industry leaders today!