An Echo For Everyone: 5 Ways to Activate Alexa

Amazon Echo Versions Explained: How to
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP/REX/Shutterstock (5927700g) David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices, pushes down an Echo Dot in San Francisco. is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people's homes and lives Amazon Echoing the Echo, San Francisco, USA
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* Amazon Echo has quickly become the world’s most popular voice-activated service
* With the new Echo Show, users can now take advantage of touchscreen capability
* With five different options, there’s now an Echo for everyone

With the release of the highly anticipated Echo Show last month, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at all the different Echo options currently available. Not sure where to start? No problem. Here’s a quick look at each service and how they work.

1. Amazon Echo

The original Echo is a one-stop-shop for all your voice-activated needs. It’s essentially a smartphone without the screen. You can ask Alexa to play music, queue up apps and even answer some of life’s biggest questions all with a single voice command. You can also connect the Echo to your other home’s smart devices.

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2. Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is essentially a miniature version of the Echo — it’s smaller, quieter and costs only a fraction of the price. If you’re in the mood for an Echo but don’t want to pay for all the extra bells and whistles, then the Dot is a good choice.

Echo Dot


3. Echo Tap

The Tap offers all the same features as the original Echo, only this model’s made for portability. With up to nine hours of continuous playback, the Tap is perfect for use on the go. Take advantage of the powerful Dolby surround-sound speakers wherever you are — as a portable and wireless speaker for your music collection, the Tap really shows its stripes.



4. Echo Look

For when you want to take that perfect picture, you can use the Look to see yourself from every angle before you snap a pic. With built-in LED lighting and an automatic background blur feature, the Look is a great choice for the fashion-first user. You can even use the Style Check feature to get expert advice on what to wear — and what not to. Change, pose and ask Alexa to take your picture.

Echo Look


5. Echo Show

The newest addition to the Echo family, the Show includes a beautiful 7-inch touchscreen that adds a new video option to your Echo service. Keep in touch with family across the globe, stream your favorite videos and movies and even sing along to your favorite songs all with a single voice command. With two built-in Adobe speakers and eight powerful microphones, the Show is able to zero-in on your voice no matter where you are.

echo show

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