SPOT ON

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

One look at the Ama­zon Echo Spot will make you nos­tal­gic. Its cir­cu­lar de­sign is rem­i­nis­cent of the ana­logue alarm clock peo­ple used back in the day. The sim­i­lar­ity ends there, of course. The Echo Spot’s 2.5-inch cir­cu­lar touch­screen dis­plays time and other in­for­ma­tion such as weather, news and match scores. The cute-look­ing smart speaker scores high on ease of set-up and use. Con­nect it to the Wi- Fi net­work us­ing the touch­screen, key in your Ama­zon ac­count in­for­ma­tion and it’s ready to use in two min­utes.

There is a clock face dis­play­ing time by de­fault; this can be changed to any pic­ture of choice. One big ben­e­fit of hav­ing a screen is the abil­ity to view what Alexa is say­ing. Spot was bang on with the IPL match scores, news up­dates, answers to gen­eral ques­tions and recipes. You could even play movies and shows from Prime Video on Spot. Al­though the screen looks small, it is ad­e­quate for read­ing in­for­ma­tion.

Ama­zon’s smart speaker sup­ports call­ing over the in­ter­net, which works be­tween Echo de­vices and Alexa app on smart­phones. Echo Spot will show the list of con­tacts who are con­nected to the Alexa ecosys­tem and on your com­mand con­nect the call. Echo Spot can also fa­cil­i­tate video calls us­ing the built-in cam­era.

There is a Drop In fea­ture that works like a voice or video in­ter­com be­tween Echo de­vices. If you have mul­ti­ple Echo de­vices in the house, you can sim­ply say ‘drop in to the kid’s room’ and you can start a con­ver­sa­tion with your kid. Re­mem­ber to turn this fea­ture on be­fore use. Spot can also be your shop­ping as­sis­tant; just ask it to search for a prod­uct and add it to your Ama­zon cart.

Ama­zon’s Echo plat­form has been equipped to han­dle over 15,000 skills in In­dia. If you are look­ing for an in­ter­ac­tive smart speaker with a screen, this one is spot on.

2.5-iNch touch­screen dis­play

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