Amazon today debuted the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap, two new voice-activated personal assistant devices. The Echo Dot is the Echo’s little sister; smaller and without a speaker (you provide your own), but with the same features of the Echo.
Amazon Tap is a portable, rechargeable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker that uses the voice assistant Alexa to control the music, deliver news, get weather reports and more. The key difference with Tap is that it’s not always listening like the Echo; instead you have to press a button to talk to Alexa.
But before you head over to Amazon to buy them, there are few things to know.
Amazon Echo Dot, $89.99 (approximately £64)
To get an Echo Dot, you need to be an Amazon Prime member and already own an Echo or a Fire TV. You have to use Alexa Voice Shopping to buy one. Say the magic words, “Alexa, order Echo Dot” and you’re all set. There’s a limit of one Dot per order and two per customer, and Echo Dot is currently available only in the US, though Amazon plans to sell them internationally soon.
Amazon is expected to eventually sell the Dot alone on its website, but for now you need to be a Prime member and already have an Echo or a Fire TV.
Amazon Tap, $129.99 (approximately £93)
Getting an Amazon Tap is far easier: you can just purchase it from Amazon’s website. There’s no purchasing limit as there is with the Dot, though it’s available only in the US for now, retailing for $129.99. It ships on March 31.