What is Amazon Echo (Alexa) and it's Price in India

You must have heard about Amazon's smart speakers Echo which are also known as Alexa. This article will give you enough information about these devices before you buy them.

A smart speaker is a type of wireless speaker which can take your voice commands. It is integrated with virtual assistant (Alexa) that offers interactive actions.

Let's jump into the details :

What is Amazon Echo ?

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. It comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. You can control Echo just with your voice. Echo connects to Alexa Voice Service to play music, answer your questions, provide you information, news, sports scores, weather, etc. Please note that Prime membership is required for some features like stream music (Amazon Music). Your can stream audio from a mobile device as well.

What is Alexa Voice Service?

Alexa is an intelligent virtual personal assistant developed by Amazon, it is capable of voice interaction. It can listen to your voice commands and respond with it's own voice to help you get the job done. It's similar to 'Google Assistant'. 

How to use Echo ?

You need to connect this to WiFi in order to work. But there are also some basic functions it performs without Internet connectivity like play music, set alarm, etc.
Once you connected it to WiFi all you have to do is give orders to Alexa !

Alexa is wake word for these speakers which means if you want to know the weather then you have to say "Alexa, how is the weather today?" 
In short, say the name Alexa before you ask anything !

Which one is right for you?

Difference between Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Plus is nothing but it's size and speaker capacity.

You can choose one according to your needs from :  

The Echo Dot - The cheapest option and tiny one hence easy to carry. This speaker is not loud enough for a big room, but you can connect any external speaker.

The Amazon Echo - This has powerful sound so you can listen from long distance.

The Echo Plus - Comes with a bigger speaker and built-in smart home hub. This allows you to control your compatible smart lights, plugs and more. Set up your smart lights and plugs from Philips Hue and Anchor without a separate hub. Just ask “Alexa, discover my devices”. Also control other compatible smart lights, plugs and remotes from Oakter, Syska, TP-Link, and more.

Recently, two more models were added :

Echo Spot - This has screen on top of it. New stylish Echo device that can show you things. Watch videos, make video calls, etc.
Echo Sub - This is add on for your Echo. It delivers 100W deep bass sound through a 6" woofer. Best quality bass for listening to music. Please note that this device is compatible with Echo (2nd Gen) and Echo Plus (2nd Gen) only.

How much does it Cost ?

Following are the prices for different Echo models :
  • Echo Dot           ₹  4,499    Show Me
  • Amazon Echo   ₹  9,999    Show Me
  • Echo Plus          ₹ 14,999   Show Me
  • Echo Spot         ₹ 12,999   Show Me
  • Echo Sub          ₹ 12,999   Show Me

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