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Title: Alexa Echo 2nd Generation, Thought?
Post by: Rene T on November 06, 2017, 06:51:36 PM
Has anyone purchased a Amazon Alexa Echo 2nd generation? Any pros or cons?

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Title: Re: Alexa Echo 2nd Generation, Thought?
Post by: BobNSam on November 06, 2017, 07:34:44 PM
Alexa is a dumb idiot compared to Google on my phone. Tired of her "Hmmm, I don't know that".
And that's MHO! Generation 1, 2 or 3 doesn't matter.
Title: Re: Alexa Echo 2nd Generation, Thought?
Post by: Willandgiselarv on November 06, 2017, 08:15:44 PM
Exactly....unless you are into smart homes .
Alexa is a dummy
Title: Re: Alexa Echo 2nd Generation, Thought?
Post by: Ernie n Tara on November 07, 2017, 08:28:49 AM
I'd caution anyone who uses a data hot spot that Alexa is a data hog. Two or three hours of music can easily use 300 mb of data. Otherwise we are pleased with ours.

Ernie
Title: Re: Alexa Echo 2nd Generation, Thought?
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on November 07, 2017, 09:44:34 AM
We use an Echo Dot and are pleased with it, but it really depends on your expectations. It's not a substitute for Google or Bing for web searching, but can do many other things those tools cannot.  Like most tools, it has a range of things it does well, some it does adequately, and some where it perfroms miserably, if at all.

As far as "2nd Generation" goes, it appears to be minor improvements, better styling (most Echos are prominently visible in homes), and an improved speaker & microphones.  As far as Alexa's capability, it's no different than any other Echo, including the Dot. All Echos share the same cloud software, so this one is simply upgraded hardware.

We use a separate Bluetooth speaker with our Echo Dot to get better sound quality, and the two together cost less than the larger Echo models. Not a lot less, though, so the new Echo is probably a reasonable deal price-wise. 
Title: Re: Alexa Echo 2nd Generation, Thought?
Post by: timjet on November 19, 2017, 04:48:18 AM
I have the large echo, bought it about 4 months ago and don't know if it's Gen 1 or 2. I'm generally happy with it but like Gary said, it's no substitute for a web browser.