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Has anybody here used an Amazon Echo

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Has anybody here used an Amazon Echo

I'm always on the lookout for anything that will make life easier for my disabled wife. One of my biggest problems is staying in touch with her when I'm working part time during the day.

Mrs P can have severe difficulties using her hands, so even using a big-button phone set to answer with any button can be a trial for her. She is more likely to drop the phone on the floor.

So I'm considering buying the Amazon Echo 2nd Generation, since this device will handle (it say's) phone calls as long as one end is using the iPhone or Android app (iPhone in my case). Two Echo users can also message or call but I'm not so interested in that. 

To be honest I'm not really much interested in the other "features" of the Echo much advertised on TV, but it does seem to me that this one aspect may well work usefully for us.

Has anybody on this forum experienced using an Amazon Echo, particularly if used as a phone replacement, and can offer any advice or comments.

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Re: Has anybody here used an Amazon Echo

I haven't personally used one but, a friend has and it works OK.

Here is a demo via CNET:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgH3Kjx1PQY

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There is another device coming that uses your land line and may be a better choice based on your needs @petlew it's called the Amazon Connect. You can find it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=echo+connect&linkCode...

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Re: Has anybody here used an Amazon Echo

I haven't used it as a phone replacement, but have played with the voice part through the alexa app on my phone to the echo.
it worked pretty well and was clear.
This wasn't an exhaustive test by any means though.
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Re: Has anybody here used an Amazon Echo

@Mook, That's interesting and looks like it could be one answer but, unless I'm reading it incorrectly, it looks like an add-on to an Echo to use a land-line rather than a stand alone device,.Anyway I've clicked the "send me details when available" button.

Thank's for the info and link.

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Recently got an Echo upstairs & an Echo dot downstairs, not tried the phone calling function out yet.

 

There handy devices, so far ive used it for radio, music, ask it a question, news updates etc.

 

Only had them about a month but we are finding there handy devices to have.

 

If you wait till there on special offer, the Echo with built in speaker normally drops from £90 down to £70 & the Echo dot normally drops down from £50 to £35.

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Can I thank you all who have responded to me, in particular mook for what may turn out to be useful. So far none have used an Echo for phone replacement. I did though download the kindle version user guide and it does seem that it will do what I want, although not its primary purpose.

So I have gone ahead and ordered one, it should arrive tomorrow.

I'll report back in time as to its progress.

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One thing to be aware of - there is a setting in the Alexa app for voice purchasing & the default setting is ON.

 

You can pin protect voice purchasing or switch it off completely in the app - just in case anyone reading this thread has children who will be interacting with an Echo device.

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Thanks for the PowerLee, I checked the iPhone app and switched off that setting in spite that the device hasn't been delivered yet.

I will however check that having the device working doesn't switch it back on again.

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Just received a ""free" Amazon Echo Dot, after renewing our Radio Times Subscription.

 

However, the app requires a more up to date smartphone OS than we possess.

Even so, with it's limited functionality, we find it useful for a quick check on the Time, Weather, News and especially Music & Local Radio, as we live in a Radio & Mobile phone dead spot, with patchy intermittent coverage.

 

I think it will be useful outside in the sunny weather, providing all these limited functions.

No need to touch it with Sun-creamed hands !

And in rooms with no computer/internet access.

And working solely on voice commands.

 

Plus of course in the darkness of the bedroom, alarm then Radio or w.h.y.

(I don't know anyone named Alexa, so quite safe there !)

 

The quality on Music is quite good.

Have yet to explore the Phone calls facility.

 

What do you find useful ?

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@Anonymous  you can also manage it with Window, not just a phone.

If you have Amazon Prime, you also have access to loads of music you can play, also Spotify, although that does not seem to be working lately!

I have a few Phillips Hue bulbs, so asking Alexa to turn on the Kitchen or Living room very handy when I get it when it's dark - at least I can see before I get to the switch!!

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I have set it up with Apple mac OS, but that is limited.

 

Alexa keeps referring me to the app to set some items up, which I cannot access. !

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@Anonymous Try here, it allows you to do most things and can be easier to use than an app.

https://alexa.amazon.co.uk

 

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Thanks.

Useful.

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Can ye understand me Alexa?

Smart assistant 'Beeb' that recognises all British regional accents to be launched by the BBC next year

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7398451/Smart-assistant-recognises-British-regional-...

 

I wonder what Alexa would make of Poldark, or strong Yorkshire accent...

 

I do find it works from way across a room, even with a slightly disguised voice, and is getting better at remembering previous questions, such as which Radio Station to play, or "Weather"