Amazon Tap – The Latest Addition to The “Echo” Family
The latest smart addition in the Amazon family is the brand new Tap, a portable speaker enabled with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is the third member of the “Echo” family, its predecessors being Amazon original Echo and Echo Dot. Though the Tap is not a unique product, there are a lot of feathers that goes into its hat. From listening to music to being a smart home assistant, the Amazon Tap does it all.
This small Bluetooth speaker can surely become a part of your office or home, a popular tool with kids and adult alike, grabbing hold of it and exploring its potentialities like streaming music, audio-books or asking random questions regarding weather forecast, or latest news for starters. The fun to move it from one room to another has made it something more than superior devices like Amazon Echo. Lets look at the awesome feature endowed in the Amazon Tap. I am sure it will catch your fancy!
Alexa Enabled – Play with a lot of options
The first and the foremost feature in this device is that it uses Alexa, Amazon’s digital voice service when connected to Wi-Fi or any mobile hotspot. Just tap the microphone button and you have a lot of options to work on. Play your favorite music by streaming it from your phone or over Wi-Fi, ask Alexa to add important notes to your calendar, hear news, make a to-do list, check out the weather, search for information, order pizza and requesting a ride from Uber, there is a lot of thing you can do with the Amazon Tap.
Music finds a new route through Amazon Tap
Apart from playing music, the Amazon Tap directly streams from popular streaming services like Amazon Prime Music, Spotify and Pandora provided you are connected with Wi-Fi. Now stream and listen to your favorite music all day long.
Dolby Powered Sound – Great audio experience on the go
The Amazon Tap takes audio experiences to a different level. Equipped with dual stereo speakers, the vocals are powered by Dolby for a crisp as well as bass response. It provides 360 degrees omni directional audio so that you can enjoy crystal clear music and Alexa while traveling.
Small in Size – Carry it anywhere
The Amazon Tap is smallest in size compared to the other members in the family, making it a perfect device to carry when you are on the go. It is lightweight and compact and is easy to grip, thanks to its mesh exterior. You can carry it along anywhere, from your kitchen to patio. Get your own Tap Sling to protect it from falls and bumps. The slings are available in 6 vibrant colors – from classic to pop. Get your color and hook it to your wall or on your backpack and set out for a jog or walk. Just pay an extra $20.
2 minutes Set Up – Easy as anything
This small and portable device is very easy to set up. Just turn it on. Download Alexa App in Android or iOS and connect with the Amazon Tap through Wi-Fi. Press the microphone button on the Tap and start talking. This is it! Easy as anything.
Saves Power – Battery enabled
The tap is the only one to be battery enabled. This means it is not always listening to your commands. You need to tap the microphone button to talk. This might not give you the convenience of a hands-free interaction but will surely save battery when you are not using it. Consider this feature while purchasing the product as Alexa looses its personal touch here as you need to press the button each and every time while asking for anything.
It is noteworthy that a single charge to your Tap will give 9 hours of continuous entertainment. The included charge cradle makes charging effortless even when you are listening. And when the charge is low Alexa will make sure to inform it to you.
Smart home assistant
This is probably the unique feature this little device surprises us with. Who would have thought that a portable speaker can double as a smart home assistant. Want to know how? The Amazon Tap works effortlessly with home platforms like SmartThings, Wink and Insteon and smart thermostats like Nest and Ecobee3. Just push the button and ask Alexa to Swich off the light, or check the temperature of your room or remote control your electronic devices. The Amazon Tap does it all. Alexa also has a channel on IFTTT, making it easy to connect all home devices at a single platform.
The Amazon Tap comes with some perks which is quite handy. It is one of those all-in-one device that you can install in your home or take along with you from parties to park. Considering the fact that its price is on the higher side, $130 and available only for the American market the Tap faces a little backlash here. There are other Bluetooth speakers available in the market with robust features as well. But the Tap has taken a front seat due to its portability. If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker and fascinated by Alexa, Tap is the obvious choice.