Amazon Echo 101: The basics of Alexa

There really is no escaping Amazon Echo. Or Amazon Alexa. Or both. And that actually highlights the confusion some folks have experienced — especially folks who aren't totally immersed in this newfangled Internet thing. There's a good chance that if you're reading this, you're pretty well-versed in Alexa and Echo and know the difference between the two.

But there's also a pretty good chance that you know someone who isn't.

So let's take a few minutes and break it down. Here's everything you need to know — insofar as the basics are concerned — about Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo.

And when you're ready to buy, you can find all three (naturally) at Amazon.

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Phil Nickinson
  • I don't think I'd mind Alexa, in my car, on my phone, or on my watch I wouldn't mind if she became like Jarvis in Ironman, before the change of course. I'm not sure I ever say anything important enough to merit attention, ask my kids, so her listening doesn't bug me. It'll be interesting to see where this goes.
  • I've got Alexa damn near everywhere right now, including my car, and it's really at that "can't live without it" point. It's just makes things too convenient-- I love being able to set calendar reminders for my shower thoughts, or turn off the sprinklers when they wake me up at 7 and I know the yard's not dry yet.
  • Sorry, Phil. Just a quick bit of idiomatic correction. It's "one and the same", not "in the same", tempting as that seems, what with Alexa practically being in the Echo, and all.