In our previous guide, we talked about six different types of Amazon Echo devices that feature the built-in voice assistant, Alexa. If so, you might think the only way to gain access to Alexa is to get an Echo device.
Luckily for us, Amazon has given smart device manufacturers access to the Alexa Voice Service. In this review, we're going to show you five alternative products that feature Alexa.
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The Eufy Genie Smart Speaker is probably the cheapest voice-controlled smart speaker that you can buy today. On top of that, you have Amazon's intelligent assistant Alexa built right in.
All you need to do is say the wake word "Alexa," and the Eufy Genie is ready for your next voice command.
What does the Genie do? You'll be surprised to know it's just as capable as an Echo Dot; it can control your smart home devices, play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and iHeartRadio, give you the weather and news update, set your to-do lists or calendars, order a pizza, or just answer any question that you might have.
The Eufy Genie comes with a 2-watt aluminum cone-speaker that delivers a clear and powerful sound in your living room or bedroom.
It's also easy to set up with the free EufyHome app, and can easily be configured to control other Alexa-enabled Eufy smart devices.
In fact, the Eufy will work with any brand that has Alexa built-in. All you need to do is plug in the Genie, connect it to the Internet, sign in with your Amazon account and you are good to go!
The Vobot sets itself apart from other Amazon Alexa devices due to its easy-to-read LED display. It's perfect for the bedroom as a bedside alarm clock.
The Vobot is capable of setting an alarm, active alarm, recurring alarm, timer and even a reminder using just your voice.
The LED dot-matrix display shows the current time clearly and can be customized to display several time and date-display options.
The Vobot is also a handy clock for the living room - the difference is the built-in Alexa service that makes it easy for you to do several things.
You can listen to the news or weather report, find out the latest traffic conditions, use the Vobot to control other smart devices, listen to audiobooks and music, and much more.
The Vobot comes with a 5-watt speaker and can stream music from Amazon, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
It's also the perfect companion for sleeping to with the built-in white noise and natural sound settings.
The Huawei Mate 9 is a smartphone that runs on Android. It's actually the first Android phone to feature Amazon Alexa. By now, you should know that Alexa is your one-stop personal assistant.
Whatever you need can be accomplished by just saying, "Alexa," and you can ask her to play your music, check your calendar, order food, read the news, give you the latest traffic update - basically anything that you need to have a productive day.
With the Huawei Mate 9, having Alexa at your disposal round-the-clock is not a problem. Its sizeable 4000mAh battery and Huawei's power-saving technology means you can use the Mate 9 for up to two days on a single charge.
Even when the battery is flat, Huawei's Supercharge technology can charge the Mate 9 for a full day's power in about twenty minutes.
To activate Alexa, all you need to do is tap on the Mate 9, and you can enjoy thousands of skills wherever you are. One feature that's outstanding on the Mate 9 is the second-generation Leica Dual Camera that uses a 12MP RGB sensor and a 20MP monochrome sensor.
Images are captured with exceptional detail and lifelike imagery. Plus, the Huawei Mate 9 is dual SIM card capable - which means it is perfect for the frequent traveler.
The Huawei Mate 9 is indeed a remarkable phone for the modern executive. Its long battery life, dual SIM card slots, stunning camera, and Alexa voice assistant makes it a smartphone that is truly satisfying to use.
If you're a fan of the classic Echo design, then the Cowin DiDa will fulfill your desires. The DiDa is powered by the Amazon Alexa Voice Service, and is a full-fledged Wifi and Bluetooth speaker.
Easily wake Alexa by pressing the microphone button, and you can check the latest news, order a pizza, search for more information, or just play music from Spotify, iTunes, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
The Cowin DiDa comes with dual stereo speakers and passive radiators for extra bass. Its 7.5-watt acoustic drivers let you enjoy crisp and clear music, no matter how loud or soft you prefer.
Place a DiDa in your living room, bedroom, kitchen, or even your dormitory and enjoy music at any time. You can also link two units together for a more expansive sound.
Regarding design, the Cowin DiDa has the same aesthetics and 'tower' design as the Amazon Echo. Its elegant texture linen is sure to fit in with any living room. The space-saving design also means it will fit in nicely on a tabletop, desktop or bedside table.
Another cool feature is the internal battery of the DiDa. A single charge can keep the DiDa going for 9 hours straight - perfect for when you want to go camping or spend an afternoon in the park. Plus, you can link the DiDa to a mobile hotspot and continue having access to Alexa even while you're outdoors!
What's different about the GGMM E5? Don't let its geeky name convince you otherwise. Unlike the Amazon Echo devices or the Cowin DiDa, the GGMM E5 is an extremely portable smart device that doubles up as a perfect travel partner.
At only 1.5-inch thick, it comes with a removable leather strap that goes with you wherever you are. Alternatively, you can pop it in your backpack or messenger bag for easy travel storage.
The GGMM E5 is fully integrated with Amazon's Alexa Voice Service. Feeling hungry? Simply ask Alexa to order a pizza from Dominos. Need to find out the weather for today? Just say, "Alexa, what's the weather today?"
You can also control your smart home devices with the E5, play music from Amazon Prime, check the news or your calendar, set a timer, and much more.
The GGMM E5 connects to your Wi-Fi and lets you link up to 10 speakers for a surreal surround sound experience. It even comes with built-in bass and treble adjustments for detailed tone fine-tuning.
The E5's built-in battery can last up to 15 hours and comes with a USB charging port for easy charging. All in all, the GGMM E5 is an excellent device for those seeking a portable Alexa device on the go.
Whether you're looking for a budget Echo alternative, a bedside clock, or a smartphone that features Alexa, these five alternative Alexa devices will surely give you something to think about.
Alexa has only been around since 2014, and we're already seeing manufacturers getting creative and implementing the Alexa Voice Service into their products. We're definitely looking forward to what the future has in store for us! Oh, and you too, Alexa!