Top critical review
13 January 2019
To each one his own. This is my point of view, please read this review with an open mind. This is an interesting product for those who stay at home and enjoy being engaged by talking to a ‘thing’. I found it very ‘un’human and not useful like a tablet or a smartphone. Voice activated electronics, as many would realise, have not made an impact as expected. At least I do not like talking to a thing other than requesting Siri to set my morning alarm or open GMail. I suspect a lot of us employ voice commands rather sparingly. I have not seen people taking to their phones very often. But if you’re one lonely, detached soul, all by yourself with no family and company; please enjoy taking to Alexa and grooving to ‘Laila mein Laila’. I’d rather select a repertoire of songs and play them on my better sounding speakers than Alexa’s. On the other hand, I requested Alexa to read a book from my Kindle collection and it did very poorly in this department. There were no pauses, no emphasis on words and it was simply very poor reading. Would you take Alexa to office, would you take Alexa while on the move? Very few would. Alexa is only meant for room use (a room within a house) for those who stay at home and require to talk to someone. Such people should read books instead or watch TV (that’s audio plus visuals). There is long way to go to make this a ‘required’ product. It’s in the ‘Gimmick’ stage right now. I returned Alexa the same day. I was curious not anymore.