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14:23 12/01/2017

Amazon Echo review: the best combined speaker and voice assistant in the UK

Echo is three devices in one. It’s a voice-controlled Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker capable of playing music from Amazon music, a Spotify premium account or a smartphone, tablet or computer connected via Bluetooth. It’s also a smart voice assistant called Alexa that’s capable of answering queries, setting timers, doing calculations, telling you the weather or what’s in your calendar and other bits you might expect from Siri, Cortana or Google Assistant. It also has third-party app integrations that allow users to interact with the National Rail app for train times and other similar services. Finally, Echo is smart-home controller that can turn devices on and off, set scenes and other internet of things functions just by saying: “Alexa, turn on the living room light.”