The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set music alarms, and read audiobooks from Audible (like, literally I have told her to tell me a bedtime story and she does a way better job of it than my spouse — and with far less complaining). The Echo Dot can also control Amazon Video on Fire TV, give random facts throughout the day, tell you the weather (which I use literally every morning instead of just opening my curtains and letting in some light), and can help you with grocery lists, recipes, and set timers... I'm still just trying to figure out what my Echo Dot CAN'T do.
Promising review: "I love this incredible little helper! It was super easy to set up and I was playing music in my stereo within 15 minutes. I have two, and I set up a group so the music can play on both dots at the same time. They respond quickly to voice commands and it's rather fun to check out what they can do. The funniest thing is to ask Alexa to tell me a vegetable joke! And the most useful for me is being able to tell Alexa to add things to my shopping list, which is sent to my phone, and not having to write things down. You can even set reminders so you don't forget things, timers so you don't burn dinner, and alarms that wake you. I'm going to explore and see what all this little device can do!" —CactusMama
Get it from Amazon for $49.99.