You can use the Echo Spot to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more — all via voice command. You can also ask Alexa to turn on smart home devices, make calls, or order an Uber.
Promising review: "I just love this thing. Even if it were little more than an alarm clock, I'd love it — it just looks so good. But it's so much more. This was my first foray into a digital assistant that's not on my phone. The number of 'skills' you can enable for it is mind-boggling. I started with having it control our bedside lights. Of course, there's all the usual alarms, weather, general knowledge searches, even games (I particularly like True or False. It'll make a statement and ask if you think it's right. It also keeps score. Great way to pick up interesting facts). I've also connected it to my Arlo security camera. So I just need to say, 'Alexa, show me the front door,' and I can see it on the little screen. I use it to play music a lot. The Amazon music service is great, especially as it usually shows lyrics, too. But I often also use Pandora. So I say something like 'Alexa, play alternative '80s on Pandora,' and she does! You can control volume by the buttons, or by asking Alexa to increase or decrease, or by saying something like 'Alexa, volume five.' Next, I plan to get a smart Alexa-enabled thermostat for the house. I'm a fan." —P. Heald
Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in two colors).