The Verge’s David Pierce reviews the Amazon Echo:
She doesn’t work every time, she doesn’t respond the way she’s supposed to half the time, and it doesn’t take long before you stop totally relying on her. And then she sits silent.
He also says it’s a bad speaker system, although he thinks most of the problems other than that are software-based so it could get better. Oh, and everything you say to it is stored on the device.
Somehow Echo still gets a 7.0 despite these issues. Guess it’s a sliding scale.
I still don’t understand why I want to spend $100 ($200 for non-Prime members) on a device that can only be in one room when an iOS or Android phone or tablet can do most of the same things.