Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker
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- Just tap and ask for music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Enable hands-free mode to control music and more from a distance.
- Uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, and even order a pizza
- Provides up to 9 hours of continuous playback (up to 8 hours when in hands-free mode), Charging Cradle included
- Streams all your music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet
- Delivers crisp sound powered by Dolby, with dual stereo speakers that provide 360º omni-directional audio
- Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills
Amazon Tap is a portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled speaker that gives you rich, full-range sound. Just tap the microphone button or enable hands free mode and ask for music, hear news, search for information, order a pizza, and more with the Alexa Voice Service.
Discover and enjoy music, all in one place with Amazon Music-just tap the microphone button and ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more
Stream directly over Wi-Fi from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more. You can also connect via Bluetooth to your music-including iTunes. When on the go, streaming music is just as easy using your phone or other mobile device’s hotspot.
Dual stereo speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response. Amazon Tap provides 360° omni-directional audio. Small and easy to travel with, you can enjoy great music and Alexa wherever you are. Watch video
When connected to Wi-Fi you can access Alexa, a cloud-based voice service that is always getting smarter. Just tap the microphone button and ask to hear news, set a timer, or get the weather. Explore more things to try with Alexa.
Skills offer additional capabilities like ordering a pizza from Domino's, requesting a ride from Uber, or tracking your fitness with Fitbit. Discover and enable skills.
Whether you’re heading to a party or pedaling to the park, Amazon Tap’s compact size makes it easy to move around. And at just over a pound, it’s perfectly portable. Just throw it in your backpack or, with the optional carrying sling, clip it to your bag and get going.
A single battery charge provides up to 9 hours of continuous playback to keep you entertained—wherever you are. The included Charging Cradle makes recharging effortless, even while listening. And when Amazon Tap’s battery is low Alexa will say “Just so you know, the battery is currently low.”
The optional Amazon Tap Sling protects against bumps and drops. Sling lets you pop your own color while listening to your personalized playlist. Available in six colors—ranging from classic to vibrant.
|Wi-Fi Music Streaming||Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio||No||No|
|Works with mobile hotspots||Yes||No||No|
|Includes charging cradle||Yes||No||No|
|Alexa Voice Service||Yes||No||No|
Amazon Tap: 6.3” x 2.6” x 2.6” (159 mm x 66 mm x 66 mm); Charging Cradle: 0.6” x 2.6” x 2.6” (15 mm x 66 mm x 66 mm)
Amazon Tap: 16.6 oz. (470 grams); Charging Cradle: 3.8 oz. (109 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process
Up to 9 hours of continuous playback. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and environmental factors. Actual results may vary.
Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or mobile hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication. Supports 2.4 GHz wireless band only. Learn more.
Built-in speaker for voice feedback when not connected to external speakers. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included)..
Echo Dot comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices and also accessible via your web browser. Certain skills and services may require subscription or other fees.
Warranty and Service
Included in the Box
Echo Dot, power adapter (9W), Micro-USB cable, and Quick Start Guide.
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I have a dot in my bedroom. I use it as an alarm and for weather mostly. It has a small speaker and isn't great for music. You can attach it to other things for better audio, but I just use it plain.
I bought the Tap before the dot (and the dots were sold out!) because I wanted a smaller item for my desk. I probably would have gotten another echo, but they are expensive. I picked this and initially didn't like that you had to push the button. It worked well for playlists and occasional questions, but I got so used to just saying "Alexa...." that it was odd having to reach for it. They did update the app so you can make it hands free now by changing it in the app. I like it much better now. I REALLY like that it is rechargeable and often take it on my porch to listen to music while gardening (which is really just me trying to stay ahead of weeds...not actual "gardening.")
I set it up so not only can it work from my home network (when in range) but also from my phone's hotspot. Now it is TRULY portable. You can control the volume with the buttons on top or by voice command ("Alexa, volume up" or "Alexa, volume 6.")
I have looked around for other functions for it and do like the Echo paired with some things from IFFT (If This Then That.) You can train alexa to do other things, even make a call. Not exactly like a real phone call, but with IFFT, you can trigger alexa to ring your phone or send a message. I often misplace my phone, so I just say "Alexa, trigger find my phone" and since I set it up, it will ring my phone so I can hear it to find it. There is also send message option (it sends the one message you have pre-set up on IFFT) which I have set as a sort of emergency. If I say "Alexa, trigger Emergency", it will text my husband and say that the emergency trigger has been activated. He works away from home often and it makes me feel more safe to have that option where I can just yell at Alexa if something happens where I should fall down the stairs, hear an intruder, etc. I haven't had to use it yet (thank goodness) but love that option. There are lots of alexa + IFFT "recipes" you can add, google for them and you can get lots of ideas.
I sometimes miss a real radio. I realize I can get internet type "radio" on here, but it isn't local. I kind of like listening to baseball, football and hockey on the radio when I am working or painting or whatever, and miss that with this. It would be nice if that were in there somehow, but most people don't use the radio anymore, so I guess it wasn't included. This is sort of like Echo Junior now that they have added the hands free option. It also has a jack for output if you want to send it to something like a stereo. I don't since I like the portability of it. It also has a port to charge it without a base, so you can attach it to something like a power brick if you are not near electricity and your charge is running low. There are no battery lights that I know of, but you just ask alexa how much battery is left and she will tell you.
Overall, I like all three items for different places. I REALLY miss it in my car, though (dang, am I spoiled or what!?) I often find myself driving and wanting to say "Alexa, play the rolling stones" or "Alexa, what is the weather for tonight?" or something like that. I suppose I could carry the tap and use the mobile hotspot on my phone, but I don't really like to use that much data unless I have to (like for music at a picnic or something.)
If you are not sure which device you want, I would probably pick the Echo. It just has the best sound. IF you want to move it around though, pick this (and it is cheaper.) The dot is the least expensive, but you likely won't like the sound for music (unless you attach it to another device.) So...basically if you want:
1. Stand alone bigger item, always tethered to electricity, very nice speaker even for a party, most expensive = Echo
2. Portable size (kinda like a 16 oz can of beer), rechargeable, okay sound for a quieter room, medium-priced of the 3 = Tap
3. Smallest (like a hockey puck), tethered to electricity, acceptable sound (like a clock radio type but attachable), cheapest = Dot
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I expected Alexa capabilities when I ordered the Tap, the ability to ask questions and get answers in a conversational manner. Having had an Echo for a while I was used to this, and pretty well expected that I was just getting more of the same in a smaller less expensive package. What I did not expect was that I would be receiving a top notch bluetooth speaker in the same package.
Immediately upon first holding the Tap I was impressed. The Tap has a bit of weight to it, though it is not heavy. The weight is necessary as batteries are heavy, and speakers are heavy. If there was little weight to it it would have a short battery life and have poor sound quality. Neither is the case with the Tap, and the weight is justified. Rather, the device just feels solid in your hand, not unlike a Beats Pill.
Setting up the Tap is simple, and works very much the same as the other Echo products. You need to download the Alexa app to your mobile device and then connect to the Echo device and configure it in the Alexa app so that it can connect to your Wifi network. This process does take a few minutes but it only needs to be completed once.
The battery powered nature of the Tap makes it different than the other Echo products. The Tap does not by default listen at all times to the room. This is presumably to preserve battery life for a device that is not wall powered. With the current firmware, the always listening feature can be enabled if that is your preference. For the privacy conscious this makes Echo Tap the best Echo as you can decide when or what it hears. Instead there is a button you press when you want to engage with the Tap conversationally.
Initially, the Tap was the only Echo device that supported bluetooth audio, though that feature was added to all of the other Echo products earlier this year. Still the Tap is the only Echo that works as a portable bluetooth speaker, and does so very well. When I received my first Echo, I was impressed by the quality of the sound, I expected the Tap to be not as good given it's smaller size. However, I was blown away when I first turned it up and started streaming bluetooth music to the Tap. This little speaker puts out great sounding room filling music. Of course it is no base power house, there is no replacement for displacement. Still the sound is very full and warm with out any tinny or hollowness to it, as is common with many small bluetooth speakers. It's audio quality is above par for devices in this price range and on par with devices costing 2-3x as much.
In effect the Echo Tap is an amazing portable bluetooth speaker, that is Alexa Enabled. If you aren't sure about Alexa, but curious, and would like a good portable bluetooth speaker, the Tap is an excellent choice. You will get a great speaker in an excellent package at a great price, and have the opportunity to dabble with Alexa and find out more about it.