My answer to What are the differences between Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap?

Answer by Allen He:

Amazon Echo

Release date: 2015 in US, 2016 in UK.

Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page) / Available in UK (Amazon UK order page)

Price: $179 / £149

Dimensions: 235 mm x 83.5 mm x 83.5 mm

Weight: 1045 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)

Power: Plugs into a wall outlet

Audio: 360-degree sound (2.5 inch woofer and 2.0 inch tweeter)

Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

Amazon Echo is ideal if you just want to have a stationary speaker that doubles as an always-on personal assistant. It'll provide you with room-filling audio that's sufficient for casual listening but it gets sort of tinny when turned up too much. If you're connected to Wi-Fi, you can ask it all sorts of questions and get it to control your stuff and it is available in the US and the UK.

Amazon Tap

Release date: 31 March 2016 for US

Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page)

Price: $129.99

Dimensions: 59 mm x 66 mm x 66 mm

Weight: 470 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth and supports 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n Wi-Fi

Power: Relies on a charging cradle (9 hours of playback)

Audio: 360-degree sound (dual 1.5-inch drivers and dual passive radiators)

Alexa: Yes (Not always-listening; Must touch mic button to access Alexa)

Amazon Tap is supposed to do all of that, including provide a similar sound experience, but it ditches the cord and uses a charging cradle in order to be portable. As it's not always plugged into power, always-on Alexa isn't available though. You have to push a mic button to access the service. Tap is therefore useful if you're going to the beach or are always on the go and it is only available to those in the US.

Amazon Dot

Release date: September 2016

Availability: Available in the US (Amazon US order page); available in the UK (Amazon UK order page)

Price: $49 / £49

Dimensions: 38 mm x 84 mm x 84 mm

Weight: 250 grams

Connectivity: Bluetooth and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)

Power: Plugs into a wall outlet

Audio: Voice-feedback only (Must be connected to external speakers)

Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

Amazon Dot is just think of it as a little, always-on Alexa hub. It's not a speaker but works with your speakers. It will be available in six and 12 packs so you can ensure every room in your home has Alexa listening.

What are the differences between Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap?

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