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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Updated list of echos (in my signature)
« Last post by scottrods on September 26, 2022, 06:30:17 pm »
got rid of my wemo plugs years ago because got tired of having to power cycling them after power outages or updates.   Actually I got tired of crawling under tables and moving furniture to get to them.   Though I have a couple of firesticks, amazon smart oven, a couple of buds and frames, I am staying away from other amazon smart devices like their thermostat, smartplugs and more so if I get  tired of their ads, it won't be too expensive to leave the amazon ecosystem.   I was reading an article a month or so ago about amazon's plans for adding more ads to their devices.  Not talking about the recent article about answering questions with ads.

I agree with the Amazon ecosystem issues of ad pushing garbage content... however. A 10 inch Tablet for 150 bucks with ad removal is usually still a good deal for something to keep in the house for visitors to peruse and abuse... They can access their own info without any issues, such as email and cloud content if needed, and I also have a bluetooth keyboard that works nicely with them. It's logitech so the value is usually pretty good there as well. The keyboard can connect ot 3 different devices via a small knob to change device... pretty cool for my application. I have a handful of Grandkids, and it helps with them to slow down after the day and get ready to turn in at night. Other than that my Step Daughter is a busy internet based woman with a ton of needs that she loves coming and using these options so she doesn't need to tote a laptop every time she visits.
I only have the one Amazon outlet/plug... a very specific situation where I couldn't find another option at all. It powers a set of 8 single tube fluorescent (with LED replacement) fixtures. Does the job without having to spend a fortune buying new fixtures and bulbs.

I tried the Chromecast, the Firestick, and before all of that I tried a Boxee Box, before they cratered. I ended up eventually streaming Netflix through the Nintendo Wii.  That Boxee Box was a cool device before it's time for sure. Just needed refinement and acceptance... too early for the game. I've had the Apple TV's for so long now I don't know if I'd like any other options. And truly, my wife and I barely even watch anything on the screen anymore. We don't spend much time watching anything on any device, really. We work hard and enjoy our quiet time, since the in-laws take up all our spare time right now.
I figured I needed an update though on devices I am using from Amazon... I have given away almost as many as I currently own as well. I kinda wish they had built a larger version of the SPOT... I like it, as it sets up using Tablet software, instead of the normal Echo Stuff. Super simple and it displays things you ask for. Of course it still throws ads up and things you didn't ask for all the time... but I ignore that stuff, mostly use it for a front door monitor with the ring doorbell.

All in all I'm likely to get rid of most of the Echos that the In-Laws don't use,, and the rest of the house will become apple centric. As soon as Apple comes up with a device with a clock in it.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Updated list of echos (in my signature)
« Last post by renegade600 on September 26, 2022, 05:23:42 pm »
got rid of my wemo plugs years ago because got tired of having to power cycling them after power outages or updates.   Actually I got tired of crawling under tables and moving furniture to get to them.   Though I have a couple of firesticks, amazon smart oven, a couple of buds and frames, I am staying away from other amazon smart devices like their thermostat, smartplugs and more so if I get  tired of their ads, it won't be too expensive to leave the amazon ecosystem.   I was reading an article a month or so ago about amazon's plans for adding more ads to their devices.  Not talking about the recent article about answering questions with ads. 





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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Updated list of echos (in my signature)
« Last post by jwlv on September 26, 2022, 04:32:11 pm »
In the past few years, I've replaced several things.
One item of note are all my Wemo plugs, except two. They've become more and more unreliable and many times the app loses certain plugs. I've replaced nearly all of them with Feit plugs (great price from Costco) and added almost two dozen Feit Smart color light bulbs. I've gotten rid of all Fire Tablets. I just hated how Amazon-centric the Fire Tablets are. It's like an on-going push from Amazon to pawn off more stuff to you. I even paid to take off the special offers. But still, the Fire UI interface just reeks of "buy me! buy me!"
I've gotten rid of 4 Fire TV sticks and 1 Fire Recast. They all reek of the same Amazon UI. They were replaced by 4 Rokus, 1  Chromecast, and 1 Tivo Roamio and several Tivo Minis. I like the Roku because it is pretty much company-agnostic. They don't really try to push any particular thing to you since they only make Roku and not content or anything else. Tivo was good up until a year ago. Now they're trying to push their own Tivo Plus content. Bad move on their part. Just read all the negative things people are saying about Tivo now compared to a few years ago.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Updated list of echos (in my signature)
« Last post by scottrods on September 26, 2022, 12:21:15 pm »
After the last thread about new product coming out a couple of days ago, I realized I needed to update my Echo and associated smart stuff list in my signature. Much has changed. This new list doesn't include all the apple things I have, such as 2 Apple TV, 2 Home Pod (Full size), and multiple iPads and phones being used as iPods... To run all this stuff off my internet connection I bought the latest greatest Eero 6 Pro 3 pack last year... I run upload speeds in excess of 900mbps, WIFI. I also upgraded to gigabit service about the same time. I'm pretty connected now.

What's your list look like?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: amazon announcement Sept 28
« Last post by scottrods on September 25, 2022, 06:33:18 pm »
I'm one of the "keep up with the technology/speed/processor" types... nothing new in Tablets the last couple of years, so I am hoping for an upgraded 10" tablet. I usually buy a new one every 2 years due to this process. So this year we should have a new one. Last year I got the 15 inch Show (Framed thingy)... one of the nicest Show products they have made. I'm unsure about the one the follows you around with the 10" screen, but the 15 is Super as far as functioning flawlessly from day one. Easy to mount, easy to set up, easy to use daily. Great control panel, nice photo frame... not much to complain about on it at all. The one thing I was wanting but truly have no use for, is the flying ring camera thingy... That one piece looks like an awesome item for the man/woman who has everything, as long as the house isn't occupied full time every day. My in-laws are always home, so nothing happens they don't report. Even if I don't care about it, I get a report... busy bodies are more effective than a flying security cam. Looking forward to the new line-up
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: amazon announcement Sept 28
« Last post by jwlv on September 25, 2022, 01:17:30 am »
I bought several of the Echo Show 1st gen when it first came out. It was rather pricey at the time but I liked the thought of having a screen. Then over the years, Amazon kept on adding more and more garbage on the screen. It seems like every week they put something new on the screen that you have to go to settings to turn it off. And then there's the "Alexa for your day" that you can't turn off. So now, I see the Echo Show as a free advertising screen for Amazon. I've already gotten rid of 3 of my old Echo Shows, 4 more to go. I usually trade it in to Amazon because they give a 25% discount on any new Echo devices. The last time I did this, I got the Echo Gen 4 (the large version, not the Dot) for $34.99 in addition to a $20 gift card in my account. Speaking of the Echo Gen 4, I do prefer it to any other Echo devices. For one, it has a built-in Zigbee hub. It has a temperature sensor. And it has an ultrasound motion sensor. The speaker sounds pretty good too.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: amazon announcement Sept 28
« Last post by renegade600 on September 24, 2022, 10:15:37 pm »
Prices always drop when new hardware is on the way. Same with Apple. When a new iPhone is on the way, the older generations always drop by $100.

Take for example the Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J8FFJ8H
Original price is $84.99. Today it is $39.99 and if you use the code SHOWOFFICE30 the price drops to $29.99.

One can only assume a new Echo Show is on the way. September 28 is only 4 days away.


There's some good prices if you don't want the latest  :-)   Unfortunately I always want the latest-that I can afford.  I just wonder what new type of device they are going to release.   In the past it was a microwave, 4-1 smart oven, robot, drone, auto, and more.  I am not in the market for any new devices right now but...
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: amazon announcement Sept 28
« Last post by jwlv on September 24, 2022, 08:58:39 pm »
Prices always drop when new hardware is on the way. Same with Apple. When a new iPhone is on the way, the older generations always drop by $100.

Take for example the Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J8FFJ8H
Original price is $84.99. Today it is $39.99 and if you use the code SHOWOFFICE30 the price drops to $29.99.

One can only assume a new Echo Show is on the way. September 28 is only 4 days away.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off the light in X minutes : since when ?
« Last post by AlanH on September 24, 2022, 01:30:01 am »
Just discovered this feature in the UK too.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off the light in X minutes : since when ?
« Last post by jwlv on September 23, 2022, 07:00:17 pm »
Interesting! I know that a lot of people have asked for this feature. I'm in the US and I didn't know it was already available or when they did it.

I just tested it right now by saying, "Alexa, turn off kitchen in 3 minutes." Alexa responded, "OK. I will turn off kitchen in 3 minutes."
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