Alexa on the dot

I actually got this Echo Dot last year as a holiday gift to myself, the only unit left at a local store where I queued supposedly to buy the collectible Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. by Nintendo, but my curiosity as to how it compares to Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant got the best of me. This awesome find and “it” here is of course Alexa, Amazon’s own version of the intelligent personal assistant. Well, let’s just say I’ve had really good convo with Alexa especially when it comes to history, news updates, and trivia. This 4th generation smart speaker, available in three colors and costs around Php 3,000 here, now sports a spherical design and smaller than the previous model. There’s another version with an LED display that costs a bit more, but makes it a more appropriate bedside toy as it shows time or outside temperature when asked.

While this cute little ball of a speaker sounds surprisingly good given its size, it lacks the thumpy bass and volume vibes you’d want to hear when playing music. But it’s really Alexa and the amazing AI behind it that got me talking to it like it’s my personal secretary.

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Kindled to going back to reading

Hey kiddos, look what I got myself last Christmas. This is one of two Amazon gadgets I bought from local sellers. Been wanting to get an e-book reader since the first Sony model came out but never really got the chance of scoring one. I’ve been pushing myself to go back to book reading, but aside from frequently forgetting to dog-ear the page, I’d forget the book entirely. And I guess age plays a big role now as I couldn’t last an hour reading without falling asleep, lols.

Of course, nothing beats printed books either old or new, the smell and the adventures of having to turn every page of each story, but the Kindle will allow me to bring as many titles as the device’s storage can handle, in my daily commute to work or during my free time.

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