1. You Don’t Have Prime: Let me be blunt – if you aren’t a loyal Prime user, don’t even consider this. Everything about this ties into the Amazon ecosystem – you can pair with iOS or Android phones, but the greatest breadth of connectivity comes with Amazon services and devices such as the Kindle Fire.
2. You only want a speaker: For the full price of $199 you can get a better speaker. In fact, this weekend someone asked me about this, and for the same full price you could get the Logitech UE Boom, Jawbone Jambox or Bose SoundLink Mini. All of these are awesome Bluetooth speakers that lose the Alexa controls in exchange for better sound.
3. You like portability: in what seems like quite the odd choice, you need to have the Echo plugged in all the time. Compare with my beloved iLoud which has several hours of battery life. So if you need a speaker to carry with you – look elsewhere.
Head to Amazon and check it out – see if Alexa and the Echo are a pair you want in your house!
My wife made it clear – the Amazon Echo is one of her surprise favorite Christmas gifts! Check out this quick video I made: