Alexa is the voice of Amazon smart speakers, and as an AI voice assistant, it’s right up there with Siri and Google Assistant. In fact, in some devices, Alexa works alongside both, giving users a sort of back-up intelligence system. Although she plays well with others, Alexa works quite nicely alone. For those who are new to the world of Alexa, here are three great things you should know about it: 1) Alexa can guard your home when no one is home, and alert you to suspicious activity. It can also give you delivery notifications, among other standard smart-speaker functions. 2) When quiet is a must, Alexa can speak in a whisper. 3) Despite its Amazon connection, Alexa also works with Apple Music.

Editors’ Pick

It has seven far-field microphones for hands-free control that can hear you, even when you can’t hear yourself think. Amazon

If you’re worried about intruders when you aren’t home, you can set up Alexa Guard so that the speaker’s built-in mic will listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, breaking glass and other warning sounds, and deliver a notification through your phone. It can also turn on smart lights every so often to make it look like someone is at home. All you have to do is say “Alexa, I’m leaving” to activate it. Alexa also allows you to set up location triggers so if you don’t want to enter a dark house, it can automatically turn on smart lights as soon as you pull up into the driveway.

Solid Contender

It’s compatible with several AI assistants, and with dimensions of 6.3” X 5.5” X 4,” it’s on the tinier end of similar smart speakers. Bose

Alexa is a stickler for syntax, so you have to be careful what you say and how you say it to be understood.However, Alexa is also sensitive to your voice tone. If noise-level is an issue, you can whisper a question or command to Alexa and receive a whispered response.


Rich Sound

The compact, humidity-resistant design of this product means it’ll fit in any room in your house—even your bathroom.

Alexa’s default music streaming app is Amazon Prime Music, but you can change settings to another one—even to Apple Music. Unfortunately, when it comes to listening to tunes, Alexa doesn’t play nicely with everyone; you can’t use it for Google Play Music.

Also Consider

It has an elastic strap for easy transport and can play music for up to 12 hours on fully charged battery. iHome

Smart Design

It can be paired with other units and similar models for multi-room listening. In addition to the physical buttons and speaking, it can be controlled with an app. Bose