NEW ECHO AUTO by Amazon [Alexa For Your Car] — Full Review and Tested

by birtanpublished on October 27, 2020

So if you've been on Amazon lately you probably noticed all the ads are running for their new echo Auto and honestly they make some really bold claims about that so they say just for anywhere from twenty five to fifty dollars you can buy this little device and equip your car with their voice assistant which can act as your copilot which can help you navigate send text calls and a lot more than that but what really is the echo Auto and does it do anything that your phone already cannot do what can you do with Echo Auto Echo Auto

Lets you make the most of your time in the car add items to your to-do and shopping lists set reminders or manage your calendar while your eyes stay on the road with location-based features echo Auto also helps you get to where you're going so I don't want to make this video just a montage of me sitting in my car asking the echo Auto to do things so I think most of you probably already understand how a voice assistant works and where I want to focus on in this video is how well this device itself works and what kind of value it offers when you're in a car so just a

Quick disclaimer I will be muting out any time I say the voice assistants name just in case you have one in your home so we don't accidentally summon it non-stop throughout the video ok so I want to get into a mechanical tour of this device to show you essentially what it looks like so it's small simple it's a lightweight device and it's not really like anything I've ever put in my car on the front you see you have eight different microphones now the eight microphones are important because that's one of the big advantages to having this as opposed to just using your phone so

The eight microphones should make it easier for this device to hear what you're saying and interpret what you're saying no matter where you are so roads obviously are not quiet you have traffic you have wind you have music playing a lot going on I will be testing that out later on in the video then we have two buttons on the front one of them it's pretty self-explanatory it's to mute this so it does not listen to you this does not mute your music playing through your stereo then we have the little summon button right there which essentially summons the voice assistant

On the bottom or sort of on the front side depending on how you have is oriented we have a little light bar right there and this light bar is a way for it to communicate with you while you're driving and while it's you know interacting with you then on the right side we have two ports right there we have a micro USB now it does require that you plug this in at all times because there is no battery on this unfortunately so you're gonna have some wires coming down there's some wire management that you're able to do a little bit but regardless you're

Probably gonna have wires hanging in your car if you use this device then the second port is an auxiliary port so just a regular headphone style Jack right there and that is not to connect to your phone that is to connect to your car if your car does not have bluetooth so that is optional which is good to know if you want to connect by bluetooth it'll connect to your phone and your phone will connect to your car you won't have two things connected to your car so sort of to explain that better there's two ways you can set this up and in either

Case you will have your phone and the echo auto connected by bluetooth now the first way you can set it up will have your phone connected to your car by bluetooth so if your phone is able to connect to multiple devices by bluetooth and if your car has bluetooth that's probably the better and easier option for you the second option though would be to connect this to your car by the aux cord right there in which case it essentially enables you to use bluetooth on a car that otherwise does not have bluetooth so that's a

Great feature right there now continuing the small tour right here you'll see on the other side away from the ports you'll have a small little slot right there and that is a very small very quiet speaker that can be used during setup on the backside you have a few little pads right there and a small magnet in the middle so this mounts onto the air vent mount that it comes with so you get a few different things in the box here first off is an in-car power adapter with dual USB so you can power the echo auto and charge your phone at the same time then we have an air vent

Mount which is magnetic and holds the echo Auto then we have an auxiliary cable and a micro USB cable if you check the manual here you can also see which air vents this is not compatible with so make sure you check your car to make sure that you do not have any of the incompatible air vents also not all phones are compatible with this so check the description to see if your phone is on that list so the echo auto obviously has eight microphones on it and one of the things that the echo auto is supposed to be able to do well is actually separate

Your voice from the audio so let's try that right now playing some relatively loud music we're gonna try several different volumes so starting off kind of sort of low you know lower volume you what's the weather in Orlando Florida in Orlando Florida okay now it's turn it up a little bit more what's the weather in Tampa okay and then you'll notice it lights up yellow when you actually get a message so clearly it works very well if you have loud music it's able to detect your voice and separate that from the music you're listening to now let's try

It out if we are driving and we have a loud wind so it's pretty windy here we're not on a highway but all my windows are open and so let's try it out right now what time is it the time is 5:30 1 p.m. hope you enjoyed your Tuesday alright see it actually did pretty well right there what's the weather in Montreal now in Montreal Canada at 60 degrees Fahrenheit with mostly sunny skies read my text message so from Michael Brown

When I get home remind me to cut the grass okay Marie I'll remind you at home make a phone call which phone number contact or device do you want to call so a few other things about how this product works so when it's in your car this does not have data it doesn't have GPS it does not have any kind of connectivity except Bluetooth to your phone so that means that everything that this does is through your phone so you need to have the Alexa app on your phone and it has to be running in the background at all times in order for

This to work now that comes with a couple little caveats there meaning that the app is not perfectly embedded in your phone meaning that you can't have it integrate as well with some offline music things so it you know there's a few music apps that it does work with so Spotify and title and you know Pandora there's a couple that work but you're not going to be using this with like Google Play or YouTube music also know that this does require internet in order to work which means that you will be using the data on your phone at all times now if you plan on going on a long

Road trip where you for some reason lose phone service or lose internet then you cannot continue controlling your songs with this at all so you can't control any kind of local songs like I said before but also you're not able to even summon Alexa and do anything now one of Amazon's claims about this device being a co-pilot was that you would be able to ask it to navigate places now it does help you navigate sort of and I'll show you that in one second navigate to Solana Beach getting directions to Solana Beach looks like you're not navigating right now okay so

That last little thing that said we're not navigating that was Google talking to us what time will I arrive your travel information is not available please set your destination okay so it seems like we can only decide our destination with this and everything else is in Google so now if we try the opposite hey goo navigate to Solana Beach it's a forty hour 37 minute drive to Solana Beach do you want to navigate there yes hey goo what I arrived you should reach your destination by 5:24 a.m. so a quick little aside if this is your first time

Here and you have not yet subscribed please consider going down and clicking the subscribe button and the Bell icon also I know at some point in this video it will become obvious to you which side you are on if you think that this is a great product or a terrible product but try to keep the comments friendly guys go down there and let me know which side you're on if you like it or if you don't like it and let me know why so let's talk about what I like about this device so first of all I like that you can connect this to a car that does not have bluetooth or the car that does have

Bluetooth but more so if you say that your car does not have bluetooth this is a great way to equip it with bluetooth and I think that's really nice to have in a car for hands-free driving if you have to make phone calls when you're driving it's also nice to have a voice assistant in your car now a lot of phones like iPhones and Android phones which is almost every phone out there really they already have voice assistance and most of them you can summon without ever touching the screen but what's nice about this is if you are somebody who happens to be a little bit

Addicted to your phone and I think almost everybody is addicted to their phone to some extent but if you're somebody that has a bad habit of looking at your phone while you're driving this might be a great way to break that habit and not require your phone at all so you could throw your phone in the backseat if you want you don't have you know FOMO the fear of missing out because you'll have this on your dashboard it can tell you when you get messages tell you when you get phone calls and you can reply just with this now there's one exception to that and that's navigation like I

Said before which you really need your phone screen for this is also a great device if you already deeply embedded in the Amazon ecosystem so if you have echoes at your house or if you have you know anything else made by Amazon kicking around then it is kind of nice to have everything integrated with this if you have your Amazon music playlist you can easily navigate them with this so really to summarize what I mean by that the Amazon echo Auto right here is actually really good if you have Amazon devices so if you're trying to control anything outside of your car or your

Phone this is great so when you're driving if you want to make sure your garage doors are closed or your lights are on you want to set reminders for when you get home stuff like that this all works really with the echo Auto now on the flip side if you're trying to actually control anything within your phone the internal you know whatever's baked into your phone so Siri or Google is going to do a much better job of that and obviously having this in your car is not going to prevent you from using Google you could have you know this up and then your

Phone mounted next to it and you can do some in Google or Siri or whatever you want you know very easily just by talking to your screen and use that and maybe this would just be an extra thing that's a little bit nice to have the last thing that I really like about this is the microphone on board so it does a really good job of hearing what you're saying so who is this device not for so the first person is the neat freak so somebody that wants their dashboard to be very clean very neat you know while this device alone is not very intrusive you are gonna have wires coming off of

This and that could be bothersome to some people on top of that it is mounting on an air vent so if you are bothered by you know the fact that this is going to be essentially blocking one of your air vents that could possibly be annoying to people this device is also not good for people that have phones that don't connect quickly by bluetooth so it could actually be a distraction if you lose Bluetooth connection with this and you're suddenly you know messing around with it while you're driving it's also not good for people that have a phone that doesn't have a lot of data

So if you have a plan that doesn't allow you to use the internet much and you want to listen to offline music this doesn't provide any value so I think that's pretty much everything I have to say about the echo Auto and I'm sure by now a lot of you are either charged on one side the other and it should be very clear if you like this product or not so some of you might be saying like what the heck does the dumbest thing I ever heard of why is Mike even making a video about this and then on the flip side some people might be saying like yeah you know what nuts that's the device for

Me to have Amazon in my car that would be amazing you know so two different sides to this comment down below which one you are I want to know why you like or don't like this device maybe what you want to use it for or what you like using you know Google or Siri for that this you think cannot do so guys I appreciate all of you watching this video thank you I'll see you in the next one

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