Amazon Tap is a portable Bluetooth speaker comes with the Amazon’s Voice Assistant, Alexa at the price tag of INR 8370.00. We can call Amazon Tap as a battery-powered version of the larger Echo, and you can use Amazon Tap to set alarms, listen to the latest news, traffic, weather report, order items from the Amazon shop and you can also link up smart home devices like Philips Hue Lights. Initially, you have to press a button on the speaker to activate Alexa, but now it has been updated. Hence the Alexa voice assistant works completely hands-free just like Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot. The audio quality in Amazon Tap is far better than the Echo dot, and you will get better performance with a dedicated Bluetooth at this price tag. Watch the space below for detailed Amazon Tap Review & Ratings.
Amazon Tap Design
The Amazon Tap is an all-black cylinder which measures 6.2 inches Height and 2.6 inches width. It is very smaller than the original Echo, and you can also wrap it inside the optional $20 rubber tap sling sleeve with the strap which you can then attach to a backpack. Out of the box, it also comes with a charging plate (0.6-inch height and 2.6-inch Width) and a micro USB cable. Just like Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo dot, the Amazon Tap has a grey color Amazon Logo near the bottom of the front. At the back, it has micro USB power port, a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi button, a 3.5 mm audio input and a power button which also function as a LED indicator. On the top of the Amazon Tap, you will find a rubbery panel along with play/pause, volume, and track navigation buttons. It has a row of five LEDs on the front edge. Just below the LEDs, you will see the Tap’s namesake and a microphone button which helps you to tap to use voice control manually. The utilitarian and straightforward design makes them looks like a rugged Bluetooth speaker. It doesn’t have a display, the feature which can be found only on Echo show.
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Amazon Tap Setup
Setting up the Amazon Tap is very simple. Just plug in it an download Amazon Alexa App on your Android or iOS devices. The application will guide you through the setup process. The home screen of the application will collect all your recent commands and questions in a timeline. The simple tap in the upper left corner slides out to display options including your Amazon Prime Music account, connecting to devices like Spotify and Pandora. It also helps to access third-party apps and smart home integration. The menu also lets you change the settings of the Alexa and to check all Alexa devices which are currently linked to your account. The Alexa command history tracks across all connected devices including the Amazon Echo. Once the Amazon Tap Setup is done, you can start talking to Alexa. It sounds less robotic than Apple’s Siri, and you can’t change the voice of the Alexa.
When comes to sound quality, the Amazon Tap supports better than the Echo Dot, but not as rich as the larger Echo. It also falls behind Google Home Speakers, which has a more vibrant sound, particularly when it comes to sub-bass. Amazon Tap also doesn’t support multi-room playback, which Google Home speaker does. In Amazon Tap, you will encounter some distortion if you raised the volume to max. You can get far better audio quality from dedicated Bluetooth speakers like Bose SoundLink Color or Ultimate Ears Blast.
The Amazon Tap has the same Alexa features as Amazon’s Echo devices. Just like Google Assistant and Siri, you can ask Alexa to locate the nearby restaurants and services, play music, set alarms, report the news or shop products from Alexa. With the help of Alexa, you can control your smart home products like Nest Thermostat or Philips Hue Lightbulbs. You can adjust the temperature or dim the lights through the voice. From the update released in February 2017, you no longer have to press the microphone button to use the Alexa. It makes the voice assistant much easier to work with. Just say “Alexa, play music,” and the speaker will respond to your command immediately. Even though the Amazon Tap connects to your audio device through Bluetooth, it needs to connect to Wi-Fi to use the Alexa feature. It means you can’t Alexa on the road unless you are connected to public Wi-Fi or using a hotspot.
Amazon Tap Specs:
|Battery life||Up to 9 hours of continuous playback|
|Wi-Fi||802.11b/g/n @ 2.4GHz|
|Bluetooth||A2DP support for streaming from mobile devices|
|Speaker||2 x 1.5″ drivers + 2 x passive radiators|
Amazon Tap Review: Verdict
At the same price tag of Amazon Tap, Google Home is also available. But Google home is not portable. When comes to Google Assistant, it doesn’t have the same level of third-party support and the functionality as Alexa does. With the addition of hands-free voice activation, the Amazon Tap is a very appealing alternative to the Amazon Echo. Since it has a battery, you can use it anywhere instead of only plugged in, which no other Amazon Echo Devices can do. The Amazon and Amazon Echo Show offer superior sound quality for a higher price tag, while the Amazon Echo Dot is much less expensive and can be plugged into the speaker of your choice. But the Amazon Tap it’s a reliable alternative if you value portability above all else.