I don't care for the idea of having a connected home--but lots of people do! Amazon's Echo--a combination Bluetooth speaker and always-on net-connected virtual assistant, has sold like gangbusters in the states. It offers hands-free operation: just tell its V.A., Alexa, what you want it to do, and it's done. It'll let you listen to music, play podcasts for you, tell you the latest sports scores and even control your home's lighting system. It's learning new tricks every day and show no sign of slowing down in popularity. As such, I have a hard time blaming Amazon for wanting to build on the platform's popularity. I just wish they'd given their next step a little more thought.
The Amazon Tap is a smaller, cordless version of the Echo. But instead of speaking to the device, hands-free, you have to 'tap' the button on the device's face in order to interact with it. I found that this small difference kills the magic that the Echo offers users. I can already lift up my smartphone and ask it questions or give it commands with the sound of my voice--why would I want to have to do this with a speaker as well.
But that's me, maybe you'll feel differently. Read the full review and tell me what you think.