May 3, 2016 Leave a comment Product Review and Buyer’s Guide: Amazon Tap By Will Argeros, Komando.com Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant, is getting a big push from the online retailer. After first debuting with the Amazon Echo, Alexa is ready to be taken on the go with the brand new Amazon Tap.Smaller, lighter and portable are the first three words that come to mind when describing the Amazon Tap. Standing just over six inches and weighing in at one pound, the cylindrical Tap isn’t quite pocket size, but it’s easy to carry in a bag or backpack. The speaker delivers crisp sound in all directions with a little more bass for your music. There are two major drawbacks with this gadget: it’s not hands-free and it requires a constant Internet connection.The Echo is always on, meaning you just need to say “Alexa” to get it to activate. The Tap has a physical button on the front that you need to, well tap, in order for it to hear your commands. The Tap doesn’t come with a remote control either. Controlling volume and skipping songs is done with buttons on the top of the device. The Tap also needs to be connected to the Internet 24/7. That means when you’re not on Wi-Fi, you’re squeezing battery life from your phone to keep it online. Alexa doesn’t even activate without Wi-Fi.Now let’s take a minute and get to know Alexa a little better. Amazon is taking a different approach to improving their voice-controlled assistant and opened Alexa to developers for better functionality. This resulted in skills like voice access to texting and ordering an Lyft. As Alexa’s skill-set continues to expand, the value of the Tap is only going to increase. Continued on next page12Next View All BREAKING NEWS, TIPS, AND MORE LIKED WHAT YOU READ? GET MORE IN YOUR INBOX FREE. Stay up-to-date the easy way. SIGN ME UP! Leave a comment Previous Buying Guides Product Review and Buyer’s Guide: iPhone 6s and Plus Next Buying Guides Product Review and Buyer's Guide: Philips Hue Color Smart light bulb Related Articles 9 Amazon perks you're probably not using Clever Amazon trick to get free shipping 9 Amazon Prime perks you’re probably not using Amazon vs. Walmart - Who’s cheaper?