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Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: Wait for a sale

We were, in a sense, both fighting Whitehall.’ ‘So there were really three sides to the trade negotiation – a large element of the Whitehall establishment, the Australian side and then Liz Truss and those close to her.

For perspective, the new Dot at 90% volume is about equivalent to the third-gen Dot at max. Its 1.6-inch speaker is more powerful than the third-gen’s 1.1-inch speaker, but that half-inch upgrade isn’t as meaningful as the half-inch between the second- and third-gen Dots. Dotting your ears The new Echo Dot’s big change, other than in profile, is in sound.

The deal, which was agreed by Miss Truss in principle last June, was signed by her successor as International Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan. It is the UK’s first ‘from scratch’ trade deal since leaving the EU.

As a result, the 2020 Dot feels non-essential. It remains a great entry point to voice assistance and the smart home, but I’d probably recommend a sale-priced, third-edition Dot before shelling out much more for the newest generation. And if you’re after sound quality or hoping to really jump-start your smart home, the $100 Echo will be a much better investment than a Dot.

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The areas where employees are expected to be most scarce include the Inland Empire, California, an hour and a half east of Los Angeles. The region is around two hour drive from 20 million potential Amazon customers. 

This is not a speaker that will envelop you in music, but it’s useful for casual listening nonetheless — and at least marginally better than the current Nest Mini and Buy Book third-gen Echo Dot. That said, though some of the novelty has worn off, it’s still worth standing in awe of what companies like Amazon and Google have accomplished in such an affordable product.

Along with the footprint, the niche the Dot seeks to fill hasn’t changed: it’s an entry point to smart speakers, the route to try Alexa without breaking the bank. And the $50 price tag remains intact for this fourth generation.

But Amazon seems to have saved its true innovations for other devices this generation — adding better smart home control to the full-size Echo and more interesting features to the Kids Edition.  Waiting for Go(Dot) The 2020 Echo Dot is a solid device. It improves the sound of 2018’s Echo Dot, and the new design is fresh, if not revelatory.

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And Alexa — who will answer questions, facilitate voice calls, control smart home devices, monitor your home for break-ins and plenty more — performs identically on each speaker. In fact, the Dot does almost exactly what its earlier iteration does. So what’s the difference?

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I’ve written extensively about the problems of this structure, both for market competition and for individual privacy. Using a Dot, as with any Echo device, requires you to use an Amazon account, which means agreeing to the company’s terms and conditions. This is the problem of voice technology, and it remains mostly unchanged with this new Dot. Amazon, like its competitors, profits immeasurably from people using their devices, talking to Alexa, teaching their technology and providing vast amounts of private data for free. With this continual impressiveness, though, does come the trade-off of privacy.

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Australia and the UK finally signed a deal at the end of last year, which ministers say will unlock £10.4billion of additional trade.

In a major boost for Brexit Britain, the agreement will eliminate all tariffs on exports and will mean Britons will be able to work in Australia for three years.

If you listen to trap music or hip-hop, it simply won’t sound very full on the new Echo Dot — and Lil Wayne is much less enjoyable when his higher pitched rasp isn’t counterbalanced by booming bass. The bass, which has never been strong in small speakers like Echo Dots and Nest Minis, remains particularly weak here.

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