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Post 1 made on Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 21:48
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This looks like a pretty cool feature. But has anyone tried it? If it works well, I think I'll get another echo for at the river.
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Post 2 made on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 00:26
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I've done voice and video calls and text/voice message between echo/phone, phone/echo, echo/echo, and phone/phone (obviously video calls are just phone to phone until the Show is released). Haven't tried the "drop in" feature but everything else has worked very well.
Post 3 made on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 07:45
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Ive been using the new call feature. Works well. Its nice that it automatically knows who in your call list already has it set up. Pretty easy

I installed the Show yesterday. Pretty slick. Havent played with it much yet. It REALLY nice you dont have to open the app to set it up! Thats a bonus. While still not hifi of course, it does sound richer and deeper than the Echo. However, that doesnt help me in anyway as I never listen to music through it. THats what DA is for. Now, if we can just use the Show for a control screen for Total Control we have a HUGE winner!
OP | Post 4 made on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 10:27
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How are you doing calling from phone to echo? All I found on the phone is text and audio messaging. Brendon answered back, but Mario wouldn't answer. He hurt my feelings
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Post 5 made on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 17:01
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Fins, you simply open the alexa app on your phone. Hmm, you said its only text and audio messaging, that might be right.

Nope, just looked, there IS a phone icon right there after you click on the name. I assume thats for calling? i will try it later.
OP | Post 6 made on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 18:12
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Ah, I found the call options.
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Post 7 made on Thursday July 6, 2017 at 08:33
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I installed the Show yesterday. Pretty slick. Havent played with it much yet. It REALLY nice you dont have to open the app to set it up! Thats a bonus. While still not hifi of course, it does sound richer and deeper than the Echo. However, that doesnt help me in anyway as I never listen to music through it. THats what DA is for. Now, if we can just use the Show for a control screen for Total Control we have a HUGE winner!

I am a fan of all of these devices and pre-ordered a Show when announced.

When I received my Show last week I promptly replaced my Echo in the kitchen. Not a big fan of the Show's ID, but recognize they are packing a lot inside.

I have two young kids - what I dislike is the lack of any type of parental controls or lock outs by user/voice. Kids immediately figured out they could get their videos to play (the Fire tablet at least has lock outs).

It also scrolls through news on the screen (things we may not want our kids to see) when idle and never goes to sleep so it always illuminates the room.

The Show has now been moved to my office and replaced by the original Echo.

Interestingly Google Home (sitting next to the Echo) hands down out-performs voice recognition and control of my various "DIY" voice supported devices.
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OP | Post 8 made on Friday July 7, 2017 at 12:17
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I'm unimpressed with the drop in calling, at least on the Dots. The call quality is very poor and hard to hear. Maybe it's better on the full size echo or the show.
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Post 9 made on Friday July 7, 2017 at 14:52
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On July 7, 2017 at 12:17, Fins said...
I'm unimpressed with the drop in calling, at least on the Dots. The call quality is very poor and hard to hear. Maybe it's better on the full size echo or the show.

I have one of each, Show, Echo and Dot, and have the same experience as you on all devices. Not to mention it sounds like half duplex with annoying latency rendering the feature useless. Going back to yelling at the kids, ha!
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OP | Post 10 made on Friday July 7, 2017 at 19:11
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On July 7, 2017 at 14:52, gpaul_snapav said...
I have one of each, Show, Echo and Dot, and have the same experience as you on all devices. Not to mention it sounds like half duplex with annoying latency rendering the feature useless. Going back to yelling at the kids, ha!

I found its bad when both are on the same network, but it's even worse when calling an echo that's at another location. I thought it would be nice to have one at our place on the river where my wife and kids spend most of the summer. Dixie cups and a 20 mile long piece of string would work better
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