Amazon Echo Auto (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa’s Riding Shotgun – SlashGear
Performance has been both good and disappointing. Alexa has been quick to respond to my requests and hasn’t given me any trouble. When I ask it to play music or a podcast, it quickly loads Spotify and starts playing. The same goes for navigation, Alexa taps Google Maps to get me from place to place. When asked, it also had no issues finding the nearest gas station or restaurant.
The sound quality has also been great. While I have an aftermarket audio unit installed in my car that has Bluetooth built-in, it is lackluster for voice calls. The Echo Auto solved that issue for me, but not in the way that I had hoped. I originally connected the Echo Auto by Bluetooth and was hoping to route my calls and music through Alexa. Unfortunately, it defaulted to my car’s Bluetooth and my terrible call quality ensued.
I then disconnected from Bluetooth and tried it with the included auxiliary cable. Not only was it successful this time, but it improved the sound quality quite a bit. Callers on the other end had no issue hearing me, regardless of the road noise. Not having to go through Bluetooth, also improved the sound quality of my music, so that was just icing on the cake.
The issue with this method is that I lost the ability to display information on the audio unit’s main display which is a lot easier to read than my phone. This isn’t the Echo Auto’s fault, but it does suggest that the device would potentially be better off with its own dedicated display to work with.
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