What is the difference between Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation vs 2nd Generation?
Yes, you are on right page to understand this difference.
Before the launch of Amazon Echo Dot on 20 October 2016, the upgrade has happen to Second Generation and you want to know what the hell it that they have improved or changed in between the 2nd gen echo dot ?
Dot = Small
Best thing itself is that rockingly the Dot has become smaller ! Still it can remote control home lighting, play music for you, operate a timer, answer questions, read books ! Get latest movies being played at your local theater … that too in amazingly small size !!!!
What’t then the 2nd Gen dot?
Coming to the Second generation echo dot, it’s just fine tuning that Amazon has done over the 1st Gen Echo Dot, You will notice that they are mostly related to ergonomics of buttons as well as improved voice recognition tech, also the ESP shall help placing multiple dots in the same home in synchro.
Also one more important thing is that you need not own Echo to buy Echo Dot 🙂
Obviously both the 1st and 2nd generation Amazon Echo Dot versions have the same Alexa features 🙂
Important changes between the Amazon Echo Dot 1st vs 2nd Generation
The first Two changes between these two generations of Amazon Echo Dot which are Ergonomic Changes rather than Technical ones, remaining are Technical improvements given to the Echo Dot Upgrade
- Volume Control :
Volume ring in First generation Amazon Echo Dot is being replaced by Up & Down Buttons in Second generation. As I can tell you from R&D experience, this must have been done to reduce price of device.
- Device Reset :
There was dedicated reset button in the 1st generation, which is now replaced by combination of buttons in 2nd generation, hence making it purposeful reset act rather than accidental 🙂
Combination buttons prevent reset by child or yourself unknowingly.
The Echo Dot 2 is available in a new White Pearl version along with the usual Black one.
- Improved Voice Recognition
Echo Dot 2 features Seven Microphones with Far Field Voice Recognition to make sure it does not misses your commands, in addition it is also powered by a new speech processor, enhancing the device’s voice recognition accuracy.
- Echo Spatial Perception (ESP)
Echo Dot 2 features Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) technology which is extremely useful when you own multiple Alexa devices, the ESP ensures that when you speak to Alexa, only a single device responds, instead of multiple devices. It will make sure that the device which is closer to you responds by detecting the clarity of your voice.
Obviously Echo Dot 2 will come with ESP enabled, Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot 1st gen will get the ESP feature via a software update.
Rest of the things in the New Echo Dot 2 are same as Echo Dot 1, with support for hands-free Alexa commands, connection to external speakers via Bluetooth or 3.5mm cable, a small built-in speaker etc.
While people complain that in noisy environment the Echo Dot Voice Recognition system confuses, I have solution for that .. read details on how to resolve Echo Dot listening issue in Noisy rooms …
Amazon Echo Dot 1st vs 2nd Generation Technical Specs & Features comparison
|All New Echo Dot 2 Review|
Echo Dot (1st Generation)
Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
|Physical Volume Control||Volume ring||Up and down buttons|
|Power||9W adapter with USB cable||9W adapter with USB cable|
|Connects to Bluetooth Speakers||Yes||Yes|
|Connects to Bluetooth Devices (Phones, Tablets, etc.)||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Voice Remote||Yes||Yes|
|LED Power Light||Yes||No|
|Device Reset||Dedicated reset button||Button combination|
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|Suggested Accessory for Amazon Echo Dot – Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot
The Remote eliminates need for voice commands for regular functions like Skip tracks, Volume control, Turn OFF mic (when you need privacy ! :-P) at least for me its boring to give voice commands all the time
Echo Dot case
- While you place so many Echo Dots at home, they become part of style quotient and hence it is extremely important to blend them with surroundings, get them look like designed for your own house. So here I suggest to check Echo dot case, feel free to explore them as matching to the upholstery …