By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 02/10/2017
I am a big fan of Amazon Alexa, the powerful voice assistant which, until now, was primarily only available on Amazon's hardware. Amazon opened up the service and now you can buy a Jam Voice ($59.99) from Jam Audio and enjoy Alexa with some extra benefits. The Jam Voice blends some of the features of Amazon's $130 Tap and $50 Echo Dot. Specifically, the Jam Voice is battery operated, like the Tap, and can last for up to four hours. The Jam Voice also activates Alexa using a touch, like Amazon's Tap, instead of always listening the way the Echo and Echo Dot do.
The Echo Dot, by Amazon's own admission, does not have a high quality speaker, so it's meant primarily for voice use, whereas the Jam Audio product has a decent speaker and is well-suited for listening to your own music via Bluetooth. The Jam Voice is smaller than Amazon's Tap, specifically about the size of a teacup. It ships in black or white with gray accents. Perhaps most notably, the Jam Voice costs a lot less than Amazon's Tap, although it does cost more than the Echo Dot, so it holds a position somewhere in the middle of Amazon's products.
- Up to four hours of battery life
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- Amazon Alexa support
- Black or White
- Compact and portable
- Tap required to access Alexa
If you want a low-cost way to access Amazon's Alexa, and you want to do so on the go, the Jam Voice is the way to go, although you'll have to stay in Wi-Fi range and tap a button to activate Alexa.