Review: Now You Can Make Your Echo 2 Portable

Amazon keeps making its Echo devices better and better, but when it dropped the Tap line, customers lost the option of a portable battery-powered Echo device. The folks at NINETY7 have come to the rescue, with the SKY TOTE Battery Base for Echo 2 ($49.95). It adds a few inches of height to the Echo 2; but the Echo 2 is shorter than the original Echo, so it's fine. The exterior looks nice, next to the factory model, although Amazon offers a variety of finishes which will be hidden if enclosed in the SKY TOTE. The SKY TOTE's fabric lets the sound through and looks good at the same time.

SKY TOTE

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The SKY TOTE is a welcome addition and a clever idea. It includes a nice handgrip to help with portability and it gets eight hours of battery life. Just remember to stay within Wi-Fi range as the Echo can't do much without an Internet connection.

Pros

  • Clever idea
  • Nice handgrip
  • Eight hours of use

Cons

  • Remember to stay within Wi-Fi range
  • Limited to one color

Final Verdict

If you want to take your Echo 2 out to the pool or patio, the SKY TOTE Battery Base for Echo 2 from NINETY7 can do it, as long as you have Wi-Fi coverage out there.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.