Tuesday, 07 May 2019 10:40

Alexa, what are some good Mother's Day gifts from Amazon?


A to Z online retailer Amazon has also popped up with some Mother's Day gift suggestions, and it's no surprise to see Kindles and Alexa Echo devices top of its list for Mum.

Technology. It's everywhere, and while sci-fi tropes suggest technology, robots and AI will be the undoing of humanity, science fact is, at least for the moment, proving to be very different.

Indeed, I have my own Mum happily using Apple HomePod for all her musical desires, as well as answering various questions, and both the screen-equipped Google Home Hub and the Alexa Echo Show displaying her all manner of useful information, with the Alexa Echo Show also displaying the text that it reads out, which Mum really likes.

The Alexa Echo Show also has a larger screen than the Google Home Hub, and while both Google Home Hub and the Alexa Echo Show have different benefits, they're both excellent home helpers, able to give you all kinds of info and display it for you too, including video, which the Echo Show does very well.

Mum particularly likes the fact the Echo Show regularly displays interesting news items, both in text and video formats, and it's something Google should copy, but hasn't, as yet.

So, what are Amazon's offerings for your Mum this Mother's Day?

Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

We're told "The new Kindle Paperwhite has made reading more accessible than ever before and is essential for the mum who is a busy bookworm. The Kindle Paperwhite is now waterproof, so she can read in even more places; relaxing in the bath, poolside with the kids, or at the beach on holiday.

"With double the storage, lightweight design, glare-free display and a battery life measured in weeks, the Kindle Paperwhite is the most convenient library your mum could ever have.

Availability: Available from Amazon online store and other retailers.
RRP: Kindle Paperwhite – (8GB) – $199.00 (listed at $179 but also currently listed at time of publication as "out of stock")

All – New Kindle

Amazon All New Kindle

Allow your mum to escape to a reading sanctuary with the all-new Kindle. Like all Kindle devices, the all-new Kindle provides a reading experience with no distractions and includes a glare-free display with laser-quality text that’s easy to read. The new adjustable front light makes it even more comfortable to read in a variety of places while still delivering weeks of battery life, making this perfect for a mum on the go. The all-new Kindle also includes updated electronic ink technology for better contrast and now uses capacitive touch to prevent accidental swipes on the six-inch, 167 ppi display.

Availability: Available from Amazon online store and other retailers
Colours: Black and White
RRP: All-New Kindle– (4GB) - $139.00

Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen

Give your mum the perfect little helper with the Echo Dot. The Echo Dot makes it easy to have Alexa on hand to help her in every room in the house. The new Echo Dot plays music louder with richer sound, all in a compact design. Put an Echo Dot in every room to ask for information, the weather, have your favourite music played in a multi-room music grouping, as well as set timers and alarms.

Availability: Available from Amazon online store and other retailers
Colours: Charcoal, Sandstone
RRP: Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Smart speaker with Alexa – Black - $74.00 (currently on sale for $44)

Echo Input

Amazon Echo Input

Slim, smart, and affordable, this device allows mum to add the power of Alexa to her favourite speakers. Echo Input enables users to easily add Alexa to an existing external speaker through an included 3.5mm audio cable or via Bluetooth. Once connected, mum can enjoy thousands of local skills available in Australia or ask Alexa to play her favourite song.

Availability: Available from Amazon online store and other retailers
RRP: Echo Input- $55

Echo Plus

Amazon Echo Plus

If your Mum is ready to make your home smart, Amazon’s Echo Plus is the best place to start. Turn off the lights, play your favourite tunes, or order a pizza with simple voice activation. Echo Plus also comes with a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, making it easy connect to compatible smart home devices.

Availability: Available from Amazon online store and other retailers
Colours: Charcoal, Heather Grey, Sandstone
RRP: All-new Echo Plus (2nd gen) - $229.00

Echo Show

Amazon Echo Show 

Step up and offer your mum the ultimate smart screen with the Echo Show. Echo Show combines all the best Alexa features with a vibrant 10-inch HD display, which is ideal for watching videos, plus a built-in camera for video calling, so mum to keep up with friends and family. Alexa to show you the weather, a cooking tutorial, or workout routine–and with a built-in Zigbee smart home hub for easy smart home set up, a web browser, and access to thousands of Alexa skills, the Echo Show delivers the ultimate smart home experience for mum.

Availability: Available from Amazon online store and other retailers
Colours: Charcoal, Sandstone
RRP: All-new Echo Show (2nd gen) – Premium sound and a vibrant 10” HD screen – Charcoal Fabric – Charcoal - $349.00


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.



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