Liked that,Echo Dot 5 can be used as external bluetooth speaker even for 2nd generation Fire TV stick attached to older non smart HDMI TV.It also controlled the 2nd generation Fire TV stick to open applications & all on TV,do some searches on TV as well.It has temperature sensor & some ultrasound sensor which couldn't be tested without more smart devices.The bass sound is good from small speaker. Mics are nice & sensitive enough.It came preconfigured & connected directly from Amazon cloud synced data from 2nd generation Fire TV stick. Didnot like no rechargable battery included.Always a corded wire shows up.Looks bad for a smart device. Didnot like clock & temperature not displayed yet. Did not like Echo Dot 5 showing device not compatible for auto updated 2nd generation Fire tv stick to become home theater system.Even after 2nd generation Fire TV stick was updated from Settings-->Fire TV-->Install updates several times & restarted till it showed latest up to date Fire TV OS. I didnot like vendor lockin for common man. Till date,There is no Interoperability with compatibility between Fire OS,Fire TV Stick 2nd generation,Echo Dot 5,Google Assistant,Google Nest Mini 2,Google Chrome cast & such smart IOT devices which is much required to make more value for money & make life simpler for all. I did not like there is no standardization of manufacturing standard Gaming remote control pairing standards that can work with Fire TV stick. I did not like that Amazon Luna on Fire TV stick is not allowed in India. I didnot like that,no common interoperability open standards for Virtual reality shopping, gaming & other applications with Echo Dot 5 & other company smart IOT devices are being governed by IEEE or such institutions for net neutrality & better future with more value for money without vendor lockin.

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Generation Review, Release Date with Clock

BrandAmazon

Model NameEcho Dot 5

ColorBlack, White, Blue

Size3.9” x 3.9” x 3.5” (100mm x 100mm x 89 mm)

Release Date21/12/2023

The Echo Dot 5: Evolutionary Tweak or Game Changer?

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Generation Review – The new Echo Dot 5 has arrived, promising improved sound, a temperature sensor, and tap controls. But is it a must-have upgrade for Echo Dot owners, or a minor refinement? Here’s a breakdown to help you decide:

Sound: Subtle Improvement

The 5th Gen boasts a slightly larger speaker driver, translating to marginally better sound compared to the 4th Gen. It delivers clearer vocals and a touch more depth in the bass. However, for casual listeners who aren’t audiophiles, the difference might be negligible.

Temperature Sensor: A Handy Bonus

This is a unique addition. If you have smart thermostats or fans, the Echo Dot 5 can trigger routines based on room temperature. This can be particularly useful for automated climate control, especially in homes with fluctuating temperatures.

Tap Controls: Convenience at Your Fingertips

Pausing music, snoozing alarms, and ending calls with a simple tap on the device is a welcome addition. While voice commands remain the primary way to interact, tap controls offer a convenient alternative for quick actions.

Should You Upgrade?

Upgrade if:

You prioritize sound quality and want a slightly better audio experience.
You have a smart home setup that utilizes temperature-based routines.
You find voice commands cumbersome for simple tasks and appreciate tap controls.

Stick with Gen 4 if:

You’re content with the sound quality of the 4th Gen Dot.
You don’t have a smart home setup that utilizes temperature sensors.
You primarily use voice commands and don’t see the need for tap controls.

Final Verdict:

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Generation Review -The Echo Dot 5 offers incremental improvements, making it a good option for new buyers or those looking for a slight audio and functionality upgrade. For existing Gen 4 owners, the decision boils down to individual needs. The temperature sensor and tap controls add some welcome features, but for some, the upgrade may not be a necessity.

Ultimately, the choice depends on your budget and how you utilize your smart speaker.

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Overall

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Generation Review: Didnot like clock & temperature not displayed yet.
Did not like Echo Dot 5 showing device not compatible for auto updated 2nd generation Fire tv stick to become home theater system.Even after 2nd generation Fire TV stick was updated from Settings–>Fire TV–>Install updates several times & restarted till it showed latest up to date Fire TV OS.
I didnot like vendor lockin for common man. Till date,There is no Interoperability with compatibility between Fire OS,Fire TV Stick 2nd generation,Echo Dot 5,Google Assistant,Google Nest Mini 2,Google Chrome cast & such smart IOT devices which is much required to make more value for money & make life simpler for all.
I did not like there is no standardization of manufacturing standard Gaming remote control pairing standards that can work with Fire TV stick.
I did not like that Amazon Luna on Fire TV stick is not allowed in India.
I didnot like that,no common interoperability open standards for Virtual reality shopping, gaming & other applications with Echo Dot 5 & other company smart IOT devices are being governed by IEEE or such institutions for net neutrality & better future with more value for money without vendor lockin.