Difference Between Dot and Echo

The main difference between Dot and Echo is that the Echo Dot is smaller is stature while the Echo is capable of producing better sound quality due to its larger speaker. Echo is more expensive and ideal if you listen to a lot of music. Echo dot, on the other hand, is a more portable device, which also comes with Alexa.

In the beginning, Amazon was only an online bookstore, but now it has branched into creating digital assistants that are voice activated. Echo and Echo Dot are smart speakers that can read the news and even switch off lights. You can get all your questions answered just by having the ability to say, Alexa. Although there are many similarities, there is also some noticeable difference between Dot and Echo.

Key Areas Covered

1. Echo
     – Features and Design
2. Echo Dot
    – Features and Design
2. Similarities Between Dot and Echo
    – Outline of Common Features
3. Difference Between Dot and Echo
   – Comparison of Key Differences

Key Terms

Amazon, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Echo, Dot

Difference Between Dot and Echo - Comparison Summary

Features of Echo

Echo is a brand of smart speakers manufactured by Amazon. This device is capable of voice interaction, playing music or audiobooks, streaming podcasts, making to-do lists, setting alarms, and providing weather or other real-time information. It can connect to Alexa, a virtual assistant developed by Amazon. You can wake up the device by using the wake-up word ‘Alexa’.

Difference Between Dot and Echo

Looking at the design of Amazon Echo, Echo a cylindrical device that has a weight of 1.8 pounds. Echo is much heavier when compared to Google Home.

Features of Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot, introduced in 2016, is a hockey puck-sized version of Echo. It is smaller and lighter than Echo and you can carry it anywhere with you.

Main Difference - Dot vs Echo

It comes with omnidirectional microphones at 360 degrees. The devices are designed to listen to you all the time from anywhere within the room. Even if you have got music playing, this device is capable of hearing you over the sound.

Similarities Between Dot and Echo

  • Echo Dot and Echo come with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant.
  • Both are compatible with many smart technologies that are available in the market.
  • They come with seven built-in omnidirectional microphones that will pick up your voice from anywhere within the room.

Difference Between Dot and Echo


The Echo stands at 3.5 cm while the Echo Dot stands at 3.3 cm. Echo Dot is 1.3 inches in height while the Echo stands at 5.8 inches. Thus, Echo Dot is a more portable device when compared to Echo. You can easily throw it into a bag and take it anywhere or put it on a shelf where there is not much room at all.


Echo is a cylindrical device, and Echo Dot looks like a hockey puck. Echo Dot is only available in two colours: black and white. Echo is available in six different colours. Two of them come in the flavour of a wooden finish: oak and walnut while the other three comprises of fabric sandstone, charcoal, and heather grey. One also comes in metallic flavor.  If you are looking for a device that matches your home furniture, Echo will be the best choice for you.

Sound Quality     

Although both devices come with built-in speakers, Echo comes with a higher quality larger 360-degree speaker and can blast quality sound. The speaker also has Dolby processing for dynamic bass and crisp vocals to produce the best sound possible. Echo Dot speakers are good enough to wake you up with an alarm and respond to the question directed at it. The sound quality can be boosted by connecting external speakers with built-in 3.5 mm output jacks, which are available in both devices.


The Echo device is expensive at $85 when compared with the Echo Dot which stands at $40.


Sound and size are the most key difference between Dot and Echo. If you are looking for an introduction into Alexa and you are not much interested in the speaker for music, Echo Dot will be the device for you. If you are more interested in playing music, Echo may be the device for you. But you will have to keep in mind that both devices can support external speakers to enhance sound quality. Echo Dot also comes in a friendly version that can be put in your child’s room.

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