Of course, itís unfair to compare the two. Amazon and Appleís speakers are in entirely different leagues. But the new Dot and other additions to the Echo home stereo system represent a very Amazon approach to the category, giving users the ability to mix and match devices, while still maintaining a low price point.

The third-generation Dot isnít a complete reinvention of the wheel, but itís big enough to warrant an upgrade for many users. Though perhaps ďupgradeĒ isnít the operative word here. Given Amazonís ultimate goal of an Alexa device in every room, itís easy to see it becoming yet another addition to your growing collection.