Life with Alexa

*Disclosure: Through a partnership with AT&T, I was provided with an Amazon Echo to use and test for two weeks. The opinions expressed within this review are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AT&T or Amazon.

When we were preparing our wish lists for the holidays, the Amazon Echo was something that pH had mentioned wanting. This two-week trial period gave us the chance to see whether we'd use the Amazon Echo as much as he thought we would, and gauge whether or not our use of it would be worth the price. 

I won't lie - having Alexa around was pretty nifty. We used her to request daily news updates and play holiday jazz music on Pandora. But, as much as it was cool, I don't think we're a tech-y, connected couple enough to use the Amazon Echo to its fullest potential, like controlling the lights, switches and thermostats. After this test run, I think the Amazon Echo Dot may be a little bit more up our alley - the price is a bit more on par with our expected usage of the device.

What are your thoughts when it comes to smart home technology? I'd love to hear your personal insight!