Over the past week, two different iPhone apps have crossed my desk which add Alexa to the iPhone. One app, Lexi, costs $5 in iTunes, while the other app, Roger, is free (and is available for both Android and iOS).
Lexi supports a wide range of the Echo’s functionalities like remotely controlling your smart home devices and placing orders as well as the ability to install and turn skills off from the Alexa App. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with Alexa’s music or ebook services, so you'll still need to get an Echo or other official hardware if you want to stream your audiobooks or ebooks.
But even with that limitation, it still looks nifty in this promo.
That's great, but is it worth $5?
There's a competing app called Roger which costs nothing and offers what could be even more functionality.
Originally conceived as a simplistic walkie-talkie-styled app, Roger recently relaunched as a virtual assistant platform which integrates with Slack, Dropbox, Alexa, voicemail, and more. (Roger even works with IFTTT, just like Alexa).
The Roger app has been out for a while now and has been in beta for a couple months, so this is old news for some. But that's a good thing because it means there are enough Roger users who have tried Lexi and can tell us how they compare.
I dislike having my gadgets talk to me (they interrupt the flow of my three-sided arguments with myself) so I won't try either Roger or Lexi. But I do want to know what you think.
What do you think of the apps?