The teardown specialists at iFixit have gotten their hands on one of the rare Amazon Echo and much to everyone’s delight they immediately voided the warranty.
About the same size as two cans stacked one on the other, the Echo is a virtual personal assistant – a Siri in a can, as it were. But unlike Siri, which is engineered into a smartphone (and later, the iPad), Echo is not a mobile device but an appliance.
This saves Amazon the effort of designing another smartphone no one wants, and it also let them design the Echo around the two speakers. As a result, most of the interior of the Echo is taken up by the speakers and the baffles
empty space required for better audio quality. (In a mobile device, that volume would be sacrificed for batteries.)
All in all, the Echo is a simple gadget that isn’t packed nearly as tightly as the Mac Pro which Apple launched last fall. That was a bigger cylinder, but it was also far more densely packed with a heat sink, SSD, and even a fan (to keep the desktop in a can from overheating, of course).
Now that we know what’s inside, what do you think of the Echo?