Amazon EchoDave Smith/Tech Insider

One week ago, I activated my Amazon Echo for the first time. It's quickly become one of my favorite tech gadgets.

Unlike most virtual assistants that are tethered to smartphones, Amazon's speaker, which responds to either "Alexa" or "Amazon," stays plugged into a wall outlet in your home, and it's always on and listening.

And thanks to its stellar audio system, with seven different microphones for listening and a 360º omni-directional audio grille for speaking, it works exceedingly well wherever I am in my home. Perhaps what's most impressive is that Echo is incredibly accurate and quick to respond after I finish my question or command.

In many ways, it's transformed the way I live in my apartment — and it's all for the better.

Here's what I like to do with Amazon Echo on a daily basis.

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