Funny, I hadn’t even seen the launch earlier in the week but I got an email from BestBuy and immediately bought two for $100 off. At $30 more than the original Echo (I’m sure a price drop is coming). I haven’t bought the origianl but this seems like more overall functionality by a significant margin. This from a guy that has a household with 5 iphones and 3 ipads. I hope Apple gets their act together but given their pricing strategy they will have a steep climb to re-establish hegemony.