The Echo speaker can be used as a standard mobile speaker for all intents and purposes, but it is not really like this: it is a speaker that supports many voice commands and is designed to be permanently connected to the cloud service of Amazon In order to satisfy you Music, News and in principle all his information you will need. All based on voice commands and a kind of user dialogue with his speaker - if this is not the future as the best minds in Hollywood have imagined it over the years, we do not know what is.
The price of Echo will be $ 200 (or $ 100 for Amazon Prime Service subscribers) and is currently available in limited form based on orders that can be requested On the Amazon site (Or get from others). The main limitation of Echo from an Israeli perspective is similar to that of many other domestic products Amazon - Most of the services that make the speaker so special and "smart" will probably not be available in the country, which will make the product really tasteless.
We may be wrong and Amazon will allow most of the Echo's capabilities in Israel as well - we will try not to make fates based on partial information. Either way, you do not have too many reasons to be disappointed - assuming the Echo does prove itself, there is no doubt that we will see more applications for the "smart speaker" concept quickly.