[COLOR=RED]Update at the bottom of the review.[/COLOR]
First things first: THANK YOU SO MUCH, @AnkerOfficial for the VIVA contest! You guys are awesome and have done it again with another exceptional product that I’m obsessed with.
The brand new, Alexa enabled Roav Viva has arrived and it’s AWESOME! I have been having so much fun with this and you can use over 25,000 of Alexa’s skills on it. In the video review I go over some basic features of the Roav VIVA as well as showing it in action. For all you Amazon Echo users that would love to take the power of Alexa on the road, this little device is for you. You can do almost everything you can do with your home Echo device on the VIVA, thanks to the 25,000+ skills, like controlling your smart home, placing orders, checking weather, playing music (Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora, Spotify, and more), as well as calling anyone in your contact list and you can even get driving directions. Not only does it have Alexa built in, but it also features TWO, quick-charging USB ports. They are actually really quick and such a great convenience to have in the car!
It’s a lot smaller than I was expecting it to be, which was a big plus! It fits perfectly in my car too. That was a fear of mine since the jack is tucked away in a smaller area of the car.
One of things that I wish it did differently is how it places calls. When you ask Alexa to make a call, she’ll confirm who you want to call and then will pull up the number on your phone, but won’t dial it until you physically press the call button. I know that can easily be fixed with a firmware update, but as it stands now, it’s not the safest to use while driving. Other than that, it works great and responds 95% of the time on the first mention of “Alexa.”
Is it worth getting? YES! If Alexa has become another member of your family like she has in our house, then you’ll really get a lot of use out this. I use it a majority of the time to listen to music, but it’s great for controlling the smart home and adding last minute groceries to the shopping list.
I hope you enjoyed the review and video! Let me know if you have any questions about features or anything else.
Here are a few picture I took after I opened it up.
I have an update on using the VIVA without the app. This morning on my way to work I chose to ignore the instructions that say “Open your Road VIVA app and pay attention to the road.” I kept my phone locked the whole time and decided to just see what happens when I start to ask Alexa to do things. Low and behold, she worked just fine! My first test was to turn off the living room lights in my house. Boom, lights went off. Then I checked the weather. Brrr…11 degrees this morning! After that I played some music followed by resuming the audio novel I’m listening to. Everything worked perfectly and honestly seemed to work a little quicker since it wasn’t relying on being in sync with the app. I call that a major win in my book!
Second Update: This relates to not being able to play music from the VIVA if audio is already playing from another phone app.
If you choose to keep the app closed, you will not be able to start any music if music is already being played from another app. The quickest fix I’ve found for this is to either pause the music on your cars stereo, or pause it on your phone. Once the music is paused, Alexa will then be able to instantly play any music you’d like from the VIVA.