I use it outside in my caport to control all my exterior lights - I can do it from my phone, but that's a pain, especially if I am dirty, have my hands full, etc. I can get my outside lights on with ease, and I can still get time temp, time, weather, or place calls from it by just telling it to call someone on my contact list or just spout out the number. It has Bluetooth which I have tried and after figuring out how to configure it through the Alexa app on my phone, it works beautifully. Also there is a 3.5mm headphone jack that connects with ease to a speaker. Love it so far! The onboard sound is tinny and very small sounding, but I expected that from this very small device.