Ama­zon Echo Show (2018)

£219, ama­zon.co.uk

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De­sign

Ama­zon has toned down the ‘1970s sci-fi film prop’ el­e­ment of the Show’s de­sign com­pared to the orig­i­nal, but it’s still a lot more strik­ing than the Hub. The wedge-shaped base is more stable but re­quires more room than Google’s plas­tic pal.

dis­play

When it comes to screens, big­ger is bet­ter, and 10.1 inches is un­de­ni­ably big­ger than seven. The Show’s 1280x800 dis­play is bright and easy on the eyes. Ama­zon’s graph­ics for news sto­ries, weather and so on are also much bet­ter than Google’s.

Video and au­dio

Due to an un­seemly spat, you can’t watch YouTube on Echo Show at present, but it will serve up videos from Ama­zon Prime. A cam­era lets you make video calls to other Alexa de­vices. As a mu­sic speaker, Show is way, way bet­ter than Hub.

Smart home Echo Show works best with Ring cam­eras – be­cause, yes, Ama­zon owns Ring – although as on Home Hub, third par­ties are sup­ported with, by most ac­counts, vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess. A built-in Zig­bee hub helps Ama­zon win this bat­tle.

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We’re im­pressed An ex­cel­lent screen, sur­pris­ingly good au­dio and handy video chat func­tions. We’d im­prove Clearly if you are para­noid about pri­vacy, you won’t want an Echo with a cam­era.

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