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5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome unit, step up from smaller Show 5
Reviewed in Australia on 26 February 2020
I imported 2x Echo Show 8's from UK. They are awesome displays for family photos, audio is x10 better and are otherwise identical to the smaller Show5's. Yes, the clock display cant be set to full screen. Minor grumble.
Bought this as a replacement for my Echo 5 thinking that screen size would mean bigger "everything". Problem is that the Clock function is not customizable and the clock size is too small.
If I had know this I would not have bought it and would have waited to see if the clock function was at least as good as the Echo five. At the moment it is not.
My recommendation don't buy it if you want a customizable clock that uses the full screen. Let's hope the programmers who wrote the code for this product fix it soon. If not I will be getting rid of it.
I find the echo show quite good. The sound to me is almost on par with my 2nd generation echo. The screen is useful to check smart cameras, reminders and calendar. However I would prefer it having more options to customise. One thing I particularly don’t like is “tips” and “try alexa”, would like the option to have it turned off without affecting my continuous rotation. The other thing is the clock, would’ve prefer if its much bigger and take more than like 1/8th of the screen.
I already have an echo show 5 and use that as a bedside echo. It's well suited and customised to the purpose. The 8 has some pros such as better sound and screen large enough to enjoy watching prime video. Perhaps the best use is video calling family during this time of restrictions on travel. But it is a bit less customised - why no neat clock faces like the show 5. And seriously they need to figure out a youtube app.
Bought this for it clock capabilities. Disappointed that there is no option to make clock display bigger or for to change format of clock as the Echo 5 does brilliantly. Echo 8 has good sound from speaker.