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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.
A very welcome addition to the Echo family for Australian users!
We love our kitchen companion Echo Show. We use it all the time for ordering from Amazon, playing music, checking the weather, looking up recipes and controlling our smart devices. We especially love the ability to have it constantly cycle through our family photos as a slideshow which is always bringing back great memories and a focal point for family to remember events.
Features we love: - Ordering via Amazon is easy as, gives a few popular choices for products. Can buy or add to your cart for later. - Playing music easy as just asking "Alexa play music" or asking for a previous station or playlist is easy. - Easy to look up our favourite recipes and have on hand. - Provides slider control for controlling smart devices like light bulbs.
Some improvements are needed though: - You can add items to your cart, but then can't remove them in anyway I can find. There is no way to access via touch and asking Alexa "remove paper towel from cart" "clear cart" "delete from cart" all just gives "hmmm I don't know that". - STILL no parental controls at all with Amazon Music via Echo devices. Not even explicit music filter. Your kid gets misheard and suddenly mature music or even video playing.
But comparing devices and coming from the original Show Gen 1 this is a great upgrade we are loving so far!
I have seen many reviews on this and each to their own. I haven’t owned a show 5 so I can’t mention the issue with the customisation of the home screen. This is what I know. I have had it for a couple of weeks. The sound is okay, not jaw dropping. The screen is clear and the bright. The ability to call works well and Alexa seems to work well also. Sometimes the volume peaks when you ask Alexa to do something. The volume button plays up when shifting the volume up and down just after requesting a song to be play. The scrolling screen is a bit of a gimmick. Other then that it’s a cracker of a device. I have it in the kitchen and it does what I need it to do. Clock size isn’t an issue and I am guessing with updates it will get better. Great unit at the introduction offer pricing.
Along with very many other customers I am extremely disappointed to find there is no full screen clock and the same customisation as the echo five. The only reason I tried the Amazon device is because they allowed linking to Microsoft Outlook calendars, and Apple Music, which Google home can’t do. Clearly Google is much better with searches and questions and looks much more modern and streamlined. Even the fonts and images on the Amazon device look old-fashioned and cheap. But the kicker is that it cannot be used As a full screen clock an I’m completely disappointed. I basically don’t want this device, I could probably make do with the five even though it’s essentially too small all over for my room, but it has a beautiful full screen clock (the plain green background is gorgeous) . Don’t buy this until Amazon decide to give us a very basic and practical “skill” with the full screen clock and the customisable backgrounds.
PROS. Purchased this on early pre release @ 50% off suggested retail price. Audio quality is a district improvement over my Amazon Echo Spot. Setup was simple and achieved in minutes, however as a disclaimer, having experienced setting up my other Alexa devices, the set-up was merely a formality to add this device and consequently previous data gathered by Amazon/Alexa which became immediately available to this device. CONS. Without a friendly manual or easily discoverable web-link available on my Amazon account, it is a very long and tedious process to see what other 'Skills' (apps) and functions are available for these devices. There are titles written by 3rd parties, however these are available for purchase only from their Amazon US site. Considering the amount of profit that Amazon must be making from these devices and accessories, (the stand for this device is A$39.95 for a two-piece bit of plastic), one would think that they could afford to produce a user manual documentation be it printed paper or digital.
This is the perfect size for the kitchen and fits next to a competitors device, very responsive in the kitchen on an island bench when in front of the unit and even from the rear when in the living area. In terms of sound it is very good for the space and as it is added with accompanying Sony Sound bar in the living area the sound can be lower and still be good for the room space (an apartment open living). Only thing i would note is I purchased without the stand originally, however i was concerned liquid may spill on it, so i did purchase of the accompanying stand.
I have an Echo Show 5 and an Echo Show 8. The 5 displays the date but the 8 does not. The idea of a device on the kitchen bench that is all-encompassing is desirable and the Echo Shows do that for the most part but the absence of the date on the 8’s display is bewildering.
To continue the feedback theme, both devices go into sleep mode automatically at night, but if you display a slideshow of photos from Amazon Photos during the day, there does not appear to be a way of customising the font size and colour of the time display in sleep mode. The time on my 5 beside my bed was a difficult-to-read small dull red. I don’t wear classes in bed so the display should not be odd, dull colours because I have an Amazon Photos slideshow
i've owned Google home for ages but switched and i think her voice sounds more cranky and she seems mean at times, but Alexa has a soothing voice and seems to be more kind, i love how you can program Alexa with skills vs Google that does it's own thing minus community additions..i would give a 5 on score but i feel like if i pump volume to full it might break speakers so i put it to 80 percent no higher, that said you can add other speakers to this, not saying speakers are crap either i just dont think it would handle too high, there's so much i could say how cool this device is, i've linked it to amazon music having prime myself ..its way better then googles options, i get no ads or high prices for music steaming sites like i would with google home ..i havent tried calls yet to comment but i did call in to my device while away to use camera to check out for thieves..does an amazing job there as a security camera :) , i have great control with smart lights too. if you purchase this device make sure you plug power plug in hard, when i got mine it fitted into power socket and thought that it was plugged in right but i thought it was faulty then discovered it needs a hard push(not too hard) of plug into socket when you first get it...its a great device really worth getting and like i've said i do prefer this to googles offerings
Brought it on pre order at so called 1/2 price "that's all it's worth". You can only watch prime video all other streaming services like Netfix, stan and Disney are not allowed ??? I have had to do a full factory reset in the first month as all it would tell me was "something went wrong" and would no nothing I asked. It also does not pick your voice up anywhere near as good as the echo dot 3 that it replaced and even though it's in the same room as the WIFI router it shows the orange connection issue bar several times a day. Sound is ok on par with the dot but with more bass nothing to make you go wow over, nice and clear fo my audio books. Does everything the dot can do plus prime video scrolling pictures, weather updates and clock. As Amazon search is nowhere near Google's, the fact they block Netflix and others plus a lot of the features that work in the USA don't work here in Australia means its gimped at the get go and time will only tell? Web browsing is also awful again using their own limited silk browser or a butched firefox . According to reports this device is running on Android, why would you cripple the useability by locking down and limit what could actually achieved by this device, it should be able to do everything a tablet can do and more? In the end it's an ok device at $120 whilst being crippled by blocking certain things, do not pay full price it is not worth that amount of money.
So far so good, waiting on my mother and sister to receive theirs to make use of video calling feature (which was my main reason for purchase, they live on the other side of the world) as long as that goes well I won’t have too many ill things to say. Sound quality is amazzzing very loud, better than I expected. Only thing that would be better is if more video/tv streaming services could be downloaded. Looks like I can only use Netflix or YouTube and that’s with logging in through the browser. I am in Australia where Stan is a bit more popular and I also pay for Disney on my tv so having these services available on the device would definitely make it that much better.