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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.
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 greatdevice really worth getting and like i've said i do prefer this to googles offerings
Picked up my new Echo today - my first Amazon device - initially disappointed that my prime membership account is not recognised with no way to open Prime Video. Contact from amazon tech resulted in glitch resolved; a default factory reset and firmware update helped. On the plus side, the screen is great and speaker sound very decent. Alexa has no trouble understanding me. Enjoying the product fully - within the Australian limits. I recommend getting the stand as really does help. One star off because there is no keyboard search function within YouTube or Prime Video, Music etc.
Great media device. Easy access to lots of web services and smart functions to control the house. Fits in well with the house decor. Voice commands are very clear compared to other smart speakers on the market.
Its my favourite digital helper speaker with a screen added. For me there's not much to dislike. Seems like a solid device. Good sound quality and a nice screen. Seems almost perfectly suited to a kitchen setting. But would do well anywhere too. Will be enjoying the news and youtube hands free while eating breakfast.