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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Amazon Echo Show 8 is just the right size. I have it on the bench in the kitchen and it provides excellent viewing for recipes and allows me to catch up on news items from around Australia while I am cooking.
I upgraded from an Echo Spot. This was a very good unit with decent sound, but the display was too small for usable video (OK for other info though). The show is just so much more usable though and with superior sound.