Was Amazon about to take a step backwards?
After living with the Echo Show for a few days, however, I can confirm that there’s nothing to be worried about. The Echo Show might look different and the screen might not make logical sense but it brings an extra dimension to the Echo range that’s worth paying a little extra for.
So what is the Echo Show all about? Well, there’s nothing too complicated to get your head around here. The Amazon Echo Show is every bit an Echo speaker but with a 7in, 1,024 x 600 touchscreen slapped on the front. It isn’t cylindrical in shape – that wouldn’t make much sense, after all – but it’s as multi-talented as any of Amazon’s smart speakers and it works just as well.
That screen, however, coupled with the 5-megapixel webcam above it, means it has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. Notably, it allows you to carry out hands-free video chats and make video calls to and from Alexa-enabled smartphones. But that’s not all. The screen can also display feeds from your home security cameras, plus visual info to help you see what’s playing.
It’s an Echo with knobs on, essentially.