Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen
The new second generation Echo Show is bigger with a better display. The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen is better in every way.
Since the original Echo Show launched last year the software has been refined, but the experience is broadly the same. The Show is a voice-first Alexa speaker, with touch interactivity as an additional input rather than the core experience. If you never wanted to touch the screen beyond the initial set-up ,you wouldn’t have to.
When you do go to touch it, swipes and taps work as you might expect from a modern smartphone. Swipe down from the top to reveal a quick settings shade, including a smart home control panel, a place to trigger Alexa routines and one-tap access to alarms.
You can swipe through various news, sports, reminders and calendar events, through the visual cards that accompany Alexa’s answers such as extended weather forecasts, and swipe to dismiss alarms and timers.
Even the on-screen keyboard works like a smartphone’s, although it quickly gets tiring to use it at arm’s length on the screen. Fortunately you only really need it for typing out passwords.
The screen is now much larger at 10.1in on the diagonal, 720p HD, crisper and of higher quality. The difference is night and day between the old and new Echo Show.
The lump at the back contains the speakers, which like the screen are significantly improved but less direct than the front-facing speakers of the previous device.
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