Amazon Echo Show vs. Google’s Nest stroke Max: 10-inch smart display should you buy?

Amazon Echo Show vs. Google’s Nest stroke Max: 10-inch smart display should you buy?

Smart displays are finally mainstream ” in 2019, and two of the most tempting models to the largest, and they are also two of the largest companies on the planet: Amazon and Google.

In one corner, we have the Amazon-Echo-Show, a 10-inch smart display, powered by Alexa, and equipped with a trim design, stereo speakers, a Zigbee hub to control smart home devices, and thousands of Alexa-activated abilities.

In the other corner is the Google-Nest-Hub-Max, yet another 10-inch smart display with on-Board-Google-wizard, together with stereo speaker (sounds familiar), and a slim and trim design (ditto), a built-in Nest of security camera’s and Google’s vast pool of searchable knowledge.

So, let’s cut to the chase: Which of these $230 smart displays (which will surely see steep discounts during the holiday time) should you choose? Well, it’s complicated.

The Google-Nest-Home Max is a great smart display, complete with a beautiful screen, a built-in Nest-security-camera, and Chromecast support. But as we have seen, in a previous article, it’s hard to beat Echo, when it comes to the size of its ecosystem and comprehensive smart-home support. If you engaged in a Google-Assistant-fan, or you’re just to Google services, you will be the Nest stroke Max love. But if you want a smart display that can be free of charge from the widest range of smart devices, you will/probably better off with the Echo Show.

one way or the other, these are two great smart displays, and picking just one a difficult decision.

category: Design

The original Amazon Echo Show was a little edgy and awkward, with his stereo speakers on the front, and a seven-inch display perched on top. For the second Generation, the Echo-map, Amazon-wise, the speaker is at the side and pulled the new 10-inch display front and center. While the new Echo-coated card is a bit larger than its predecessor, it’s also a bit shorter, and it manages to be slim and trim, thanks to its sleek, fabric-sides and back.

The first and (so far) only the Google-Nest-Hub-Max, meanwhile, also an all-screen design, with fabric coated, oval base that holds the screen so that it appears as if it is floating in mid-air. Seen from the side, the Nest stroke Max has a clean, lean and cut, and it is easy to match on a cluttered kitchen counter.

winner: Tie

category: Sound

the Amazon-Echo-Ad and the Google-Nest-stroke Max come with stereo speakers, with the Echo Show, equipped with a pair of 2.2-inch drivers, during the Nest-stroke Max two 18-mm tweeter and an active 75mm woofer has. The audio quality of the two devices is generally to go as well to the extent that smart speaker, with the second-gen-Echo-Show with the sound of praise to win for his significant improvement over the original version. Neither display packs in the kind of sound that rivals a High-end speaker would, as expensive Sonos, but they are more than sufficient for listening to tunes in the kitchen.

winner: Tie

category: Smart home control and support

We have said it before and we’ll say it again: For the Alexa tip is, if it supports the smart home integration, with Amazon recently crows, the more than 85,000 smart gadgets and the ubiquitous digital assistant. Google is doing its best to catch up, but Google Assistant at smart-home-support-currently tops out at only 30,000 units. Both the Echo Show, and Nest Hub Max swipe polished offer-down overlays, which as a control panel for the supported smart devices, but the Echo Show is still an edge, thanks to its own built-in Zigbee hub.

winner: Echo Show

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The Echo Show that the user-interface touch screen provides quick access to all your smart home devices.

category: Video-streaming

Under Alexa’s more than 80,000 skills is your ability to play, movies and TV shows from a variety of major video-streaming services such as Hulu (which has its live-TV service), CNBC, Daily Motion, Vimeo, and of course, Amazon Prime Video. From the list is missing, however, is YouTube and YouTube TV, which are available on the Google-Nest-stroke Max. Google’s 10-inch digital display also features Sling TV support and built-in Chromecast, which allows video stream from many (but not all) of the video apps with Chromecast support, including the new Disney – + – streaming service. So Yes, I have observed that Star Wars: return of the Jedi (well, part of it anyway) on the Nest stroke Max in my kitchen.

winner: Nest Hub Max

category: Built-in security features

As with other speakers, and shows in Amazon Echo line, the Echo Show comes with a free Alexa Guard feature, which monitors, so suspicious sounds such as glass breakage and smoke detectors, and soon the ability to alert you when it hears “sounds of activity” (such as kicking or running water) gain, while you are on the go.

in the Meantime, as a Nest of security camera, you can be notified when it spots someone recognizes it, and from 2020 there is to win, Alexa Consciously-type features, if you sign up for the Nest Aware of the subscription service (which will soon cost $6 per month).

winner: Tie

category: Ads

shows The both the Amazon Echo and Google-Nest-stroke Max pretty similar on paper. They are measured in both 10-inch (Diagonal), both of which offer HD resolution (not 1080p, mind you, but 1200 x 800 is still under the width of the “HD” category), and both displays dim automatically when you turn off your light.

The Google-Nest-stroke Max has a slight edge, but with his Ambient-EQ technology, which scans the ambient light, and does its best to comply with the light and colors in the room. If you want to double your Nest Hub-Max as a digital photo frame, Ambient EQ makes your snapshots look like prints rather than glowing digital pictures. This is a good thing, if you ask me.

winner: Nest Hub Max

google's nest stroke max picture frame Ben Patterson/IDG

The Google-Nest-stroke Max Ambient HQ-technology make your snapshots look more like printed, and not glowing digital images.

category: Access and communication

the Amazon-Echo-Ad, and Google-Nest-stroke, Max-excel-video-chat, with the Echo Show, supports Skype video calls, while the Nest-stroke Max leans on the Google-Duo video-telephony service. Also, both smart displays, they make announcements (like “Dinner time!”) all of the other Echo or Google Home/Nest smart devices. That is, the Echo Show (and other Echo devices) have an additional “Drop-in” feature, you can hear it in another room with an Echo speaker, or display. Creepy? Well, Yes, but then the drop-in function that comes in handy for dealing with seven-year-olds who are locked up in their rooms.

winner: Echo Show

Bottom line

I was hoping I could close this article with a neat and clean recommendation of one device over the other. But as you have read, the 10-inch versions of the Amazon Echo and Google-Nest-stroke Max are the same size, most of the counts.

That said, Amazon has the edge when it comes to the size of the entire ecosystem, with particular reference to smart-home devices. Google smart display, meanwhile, has the advantage in terms of Google’s own ecosystem including Google search, Gmail, YouTube, and Chromecast. You will not be unhappy with either, but you don’t consider your choice carefully, because you want to, turn back, once you have taken a step down one way or the other.

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Released on Mon, 25 Nov 2019 11:00:00 +0000

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