The Amazon Echo Show takes the Alexa voice assistant and squeezes it into a cross between a digital photo frame, small TV and smart speaker for something that’s more than just an interesting novelty. What is it? The Echo Show is effectively what you get if you took an Alexa-integrated Fire tablet, put a powerful speaker on the bottom and framed it with glossy black plastic. The result is a rather monolithic look. For such a small thing it looks fairly imposing, and has split opinion of visitors to my house 50:50 on whether it’s attractive, but placed in a corner or on a shelf, it can easily blend in with the surroundings. In fact, when it’s not actively doing something, the Echo Show can operate like a smart, internet-connected version of those digital photo frames that quickly went out of fashion. You can pick from a rotating catalogue of Amazon’s images, a single photo or a whole album of photos from your Amazon Photos library to show on the 7in touchscreen. I was surprised by how nice it was to have a rotating selection of choice memories on display – I wouldn’t have bought a digital photo frame to… Read full this story
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