Now, there are two extra fashions getting into the fray. Amazon has unveiled the Echo Present eight ($130), which lies someplace in between the second-gen Echo Present and the Echo Present 5. Lenovo, then again, has launched the Good Show 7 ($130), its third try at making a Google sensible show. Given how crowded this class has turn into, we thought it made probably the most sense to check the 2 facet by facet. You guys do comparability purchasing — nicely, we do comparability reviewing.
The Echo Present eight and the Lenovo Good Show 7 are roughly the identical dimension, with the Present eight taking on a bit extra actual property. The Echo Present eight is just about equivalent to its predecessors, with the show dominating the entrance and the speaker housed round again. It is slightly larger than the 5, and slightly smaller than the 10-inch second-gen mannequin. Because of this, it is not fairly sufficiently small to belong in your nightstand, however it may very well be a great slot in different areas of the house. I just like the look of it in my kitchen, for instance.
The Lenovo Good Show 7 has a minimal design as nicely. In contrast to earlier Lenovo sensible shows which had a speaker on the left, the Good Show 7’s speaker sits beneath the panel. This design makes it look slightly extra like a miniature TV set and fewer like a digital photograph body. All instructed, it is not fairly as inconspicuous because the Echo Present eight or different Google shows just like the Nest Hub.
Of the 2, I desire the look of the Echo Present eight. Its curved corners and display-centric design are rather more interesting to me. Whereas the Lenovo Good Show 7 is not unattractive, per se, I do suppose its design slightly retro and dated subsequent to the Echo Present eight.
I ought to be aware right here that each fashions have comparable hardware options corresponding to a digital camera shutter, a microphone mute toggle and quantity controls. Each even have ambient mild sensors that alter the display brightness in accordance with their environment.
With a 1,280 by 800 display, the Echo Present eight is among the higher Alexa sensible shows on the market. It delivers crisp and vibrant pictures, correct colours and deep, darkish blacks. Movies look unbelievable, and the panel even makes my humdrum iPhone pictures look surprisingly nicely lit.
The Lenovo Good Show 7, then again, would not look fairly as sharp, with just one,024 by 600 decision. By itself, I did not suppose it appeared that dangerous. The decision is definitely on par with the Google Nest Hub, which additionally has a 7-inch display. In reality, I feel it is even slightly brighter and a contact extra colourful than Google’s. But, when positioned facet by facet with the Echo Present eight, pictures on the Lenovo Good Show 7 simply look boring and pixelated by comparability. It is a disgrace, as a result of I do desire Google’s photograph show algorithms to Amazon’s, however I can not deny that the show on the Echo Present eight is superior.
Certainly one of our favourite options on the 10-inch second-gen Echo Present is its audio high quality, and fortunately, the Echo Present eight is extra of the identical. Due to a pair of 2-inch, five-watt neodymium audio system and a passive bass radiator, the sound is just stellar, with deep, thumping bass, clear highs and spectacular quantity.
The Lenovo Good Show 7 has two 1.5-inch five-watt audio system and a passive radiator as nicely, which additionally produces good audio. The quantity actually appears a lot louder than on the Nest Hub in addition to earlier Lenovo sensible shows. However once more, in comparison facet by facet to the Echo Present eight, it simply would not fare as nicely. The Lenovo Good Show 7’s audio sounds flat subsequent to the Echo Present eight, and the bass is nowhere close to as highly effective.
Except for hardware variations, all Amazon sensible shows basically have the identical underlying software program, and the identical goes for Google’s. Neither the Echo Present eight nor the Lenovo Good Show 7 has something new to talk of right here, because the firmware is about the identical as their predecessors.
Nonetheless, it is price recapping what units them aside. Google sensible shows clearly work particularly nicely you probably have an current Google account. Mere moments after organising the hardware, the show could have entry to your calendar and your photograph library with out a lot fuss in your half. Due to Google’s photograph algorithm, you may set it as much as robotically pull in footage of family and friends, and the Reside Photographs function ensures that any new photographs will seem on the show too. There’s additionally YouTube, YouTube TV, step-by-step cooking directions and all the standard advantages of Google Assistant. As you may count on, Google shows work nicely with different Google merchandise like Nest thermostats and Nest cams. So far as video calls, although, they’re solely suitable with Google’s Duo service.
Amazon’s sensible shows, then again, do not provide a local YouTube expertise. As a substitute, video choices embrace Amazon Prime, NBC and Hulu. If you wish to watch YouTube, you are able to do so by way of certainly one of two built-in browsers: Silk and Firefox. The Echo Reveals even have step-by-step cooking directions from sources like SideChef and AllRecipes, together with an unique Meals Community app.
You’ll be able to show your personal pictures on Echo Present gadgets as nicely, however the course of is not precisely intuitive. Plus, fairly than exhibiting your pictures within the foreground, Amazon’s sensible show software program makes use of them extra like wallpaper, with information headlines and climate forecasts taking middle stage. After all, as a substitute of Google merchandise, the Echo Present performs good with different Amazon merchandise just like the Hearth TV Stick and Ring cams. You should use an Echo Present to make video calls with every other Echo Present, plus it really works with Skype too.
Purely from a software program standpoint, I are likely to desire Google-based choices. The setup for the Lenovo Good Show 7 was really easy that I used to be able to go in minutes. I really like the intuitive interface, Google’s sensible pictures algorithm, and having a local YouTube app can also be a pleasant contact.
Setup on the Echo Present eight, then again, is a bit e of a ache: You need to use the show’s touchscreen to enter login particulars as a substitute of utilizing the app and syncing pictures isn’t fairly as straightforward. (You need to select between Amazon Photographs and Fb, and neither has the sensible photograph sorting algorithm that Google does.) I do suppose Amazon wins out in providing extra video choices and Skype has much more customers than Google Duo, however these elements aren’t sufficient to sway me.
I ought to be aware, nonetheless, that the Lenovo Good Show 7 lacks a number of the digital camera options you may discover on the Google Nest Hub Max. That features embrace face recognition, which permits the system to distinguish between totally different customers, in addition to gestures, which helps you to play and pause media just by holding up your palm to the digital camera. I particularly like that you should utilize the digital camera within the Nest Hub Max as an extra Nest cam, so you may verify in on your home whenever you’re away.
Based mostly purely on hardware, there isn’t a doubt that the Echo Present eight wins out over the Lenovo Good Show 7. It seems to be higher, the show is brighter and extra colourful, and the audio is superior as nicely. But, in relation to software program, I barely desire the Google system. If I had to decide on between the 2, I might undoubtedly choose the Echo Present eight. However, if given different choices, I might in all probability go for one other sensible show altogether, just like the Google Nest Hub Max, which has the identical options because the Lenovo Good Show 7, however a extra interesting design, extra digital camera options, and a much bigger, sharper display.