Amazon's Echo Show 8 - The Full Scoop
We're gonna talk about the all new Echo Show 8.Let's take a look at the specifications for the Amazon Echo Show 8, it has an 8 inch touchscreen, a one megapixel camera with built in shutter - That is it's a hardware switch we can flip the camera on and off -, it's got dual band wifi and also a 2.11ABGN & AC. It has Bluetooth connectivity, 2 inch speakers and a 3.5 millimeter audio Jack.
All right so let's go ahead and unbox the echo show 8. First you need to peel back the little sticker on the package and check out what's in the box. It's neat, it's got a little handle. Included is a power adapter and looks like a little manual. Let's talk a little bit about the device, what the buttons do. Lets charge and power it on. To get into the settings you swipe from the top down and to access your short cuts you swipe from right to left. Very cool device indeed. On the top you have your mute your volume up and down and on the right hand side you have the switches and this is what you can use to turn the camera on and off, great for privacy, On the back you have your power jack input, your micro USB interactively.
I will go ahead and plug in the power. We'll just plug it into the power input here. We'll have to first go ahead and set it up our WiFi network. After that the first thing you have to do is type in your password to your Amazon account. Then set up a name for your echo show, I'm gonna make this one "inHomeShow". So press continue. And then you can choose your wallpaper and select one from Amazon photos. All right almost done. This device is ready.
In an effort to not wake any other Echoes you may have around your house, I'm going to change the device options to use a different white word of echo. There we go. All right let's try it out. Just say "Echo show things to try." Echo Replies:
"You can say things like. Show my contacts. Show notifications on my home screen or. What's the best coffee maker. And many more."
My command: "Echo show my calendar."
Echo: "Here are the calendar events."
Echo what are my events for today.
Today there is one event remaining. At 12:00 PM there's make an echo show Article.
Echo go home. Echo set volume to 7. Echo show me recipes.
Sure I can search by dish name and ingredients what would you like.
Gourmet cheese burger.
Okay for gourmet cheese burger here's a few recipes and lots more.
I ordered this Echo Show 8 for my spouse, she wanted to be able to watch movies in the kitchen. Also it this cool feature where you can add all the ingredients to a shopping list.
You can also sneak a peak into other Echos around your house. "Echo drop in on the master bedroom."
"Go play news item."
Echo: "here's what's new. From the Associated Press. I'm Ben Thomas with an AP news minute viral outbreak that began in China has now infected more than 67000 people globally."
"Echo play eighties music."
Echo: "Here's a station for you eighties rock on Amazon music." Echo then plays the music
Well overall the echo show 8 works great, there were a few things that I think could be improved, first off you can't change the clock face here which is a bit of a problem and second of all the things to try that shows up on the bottom can be disabled by turning off the settings, however it always seems to pop back up when you interact with the device so that was a bit of an issue for me. So let's go into the pros real quick it's got a nice display the price is really good I paid $89 for this one, camera shutter feature is nice, it gives you a little bit more privacy and there are some privacy concerns with all these kinds of devices. Overall it works well as far as improvements, I think a one megapixel camera is a bit weak it's got a small clock in the things to try could be improved definitely.