A couple of years ago, when we first purchased the Amazon Echo, we predicted that Amazon had a hit with this new voice-activated digital assistant/smart speaker. We were not wrong. In the past two years Amazon has not only sold millions of Echos, but they have expanded the Echo device franchise to include the Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Echo Look, and, now, the Echo Show. If you guessed that we had purchased all of these, you would be correct. Our latest purchase was the Echo Show which offers the biggest upgrade to date to the Echo device lineup.
The distinguishing feature of the Echo Show is that it has a 7-inch LCD touchscreen. All the previous Echo devices are simply speakers of different sizes and shapes that only take input via voice commands or a linked smartphone app. Of course, the Echo Show is still always listening for voice commands, just like the other Echo devices; and it features a very good speaker that can fill a room with music or other audio content. But the touchscreen interface on the Echo Show is what intrigued us and seduced us into forking over $230 for yet another Echo device.