Google Nest Hub Review

Google Nest Hub Review


Gabe Turner: Hey folks. This is Gabe at Security
Baron. We all know Amazon powers a lot of the smart devices in our homes. Well today,
we’re going to check out its visual physical incarnation, the Amazon Echo Show. [background music] Gabe: In today’s review of the Amazon Echo
Show. I’m going to go over some pros and cons, its feature set, the installation process,
its design, before walking you through the user experience so you have all the information
you need to make the right decision. If you’d like to see a full written review
of the Amazon Echo Show, check it out securitybaron.com. Let’s kick off today’s review of the Amazon
Echo Show talking about the pros and cons, beginning with the pros. Now it is powered
by Amazon’s virtual assistant so it has over 50,000 skills, more than five times its nearest
competitor. When it comes to watching and listening, it has pretty impressive video
and amazing speakers. It definitely feels I’m getting an immersive
experience with just the Amazon Echo Show. Finally, I just love the ability to connect
with my dad and my mom just by calling them on their Amazon Echo Show or the Amazon Echo
Spot, and just having that conversation. Even the fact that you can now use it with
Skype, so I can just call my friends anywhere in the world to see their face right on the
Amazon Echo Show. I love that. Now when it comes to cons, it is a highly
reflective screen. If you’re in a bright room or the sun is beaming directly onto the screen,
you may have some issues as there can be significant glare. When it comes to navigating through the menus
and apps or programs, you might find that it’s a little bit more laggy than you would
expect. [background music] Gabe: Now that we have gone over the pros
and cons for the Amazon Echo Show, let’s check out its feature set. Amazon Echo Show is powered
by Amazon’s virtual assistant which gives you access to over 50,000 skills. These are
capabilities ranging from helping you to cook, to help you meditate, to help you order things
that you need to cook. When it comes to specific display skills,
those are also available on the Amazon Echo Show. Let’s check some of them out. Let’s begin with music. You can speak directly
to your Amazon Echo Show. Ask it to play whatever music suits your fancy at the moment. If you’re
using Amazon Music, the lyrics will even come onto the screen. If you’re not an Amazon Music
user, you can also use Pandora, Spotify, even Apple Music. Some us would prefer to listen to books at
times and then you can use Audible’s audio books right through the Amazon Echo Show. Of course, with this massive 10-inch screen,
you expect to be able to watch some pretty serious videos using your Amazon Echo Show.
Fortunately, it does not disappoint. You have access to, of course, Amazon Prime Video,
Hulu, even Vivo, among other options. It definitely comes through in the clutch when you’re trying
to watch a movie. When it comes to actually connecting with
other people, I really enjoyed my experience with the Amazon Echo Show. Using the call
or message function, I can actually get in touch with other people on their Echo Spots,
their Echo Shows, or even call their phones. When it comes to connecting with my boy Masa
in Japan, for example, I really enjoyed the experience of using Skype to phone in. When you think Amazon, you think shopping.
They expanded upon that when they bought Whole Foods. When you’re using your Amazon Echo
Show, you can just use your voice to add things to your cart or your grocery cart. I, for
example, wanted to get some green beans. I can add it to my Whole Foods cart, pick it
up on my way home to my apartment. If I know I have a bike trip coming up in
a couple weeks, I can ask for a bike pump to be added to my shopping cart. With that
Amazon Prime shipping, I can expect it in a couple of days. When it comes to shopping
with the Amazon Echo Show, things couldn’t be easier. Maybe you’re the culinary type and you just
love throwing down in the kitchen. Well, the Amazon Echo Show can help you. You can ask
it to find you a new recipe and then it’ll actually recite the instructions to you. Maybe
you decide, “You know what? I don’t feel like cooking this evening. Let’s go ahead and order
something in.” You can order Seamless directly through the Amazon Echo Show. Or maybe you decide, “Hey. You know what?
Let’s have a special night out on the town, just you and me.” If that’s the case, you
can use the OpenTable app and make yourself a reservation. No matter how you want to get
food in your belly, the Amazon Echo Show can help you out. [background music] Gabe: Hold on. I hope you’re enjoying today’s
review of the Amazon Echo Show. If you want to be kept up to date on the newest in smart
home hubs, smart home security, cyber security and the like, subscribe to our channel, Security
Baron. We’re dropping new content weekly. All right. Let’s get back to the video. Let’s discuss the installation process with
your Amazon Echo Show. It is a quick discussion because it is incredibly easy. You simply
plug it in to your power source, connect it to your WiFi, sync your Amazon account, let
it do its firmware/software updates, and you’re ready to go. Overall, the entire process takes
less than 10 minutes and is a breeze. [background music] Gabe: Let’s talk about the design of the Amazon
Echo Show. Right off the bat, you know that it has that fat 10.1-inch display. You may also note that it has some pretty
significant glares. It’s highly reflective. Of course, that comes with the territory.
It is a screen after all. We would have liked to see it be reduced a little bit, but with
this display, you’re getting 720 definition video. We’d love to see 1080p HD but hey,
you can’t have everything in life. When it comes to listening, there are a host
of things that are helping you out. You can see on the front that there are four microphones,
and on the top, there are four microphones, so you have eight microphones to help you
with that two-way audio. Why would you want two-way audio? You can
call people, you can talk to people, and people can even see you because you have a camera
right here. Say you’re trying to be a little bit private
all of a sudden, and you don’t want people to be hearing you or seeing you, that’s where
these buttons at the top come in handy. You have this button here, which will turn off
your microphone and your video. If you’d like to turn your volume up or down,
you can also do so right here. Of course, with the Amazon Echo Show, you can also do
that simply with your voice. When it comes to checking out the back, you
have this nice fabric overlay covering everything in the back, and you just have one power adapter.
No need to have a bunch of cords plugged in at once. When you want to be hearing other people,
this is where the Amazon Echo Show really excels, in my opinion. It has really nice
Dolby audio processing and passive base radiators. What does that mean? It means that you’re
going to hear those beats the way they were meant to be heard. Especially if you listen
to stuff like hip hop or watching horror movies, you’re going to get the full immersive experience. Beyond that, they seem to have thought of
everything. The bottom is this nice rubber mat. Once you place it down, you don’t have
to worry about it sliding around or moving. It’s going to stay where it needs to be. Overall,
I really am a big fan of the design on Amazon Echo Show. [background music] Gabe: Now that we’ve gone over the design
of the Amazon Echo Show, let’s go over the actual user experience. Honestly, it’s pretty
intuitive. It shows that you can really seamlessly connect those things you have to do with those
things you do for entertainment, serving as your hub and helping you to connect your other
smart devices. Here I am checking out the Amazon Echo Show.
The Amazon Echo Show is a really fun device. I want to go through some of its features.
It’s really hard for me to choose which one of my favorites to present to you today. Right
off the bat, you see these cool illustrations on the display with the time and the temperature. Let’s go ahead and check out that menu. You’ve
got Communicate, Music, Routine, Smart Home Video, and Alarms. I want to give you a primer
on each of these. To begin with, let’s set the mood. We can
play music, and of course with the Amazon Echo Show, you can do everything with your
voice or just putting your finger directly on the display. I just want to say, Alexa,
play “Oceans” by Vallis Alps. Alexa: Here’s “Oceans” by Vallis Alps on Amazon
Music. [background music] Gabe: Alexa, turn volume up 10 percent. [background music] Gabe: Alexa, turn volume down 40 percent. [background music] Gabe: Alexa, pause music. What’s great about using the Amazon Echo Show
for your music is, as you can tell, these speakers are impressive. You can hear things
really clearly. You can play whatever music you like, and it’s just really fun experience. With some of these videos, you actually even
get the ability to look at the lyrics as they’re going down. You can basically have karaoke
right in front of your Amazon Echo Show, which is something I’m going to not front about,
I really love doing. If I wanted to do another activity, say just
watch some television, I can do it in a similar fashion. I can just say, Alexa play the TV
show “This is Football.” Alexa: Here’s This is Football season one,
episode one. [TV show] Gabe: As you can see, there’s a lot happening
on the television. It’s not even a television. It’s just my Amazon Echo Show. Alexa, pause
show. This is super fun. You’re able to access anything
in the Amazon Prime library, assuming, of course, you have Amazon Prime. It looks great.
It sounds great. I really get the feeling that I’m almost at one of these soccer matches.
Overall, a really great experience. Just catching up with your favorite shows using your Amazon
Echo Show. If I wanted to continue engaging with television,
I could do so, but maybe I want to do something a little more active, like cook dinner. That’s
when you go into one of my favorite elements of the Amazon Echo Show, the recipes. I can
say Alexa, show me shrimp taco recipes. Alexa: OK. For shrimp taco, here’s a few recipes
and lots more. Gabe: Now looky here. We have tons available
to us. Take a look at all these different shrimp tacos. You get reviews. You get the
time it takes you to make them. Grilled shrimp tacos, 67 reviews, four and a half stars,
25 minutes. Let’s check that out. If I wanted to start the recipe from all recipes, I can
just click here. Here we are. Now I have everything that I
need to begin making this dinner. If I want to get a full ingredient list, I could tap
here, and here we are. Now I realize, “Oh, no. I’ve actually run out of olive oil. I
need two tablespoons of it.” Well, this is where you note that Amazon is
initially and originally known for shopping, and they’ve included that, let’s say comparative
advantage in the Amazon Echo Show. I can say Alexa, add olive oil to my Whole Foods cart. Alexa: One moment. OK. I’ve added a choice
for olive oil to Gabriel’s Whole Foods cart. What else would you like from Whole Foods? Gabe: That’s it. Alexa: Review the items in quantities I’ve
added to your cart in the Prime Now app. Gabe: That’s a really fun element. Amazon
bought Whole Foods, and they immediately incorporated it into your cooking experience with your
Amazon Echo Show. Let’s say I actually realized, “Oh, you know
what? I don’t have any skewers.” I can actually order that from Amazon directly also using
that shopping function. I can say Alexa, add wooden skewers to my Amazon cart. Alexa: One moment. Sure. I’ve added a choice
for wooden skewers. Review and check out your Amazon cart in the Amazon app. Gabe: I’m ready to go. I can decide, “You
know what? I can pick these up later.” If I wanted to go beyond, for example, let’s
say I’ve already cooked a different dinner, or this one’s ready, I can go to the communicate
tab. From here, I could announce to everyone in my home, or everyone who has a connected
Echo Spot or Amazon Echo Show, that we’re ready to eat. I just go to announce. I could type it in
here or I could simply say it, and it would make that announcement to everyone. That’s
even the example that they give you that dinner is ready. If I wanted to invite someone over, say I
want to give them a call so they can come and eat dinner as well. I can do so. I can
do it with my voice or I can tap here and add various devices. You have your contacts
and you can even dial it here. If I wanted to call someone back home, start with that
615, or give someone a call in LA, go to 310, and just finish typing in the phone number
as I know it. Going out of here, there are other things
you can do with your Amazon Echo Show, like setup a routine. Maybe after dinner, it’s
time to go to bed. I tap on routine. In here, you have different options. For me,
I have the particular routine set up called turn the lights down low. In that case, I
would tell this particular virtual assistant to turn the lights down low, and it would
turn those lights down, it would dim things, really getting me and my family ready to go
to bed. The routines is a really fun element and useful element to use with your smart
devices. Speaking of smart devices, you have a smart
home. That’s what Security Baron is, smart home security, and you know we have a huge
number of devices connected to our Amazon Echo Show. We use the Amazon virtual assistant
for a lot. If I don’t feel like scrolling through all of these, it’s pretty straightforward
for me to say Alexa, show me SB room. Alexa: OK. Gabe: Now, I get a vision of what’s going
on in the SB room to make sure that everything is still going all right. Everything is secure.
That just a view of my Ring Spotlight Cam battery that I’ve set up directly with my
Amazon Echo Show using Amazon Alexa. Final element, of course, are these alarms,
which one can set to help remind you of something you needed to do, or somebody [indecipherable
16:01] it go. I can say Alexa, set a Saturday morning alarm for 7:00 AM. Alexa: Alarm set for 7:00 AM on Saturday.
When the alarm reads, you can say something like, “Snooze for 10 minutes.” Gabe: That’s really useful for me because
I have to make sure to wake up in time to watch the Premier League every weekend. [background music] Gabe: There you have it. A brief look at the
robust feature set on the Amazon Echo Show. Ultimately, I had a lot of fun using this
device, and can’t wait for them to keep implementing new skills. All right. We’ve gone over a lot of the elements
that make up what is the Amazon Echo Show, but you want to know, Gabe, is this the right
smart device for me? I’ll say this. If you’re trying to round out your Amazon
ecosystem with a fun device that has impressive visual and audio elements, then the Amazon
Echo Show might be for you. However, it is $229 when it’s not on sale. That’s pretty
spendy. If you don’t think you need this particular
element in your life, I could see why you would just opt out of it completely, or check
out its more affordable cousin, the Amazon Echo Show 5. Overall, had an enjoyable experience with
the Amazon Echo Show. I feel like it’s intuitive and brings a lot to the table and something
I actually appreciate having in my life. [background music] Gabe: That concludes our review of the Amazon
Echo Show. If you appreciated today’s video, give us a like and hit that subscribe button.
As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure.

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