I have used many Echo devices over the last few years but the one I am going to talk about in this review is slightly different. Amazon launched two new Echo devices for Indian consumers last week, these include the Echo Show 10 and the Echo Show 5. The one I am using since the last few days is the premium Echo Show 10. It comes at a price of Rs 24,999. That is an expensive price tag, isn’t it? Well, I thought the same until I started using the device on a regular basis. Also Read - Amazon Great Freedom Sale: Best deals on OnePlus 9 Pro, Mi 10i 5G, Galaxy M42, and more
Well, yes, the Echo Show 10 is an expensive device but it also offers a lot more than your usual Echo device. One of the unique feature of this Echo Show is the smart display that comes attached with the massive speaker box. The display not just shows beautiful wallpapers in regular intervals but also delivers news of the day, lets you watch your favourite movie and TV shows, and much more. The smart display follows you anywhere and everywhere you move within the room, thanks to motion-sensing technology. While the moving display has some useful use case, it can also get creepy sometimes. Imagine someone following you at whatever you do! Also Read - You can now ask Alexa to find nearest COVID vaccine or testing centre
Display that follows you
The smart display always gets pretty bright and colours look oh-so vibrant in most situations. There’s absolutely no dull moment when the Echo Show 10 is a part of your daily routine. It offers several wallpaper themes for the homescreen but if you do not like them, it also allows you to add your own photos or pictures with family or friends. This is a pretty nice feature, especially at this time when most of us are away from family and unable to meet friends. It can indeed be your best lockdown buddy if you have the budget. Also Read - Massive Rs 2,000 flat discount on Xiaomi Mi 11X: Check the mouth-watering deal on Amazon
The Echo Show 10 packs a 10.1-inch screen with pretty thick bezels around, I do wish that the screen space was slightly bigger. The Echo Show 10 overall offers a decent viewing experience and lets you watch almost anything and everything you want.
I don’t have a TV in my bedroom, so, until the Echo Show 10 arrived in for review, I had to sit in the living room to watch my favorite movies and TV shows. The device surely has fulfilled my wish to have a bedroom TV. Echo Show 10 lets you watch YouTube videos, and favorite shows on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. All you need to say is, Alexa, open Netflix! While it is great to see the Echo Show offer support for some popular OTT platforms, the picture quality is what I believe could have been better.
The Echo Show 10 also comes packed with several other video and music streaming platforms including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, JioSaavan, among others. Using these platforms on the Echo device is just so easy. All you need to do is, ask Alexa to log in and get started.
The Echo Show 10 offers a 13-megapixel camera that provides decent camera performance. The camera sits at the top-right and can be turned on and off when required. Well, not that I can expect a phone or TV-level picture quality from the device, but Amazon surely gets the work done.
Hey Alexa, call dad!
The Echo device lets you make video calls as well as normal calls but for that, your contact should have Amazon Alexa app installed on their device. If not, the device will send a message with the link to download the app to the concerned person/contact.
I tried making a few calls with the Echo device and found the call clarity to be pretty decent. The caller’s voice was clear and sharp. Similar is the case with video calls, the call quality seemed clear but the video quality could have been better in my opinion. For me, Amazon Echo Show 10 was really helpful during video calls with extended family members and friends, it also lets you turn off the camera whenever required during the call. There’s a camera close button right at the top of the Echo device.
Looks good, but heavy
As far as the design is concerned, the Echo Show 10 looks premium but it’s just too heavy. You are going to have a tough time shifting it from one table to another. The device needs to be placed on a tough, sturdy table as otherwise, the motion sensor of the screen doesn’t work properly.
The device includes a big cylindrical speaker and attached to a massive screen on the front. The attachment feels sturdy and no, the screen won’t come off, which is what my mom feared, unless you throw it at someone. PS: No, I am not giving you ideas, please do not do that.
Placing the Echo Show 10 is tricky. I really wish the device was slightly lightweight so that I could move it from my bedroom table to my work table regularly but doing that every single day was a task.
Due to the motion-sensing technology, the Echo Show 10 needs to be placed at the centre of the table or a surface. This is mainly because the device needs enough space to rotate the screen from one edge to another. Just as you move, the screen follows. It can get really creepy at times. Especially, if you are smiling and talking to your boyfriend secretly and your mom catches you using the Echo Show 10’s moving screen. Scary! I feel you.
The motion-sensing screen has some great use case as well. Especially when you are in the kitchen and cooking Sunday lunch special chicken biryani with the help of online recipes. The best thing about the moving screen it adjusts to your view without you making any effort. The feature also helps when you are on a move during a video call. No matter where you are in the room, it follows you and keeps you in view. If the motion-sensing screen creeps you out, there’s an option to turn it off as well.
Setup, audio quality
Setting up the device is just so easy. All you need to do is, plug it, and let it boot. You will then need to log in with your Amazon ID and password, and if you don’t have that, it’s easy to create one. You will then need to add some of the other details such as address and more, and this is because the Echo Show 10 allows helps you shop from the Amazon website, you will just need to tell Alexa to update your shopping list.
Finally, coming to what Echo devices are known for, the sound quality. The Echo Show 10 doesn’t disappoint much in this department just as I expected. I placed the device on my work table and the sound it offered was fairly loud enough to cover my entire 4 bhk flat. However, as for that hefty price tag, I somewhere feel the Echo Show 10 audio performance could have been slightly improved. Maybe Amazon can do that via OTA updates in the future.
So, should you spend Rs 24,999 to buy the Echo Show 10? Well, if you are keen on getting a premium Echo device as your lockdown buddy, the Echo Show 10 makes for a good deal to consider. In my opinion, Amazon could have priced it slightly on the lower side for it to make up for a much better deal. Overall, the Echo Show 10 makes for a fairly good deal if you have the money and space in your home to fit it.