Those who are familiar with Amazon products will know too well how they work but this one is on another level as you can actually see something this time,Yes there is other products from Amazon that do the same but I have not tried them so hear me out because there is plenty like me and most might just have the standard echo in one gen or another.

First the unboxing experience.

The UI is pretty simple to use and easy to navigate,setting up and customising is simple and you have many options hopefully more will follow though later on. I left mine with a flip clock and news information and have it placed on my bedside locker as it come in handy in many ways than the usual use for such as due to the screen there is alot more on offer and the screen size is good enough to watch things on and the quality.

The echo show 5 is basically your echo dot with a screen and much more if you make use of it you can browse the web although might be a bit awkward for some due to its shape but for me it was fine,you can use google search watch netflix and much more and depending on the skills you have or what is available to you and for you. We can do all the good things like ask for the weather and get a visual response and as I have said I often feel like a fool speaking to these things but this time is different, I you have IoT in your house you are also on a win especially if you have security cameras as you can view them on screen but you cant do anything which is fine you just get a bigger picture than you might on your smartphone but check out the video below If you have a friend that has one it is cool as you can do video calling I tested this out on myself again seen in video review.

I am surprised more skills are not available for this yet as it has many benefits even such as radio stations there is little to chose from but you do have TuneIn but we could have much more skills and this could be a one stop shop for many people, I have more IoT tech coming and will be going over things again later on and to see how the integration is as a whole as for now I just have several camera skills on it and some other and these work great. It is a convenient hub great for setting alarms getting news and weather and much more and worth its price if you take it up on all the offerings it has, I now watch you tube and Netflix  on it for example and it keeps my phone free and it is not a cumbersome lump on your bedside locker either it just fits nicely. Another thing to note is the sound quality it has great bass and rich sound this is important and adds to the experience.

For those worried about privacy there is a camera shutter key but for the folks that worry about the rest I always say turn the like of this tech off when not in use which is what I do.

One small niggle I found was that smart menu did not always show but im sure a software update will fix that. Other than that it is one of the best pieces of tech worth the money right now.

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By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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