I thought I hated. I have a phone, a half-functioning third-gen iPad, two laptops (one work, one personal), a desktop and a smart TV -- surely that's enough. Why would I want a clunky nontablet tablet with a built-in stand? ? Maybe, but that isn't nearly enough of an incentive for me to actually buy one.
I was so sure, I wrote a whole commentary about it last May:. That is still true: I have a lot of screens in my life and I don't need a smart display.
I want one. And it's because of the.
My phone isn't enough right now
A stay-at-home order is in full effect here in . Like many of you, I have close friends and family scattered all over the world. Previously, we'd catch up regularly over chats or calls and plan semiregular visits. With those in-person visits on hold, the interim "Hey, how are ya?" chats aren't always enough. Even loved ones in town who I saw right before #quarantinelife kicked in feel far away.
People areand more. I've used my phone and so far. But the face-tracking tech in smart displays like the and that automatically keep your subject in frame are tailor-made for them. (I still .)
My mom and I talked about cooking Easter dinner "together" over FaceTime. Mycan handle that fine, but you know what would be even better? A smart display. That wide viewing angle and tracking technology would make it easier to have longer video chats while doing an activity, like cooking, where you're moving around a bit. Instead of having to occasionally reposition my phone, I could just let the smart display handle the heavy lifting while I mash potatoes.
You get bonus smart home benefits
Aside from connecting loved ones during this pandemic, a smart display has tons of other features that make it helpful during self-isolation. Here are just a few of my favorites:
I'm cooking a lot more than usual right now -- and I'm guessing you are too. Both Google and Amazon smart displays have guided cooking tutorials. Either use the touchscreen on the device to pick a recipe, or ask the voice assistant for, say, a great. Then, follow the steps on the screen and the interactive audio instructions from the voice assistant, totally hands-free.
Front door sentry
Smart displays connect to compatibleand , bringing the live feed into your house without the need for a phone. Just say, "Hey, Google/ , show me the front door." That way, you can monitor package or food deliveries from inside -- and otherwise keep an eye on things outside. Make sure to check which doorbells and security cameras work with your specific display.
No, I'm still not going to jump online and buy a smart display. But I've finally found a purpose for them that actually makes sense to me: to. The smart home stuff is just a nice bonus.