The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show
Ladies and gentlemen, today we have a heavyweight Smart Home showdown to determine the smart display champion of the world.
In this corner with a screen size of 10 inches, we've got our first contender, the Amazon Echo show.
The Challenger stepping up a small but mighty seven inch screen.
The GOOGLE HOME HUB.
They both came out last year and they both do a lot of the same stuff.
Note that they each had some time to mature, it's time to take a look at which one is better for you.
Let's start with voice assistance.
Yeah, the touch screens are cool, but just like with a smart speaker, you're going to be mostly interacting with them with your voice.
If you know you prefer Amazon's assistant over Google's, or Google's over Amazon's You're decision is easy.
Both assistants are responsive and multi talented.
They'll answer most questions, and control most smart home devices.
Amazon's worked with slightly more devices, while Google's responds more intuitively to commands.
We'll call that first round a draw.
But round two starts with the first big shot of the match.
Google Home Hub is better in showing pictures in ambient mode.
Google Photos can curate an album of your loved ones for you.
The Home Hub has an adaptive light sensor that's really good.
It changes both the warmth and brightness of the pics on the fly so that your screen looks more like a physical photo.
There's an early show of dominance from the Home Hub.
You can view personal photos on the Echo Show too, but they don't look at good.
The Home Hub offers better directions, too.
Search for a local restaurant and you can actually see the route And send directions to your phone, the Echo Show just offers general traffic info.
It ain't over yet folks, there's still room for the Echo Show to make a comeback and there is something it's got over the Home Hub, better mics.
They can hear you from further away and over louder background noise.
It also has way better speakers if you just want background music the home hub is fine.
But if you want something with oomph the shows much more impressive and for an extra bit of Hardware punch.
The Echo Show has a camera and the home hub doesn't now that might not be for everyone depending on how you feel about privacy.
But the home hub isn't backing down.
It offers better touch controls for the smart home.
Both provide a few options, you can talk with your video door bell or adjust your lights with a swipe.
But the home hub makes it easier to see and control all of your devices in a way that makes intuitive sense.
The back and forth continues.
The eco show has two full web browsers.
Firefox and Amazon Silk, where as the Home Hub has none.
However Home Hub has YouTube.
You can access it on the show via those browsers.
But, it's a pain, and you can't pull up videos with a voice command as you can on the Home Hub.
We're down to the last round and we're headed to the kitchen.
The Echo Show works well with side chefs world of recipes.
But the home hub has a bigger catalog, works with your phone and gives great step by step instructions to narrowly take the victory.
So there are a few reasons why you'd wanna pick one over the other.
But while the Echo Show sounds better and has As a camera, it's also more expensive, at $230 versus $150 for the Home Hub.
You're probably not relying on your Smart Display for web browsing or music anyway.
A Smart Display is best as kitchen assistant and in that regard, Google Home Hub is a better
Which means Google Home Hub takes home the prize today, CNet's crown, as the heavyweight smart display champion of the world.