Amazon Echo Show 10 vs. Echo Show 15: Which Alexa display belongs in your home? – CNN

As the OG digital voice assistant powering Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers, Alexa’s main function is to handle audio requests, like forecasting the weather, streaming music or coming in clutch with a bad pun when asked to tell a joke. But it’s Amazon’s addition of larger, even smarter touchscreens, on the Echo Show 10 and Echo Show 15, which takes this technology to the next level.

Indulging in a smart display ups Alexa’s voice-only game by allowing you to do things like watch YouTube videos, check out live weather forecasts, make video calls, check your security feeds and even sing along with lyrics for a home-made karaoke night. But at $250 apiece, these 10-inch and 15-inch smart screens are among the most expensive Alexa devices Amazon sells.

Thinking about upgrading your Echo? Here’s what you need to know about the comparable Echo Show 10 with a motorized base, and the wall mountable Echo Show 15 before you decide.

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It takes a little getting used to, but the Echo Show 10’s weirdest feature — and possibly its most useful — is its motion tracking. That means the device can turn its screen towards whoever it spies and follow them around the room. That might be useful if you’re watching a video or you’re on a video call, but kind of creepy if you’re not even interacting with it.

Thankfully, you can tweak the settings to pay varying degrees of attention to people or even disable motion completely. We think the sweet spot is allowing the Show 10 to stay dormant until you summon Alexa, then let it swivel to face and follow you for however long you’re interacting with it.

The Echo Show 10’s 360 degrees of rotation make it perfect for the kitchen, especially on a countertop where it will angle itself directly at you, whether you’re eating at the counter cooking or even cleaning up. It’s also a great way to keep the kids entertained. Some may say it even humanizes Alexa when it turns to you just to answer a question. Or, you know, not.

The Echo Show 10’s ability to follow you around the room comes in especially handy during video calls to other Echo Show devices or the Alexa mobile app. Not only can it pan around the room to find you, but the Echo Show 10’s 13-megapixel camera can also zoom in on your face, framing it perfectly for the other caller. Together, the pan and zoom features work out especially well …….



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