Amazon Echo Show 5 vs. Google Nest Hub -- Revenge of Alexa

CNET | 5/29/2019 | Andrew Gebhart
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The Echo Show 5 looks primed to battle the Google Nest Hub for best entry level smart display.

I honestly love the rivalry between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The two tech giants behind those digital assistants frequently trade blows in the form of new features. Google had to play catch-up for awhile as Amazon and the Echo came to market first, but then Google pulled out ahead in the the newer smart display category with the success of its lower cost Nest Hub over Amazon's clunky first attempt with the original Echo Show. Finally, with the Amazon Echo Show 5, Amazon strikes back.

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The new $90 Echo Show 5 gives Amazon an entry-level smart display that costs even less than the $130 Google Nest Hub (formerly called the Google Home Hub). A lot of its announced features look to be specifically aimed to counter the strengths of the Nest Hub. The approach makes sense. In a head-to-head post pitting the Nest Hub against the current $230 Echo Show, we called the Nest Hub the easy winner.

Google doubled down on those strengths when it announced a new, bigger and smarter display called the Google Nest Hub Max earlier this month. The Max is $230 and due out later this summer. The Echo Show 5 took the opposite approach, going smaller and cheaper and trying to combine the coolest features of the current Nest Hub with the upcoming $80 Lenovo Smart Clock -- a similar trimmed down smart display with Google Assistant.

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The Echo Show 5 will start shipping next month and could be the entry-level smart display to beat, but taking the Nest Hub off of that perch won't be easy. Below, we'll look at how it stacks up favorably and where it could still fall short. Obviously, we won't know for...
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