What I liked
**This review is from A. Kirkwood
The voice recognition is very intuitive and easy to use, the screen provides a visual aid and the sound quality is great. Alexa always brings a smile with her witty answers.
What I disliked
When you set it up, you have to enter a mobile phone number. Dad doesn't have one, and I put in mine. Alexa then imported all my contacts automatically and I had no option to delete contacts. All my contacts are irrelevant to my dad.
What is interesting
Dad first question for Alexa was 'who invented quantum mechanics?' He was impressed Alexa knew the answer and although he never really warmed to her, he found the Echo Show a useful device.
We set up reminders to switch the gas fire off every evening, and we used the video calling feature a few times.
What I thought about it overall
We only used the Echo Show marginally as dad is already feeling slightly overwhelmed with products we installed in his house in the last year, but it's an incredibly useful product.
We set reminders, we created calendar events which would appear and remind him of his appointments. We used it as a conversation starter and as a entertaining tool.
It's relatively easy to set up, but to get the most out of it, it requires a little reading and setting up eg, linking it with various apps etc.
Having a small Echo dot too, we can see that the visual aid given by the Echo Show is very helpful. Furthermore, the sound quality is much clearer and deeper so easier to understand. If you take advantage of all its functionalities, it's definitely worth its cost.