There aren’t quite as many smart screens available to buy as there are smart speakers (the speakers had quite a head start, after all), but the selection of devices with displays is growing all the time – and we’ve chosen four of the very best for you to pick from here, depending on what your requirements are.
What you need to decide first is whether you prefer making friends and chatting regularly with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant (or perhaps which one you already know best); after that, you can choose a screen size, which also directly relates to the price you’ll have to pay too.
GOOGLE NEST HUB
This is the smaller Nest Hub from Google, so it’s cheaper and fits in a tighter space – and it doesn’t come with an integrated camera either, so you won’t feel so uncomfortable about sticking it in the bedroom. Even with the smaller seven-inch touchscreen, it still excels at showing YouTube clips, pumping out audio, and doubling up as a digital photo frame – and it works as a Chromecast speaker and display too.
THE BEDSIDE SCREEN
AMAZON ECHO SHOW 5
With a 5.5-inch screen, this is one of the smallest smart displays in the business, which makes it perfect for sitting on your bedside table and waking you up in the morning – and maybe less than perfect for binge-watching shows on Amazon Prime Video (though it can do that too). The audio quality is better than you might expect also. You can choose your own clock face and use your own photos on the home screen.
LENOVO SMART DISPLAY 10-INCH
Made by Lenovo but with exactly the same Google Assistant software as the Google Nest Hubs, what the Smart Display gets right is a winning combination of picture quality and sound quality – this can easily fill a room with high-fidelity music, no problem at all. Chromecast functionality is built in as well, so you can easily beam across music, audiobooks, podcasts, television shows and more.
A HYBRID DISPLAY
AMAZON FIRE HD 8 TABLET WITH SHOW MODE DOCK
Something a little different here: an Amazon tablet that turns into an Echo Show when you plug it into the accompanying dock. You get the versatility of having a device that can be both a smart screen and a tablet when needed – though the device runs the Amazon version of Android, so you don’t get any of Google’s apps on board. It boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM.
£119, amazon.co.uk ■