Thinking about adding a smart display to your home? Considering it as a gift for your kids? Whatever your reason for reading the Amazon Alexa section of your local Best Buy, we’ve decided to help with your overall shopping experience. As an expert in all things smart home, we’ve put together a comparison of Amazon’s 2021 Echo Show 5 vs. Echo Show 5 Kids Edition (Amazon’s first smart display made for kids), weighing in on criteria like design. , Camera, Features and Price.
Whether shopping for the first smart display in your home, the second for another room, or a dedicated Echo Show for your son or daughter, read on to see which of these smart displays mean the most to you.
In terms of dimensions, the second generation Show 5 and Show 5 Kids are exactly the same. Both measure 5.8 inches wide, 3.4 inches long, and 2.9 inches deep; Sport a 5.5-inch touchscreen; and weighs approximately 14.05 oz. Both the Show 5 variants have volume control buttons on the top as well as a slideable camera shutter and a mic/camera on/off button.
The power port is on the back of both units, a bit of a disappointment as well. Moving into the new generation of miniature Echo Show displays, Amazon opted to remove the 3.5mm jack, negating your ability to wire the display to an external speaker or set of headphones. While by no means a dealbreaker, it’s certainly worth noting for those who want more out of their audio.
The standard Show 5 color options include Charcoal, Deep Sea Blue and Glacier White. Show 5 Kids sports only one color option – Chameleon (a mix of yellow, green and blue). Both new Show 5 iterations are a part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly product line, which means the device and packaging were designed with recyclable materials, including fabric, plastic, and wood fiber.
While there isn’t a huge difference in design, we would rate the second-gen Show 5 in this range for a better lineup of color options.
Winner: Echo Show 5 (2nd-gen)
Both the new Echo Show 5 models received relatively minor updates in terms of cameras, increasing the one-megapixel count to two. Compare this with the 2nd-gen Echo Show 8 which went from 3MP to 13 with automatic pan, tilt and centering functions for video calls.
While the image quality on the Show 5 model is still quite good, it’s nowhere near the improvement that other 2021 Echo Shows have gotten. We’re calling it a tie.
Both the new Show 5 variants are packed with great features that take advantage of Amazon’s intuitive voice assistant, Alexa. While many fundamental capabilities are similar between the two models, the Echo Show 5 Kids Edition sports its own unique suite of parent-child functions.
Right out of the gate, both Show 5 models are equipped with a four-core MediaTek 8163 processor, which handles everything from touchscreen response to overall app performance. The regular Echo Show 5 can be used as the command center for your entire smart home. You can do everything from checking live footage from your security cameras and video doorbells to asking Alexa to dim your smart lights. Perfectly the size of an alarm clock, you can wake up to your favorite radio station every morning, as well as your reminders for the day. It’s all thanks to Alexa Routines, a series of programmable commands you can build into the Alexa app.
Want to keep in touch with friends and family? Both the standard Show 5 and Show 5 Kids allow you to make video and audio calls to your loved ones’ compatible Alexa displays. While this feature is a bit more secure on the Kids version, you’ll need your loved one to approve Drop In calls from your device, no matter what.
Where the Kids Edition really differs from the standard Show 5 is in its kid-friendly approach of connecting with Alexa. Right off the bat, many of the default parental settings are in place, turning Alexa into a digital babysitter that filters content, gives kid-friendly answers, and preorders purchases. Parents can import additional parental controls into the Alexa app, allowing for additional cutoffs such as daily time limits for device use. Afraid your child is doing something? Hop over to the parent’s dashboard in the Alexa app to review everything they’re up to on their Show 5 Kids.
Additionally, each new Show 5 Kids comes with a free year of Amazon Kids+ that starts as soon as you set up your device. Amazon Kids+ offers your child access to over 15,000 games, audiobooks, music stations and more. At the end of the free year, membership will automatically renew at $3/month. You can cancel at any time using the parent dashboard or by contacting Amazon customer service.
Here’s the deal: You’re not going to use the Show 5 Kids to power every element of your smart home. The device is designed with kids in mind from the ground up. That being said, it is an exceptionally smart display when it comes to providing a lot of features to keep your youngsters entertained. On the other side of the token, you wouldn’t want to use Show5 Kids to mobile-manage your smart light, garage door opener or door lock on the go.
In a world of features, each iteration of Show 5 has built-in audiences to delight and satisfy its viewers. Thus, we reward both models.
Right now, you can grab the brand new Echo Show 5 for $85. Compare this to the 1st-gen Echo Show 5, which currently retails for $49. The 2nd-gen Show 5 also includes a one-year limited warranty.
The Echo Show 5 Kids Edition is actually a bit more expensive than the standard model, which costs $95. In terms of warranty, Amazon knows absolutely right Which audience are you buying for Show 5 Kids. Each new Show 5 Kids without question comes with a two-year warranty. If the device is busted in any way, Amazon will replace it for free.
While the extra $10 sticker price is hard to justify, the Show 5 Kids makes up for the price increase with a free year of Amazon Kids+ and Amazon’s two years of bumps and dings coverage. Keeping all this in mind, we reward Show 5 Kids for its overall value.
Winner: Echo Show 5 Kids Edition
When it comes to the final buying decision, it really depends on who and what you’re buying the Echo Show 5 for. Need a smart display to run your smart home? Want unfiltered music streamers and screens for Netflix in the kitchen? You’re better off with the 2nd-gen Echo Show 5. Want a smart display to help your child do homework as well as provide them with hours of entertainment? It’s like a job for Echo Show 5 Kids Edition.
In short: Both iterations of the Show 5 are incredible miniature smart displays each designed with specific users in mind.