7 best smart screens (2021): Google Assistant, Alexa, Portal
Smart screen You may want the convenience of a smart assistant if you want to look at it with the added bonus that comes with having it. When you put Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa on a smart tablet-sized speakerphone, you’ll get a fun way to watch the weather or album art, watch TV shows, make video calls, and see other (mostly) useful things. We’ve tested most of the major screens on the market and listed our favorites below.
Most options use Google’s wizard instead of Amazon’s Alexa because it’s easier to set up devices, and Google somehow provides an easier service.
Updated April 2021: We’ve added the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Show 3rd generation and the 2nd generation Nest Hub. We’ve also added a section on why you should get a smart screen.
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