There's a volume rocker next to a physical hardware switch to mute the microphone. For example, YouTube works natively on the Smart Display and can be voice controlled. Then, of course, the video portion of this feature only works when calling those with Google Duo installed on their phones or tablets — or other Google Smart Displays. I occasionally found my Smart Display took longer than normal to process a command. If you have a collection of smart home devices, the home view in the Google Home app is on hand to control things like lighting, heating and security cameras.
It can be a little challenging at times to get to a specific video by voice, but the touchscreen helps you find what you want. The Lenovo Smart Display, on the other hand, is a thing of beauty. But if you really care about audio, you'll want something actually meant for audio. But it's also just one video calling app. The , , , and the new all pair the convenience of a voice assistant with the utility of a screen for even more useful features. At 8 inches, the display works well in almost any part of my apartment.
Basically, think Google Home, but with a touchscreen. You can use your finger or your voice to get more specific venue information such as directions and pictures. That being said there are absolutely good reasons to have these if you have a need for htem. Almost annoyingly so at times. Unlike the Echo Show, you cannot use the front camera on the Lenovo to snap a selfie. Lenovo's Smart Display is designed to support landscape or portait modes.
If you have any Nest products like the doorbell you can even see who is outside your door. Quote from CordaroyFog : Been looking for a deal for this for my mother-in-law with a disability, mostly for easy video chat, she already uses a Google home mini any thoughts? What the Lenovo Smart Display 8-inch does better — Sound Quality The biggest win in my opinion when comparing the Google Home Hub to the Lenovo Smart Display is the sound quality. Setting up the Smart Display is simple, but you'll need the Google Home app installed first. It's big and bulky considering its smaller 8-inch display, and the design isn't nearly as unique as what you'll find with what Lenovo's selling. When I asked for my nearest Italian restaurant several were returned, a couple were shown on-screen, and I could sweep the screen to see them all, tap the screen to pick the nearest one, and get directions to it.
At this point, it's important to realize that the Smart Display is mostly just a smart speaker with a touchscreen; you can't interact with it in the same way you would a tablet. Android Things Both versions of the Lenovo Smart Display use a 1. Ultimately, the right one for you will come down to how much you want to spend on a Smart Display. I had to go to a channel directly every time. However, you will need to link the right accounts first.
For example, when I asked for the weather tomorrow I got a verbal response and a visual forecast for the day. Other convenience features: - Speaker: Music Significantly better quality than phone or tablet, no pairing - Smart Digital Photo frame: Wife and I have past 10years of photos streaming and auto-updated based on faces we choose. You can assign the Smart Display to any rooms you've already established in the app, and it's smart enough to take multiple Google Home speakers into account if you already own a few. Even so, it sets a high bar for similar products that follow. It tells you all about things, whether it's about yourself, or the world around you. You'll still need to talk to the Smart Display for the majority of your interactions, but you can tap on the screen to skip a song on Spotify, adjust a slider to get the perfect temperature for your thermostat, scroll through your pictures on Google Photos, etc. You can't use Hangouts with the Smart Display, or any third-party voice or video chat platforms like Skype, but since Google Duo is readily available and comes preinstalled on most new Android phones, it's much more likely to be used than Amazon's Drop In.
So much so that I bought a 2nd one for my mom. And having a screen adds a whole new dimension to Google Assistant. Step 5: Customize and add services Now Google will take you through yet another list of questions and forms. Add as you would on any Google Home speaker, and you can enable personal info on the screen. It works fabulously with our smart bulbs and smart plugs.
Other glitches: While watching one YouTube video, the play controls and title of the video never disappeared from the screen, so they covered up the video. Check out my thoughts on the Lenovo Smart Display after a few weeks of use. While the Home Hub has a measly 1024×600 resolution, the Lenovo display clocks in with a sharper 1280×800 panel. These display can be added to home groups, along with other cast enabled Home smart speakers. All packaged in a well thought out design.