DIY smart home: Why I chose the Echo Show over Google Nest Hub

DIY smart home

This story is part of an ongoing DIY smart home series. Be sure to check out the latest installments to follow the renovation process from start to finish.

If you’re a visual person like I am, smart displays are appealing devices. They’re like the best smart speakers, but with tablets attached. For my ongoing DIY smart home project, I had to decide which of the growing number of smart displays out there made the most sense for my connected space. 

Smart displays are visual vehicles for Amazon and Google’s voice assistants. Between compatibility with voice commands and manual controls within the interface, a smart display can act as a one-stop smart home remote. You can use it to turn on your smart lights, manage routines and check your video doorbell. Most support calling and drop-in or intercom features, too.