August 8, 2022

If you already know that you prefer either Amazon or Google’s voice assistant, choosing between the Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) vs. the Nest Hub (2nd Gen) is easy. But if you’re unsure which is the best smart speaker, there are several things to consider. Both smart displays are excellent options and will serve you well in your home, but they have different strengths and limitations that make them better suited for different uses. Let’s take a deeper look into the Echo Show 5 vs. Nest Hub.

Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) vs. Nest Hub (2nd Gen): The specs

Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) Nest Hub (2nd Gen)
Size 5.8 x 3.4 x 2.9 inches 7.0 x 4.7 x 2.7 inches
Weight 14.5 ounces 19.7 ounces
Speakers 1 1
Camera 2MP None
Screen 5.5-inch touch screen at 960x480p resolution 7-inch touch screen at 1024x600p resolution
Microphones 5 3
Smart assistant Alexa Google Assistant
Privacy controls Physical camera shutter and mute switch Physical mute switch
Colors 3 (charcoal, deep-sea blue, glacier white) 4 (chalk, charcoal, sand, mist)

Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) vs. Nest Hub (2nd Gen): Price and features

Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

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One of the biggest cons of the Nest Hub (2nd Gen) is the price. While it isn’t expensive as far as other smart displays go, and the starting MSRP is $50 less than the previous generation, it’s currently listed as $15 more than the Echo Show 5. However, even though it doesn’t feature a camera, it offers plenty of other features that make it worth the cost, as we discovered in our review.

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