Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max [2020 Comparison]

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In this article, I compare the Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Google Nest Hub Max. Read on to find out which one these displays should sit atop your kitchen counter or home office desk.

Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Nest Hub MaxSo which smart display is best overall?

Facebook Portal Plus is the best overall smart display.  It has the largest [15.6-inch] screen with the highest resolution [1920 x 1080]  and can rotate from landscape to portrait mode. During video calls, the camera “frames” and follows subjects around the room, plus the microphone volume adjusts depending on a caller’s proximity to the device.  

For these reasons, even with the slightly higher price tag, the Facebook Portal Plus gets my pick for the best smart display so far in 2020.  I’m in good company apparently as it currently has stellar ratings on Amazon.  You can read the latest ratings and check the price here. But let’s take a closer look at all four options.


Comparison Chart: Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Hub Max

The following chart compares key features of the Echo Show vs Portal vs Portal Plus vs Hub Max.  For a more detailed features comparison, check out the table near the end of this post.

Amazon Echo Show
Best for Amazon Ecosystem
Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max
Display: 10.1" [1280x800]
Orientation: Landscape
Camera: 5 MP
Auto-Framing: No
Microphones: 4 front
Speakers:Dual 2” neodymium drivers & passive bass radiator.
Assistant: Alexa
Security: Mic/Camera On/Off
YouTube: via Web Browser
Facebook Portal
Budget Video Calls
Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max
Display: 10.1" [1200x800]
Orientation: Landscape
Camera: 12 MP [140° field of view]
Auto-Framing: Yes
Microphones: 2 front 2 rear
Speakers:.2 full-range 10W drivers
Assistant: Facebook and Alexa
Security: Mic/Camera On/Off, Plus camera cover
YouTube: via Portal app
Facebook Portal Plus
Best Overall
Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max
Display: 15.6" [1920x1080]
Orientation: Portrait or Landscape
Camera: 12 MP [140° field of view]
Auto-Framing: Yes
Microphones: 2 front 2 rear
Speakers: 2 20W tweeters + 4” bass
Assistant: Facebook and Alexa
Security: Mic/Camera On/Off, Plus camera cover
YouTube: via Portal app
Nest Hub Max
Best for Google Ecosystem
Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max
Display: 15.6" [1920x1080]
Orientation: Portrait or Landscape
Camera: 6.5MP with 127° field of view
Auto-Framing: Yes
Microphones: "Far-field microphones"
Speakers: 2x 18mm 10W tweeters, 1x 75mm 30W subwoofer
Assistant: Google
Security: Mic/Camera On/Off
YouTube: Yes, YouTube app

What is a Smart Display?

Smart displays are all the rage right now, and in the past year, we have seen some amazing new larger displays including the 2nd Gen Amazon Echo Show and Google’s new Nest Hub Max. More recently, Facebook has gotten in on the act, introducing its new Portal and Portal Plus displays. However, with all the options you can now to choose from, it can be confusing to figure out the best one for you.

A smart display is a digital assistant with a screen.  They include features like the ability to:

  • Initiate and receive video calls
  • View guided step-by-step recipes in the kitchen
  • Controls thousands of smart home devices
  • Display song lyrics to accompany music that plays from the device
  • Display weather, news, live sports, and stock quotes
  • Act as a very fancy clock/alarm clock
  • Display YouTube, Hulu, Prime and videos from other services right on the screen

You can also hook the screen up to a security camera and use it as a security monitor for your front door, baby’s room, nanny cam, pet cam, or whatever.


Amazon Echo Show

My Rating (Out of 100)
95%

Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max

While the original Echo Show had a few mistakes that made it difficult to use, Amazon stepped up their game with the Echo Show 2nd Generation. This second-generation smart display is an incredible option for anyone who wants clear and bright sound, as it boasts two huge speakers in the back that are powerful. These rear-facing speakers also mean that the Echo Show 2 takes up a lot less space than some other smart displays, which is ideal for a minimalist home.

SEE IT AT AMAZON

This is Tech Today does a nice job with this video over of the Echo Show 2nd Generation.

Pros

  • Amazon’s biggest screen to date and one of the best sound Alexa devices [especially when you put in on a stand].
  • Full Alexa integration for all voice commands & video /audio calling.
  • New home screen display allows users to see their calendar and reminders at a glance.
  • Built-in Zigbee Hub lets you control smart devices that rely on Zigbee without an extra Hub
  • Extensive smart home device support with Alexa
  • Includes access to more than 70,000 voice apps to help new users get started controlling their display and home devices.
  • Includes eight microphones, making it easy for the smart display to hear users talk to it, even when there is a lot of ambient noise in the room.
  • Works great as part of an Amazon multi-room music configuration.

Cons

  • No auto framing like Facebook and Google for video calls
  • No smart sound during video calling [sounds gets louder the closer callers get to the device].
  • Landscape mode only [can’t rotate like you can Facebook Plus].
  • No YouTube app or voice control; requires that you open YouTube in the browser.


Facebook Portal Standard [with Alexa]

My Rating (Out of 100)
85%

Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Nest Hub MaxThis powerful smart display allows users to connect to Facebook so that they can easily connect with each other, control apps, and even use third-party services. It’s a practical option due to its smaller size, and really is a great choice for any Facebook fan. It features great Facebook connectivity and allows users to interact with their account without frustration. I do think the Echo Show is a better choice for owners of other Amazon devices and it looks more elegant in general, but this device costs less though.

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CNET has a nice review comparing the Portal with the Portal plus. I’ll embed it below.

Pros

  • Offers support for calls with up to seven different people, making it an obvious choice for group conversations.
  • The Smart Camera automatically adjusts and frames calls for the best appearance when talking.
  • Smart Volume will automatically change and adjust the sound to ensure even and consistent sound in the room.
  • Microphone and camera can be turned off, which gives some people peace of mind to not have the display running all the time.
  • Redesigned speakers are incredibly loud and make it possible to hear music and calls without problems.

Cons

  • Some users have reported being frustrated with the face because it doesn’t run on a battery, but the long AC cord makes it easy to plug in anywhere in the home.
  • At least one user has reported that voice commands can be difficult for people to use if they have strong accents.


Facebook Portal Plus [with Alexa]

My Rating (Out of 100)
98%

Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Nest Hub MaxWhile I love my Echo Show and have recently tested and compared it to the Nest Hub, the Facebook Portal Plus is tempting me big time to hit that buy button after seeing an in-depth demo at my local Best Buy.  Why?

Bigger is better, and the Portal Plus proves it. Not only does it boast Facebook connectivity, but it features an impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution, great speakers, and powerful Bluetooth 4.2 It’s the Facebook Portal, but improved, and does an exceptional job allowing users to access third-party services, such as Spotify, Food Network, Alexa, and even Pandora.  Best of all, it’s smart crisp 12MP camera follows video call subjects around the room and its fisheye wide-angle lens shows even a large room of people.

When comparing the Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max, this is my favorite choice.

SEE IT AT AMAZON

Engadget also does a nice job with this video overview of the Portal and Portal Plus [although I could certainly get used to the design with that huge screen!]:

Pros

  • Best option for video chat: camera intelligently pans or widens to keep callers in view when somebody moves out of frame.
  • Built-in microphones intelligently adjust volume levels depending on caller location in the room.
  • Encrypted calls ensure nobody is able to listen in on private conversations.
  • Additional security features include a camera and mic on and off, and an optional lens cover for the camera is included for additional privacy.
  • Dual 20W tweeters and a four-inch base speaker deliver the best sound of all the smart displays.
  • Largest of all smart displays is rotatable to portrait or landscape mode.
  • Silly stickers, face filters, and storytime for video calls make it a fun experience for the kids.

Cons

  • Fewer apps than Amazon Echo Show and Google.
  • Unable to join a multi-room music configuration.


Google Nest Hub Max vs Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal Plus

My Rating (Out of 100)
80%

Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Nest Hub Max

Debuting in September, Google Nest Hub Max is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo Show. And Google’s answer to the Facebook portal to a point  The screen size is 10” about the size of the Show and regular-sized Facebook Portal screen. Unlike the previous, smaller version of the Nest Hub, the Max adds a camera to address what was probably the biggest complaint about its standard Nest Hub device.

SEE IT AT GOOGLE

The Verge gives us a sneak peak at the Google Nest Hub Max before it comes out in September.

Pros

  • The matte display adjusts the color temperature to adjust to the room.
  • Recognizes your face, so it can show information customized specifically for you on screen.
  • Best overall integration with YouTube [no surprise as Google owns YouTube].
  • tyle=”color: green;” type=”check”]Best overall integration with Nest smart thermostats, smart locks, cameras, etc. [again no surprise as Google owns Nest].
  • Comes in gray and white.

Cons

  • The lower resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels make image quality less than others here.
  • Sound is better than previous generation but critics say still not as good as Amazon or Facebook.
  • Unable to turn off the camera without turning off the microphone [this seems like a pretty serious design flaw that Google will need to address in future version].
  • Nest functions required a subscription.


Echo Show 2 vs FaceBook Portal Plus vs Nest Hub Max: Interactive Specifications Table

Use the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of the table to page through all of the specifications.  You can also enter a term in the Search field to filter the results for just that term. For example, entering “Alexa” will only display those table rows that contain the word Alexa. Try it! It’s fun!

 Amazon Echo ShowFacebook PortalPortal PlusNest Hub Max
Product Image
Display Size10.1”10.1”15.6”10
Resolution1280 x 800 720p HD Video (1200 x 800)1080p HD Video (1920 x 1080)280x800
Dimensions9.70" W x 6.90" H x 4.20" D9.84" W x 8.20" H x 3.68" D8.78" W x 17.1" H x 5.73" D9.85" W X 7.19" H
Weight62.2 oz. (1765 grams)1,250g 2.68 pounds2.91 lb (1.32 kg)
ColorsCharcoal or SandstoneBlack or WhiteBlack or WhiteChalk or Charcoal
Microphones4-mic front array2 front, 2 rear 360-degree array2 front, 2 rear 360-degree arrayFar-field microphones
Camera5MP12MP 140-degree field of view12MP 140-degree field of view6.5MP with 127-degree field of view
Auto-FramingNoYesYesYes
Facial RecognitionNoNoNoYes
Voice RecognitionYes [after training]NoNoYes
SpeakersDual 2” neodymium drivers & passive bass radiator.2 full-range 10W drivers2 20W tweeters + 4” bassStereo speaker system (2x 18mm 10W tweeters, 1x 75mm 30W subwoofer).
Voice AssistantAlexaFacebook for Video Calls and many popular Alexa commandsFacebook for Video Calling and many popular Alexa commandsGoogle Assistant
YouTubeVia web browser via YouTube.com, an optional install in the “Portal Apps” catalog.via YouTube.com, an optional install in the “Portal Apps” catalog.via Google’s own built-in YouTube app
NetflixNoNoNoNo
Multi-room MusicYesNoNoYes
Power30 watt power adapter30 watt power adapter30 watt power adapter30 watt power adapter
ConnectivityWifi and BluetoothWifi and BluetoothWifi and BluetoothWifi and Bluetooth®
Security FeaturesMic and camera on/off,camera cover purchased separatelyMic and camera on/off, camera cover includedMic and camera on/off, camera cover included Single switch on device turns off both mic and camera; you can turn off just camera using touchscreen
Drop in callsYesNoNoYes
BatteryNone1 CR5 batteries required.1 CR5 batteries required.None
SetupWifi/AppWifi/AppWifi/AppWifi/App
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The Bottom Line

With the premium smart display market just a little over a year old it will be exciting to see where this technology takes us.

Final Word on a Portal Plus

Facebook Portal Plus is the closet thing that we have come to the Jetsons version of video calling yet.  However, the premium video calling features and the larger rotatable screen come at a higher price tag.

Maybe one of these companies will invent the “morning mask” next!

Final Word on the Echo Show

I absolutely love my Echo Show. It is my favorite Echo device and possibly my favorite smart home device.  Amazon’s upgrade to the Echo Show last September turned the previous version from an “expensive plastic toy” to an elegant smart screen that fits in nicely on your kitchen counter with all of the benefits of Alexa.

You can read my review of the Echo Show 2nd Generation vs 1st Gen here.

I think this remains a great choice for anyone looking for a high-end smart screen to integrate with Amazon’s ecosystem or does not want to pay Facebook’s price tag.

Final Word on the Google Nest Hub Max

Full disclosure, I’m not really a fan of the Google ecosystem at all [just a strong personal preference for Amazon] and for that reason, I’m going to withhold my opinion about Google’s newly re-branded Nest Hub here. There are many other bloggers and vloggers who have already gone there, so if you want a 2nd option it won’t be hard to find.

So What Smart Screen Should You Buy?

While I am also not really a fan of Facebook [at all], I’m super-impressed by the Facebook Portal Plus. Its immersive experience for video calling makes it a step up from the Amazon Echo Show for that feature.  If you are looking for the best video calling experience, this is it bar none.  I also like the larger sized screen and how you can rotate it. You can see the latest Facebook Portal Plus pricing on Amazon here.

It will be interesting to see if the next version of the Echo Show matches Facebook Portal Plus’s functionality. Regardless, the battle between Echo Show vs Facebook Portal vs Nest Home Hub will be in interesting one to watch in the coming months for sure. I  look forwarding to being with you every step of the way.


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Tim BrennanTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger

Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.

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