small vs big.

Smart homes with a smartphone-like screen? It just makes all the sense in the world, doesn’t it? Amazon clearly thought so and now we have the Echo Show and Echo Spot. Alexa enabled smart devices that have the added convenience of a touchscreen. The Spot and Show have tried to make your life as easy as they can, by allowing you to interact with them as is convenient for you. At the end of the day, that is what smart technology is about, making things easier for you.

The Spot and show can do all the things other Echo devices can: manage your calendar, play your music, broadcast throughout your home, inform you about the weather, manage your smart appliances and order thongs online. The added benefit of both these devices is that you can also see information, not just hear it. Instead of Alexa reading you the news highlights or weather, she can now show it to you. You can also see who’s at the front door or what mischief your toddler is getting up to in the nursery.

A huge drawback on both the Spot and show is that you do not have access to Youtube. This is due to Amazon and Google currently taking a relationship break. Hopefully, they’ll be able to sort out their differences soon. You need to think about what you’ll be using this device for and decide if the screen is worth it without Youtube. It still has a lot of functions, even without, you can still see the song’s name or determine what the device is busy doing.

The biggest difference between Echo Spot and the Echo Show is the screen size. If you just want to see what’s going on in your home and maybe a short video, the spot will do fine. If you want to watch longer videos and see presentations, the Echo Show might be a better option. The Spot also has a 3.5 mm jack to connect to external speakers, the show doesn’t, and can only connect via Bluetooth or Wifi. Probably the most obvious difference is their appearance; Spot is almost, well, spot shaped. It looks like a ball with a screen pressed into it. The Echo Show looks more like what you would traditionally expect a smart home assistant should look like. A flat rectangle with a speaker on a stand.

The choice is yours, are you going for the tiny spot or a bigger show?


Suddenly, they just appeared: your Instagram feed is full of beautiful and colorful smoothies, like out of nowhere, and you just don’t get why. The truth is this trend has a few good reasons to exist, and you should be sipping on them too. Keep reading to know all the benefits!

  1. Very practical

You have to admit that eating a bagel in front of your desk or on the way is just not practical. Instead, you could just have all your breakfast in a jar, put a straw on it and just drink it on the subway, or walking or, even better, while you work. It is just easier.


  1. Healthy and low in calories

If you’re on a diet, consider smoothies your perfect breakfast, since they give you all nutrients you need with half the calories! They also make you feel fuller for a longer period, so it’s a win-win.


  1. A perfect way to consume all your fruits and vegetables

Yeah, we’ve all heard the rule of eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables throughout the day. But, unlike vegetarians, does anyone even do that? With a smoothie, you can have up to 3 cups of fruits and vegetables in just one meal, which is pretty awesome and lets you indulge a bit on other meals.


  1. They have a lot of nutrients

Of course, the main reason experts recommend eating a lot of fruit and veggies daily is that they’re full of good for you nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

By just adding a banana and the juice of an orange, you have pretty much the potassium and Vitamin C you need in a day. If you want it to have more protein, you can add cereals like oats or quinoa, or just add some protein powder. They are so versatile!


  1. They’re simply delicious

It’s almost like eating dessert for breakfast. You can add cocoa powder to have a chocolate smoothie; instant coffee to have a Frappuccino; even some yogurt, cream cheese and berries for a cheesecake smoothie. You can’t say you won’t like it because you can make it just the way you like it.


  1. Pretty aesthetical, duh

You have to admit that sipping on a smoothie at your workplace would make you feel fancy, like a real millennial, and don’t even mention how many like would get you on Instagram!