Top critical review
Minor upgrade from previous version, better camera
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2021
Key Upgrades from Show 5 (1st Gen, 2019) to Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021):
--NEW 2 MP CAMERA: Upgraded from 1MP in 1st Gen. Better picture in video calls.
--REMOTE VIEWING: Use the Alexa app on your phone to remotely view the camera of the Show 5, so you can check on your home while you're away. There is a big notice displayed on the Show 5 screen that says it is being remotely viewed.
--NEW COLORS: Now available in Deep Sea Blue, Glacier White and Charcoal. Previous version was either Charcoal or Sandstone.
-No 3.5 mil Audio Jack: Removed the ability to plug in external speakers through a 3.5 mil audio port, the port on the back of the Gen 1 (2019) version is no longer there in Gen 2 (2021)
This is a VERY slight upgrade to the previous version. The difference in the camera quality is noticeable, but honestly the Show 5 screen is too small for me to comfortably use it for video calls anyway. Actually I prefer the older Show 5 (1st Gen, 2019) overall, because I could plug in my old PC speakers for some better sound. I also can't see myself ever using the remote view feature on my Show 5, as it is not in a central location in my house. Overall, it would be hard for me to recommend upgrading to the new Show 5 (2nd Gen 2021) if you already have the old Show 5 (1st Gen, 2019).
If you are trying to decide which size (2021) Show to get, I would suggest going with the Show 8. It has a much better 13MP camera with auto-framing, and the screen is much more suitable for video calls. It also has a faster processor, adaptive color, and motion sensor Routine activation. At the current prices, ($85 for new Show 5 and $130 for new Show 8) the Show 8 seems like a much better deal; especially if you ever want to do video calls.