StandBy is one of the standout features on iOS 17, allowing you to see notifications, use widgets, and look at photos all from a dedicated landscape view.
It's really cool and makes iOS 17 feel very different from the previous updates that came before it. That said, it still feels a little rough around the edges, so I've not been using it as much as I'd hoped.
Thankfully, there are other products that do a similar thing to StandBy (show you the weather, allow you to control music, view photos, control your lights, etc), and one of them is massively reduced in Amazon's Prime Big Deal Days shopping event.
Pick up the Echo Show 5 for only $39.99
The perfect desk companion
The Echo Show 5 allows you to view content easily on a 5.5-inch display, similar to the experience of StandBy on iOS 17. That said, having a dedicated hub makes a lot of sense, especially in your kitchen or in your office. I find that StandBy on iOS 17 is fantastic but equally gets constantly interrupted as I need to use my iPhone throughout the day. The Echo Show 5 on the other hand gives the benefits of StandBy without having to wait for Apple to release its own widget device.
Amazon Prime Big Deal Days is in full flow and we've got less than 24 hours left. We'll cover all the best deals, so stay tuned to iMore throughout the shopping event.
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Thanks, but I'll pass! Due to the potential security/privacy risks, I'm steering clear of Amazon's Alexa and Echo devices.Reply