The Google Nest hub has been around some time but now it goes on sale in Ireland today which is welcome news this comes a day after the Google Pixel Buds went on sale which I am enjoying and you can see the full hands on review HERE.
The Nest hub is basically a mash of a google home and a tablet but it just works, You get visuals rather than voice which is more realistic because sometime I feel like an idiot talking to a speaker and the same applies to all including my Alexa gadgets in the house but hey it makes like easier and so does the Google Nest hub and the integration into the home is just great if you own multiple products like lights,security cameras,tv and more and you can control them here too as you could do on your previous gadgets but its the screen that makes it more real for me.
This is a well built kit and comes wit a decent speaker that sounds good too and can be paired up with existing google products which is a seamless process I might add. There is a volume key on the rear and a switch to turn of/on the mic and that is it,the rest can be done on screen by voice or by using the simple UI and you can customise it too by using images from your smartphone or pre installed ones and use the nest hub as a image carousel which is nice in the home setting,this can be ideal for the kitchen,sitting room or perhaps beside your bedside locker the choice is yours its not too big or intrusive and blends in anywhere plus you have an ambient display which adjusts the screens brightness to fit the current setting and works well. I have been using this all over the house to see how it worked and it works perfectly fine no matter where I place it or what the light situation is.
The Nest hub does allow calls but you cant be seen which might be a downside for some and there is no keyboard like there is on the echo show and no built in browser so to speak but you do ask google and it does the rest it is a bit more refined and feature rich than the echo show which I still use, the echo show offers these two omissions but it is no huge deal as google’s voice detection is class and gets it right most times,they are two great products being honest and do their jobs well and priced fairly, One thing I do not own any nest product and would like to have a complete singular ecosystem in the house from one manufacturer so it can all work seamlessly and not all home security systems work with it just yet.
Overall it is a great product to have in the house to make life much more simple you can even plan your commute,get tips listen to music and much more and all done by voice and you get all your information at a glance. For 89.99 this is a bargain for someone who is yet to delve into home IoT or perhaps someone looking to add to their setup.
10 Things to Know About Google Nest Hub Smart display
|1. Introducing Google Nest Hub
Google Nest Hub brings you everything you love about Google Home–now with a 7” display to give you help at a glance in any room at home. With the Google Assistant built-in, you’ll always see your best and latest shots from Google Photos. Plus, view and control your compatible connected devices from a single dashboard. Simply use your voice to watch YouTube and play songs from YouTube Music on a crystal clear speaker*now. And with Voice Match, get your personalised calendar, answers from Google, and more. Hub helps with the little moments so you can enjoy the big moments.
2. Thoughtfully designed for any room
Google Nest Hub’s design is compact, so it fits in any room–like your kitchen counter or nightstand. And, with its Ambient EQ Light Sensor, Hub adjusts to match the colours and lighting in its environment, so photos on Hub seamlessly blend in with your home decor. The display is big enough to get visual, immersive answers from Google, and watch helpful videos from YouTube, all with a full-range speaker that delivers crystal clear sound. Available in two colors from the Google Store—Chalk and Charcoal.
3. Get help at a glance
With the Google Assistant built-in, Hub brings the best of Google right to your display–see your family activities with Google Calendar, watch how-to videos from YouTube. Plus, ask questions and find visual, immersive answers from Google on recipes, local business info, sports, weather and more. Getting ready for a party? Just say “Hey Google, show me how to tie a bowtie” to learn something new.
8. Get hands-free help in the kitchen [OPTION 1]
Discover recommended recipes brands like [insert local partners], follow step-by-step directions, set timers, conversions completely hands-free and at a glance. And for those moments when you’re not quite sure how to dice an onion, a simple “Hey Google, show me how to dice an onion” will stop the recipe and play a how-to video from YouTube to help you get it right.
8. Find your own balance [OPTION 2]
Our Digital Wellbeing tools make it easier to focus on your friends and family. Downtime lets you block your device from responding between certain hours, like after bedtime and during dinner. Filters ensure everyone in your home is enjoying family-friendly content.
9. Your helpful home3
When you combine Google Nest Hub with Nest products, like the Nest Hello Doorbell, Learning Thermostats, and Nest indoor and outdoor cameras, you get the best of Nest and the power to control your home with your voice or from the home view screen. “Hey Google, show me who’s at the front door” immediately shows your front door on Google Nest Hub. You can lock the door from the Google Home app or with swipe on Hub. We’ve made having a thoughtful home easier than ever.
|4. Relive your memories with Google Photos
Google Photos was created to help you store, organise, relive and share your memories. On Google Nest Hub, you can use your voice to show pictures you’ve taken in Google Photos and see your favourite albums even when the display is not in use. Thanks to machine learning, With no uploading hassles, Google Nest Hub is a great gift for grandparents and friends that enjoy sharing your memories.
5. Control your connected home in one view1
The Google Assistant works with hundreds of devices and now Google Nest Hub makes it easy for all of those devices to work with each other. With Google Nest Hub’s home view, now you can see and control compatible devices in one place, by touch or by voice. Just swipe down to monitor cameras, dim the lights, control the TV, and more from a single dashboard–no more switching between apps. See who’s at the front door with the Nest Hello video doorbell and check in on the kids with Nest Cam Indoor security camera.2 Even when you’re away from home, thanks to the new Google Home app you can still manage your home.
6. Get hands-free help with YouTube
Enjoy YouTube’s video catalogue directly on your Google Nest Hub. While you’re cooking in the kitchen or getting ready in the morning, you can watch sports highlights, YouTube creators, cooking clips, and how-to videos with just your voice. Plus, play your popular songs and music videos from YouTube Music in crystal-clear sound. You’ll see recommended YouTube videos on your home screen–personalised just for you.
7. Better together
Google Nest Hub is designed to work seamlessly with Made by Google devices. See who’s at the front door with Nest Hello video doorbell, view your best and latest photos as you capture them on your Pixel 3, and send your entertainment straight to the big screen with Chromecast devices.4 And with multi-room, play popular songs from YouTube Music, Spotify and local radio stations across Google Nest Hub and Google Home speakers.
10. Peace of mind while you’re away with the Google Home app
With just a tap, you’re always in control of your connected home. No matter where you are, you can use the Google Home app to monitor and manage devices easily—including compatible lights, cameras, TVs, speakers, and more.5 You can even customise Routines to do what you need at just the right moment. (Available on both Android and iOS.)
Google Nest Hub Requires WiFi and a compatible mobile device.
1 – Controlling certain devices and features in your home requires a compatible smart device, such as compatible smart cameras, lights and TVs.
2 – Nest Hello Video doorbell and Nest Cam Indoor security camera sold separately.
3 – Chromecast sold separately.
5 Controlling certain devices and features in your home requires a compatible smart device, such as compatible smart cameras, lights and TVs.
Google provided us with the Nest hub and we did not get any compensation for our review they are also seeing this review for the first time and had no copy approval.