With the Google Nest Hub, Google is launching its first smart display today. We already received a test copy from the manufacturer in advance and critically examined it for handling, functionality and performance. Compared to Amazon Echo Show 2, we noticed some decisive differences.
Google Nest Hub is an intelligent display for Smart Home control.
A big drawback of most Smart Speakers is that several voice commands are necessary to get a certain information. Especially when shopping by voice command, film or recipe search, the smart assistant often has to enumerate a whole range of options until the right one is there. On a smart display, on the other hand, many options can be displayed clearly and simultaneously and supplemented with images.
Accordingly, the Google Nest Hub displays many different Smart Home functions in the form of Smartphone Apps like tiles, thus simplifying operation. Users can quickly jump from the lighting control to their media library to listen to music or check their alarm system or the recordings of their nest video doorbell.
In addition, Google Nest Hub uses Google voice commands to answer questions about the weather, tell jokes, manage appointments or search for suitable images on a given topic. If you like, you can even use the smart display as a digital picture frame to display your own Google photos.
Always with it: Google Assistant. The smart voice assistant is of course also integrated on this Google Device and complements the manual operation on the touch display with the possibility of convenient voice control. By the way, many entertaining voice commands can be found here: Funny questions, jokes and jokes for Google Assistant
Comfort and entertainment fans to benefit from Google Nest Hub
Most intelligent devices aim to increase comfort and safety while reducing energy consumption. The entertainment factor should not be neglected either. After all, many German users have been using smart devices so far primarily because of their high entertainment value. As a result, the Nest Hub also offers many options for leisure activities in addition to controlling classic Smart Home components via voice commands. For example, music or video playback via YouTube, Spotify, TuneIn and many other streaming services.
Installation and commissioning of the Google Nest Hub
- Even users with little technical knowledge can easily set up a smart display if they follow our step-by-step instructions
- Remove the protective film and plug the Google Nest Hub into a wall outlet.
- Download and open the latest Google Home App (Android | iOS).
- Select the option “Set up 1st device” on the start screen. Set a name for your home. If several “At Home” have been associated with your Google Account, select one of them. If nothing has been added, the app will automatically start searching for Google Nest devices nearby.
- In the app, click on the device name shown at the bottom right of the Google Nest Hub display (e.g. GoogleNestHub4701). The connection is now made automatically.
- Then type in the four-digit number code (if it is not already shown on the app) and confirm with “yes”. You can find it on the display of the Google Nest Hub.
- Then enter the room in which the smart display is to be permanently located and connect it to your own WLAN network.
- Using the Voice Match function, the Google Assistant voice software installed on the device learns to recognize the voice of its owner and then offers the possibility to retrieve personalized information.
What is compatible with the Google Nest Hub?
- Google Assistant
- Nest (e.g. Nest Hello video doorbell)
- YouTube (can play videos/music)
Thanks to the integrated Google Assistant and Chromecast technology, hundreds of Smart Home devices can be controlled with the Google Hub.
Advantages Google Nest Hub
- Extremely light with 480g weight
- Display can be used as digital picture frame
- Easy to use
Disadvantages Google Nest Hub
- Choice of compatible devices still much smaller than Amazons Alexa, for example.
- Very wide screen frame / display comparatively small
- Display tilt / angle not adjustable
- Toggle switch for switching the speakers off and on only as large as on a smartphone
Opinions Google Nest Hub
All in all, Google Nest Hub has a solid range of functions and scores with a very clear layout of the control tiles. We also liked the intuitive handling. For Google Assistant users it is therefore a practical addition to the Google Home or Google Home Mini loudspeakers of the company.
Unfortunately, the display of Google Nest Hub cannot be tilted. Admittedly: This is also not possible with Echo Show 2 so far, there it is not so much noticeable due to the larger representation. In our test, the playback of graphic content (e.g. recipes) was only possible due to the rather steep angle of the display if the device was elevated in a shelf or similar. To place Google Nest Hub on a table and then watch movies over it, however, requires the user to adjust his sitting position to the device. Here we would have liked for more comfort by adjusting the screen angle, as it has long been standard with computer monitors.
In addition, the 7-inch display is relatively small and corresponds to the smallest Kindle eReaders. In addition, the already small display is limited by a comparatively wide frame. So we are curious to see when Google Nest Hub Max will be launched and hope that this 10 inch display will be just as easy to use as the small version already available to us.
Who else has already rated Google Nest Hub?
Since Google Nest Hub has officially only been available since 28.05.2019, we do not yet have any expert tests, customer reviews or field reports on the hub.
Prices and availability: Google Nest Hub
The Google Nest Hub Display can be ordered from today, 28.05 in the Google Online Store for $129.
Google Nest Hub – Technical Details
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 17,85 x 11,8 x 6,73 cm
- Weight: 480 g
- Colours: Chalk / Carbon
- Display: 7 inch (17.78 cm) LCD touchscreen
- Smart speaker: 80 dB sound pressure level at 1 kHz and 1 m / microphone array with 2 microphone/ broadband loudspeaker
- Sensors: Light sensor
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) WLAN/ Bluetooth 5.0 Support
- Google Assistant integrated
- Integrated chromecast technology
- Multiroom audio
- Compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and Chromebook
- Can also be used as a full-screen clock