Google Nest Hub Review

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If you’re on the market for a central hub device, something to bring together the best smart home devices with Google Assistant, the Google Nest Hub is that device. Featuring WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, the Hub is ready to connect devices upstairs and down. This is a hub for smart device enthusiasts.

Why We Like It – Google Nest Hub Review

The Google Nest Hub is like the bow over a present, bringing together multiple smart home devices in your house, making it accessible from one device—or if you just want to use it for recipes.

Pros
  • Easy to use smart home hub
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Limited to Google Assistant
  • Lacks a camera

Performance

When it calls itself a “Google Home Hub,” it truly means it, providing loads of smart home control. With a simple command, “Hey Google,” you can make calls, check the weather, or link up with Google Photos and have it double as a digital photo frame. With its smart speakers, you can easily jam out to music on, say, YouTube Music or Google Play Music.

It can also be a home security display. With compatible security cameras, steam live feed to the Google Nest Hub. Much of these features can be controlled through the Google Home app.

Unfortunately, the Nest Hub is one of the most restrictive smart home devices compared to something like the Lenovo Smart Display or Amazon Echo Show. This is because it’s only limited to Google devices; Amazon’s Echo Dot is out of the question.

Design

The Google Nest Hub has a very pleasing design, built with a 7-inch display. That’s big enough to stream YouTube videos while you cook. The speakers are built around the stand itself. With ambient EQ, sensors will adapter to the ambient lighting and adjust screen brightness accordingly.

What its design doesn’t incorporate is a camera, unlike other smart displays like the Echo Show 5, which excludes the option to make videos. If you want a camera, you’ll have to upgrade to the Google Nest Hub Max.

Value

The Google Nest Hub has a lot of features packed into its small dimensions. Given how well it can fit into all kinds of roles—voice calling, a photo frame, or just a nice little smart home hub—it has excellent value. This is especially true given how affordable it is. And since it’s easy to get all set up, you’ll have it controlling your home in no time. But this is only true if you like Google considering the restrictions. It pairs wonderfully with a Nest Learning Thermostat.

Google Nest Hub Review Wrap Up

The Google Nest Hub provides the perfect opportunity to bring together other smart home devices in your house, provided they’re compatible. It doesn’t matter if you use iOS or Android, so long as you lean into Google Assistant, this device is for you. It’s affordable, easy to use, and easy to set up. It doesn’t have a camera but its bigger brother, the Hub Max, does.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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