Google Home Hub review

8.3/10 AVG.
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  • Google Home Hub

Specs / Features


Wireless
Wireless Inputs Bluetooth
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
Warranty (Months) -
Release date 22-October-2018
Size 7 x 18 x 12 cm (2.8 x 7.1 x 4.7 in)
Weight N/A

Critic Reviews


Digital Trends

A refreshing take on the smart display

from Digital Trends

There’s a lot to like about the Google Nest Hub. We appreciate the focus on smart home control, the pull-down control panel, and the digital photo frame capabilities. We also appreciate the lack of a camera for those concerned about privacy. We came away wishing Google made the screen, and soun...More

There’s a lot to like about the Google Nest Hub. We appreciate the focus on smart home control, the pull-down control panel, and the digital photo frame capabilities. We also appreciate the lack of a camera for those concerned about privacy. We came away wishing Google made the screen, and sound, a priority. With free YouTube Premium, it feels like a missed opportunity. Still, at $149, this is an affordable price to pay for better smart home control.

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NDTV

A bit expensive for what's on offer

from NDTV

We quite liked the Google Nest Hub as a product, though it's clear from the time we spent with it that smart displays have a long way to go before they become truly smart. For now, these are just smart speakers that can present additional visual context to some answers, without realising the full...More

We quite liked the Google Nest Hub as a product, though it's clear from the time we spent with it that smart displays have a long way to go before they become truly smart. For now, these are just smart speakers that can present additional visual context to some answers, without realising the full potential of the display. Maybe that is why Google markets this product as a “photo frame” rather than a truly smart display. We can see this product being useful in some contexts, like in kitchens to view recipe videos, or in halls as, well, a digital photo frame, but it — and, indeed, various other products of this category — fall short of being truly smart.

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The Gadgeteer

A digital photo frame, speaker, smart home control hub, digital assistant, and more

from The Gadgeteer

As a digital photo frame and smart home controller, the Google Nest Hub is an affordable device with enough features to keep you happy. It has a nice display, decent speakers, and you can control most features just with your voice. As long as you’re not a GSuite user like I am, it’s a useful gadget for your home.

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As a digital photo frame and smart home controller, the Google Nest Hub is an affordable device with enough features to keep you happy. It has a nice display, decent speakers, and you can control most features just with your voice. As long as you’re not a GSuite user like I am, it’s a useful gadget for your home.

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India Today

Watch best of Google on a smart speaker

from India Today

The Google Nest Hub is incredibly smart and amazingly responsive, even in the moments you expect it to falter. It is easy to use and it integrates itself in your digital life and your smart home swiftly. While on one hand integration with Google's apps and services - Maps, Calendar, Photos, YouTu...More

The Google Nest Hub is incredibly smart and amazingly responsive, even in the moments you expect it to falter. It is easy to use and it integrates itself in your digital life and your smart home swiftly. While on one hand integration with Google's apps and services - Maps, Calendar, Photos, YouTube - make using it a pleasurable experience, the presence of Digital Wellbeing features ensures that you can disconnect from technology just as easily.

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GSMArena

A really good option for those looking for a smart home device

from GSMArena

he Google Nest Hub is a very good device. The display is excellent and great for showcasing photos or watching recipe videos in the kitchen. The UI is attractive and easy to use and perfectly integrates all your smart home devices. Google Assistant also works phenomenally well most of the time an...More

he Google Nest Hub is a very good device. The display is excellent and great for showcasing photos or watching recipe videos in the kitchen. The UI is attractive and easy to use and perfectly integrates all your smart home devices. Google Assistant also works phenomenally well most of the time and if we could just have one AI assistant, this would probably be it. The only downside we can think of is the lackluster speaker.

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Gadgets Now

Know-it-all but not see-it-all

from Gadgets Now

Google Nest Hub is a compact device that is more powerful than you would expect. From controlling large appliances like TVs, ACs to security cameras, plugs and even the brightness level of a smart bulb, the Nest Hub has what it takes to make you lazy. It’s designed to sit in a corner of your ta...More

Google Nest Hub is a compact device that is more powerful than you would expect. From controlling large appliances like TVs, ACs to security cameras, plugs and even the brightness level of a smart bulb, the Nest Hub has what it takes to make you lazy. It’s designed to sit in a corner of your table top counter and stay there without bothering you much.

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The Indian Express

The Google Assistant now has a display

from The Indian Express

The Nest Hub is a capable smart speaker, which can be effective for controlling various smart devices in your home. The fact that this has a display will make it appealing to more users given there’s a lot more you can do here and see. It certainly performed the smart functions for other connected devices accurately.

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The Nest Hub is a capable smart speaker, which can be effective for controlling various smart devices in your home. The fact that this has a display will make it appealing to more users given there’s a lot more you can do here and see. It certainly performed the smart functions for other connected devices accurately.

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Tech Advisor

Affordable and could be super helpful

from Tech Advisor

The Google Home Hub is an excellent example of smart display thanks to its affordable price tag, compact and elegant design and the ability to interact with the Google Assistant with visual elements.

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The Google Home Hub is an excellent example of smart display thanks to its affordable price tag, compact and elegant design and the ability to interact with the Google Assistant with visual elements.

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T3

The bonus of a screen adds some useful functionality to the smart speaker formula

from T3

Google's smart-speaker-plus-display is dinky, capable, well-designed and worth the extra cost – as long as you'll be making use of YouTube, Google Photos, and the smart home controls.

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Google's smart-speaker-plus-display is dinky, capable, well-designed and worth the extra cost – as long as you'll be making use of YouTube, Google Photos, and the smart home controls.

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What Mobile

A device that can control all of your smart home devices

from What Mobile

The Google home hub is a great little device and perfect for anyone but ideal for those that who are turning their home into a smart home this will help control all these devices in one place.

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The Google home hub is a great little device and perfect for anyone but ideal for those that who are turning their home into a smart home this will help control all these devices in one place.

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