Sudden realization struck me, that I’m not quite ready to give up this home automation series quite yet, so I’ll do a one by one introduction of the parts and bits that together create my smart home. There’s the first one, the brain, the heart and the mouth of your Smart Home. That’s the Nest Hub – basically this is just a small 7″ tablet mounted in a stand, with almost no connectivity, except for WiFi. Otherwise, you’ll find only a switch to mute the microphone and the power jack on it’s backside.
It’s a simple reason, because you’re lazy, just like me. The main use of a Nest Hub, or the brain of your smart home is: to fullfill your wishes and commands. Now that’s done by two far-field microphones on the front of the unit. Since my living room is rather big, I was a bit worried, but even for quite a big room, the hub will hear you and do as you wish.
And the main reason is ofcourse that you don’t have to pull your phone out of your pocket, activate assistant and tell it to dim your lights.
Yes, actually there is. First of all, it’s an absolutely amazing photoframe. Now you might think that it’s a bit… extravagant, to say the least. But bear with me. You can even select which albums on your Google Photos it will display (or a shared album)…
Now perhaps that doesn’t sound reasonable enough for you, but I can’t get enough of my dog’s pictures on this.
It will show you clever reminders about things like your commute. If your time to leave for work is near, it’ll give you a reminder that you shall go to hell…I mean work. If there are any delays on your commute it will even tell you a little earlier!
You can play games with your Nest Hub. Yes, not the recent battlefield or something, or stuff like ‘are you feeling lucky’. Which is something like well a knowledge test. Nest Hub will ask questions and you’ll answer. You can even play this with friends, perhaps during your coffee… yea that ain’t gonna happen with the covid lockdowns… damn.
It’s ok, it’s even better than your average radio, I mean, it’s not like a home cinema or whatever. More like on par with a decent set of computer speakers… Music sounds decent on it, the sound’s a bit flat, but what can you expect from such a small device. From this point of view, it’s fukking 5-stars!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Rating: 5 out of 5.
Google Nest Hub gets 5 stars from me!
And as a bonus, there’s a new Nest Hub that just came out… perhaps I’ll get my hands on it sooner or later as well!