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We tested Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen, is it worth it for $99?



We tested Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen, is it worth it for $99?


From this moment you can enter the Google Store and see that there is a new Nest Hub fixed. It negotiation of Second Play Google Nest Hub and is arranged for 99 euros or 99 dollars. It is the second start of Google for assistant with screen, little that still has, for example, Amazon with Alexa. We’ve tested it for a few days to find out. That makesif it is worth it and in what situations it can be better or worse than one of the Google speakers without screen.

A minimalist design focused on the screen and sensors

We didn’t try the Google Nest Hub first reproduction but we can see that it is the same product when we talk about design. The loudspeaker with screen has not been any renovation. that encourages business or improvements since its premiere.

Have a fabric covered base, which has a 7-inch screen with various sensors, a couple of messengers and a switch. The messengers are located at the back, so you can’t see them when looking at the speaker from the front. Not a problem as they are in an understandable position to recall and you can always use voice commands to raise or lower the sag.

The back still has a switch that serves to mute microphone. By default it is deactivated and if you activate it you will make the speaker not listen at least. Here the messengers end, which allows us to see the simplicity and the main objective: to interact with the main screen.

The front part has as predominant data the 7 inch screentwo microphones in the upper part and still a new sensor that integrates this second reproduction, a Radar only. Later we will tell you what it is for and if it is positively a point to take into account.

The artifact has a good common design, robust and with good support. It will be hard to “stomp” on the surface and will match almost any home design. Of course, the color options are limited: exterior always white and base arranged in nondescript light or nondescript very ambiguous.

Does (almost) the same thing as your mobile assistant or a smart speaker

It may be interesting to have an assistant with a screen, but you must keep in mind that the hardware gives little advantage to google assistantOr at least not as many as you might expect. The truth is that this Nest Hub can do the same thing as a speaker without a screen or the assistant of your Android mobile.

Hearing the same, it sounds proportionately, it answers the questions you ask it, it can write notes, set reminders, set alarms, activate or deactivate smart appliances …

It is true that it slightly improves some voice commands such as asking for the time or for images: here the speaker has own interfaces to tie more information to the voice coming out of the speaker on the stand.

You can order the same as any electronic device you have google assistant and will respond in the same way. in case of power Support the description or explanation visually, will. In our daily use, this visual support has been positive, for example, when we ask for the weather and the screen shows us an interface with the forecast for the following days.

The question here is whether you, as an intern, need that visual support of the screen when you ask little of Google Assistant. Until now you did not have it with the mobile or with the speakers And it probably did just fine, so is it worth more to have a screen or is it better to buy a speaker?

YouTube and Netflix, the great allies of the screen

In fact, having a screen should do little more than see the time more visually. The Google Nest Hub can play YouTube videos and still from platforms like Netflix. You can tell Google Assistant to play ‘Narcos’ for you and, if you set up Netflix when you started the Nest Hub, it will open the app and start playing it.

The same goes for YouTube videos and music services. And yes, of course, you can interact with the screen with its own interface in each application. Of course, you may already have other screens to play this content on, which are larger and of mature quality.

The screen is the most important and not the best

Before trying the NestHub We think that the screen, for obvious reasons of prominence, would be one of the best mediums of the device. We quickly realized that not to do. The Nest Hub screen has a congruous resolution, gray fluidity and terrible touch.

We do not know what processor it includes, but on many occasions your finger will go faster than the interface. Going between spans is reminiscent of the mid/deprecation variety mobiles from 5 or 6 years ago, when you knew you had to give it a bit of time so it didn’t crash. On the other hand, the tactility of the screen leaves a lot to be desired.

It’s hard to believe that a screen-focused product, and released in 2021, doesn’t have modest performance and a quality screen. We can’t say it’s horrible but we expected much more from this panel. Can you consume Netflix or YouTube? Yes. Is it the most comfortable thing in the world? Not too much.

Two secret locations: kitchen or bedroom

While the google speakers You can place them anywhere in the house that this Nest Hub is not compatible with. You can really put it anywhere you want, but there are two places in the house where it will bring out its full potential: the kitchen and the bedroom.

The Radar only The one we told you about before is able to retain how you sleep each darkness if you place the Nest Hub on the table of darkness. When you get up you can ask how you slept and you will be able to know several interesting parameters. Of course, it is important to indicate that this measure could become a quota very soon. And, honestly, it is not little for what we would pay.

Another place where you can enjoy the Nest Hub is in the kitchen. If you don’t have a TV and you like to cook, it can be a good team. It is the part of the house where we have had it the most. you can put Youtube videos while you cook or even follow cooking recipes with your own cooking manual.

Thanks to voice commands, you can pause or resume playback without touching the screen. That yes, everything loses sense if in the kitchen you have a television connected to a Chromecast or a device like that.

After testing it for several days, we can confirm that not for us. It costs 99 euros, an interesting price, but still high for many users. It is a well-thought-out device and from which each intern can get different things, that is why we are not saying that it is not recommended, but that in our case we would not buy it.

It all depends a lot on whether you like to cook, you have other smart devices at home, you have space to place it and your way of using smart assistants. It is a relatively financial product, but with a great: performance and display.

We recommend that you go somewhere where they have the Google Nest Hub in a physical way to be able to interact with it, see its size, test its speaker and launch if you want to reside with its screen and the interface, let’s say, not very fluid.