REVIEWS-Remember a few years ago when digital photo frames were a popular gift? These days, people don’t want a gadget that can do only one thing, they want a touch-to-all, and that’s what the Google Nest hub wants to be. Let’s take this photo frame under steroids to take a ride.
The Google Nest hub is a digital photo frame, a speaker, a smart home control hub, a digital assistant, etc.
Display: 7″ LCD Touch Screen
- Speaker: Full Range Speaker
- Microphones: Network of 2 microphones
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
- Power: 15W Adapter
- Connections: DC socket
What’s in the box ?
– Hub and Google Nest
Design and features
The Google Nest hub is a small touch tablet with a built-in stand, so it’s always at the perfect angle for watching videos and photos.
At the top of the screen there are two far-field microphones with an ambient light sensor between them.
The Google Nest hub is available with a stand covered in sand, water, chalk or charcoal with a small Google badge in the middle.
A power connector is located at the bottom of the bracket. It uses a proprietary connector instead of a USB-C cable.
At the bottom of the bracket is a bright orange rubber pad that prevents the Nest hub from slipping when interacting with the touch screen.
Set up Nest hub
In the Google Home app, configure settings such as the clock style, the photo albums you want to use as a background slideshow when the hub is idle, and connect a variety of other devices that can be controlled with Google Assistant.
What can he do?
Although the Nest Hub is marketed as a digital photo frame, this device is not limited to displaying your recent holiday photos. Let’s see the main features.
Digital Photo Frame
Let’s start with the main feature, which is the ability to display your favorite pictures on the 7-inch screen. To use this feature, you must have already saved your images in Google Photos. Then, in the Google Home app, you can specify which albums you want to view and create images of live aLbums of your family and friends that will automatically update when new images are added to your Google Photo Archive.
If you have images in portrait mode, you can set up a setting where multiple images will appear on the screen as you see above. You can also swipe in both directions to the center of the screen to see the previous or next image.
You can also tell the hub what images to display by simply saying, “Hey Google, show me photos from my vacation in California,” “That’s at least what it’s supposed to do. It was really disappointing when the Nest hub informed me that it could not display the images of this account if I used this voice command. With a little research, I found out that if you have a Google Suites account, which I do, this feature does not work. <sniff>
Since I’m using an Android phone, I’m already using Google Assistant on the phone, so with the Google Nest hub it’s no different than the fact that you have a nice widescreen to see the results.
Questions like “Hey Google, what’s the weather like today” brings a nice display and sound effects like bird chirping in the background.
I ran into another G Suites issue when I received the command “Hey Google, what dates do I have today?” try.”. I was told that the command is not available, but is constantly learning new commands. Thank you Google not No.
Another feature of the wizard is the ability to create routines that you can trigger with your voice, such as saying “Hey Google, Hello” or “Hey Google, I’m home”.
The Google Home app on your mobile device (it would be nice if you could also use the hub to customize these features) allows you to create a list of things that will happen once you have pronounced the triggering words to start a routine.
As a digital photo frame and smart home controller, the Google Nest hub is an affordable device with enough features to satisfy you. It has a nice screen, decent speakers and you can easily control most of the functions with your voice. As long as you are not a gsuite user as I am, this is a useful gadget for your home.