Google Home is a great way to show off just how smart Google is, but it doesn't feel like an essential experience yet. That's mainly because it lags behind the Echo in terms of support for third-party services. That makes Echo a smarter buy if you want to control smarthome devices -- but Home is a perfectly viable option for those who use lots of Google services.
- Tasteful design
- Access to Google's massive knowledge graph
- Google Assistant is conversational and context aware
- Chromecast integration has the potential to be a killer feature
- Speaker quality is only so-so for music
- Limited third-party app support compared to Amazon
- A handful of expected features aren't available at launch
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (2)
- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsGizmodo70Google Home Obliterates the Amazon Echo, But It'sIf you want to make like Kirk and Picard and have your own nebulous robot assistant, then right now Google Home is the right choice.Wired70Review: Google HomeAs much as I wish Google Home lived up to its future promises, it’s a fantastic addition to my living room right now. ... You never realize how many times you pull out your phone for one tiny, insignificant thing, until you finally have a better way to do it.CNET80Google Home review: Google Home can't topple AlexaWhile the Google Home shows a ton of potential, it's currently not as versatile or useful as Amazon's Echo -- though we expect it to improve in the days and months ahead.Android Authority80Google Home review â€“ the future of the home?Google Home shows a lot of promise and ... it’ll only get better with future updates and third-party support. If you regularly use voice assistant services, Google Home is a no-brainer, but if you’re not, it’ll be nothing more than just another audio speaker to you.Wareable70Google Home reviewWe're confident Google is going to flood Home with plenty of features within the next couple of months, making the $129 price point completely worth it. Right now, it's just another attractive piece of home decor.TechRadar70Google Home reviewGoogle Home is farther along in its first week than Amazon Echo was in its first six months. It still has a ways to go to catch up ... but it has real potential to one day be the smart home command center Google wants it to be.Android Central80Google Home review: Taking back the living roomFor a Google/Android fan, Google Home is a no-brainer. ... If you're not a Google user, then you're not going to get as much out of it, insofar as the Assistant stuff is concerned. But that doesn't mean it's a paperweight. Not hardly.CNN60Google Home review: Promising but playing catch upIf you're already entrenched in Google services, Google Home might be more appealing. But for frequent Amazon shoppers, the Echo is your obvious choice.Android Police70Google Home review: Three weeks with a voice assisThe most telling fact is that I'm still using Google Home after a few weeks. ... It has proven itself useful and I've grown very used to having it handy. In fact, I now have two set up in my house and I'm using both.Digital Trends70GOOGLE HOME REVIEWThe Google Home is fun, functional, and should only get better with time.
- 90AVERAGE USER SCORE2 ReviewsThatRobGuy90July 25, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I picked this up to put in the bedroom to have as a picture frame, casting device in the morning, as well as to listen to music to in the evening. It replaced a Google Home speaker. Few things to note, since it is in the bedroom, the lack of a camera is very good. It is a primary reason why I didn't want the comparable Amazon product. Display quality is good, albeit small. The 7 inch display is a touch too small, but I don't think I'd want a 10 inch display either. Sound quality is where the device falls short. It sounds no better than a Home Mini. I've put the Home Speaker back in and set up a group to help resolve the audio issues. Overall it is a nice device, and I might get a second one, but the biggest downfall is the poor audio quality. For the size of the device it should sound better.Engadget Reader90August 26, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As a user of the home in a mainly non-smart house, it's initial lack of support for 3rd party systems did not bother me, though that has improved none the less. As a home speaker, it's a bit bass-y, but aside from that, it is a perfectly good choice for a speaker with such convenience and no need for a remote. It also has access to all major streaming services, and with the new addition of free Spotify accounts, I can't think of a better option. Perhaps most importantly, it consistently answers my questions with exactly what I'm looking for.