1Google Home Mini Packs a Lot of Functions in a Tiny Smart Home Device
In the world of smart home devices, Google continues to come out with new devices in hopes of toppling Amazon, the market leader. While Amazon sells a variety of Echo devices that couple smart home control with outstanding entertainment experiences, Google, a newer entrant to the market, offers affordable solutions with attractive designs. One of those solid solutions is the Google Home Mini, a diminutive smart home device that doubles as a speaker. And with a price of just $49, it’s one of the most affordable and budget-friendly products on the market. I recently tried out the Google Home Mini in my home. Although it has its fair share of quirks, the Google Home Mini is a solid device with a great price. Here’s a first look at the Google Home Mini.
2Mini Means It Can Be Placed Anywhere
3It May Be Mini, but Its Sound Isn’t
4Google Assistant Gets Into the Mix
Google Assistant is the company’s answer to services like Alexa and Siri. Although it doesn’t have as many skills as Alexa, it benefits from its reliance on Google Search. It hears commands and interprets them with few problems and delivers results quickly. It’s a nice feature that will only get better over time.
5Chromecast Users Get a Better Entertainment Experience
6What About the Smart Home?
Google has partnered with several prominent companies—including Wemo and Nest—to enable Google Home Mini users to control the smart home. As someone who has a variety of smart home products, I found this to be a welcome feature that I use often. The Google Home Mini, however, does need to be able to work with more smart home solution products to be truly effective.
7Google Home Mini Works Best as Part of Broader Google Ecosystem
The Google Home Mini is one of many devices that Google offers for the smart home, including the Google Home, Chromecast and Nest line of devices. That’s not to say that the Google Home Mini doesn’t work with a variety of other products (it does), but it’s at its best when it’s part of the broader Google device ecosystem.
8It’s Part of a Growing Ecosystem
9It Works With Android and iOS
10Pair It With Other Google Services for a Better Experience
To get the most out of the Google Home Mini, users will need to be comfortable with Google and its range of services, as well as get a Google account. For best experiences, pair it with other Google hardware in the home and take advantage of Google services like YouTube Red and Google Play Music for easier access to audio.
11Why Google Home Mini Is a Great Value
At $49, the Google Home Mini is one of the cheapest smart home solutions on the market, while delivering features found in bigger and more expensive devices. The Google Home Mini might not sound as good as some of its larger counterparts, but audio quality isn’t bad and its voice-controller features are solid. Overall, the Google Home Mini delivers great value for the price.