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Is it just us, or does life keep getting busier and busier? Google can help simplify things a bit. In addition to offering tech products under its own brand, they also have a great selection of smart home products under the Nest brand, including a thermostat, a smoke detector, and a range of home security cameras. These are a few of our favorites.
The Google Home Hub could well be the tech giant's most exciting product to launch in 2018. With a vibrant 7-inch touch screen, it brings a whole new world of interactions with the Google Assistant, including the ability to watch YouTube videos.
One of our favorite Google Home Hub features is its ability to sync with your albums on Google Photos and display the photos when not in use. The device is also a powerful connected home hub — it’s compatible with a host of today's most popular smart home products.
The Google Home Hub received high review scores from CNET and The Verge. Testers liked the device's touch-screen functionality, as well as its seamless ability to interact with connected home products.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL by Google are among the best Android phones money can buy. They have a cool design with a dual-glass finish, powerful hardware, a great battery life, and the best single camera on any smartphone. Crucially, they also offer the latest and most advanced iteration of Android available at the moment, free of any bloatware.
Reviewers from CNET, The Verge, and Wired praised the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for the quality of their cameras. Most editors who tested the devices agree that they’re the best Android phones worth your attention.
The Google Pixel USB-C earbuds have a dedicated button for accessing the Google Assistant. The latter allows the elegant earbuds to translate over 40 different languages in real time.
Other key features of the wired earbuds include good sound quality and adjustable loops for a seamlessly comfy fit. The affordable earbuds are a great buy for owners of Android phones without an audio jack.
Reviewers from Digital Trends and The Verge liked the Pixel USB-C earbuds for their good sound, comfy fit, and seamless Google Assistant integration. However, one of the editors noted that the noise isolation of the earbuds could be better.
The Nest Hello video doorbell is our favorite product of its kind. Sleek and easy to install, it allows users to keep an eye on their front door in high resolution while away from home. It will send you alerts when someone is at your door, and even recognize family members and friends.
You have the option to answer the door via a built-in speaker and microphone (a mobile app is required). The gadget has a wide-angle lens and night-vision capabilities. It requires a wired installation.
The Google Pixel Slate is the tech giant's 2018 poster child for the Chrome OS platform. The elegant tablet has a vibrant 12.3-inch touch screen, a wide selection of Intel processors, a pair of USB-C ports, up to 12 hours of battery life, and fast charging capabilities among its key features.
Designed to blend in with your home decor, the Nest E thermostat has the ability to learn your heating and cooling preferences. This means that in time, it won't need programming — the gadget will automatically set itself, and save you money on utility bills.
You can control the temperature by adjusting the thermostat directly, via a smartphone app, or with Google Assistant voice commands.
Powered by a single 40-millimeter speaker, the palm-sized Google Home Mini will allow you to seamlessly access the neural network-powered Google Assistant via voice commands or by tapping its fabric-covered surface.
The Google Home Mini can play music, answer questions, set timers, and control connected appliances, among many other things. There are three colors to pick from — charcoal, chalk, and coral.
Google's own, reasonably priced Wi-Fi mesh network system is one of the best of its kind. Stylish (its looks are inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City) and easy to set up (all you need to do is download an app and follow the instructions), the device supports simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi for enhanced network speeds.
A handy feature for parents is the ability to pause the Wi-Fi connectivity on devices connected to your network. A single Google Wi-Fi unit is sufficient for a 1,500-square-foot home, and a three-pack can cover up to 4,500 square feet of space with high-quality Wi-Fi.
The Nest smoke detector has a cool design and gesture controls, as well as the ability to send alerts to your smartphone while you're away from home. There's a wired and a wireless variant to choose from. This is definitely a must-have connected home gadget.
The Google Chromecast Ultra is a compact and powerful streaming player, capable of delivering 4K and HDR content from the likes of Netflix and YouTube. It hangs from one of the HDMI ports on your TV, and it gives you access to Google's catalog of movies and TV shows.
The Chromecast Ultra can also mirror the screen of your Android smartphone, as well as display content from your Chrome browser. The gadget has no remote control, so you'll need to use your smartphone or tablet to stream content.
The Nest Cam IQ is a beautifully designed and incredibly clever home security camera that can recognize faces. This enables the device to alert you if there's a stranger in your home. The camera also has the Google Assistant built-in, so you can use it as a smart home hub.
The Nest Cam IQ has a 4K HDR-capable sensor — it enables the camera to capture Full HD footage and zoom toward an object with excellent results. The gadget also supports two-way communication via built-in microphones and a powerful speaker. An outdoor variant with a waterproof body is also available.
The Google Home Max is a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker that packs a serious audio punch, courtesy of a duo of 4.5-inch subwoofers and two 0.7-inch custom tweeters. Best of all, by using its quad-core processor and six built-in microphones, the speaker will automatically tune itself to always deliver the best possible audio experience for the content you're playing.
In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity with Chromecast and multiroom audio support, the Google Home Max also offers you the option to pair your favorite devices via Bluetooth. If you are looking for an even bigger sound, you can pair two Google Home Max units in a stereo setup.
The Google Pixelbook is the best Chrome OS laptop available today. Key specs of the sleek convertible notebook include a sharp 12.3-inch touchscreen, a choice between an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, up to 16 GB of RAM, and various solid-state drive storage options (up to 512 GB).
An optional stylus pen is also available for the Pixelbook. Like the Pixel smartphones, the Chrome OS laptop comes with the Google Assistant on board. The latest iteration of the notebook is better than ever, thanks to support for Android apps via the Google Play store.
The Nest Secure alarm system has sleek design, effortless setup, and ease of use. Its starter pack includes a smart hub with a keypad and a powerful siren, two sensors you can use on doors or windows, and two Nest tags. The tags allow you to seamlessly arm and disarm the alarm system by tapping the main hub, saving you the effort of entering a passcode.
As expected from a Nest product, the Secure alarm system allows you to integrate one of the company's cameras into it. You can also add more sensors and Nest tags if necessary.