In the past year, I relied a lot on Google Nest Hub Max in the kitchen. This 10-inch smart display helped me remember important ingredients while I cooked, and it entertained me with music while I waited for the water to boil. I enjoyed my time with him so much that when Google unveiled a new version of its 7-inch Nest Hub, I was excited to see if bringing it to my bedroom could improve my sleep as well.
Sleep detection is the hot new feature in Google’s smallest smart display. As the name suggests, it can monitor your sleep – without the need for a camera – and offers suggestions for improving sleep quality. I like to pull my weighted blanket on me and relax for the night, but sleep is not always easy. I turn around, my allergies are preventing my nose from breathing normally, and my mind remembers an awkward memory from years gone by.
After over a month with the second-gen Nest Hub on my nightstand, I can’t say I slept better, but it possesses enlightened me on a few sleeping habits that I was not aware of.
A lot of the same
The new Nest Hub can do everything its predecessor could do. This includes playing movies and music, walking you through recipes, browse your photos, control smart home devices and answer all your google search queries. There isn’t much new in this department except for the various updates related to the Google Assistant usually. rolls out in a year.
Visually, you will hardly notice a difference. It’s available in a few new colors, like “haze,” a pale blue, and Google says it’s made from 54% recycled plastic. If you’ve tried other Google smart displays, you know exactly what you’re getting here.
The first Nest Hub, originally called the Google Home Center, didn’t have a camera, and neither did the new one; I like this. I never use the video chat feature on my Nest Hub Max, although it can be useful if you’re already using Duo, Google’s default video chat app on Android phones. But considering this Nest Hub is for the bedroom, one of the most private places in the house, I’m glad the camera didn’t make an appearance.
There are now three far-field microphones instead of two, and I had no problem receiving my commands. The speaker has also been slightly improved, and for something that sits on the bedside table, that’s pretty good! But it won’t be my first choice for mixing an evening.
The 7-inch screen itself is no different, and unfortunately performance hasn’t improved much compared to the first-gen model either. It always takes a second or two to trigger actions after tapping the screen. This is also an issue with the larger Nest Hub Max. They’re all just a little behind the curve. It is still as compact as before. It should easily fit on most nightstands with room for other items like your phone and a glass of water.