Google Home Hub review

8.5/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Google Home Hub

Specs / Features


Specification

Wireless
Wireless Inputs Bluetooth
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
Brand Google
Release date 22-October-2018
Size 6.7 x 17.8 x 11.8 cm (2.6 x 7 x 4.6 in)
Weight 480 grams
(16.94 ounces)

Critic Reviews


Ausdroid

What’s not to love

from Ausdroid

If you’ve already set your household up with Google Assistant and a Google Home or two, Home Hub is a bit of a no-brainer – with its extra smart home controls and touchscreen interface it’s sure to find a useful place in your house even if you don’t use its voice assistant features regularly, like me.

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If you’ve already set your household up with Google Assistant and a Google Home or two, Home Hub is a bit of a no-brainer – with its extra smart home controls and touchscreen interface it’s sure to find a useful place in your house even if you don’t use its voice assistant features regularly, like me.

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Daily Express

A capable smart display overshadowed by its most immediate competition

from Daily Express

While the device certainly offers an adorable design, great software and the tech giant's signature Assistant built-in, Lenovo have managed to offer a finer product for just over £40 more. That means the Home Hub is ultimately only appealing for those looking to kit out their home with futuristi...More

While the device certainly offers an adorable design, great software and the tech giant's signature Assistant built-in, Lenovo have managed to offer a finer product for just over £40 more. That means the Home Hub is ultimately only appealing for those looking to kit out their home with futuristic technology on a budget and not enthusiasts looking for the most capable smart display around.

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PhoneArena

Makes some appreciable inroads towards being your total “Home Hub”

from PhoneArena

The versatile, soft aesthetic helps but the smaller size and lack of water resistance may be somewhat prohibitive for placement in the home. It is, however, perfectly suited as a bed- or desk-side companion with the Ambient Display EQ blending the Home Hub seamlessly into your background, and the...More

The versatile, soft aesthetic helps but the smaller size and lack of water resistance may be somewhat prohibitive for placement in the home. It is, however, perfectly suited as a bed- or desk-side companion with the Ambient Display EQ blending the Home Hub seamlessly into your background, and the useful smart home and music controls placed right at your fingertips.

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MobileTechTalk

A great product

from MobileTechTalk

If you like your pictures, the Google Home Hub is for you. It might be the most expensive photo frame available, but it’s also a little smarter than that, as Google looks to expand their smart home presence even further with a device dedicated to keeping everything smart in your home, accessible by a tap.

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If you like your pictures, the Google Home Hub is for you. It might be the most expensive photo frame available, but it’s also a little smarter than that, as Google looks to expand their smart home presence even further with a device dedicated to keeping everything smart in your home, accessible by a tap.

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techAU

The smart assistant with a display

from techAU

The Google Home Hub is a great product, with the feature set today only growing into the future. The device’s screen is it’s greatest feature, particularly as a proposition for someone already acquainted with the benefits of far-range microphones and voice assisted speakers.

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The Google Home Hub is a great product, with the feature set today only growing into the future. The device’s screen is it’s greatest feature, particularly as a proposition for someone already acquainted with the benefits of far-range microphones and voice assisted speakers.

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Talk Android

More than just a photo frame

from Talk Android

The Home Hub isn’t perfect, but it does offer a slick and polished user experience. The great thing about the Home Hub is that it takes away some of the awkwardness and frustration of interacting with the Google Assistant in that you can navigate via the touchscreen display to an extent. The in...More

The Home Hub isn’t perfect, but it does offer a slick and polished user experience. The great thing about the Home Hub is that it takes away some of the awkwardness and frustration of interacting with the Google Assistant in that you can navigate via the touchscreen display to an extent. The integration with Google Photos turns it into the perfect photo frame, and it’s great for casual consumption of video or audio content and perfect for accessing the Google Assistant and controlling your smart home devices.

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Good Gear Guide

A different kind of a smart TV

from Good Gear Guide

Even if you’re a smart speaker nut, the Google Home Hub really isn’t a must-have. It does something that the regular Google Home can’t do, but it isn’t a game-changer. However, that being said, if you’re the kind of person who find this new direction for the category to be a compelling...More

Even if you’re a smart speaker nut, the Google Home Hub really isn’t a must-have. It does something that the regular Google Home can’t do, but it isn’t a game-changer. However, that being said, if you’re the kind of person who find this new direction for the category to be a compelling one and Google Photos is your cloud of choice, there’s enough going on here for it to sell itself as a good secondary smart speaker or a substitute for your existing Google Home Mini.

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Mashable

An incredible digital photo frame that's also a smart speaker

from Mashable

The Home Hub is such a great digital photo frame, the smart speaker and voice control stuff feels more like a bonus. 

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The Home Hub is such a great digital photo frame, the smart speaker and voice control stuff feels more like a bonus. 

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Android Headlines

The best digital picture frame ever

from Android Headlines

While Ambient EQ makes this the best digital photo frame ever, there’s little else to the Home Hub that makes it possible to recommend over other smart displays on the market, making it a lower value product overall. At a lower price it certainly would be an excellent no-frills option for those...More

While Ambient EQ makes this the best digital photo frame ever, there’s little else to the Home Hub that makes it possible to recommend over other smart displays on the market, making it a lower value product overall. At a lower price it certainly would be an excellent no-frills option for those that want smart display functionality in their homes, but as of this writing, it’s just priced too high for what it lacks.

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TechnoBuffalo

So simple, so delightful

from TechnoBuffalo

Truthfully, it’s a Home with a display. When you ignore the latter, you’re looking at another smart speaker. So it depends on the desire for a visual as well. Google Assistant’s always performed above expectations with voice alone, but now you get more insight. The digital assistant does it...More

Truthfully, it’s a Home with a display. When you ignore the latter, you’re looking at another smart speaker. So it depends on the desire for a visual as well. Google Assistant’s always performed above expectations with voice alone, but now you get more insight. The digital assistant does its part; however, the rest of the Home Hub’s software could use a boost. More third-party services, to be exact.

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