Google Home Mini review: An affordable home assistant that needs work

It has been a few weeks since giving some initial impressions of the Google Home Mini. Since then, more time has been spent living with it, giving it commands, and assimilating into my daily life. The experience is quite interesting, in that, this is the first smart speaker I have ever used or owned. While this might seem like a huge statement, it really isn’t. … Continue reading Google Home Mini review: An affordable home assistant that needs work

Review of the $49 smart home speaker

One year after Google Home’s launch, Google has a smaller version: the Google Home Mini. Priced at $49.99, the smart home gadget is designed to compete directly with the equally-small — and equally-priced — Amazon Echo Dot. But is the Home Mini equally intelligent, and should you buy one? Let’s find out. Google Home Mini review: Design and hardware Shaped like a pebble and about … Continue reading Review of the $49 smart home speaker

Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker

The home smart speaker war is on. Some might say Amazon has already won it, with its Alexa voice-assistant Echo range and third-party support in other respected brand speakers. Amazon has competition though, predominantly from Google. The original Google Home looked like a big air freshener and, arguably, took a more design-first approach than the original Amazon Echo. With Home’s inoffensive white matte plastic and swappable colour … Continue reading Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker

Google Home on the go |

Google recently announced that they were opening up Google Assistant to accessory manufacturers, which means customers can buy a Google Home clone from their preferred brand of wireless speaker. There are a ton of possibilities for Google with that initiative, including Google Home speakers with different form factors, varying costs, and specific use cases that just aren’t covered by the Google Home, Google Home Mini, … Continue reading Google Home on the go |