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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 18064 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect little assistant

    Posted
    BBuyer
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    My son bought this for me as a gift. Initially I didn't think I would use it very often but I use it alot. I have it in my kitchen and I use it for recipes, weather, music. I get a little frustrated when I don't have my phone readily available to cast my music bc most of my selections are only available in Google Music, I haven't taken the time to check into subscribing to Google Music but it's not really that big of a deal to me. I don't have much trouble finding music I like and I can cast anything. I love the black color, it blends into the background on my backer's rack, you don't even know it's there. The sound is fine for quick music. I recommend getting the larger version if you are wanting a better sound or plan to use it as your main music speaker source. I liked it so much that I bought my mom one. Definitely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the Google Home line

    Posted
    Beelwin
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    The Google Mini was a great addition to the Home family. For being as small as it is the speaker is pretty good. I have the Google Home as well and the thing the mini is lacking when playing music is bass. If you are looking for this to be your main music speaker in the room you are putting it in I would definitely consider getting the Google Home instead. However if you already have one of those this is a great extension to expand in to other rooms of your house at a reasonable cost. Also if you have multiple you can use them to broadcast messages throughout your home similar to a intercom. For example you can say "Hey Google, broadcast It is time for dinner" It will then play that message on all your Google Home / mini devices. To note the functionality of the Google mini is identical to the Google Home. They both use the same app on your phone and both can process all of the same commands. The major difference is the speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Google home mini works well, but privacy concerns

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    BradleyUfgoodlykins
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    I have amazon echos and dots around my house and an iPhone and iPad so I wanted to try out google's assistant. The google assistant is a bit easier to work with than alexa and definitely behind apple's siri. But according to my research, google is always listening and sending everything to the 'cloud'. Amazon is always listening but will only send what it hears after you say your key word ('alexa', etc). Apple will only process what you say to it and send the translated information to the 'cloud' (I ask 'what is the weather?', it sends 'weather request' to the server, no recordings, nothing I say is stored on the device). But there is no way apple will sell me a home pod for $500. I'll probably stick with my echos and dots I probably spent less than $500 altogether that are in every room of the house now. Google home seems interesting but the privacy concerns don't make me want to replace the amazon devices I already have.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good smart speaker but not perfect

    Posted
    snapperheadjoe
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    Google has several things going for this tiny smart speaker. The sound quality is much better than on the Alexa mini devices however it doesn't have the ability to connect an external speaker via a plug or Bluetooth which is a big detraction. There is also no comparison between the Smart's of Google Assistant versus Alexa's very limited responses and knowledge when it comes to answering questions. However the Alexa assistant, in my opinion, is better at controlling smart home devices. Give Google a little time and they will catch up and probably surpass Amazon. For now if you want a better sounding mini smart speaker that can answer your random questions more accurately stick with the Google mini but if your main concern is controlling your smart home then the Alexa Mini is it better return on your investment. As a side note I own six Alexa Minis and two Google Minis and have put them head-to-head so my assessment is accurate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible experience

    Posted
    Chase
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    If I could give this 0 stars I would. I purchased this the same day as posting this review. Immediately I went home to set it up, I was given an error and then proceeded to try setting it up for 3 hours including a 1 1/2 hour call with google service trying to assist in setting it up. The google service was extremely helpful in patient but the device refused to work. Also this error has persisted on this device for around 6 months without fix at this point. If the error comes up after connecting to wifi don't even try to fix it, you're screwed. Just get an Echo instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plays well with Samsung SmartThings and Insignia

    Posted
    TheYellowStreak
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    Bought three during Black Friday to use throughout the house. Google Home Control does a great job integrating with other devices like Samsung SmartThings and the Insignia Smart Plugs. All you have to do is make sure you've set up your devices on their respective host services (i.e. Samsung Smart Things and Insignia Smart Plugs), then you just add those services as 'devices' to Google Home/Home Control. Once done, devices will be controllable with Google Home Mini. At a minimum, these are nice internet connected speakers. For me, this serves as the means to verbally control some lights/devices and get some background noise/entertainment/info when hands are busy cooking... Sound quality is good (but I had low expectations coming in). But I am expecting Google to continually enhance functionality (please allow hotwords to be customizable - 'hey google' does not roll off the tongue easily - too many syllables).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smaller brother to the Home

    Posted
    BillF
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    This packs all the capabilities of the Google Home (and Maxx) in a tiny donut size footprint. If you have a Google home or use Google Assistant on your phone/tablet you know what you are getting. The speaker in this guy is surprisingly loud (although quality can get distorted a bit). You can tell the Google Mini to turn the volume up or down using your voice or tapping on the sides of the device. I typically use my voice and have found it a bit finicky on where to tap for volume up/down, I wish there was more clarification on the device. Connecting multiple google home products via the home app is simple! that will allow you to have music playing on multiple speakers at once which is great. One thing that I wish was included with the packaging is Velcro tape. While the footprint is really small, I think it's better suited hanging from underneath a cabinet or side table. All in all this is a great device and if you can get it on sale, it is a no brainer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Entry to Smart Home Tech

    Posted
    politidroid
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    I have a few of these around the house and I love them! They can hear your voice quite easily (even better than the bigger Google Home that comes at more than twice the cost of this one) and there are new features every couple of weeks to play with. The speaker does get extremely loud however, what it lacks is any substantial bass, especially when listening to music. This is not a deal breaker by any means. It still outperforms speakers I have used in this price range and I find my self using it more than anything to listen to music. The great part is, if you have more than one, you can set up a home group and have music playing throughout your home. I've also invested in making my apartment smart home friendly and it's been fantastic. These work with just about every smart home product on the market and Google is light-years ahead of the competition when it comes to voice recognition and executing commands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love new technology, great for patents, teens/youn

    Posted
    crysaris
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    We've had so much fun with our Google Mini. It's amazing how fast she is to respond to our questions (even from a long way across the room Mini can catch our voice). My youngest has a speech impairment yet Mini can make out generally everything he is asking. It makes us have a good sense of humor to his impairment sometimes when Mini gets his question a bit misunderstood, innocent little giggles from time to time. On the other hand it helps him to stop then use his speech therapy skills to enunciate better. I think some days that is why he is using it... so he can keep improving. There's very few questions that are unanswerable that we've asked so far. Pretty easy and straightforward to set up. I definitely recommend getting the product. We lucked out and bought it on Black Friday for a great price. Also bought several more for my siblings. I can't wait to find out how their families are enjoying them. Hope as much as my own has enjoyed our new tech gadget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Chris
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    I love my Google Home Mini. The Google Assistant is the best of the smart home assistants in my opinion, and I've tried all of them. 9/10 times it's the one that's going to understand your question the most. I mostly use mine for asking the weather, checking my commute and calendar, and controlling a handful of smart devices (thermostat, home security, and a few smart plugs). While I do think the smart assistant technologies are not at it's full potential yet, the Google Assistant is constantly improving so it is nice to see when new features are rolled out. I'm sure if you're in the Google ecosystem, this would be a no-brainer and would work seamlessly for you. I am on an iPhone and have still found it incredibly easy to use. For the price, not a bad way to get introduced to smart homes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Inexpensive way to enter the Google Home system

    Posted
    Expatriated3
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    I bought this on a great deal because I was curious about Google Home. I have an Amazon Echo and really love it's versatility and smart home controls, but I wanted to see how well Google Home integrates with my android smart phone. The answer is it works amazingly well, accessing my music and calendar flawlessly. There are devices that Google Home controls better than the Echo and vice versa. It is interesting to see the differences in the ecosystems between the two devices. So far though, I am having a lot of fun exploring the mini and all it can do. As far as cons, the speaker gets louder than I expected for its size but it sounds canned when playing music loudly with no real bass to speak of. Also, the music options are more limited than Amazon's offering without paying for a subscription. This is generally not a concern for me because I have a lot of music on Google play but I find that every other song I want to hear is only available on subscription.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Nifty

    Posted
    AlxOrl
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    If you want an assistant at home and have a lot of Google integration in your daily life (Gmail, Hangouts, etc), the Google Home Mini can supplement and make things a bit easier. It's great to be able to verbally tell it to add peanut butter to my shopping list or have it read to me my calendar for the day as I'm preparing breakfast. You can indeed have a semi fluid conversation with it where as the Amazon Echo most of the time requires you to say its wake word. It works great with home automation (smart plugs/switches, smart thermostat, etc). There are a couple of bugs in it though. Sometimes it will just turn on even though nobody remotely said "Hey Google" or "OK Google." If you turn the volume all the way up and are streaming music to it, it has a tendency to reboot. The device does get fairly warm, so it's a bit of a concern to me since the Echo stays cool to touch. But this is the first generation, so we can only hope it'll get better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not better than echo dot.

    Posted
    Alex62
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    Many people compare Google Home Mini with Echo Dot. Here is my opinion. I have both. And I'm gonna keep both. Because they both serve different purpose. I'm using Echo to listen to the music using external Bluetooth speaker and to control my smart home devices. Google is good answering questiond. Because it's Google. In my opinion Google screwed up two things. First, inability to connect to external speaker without any additional hardware like Chromecast. We can admit that speakers on both Echo Dot and Google Home Mini suck. And second, inability to change the wake word on Home Mini. Because sometime I want to say `Hi Google` just to my phone but Home Mini also answers the call. That a little bit frustrating. All those problems are fixable with a simple software update. I'm not sure if Google is going to do it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Took it back

    Posted
    Dave
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    After setting this up and taking it for a test drive, I decided to take it back. While I like the color and looks of it, I didn't really like the way you had to change things, like the volume for instant. I had planned on using it at my desk, but didn't really want to have to tell it to raise or lower the volume which I knew you could do. I just prefer a button for this. You actually had to tap on it to change the volume and it could be tricky at times to find the right area on top of it to do this and not to mention how low or high you are setting it because it uses dots to indicate it when to do raise or lower it. I had to research to find out what the buttons on the bottom of it did, so after that I decide to return it. Other than, if that's what you like, I would recommend it. Just wasn't to my liking.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    Posted
    Eman
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    I was very skeptical at first about these smart home items. Did I really need a speaker that I talk too. But, wow....you need to buy this. Alone the speaker is good. The beauty in this device is when, you start connecting it to other smart devices. I got Phillips hue lights Chromecast(for a older hdtv). I can now control lights around the house. I can turn off my tv with a simple voice command. To truly get the most out of the Google home mini you have to download a app called ifft on the Google play store or the Apple store. It lets customize actions for the Google home to recognize. Oh, and the speaker is always getting better, Google is updating the mini all the time. Honestly, I was not sold on the Google home mini at first. But with a little time invested; it is now integrated in my daily life. Once you set everything up with the basics like me, you looking at the possibilities like smart door bells, security cameras, thermostats, and etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice addition

    Posted
    BBshopper
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    I own both this mini and a few Alexa devices. Each have their advantages. The mini is surprisingly good at picking up my voice, even from another room. Alexa only seems to hear me when I’m directing my voice straight at her. However, like Alexa, it isn’t as good at that when there are other noises next to it. They each have their own entertaining “personalities” but there are also many simple requests which they annoyingly can’t respond to (this is always getting better). Both control my home and entertainment devices nicely. Google is usually a bit faster with this, possibly because most are connected to my Google Wifi. Neither app is great, but they are both useable. Google doesn’t have the same skill options. I prefer the look of the mini over the dot, but I like the new Echo over the full sized Google. So, which would I choose? Honestly, both. They make a pretty good team.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good small smart speaker

    Posted
    Robs
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    The Home Mini offers an inexpensive way to get the Google Assistant into your home. It is very easy to setup through the app, it is the same process as setting up a Chromecast. It takes less than five minutes. After that, it is small and unobtrusive enough that it stays out of your way until you need it for something. It is quick to respond when you speak to it, Really good for talking to your other smart home devices, or just to ask questions. Every once in a while, it won't understand you unless you speak very clearly and deliberately, even when giving a command you have used before without issue. Sound quality is ok for listening to music, but that's not really what it is made for. Overall, a solid choice at a reasonable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Fairly useless

    Posted
    CrazyDog
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    Google has disappointed on a grand scale. It can answer the stupidest of questions (where is Santa?) and yet can't dial out number stored in my contacts on my Google account/phone. I can't end a phone call other than saying "OK Google, Hang up" - which of course makes it useless as it would record this when leaving a voice message. Also, it does not interface with my phone (like when I ask it to display pictures)...my phone shows it's registered with the Mini but it asks what device to show it on and does not recognize my phone when I direct it to "show my pictures of ___ on my phone." It's a gimmicky waste of money far away from being useful unless you're bored, have no friends and need a computer to keep you company. At least I only paid $30...but would NOT recommend this product until they make some serious improvement to capability and functionality. Really disappointed...something I would expect from Apple/Siri, not Google.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Smarthome Speaker

    Posted
    Jackp
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    I bought one of these despite not really using an Echo dot very much in the past, and i find myself using it more and more. Being able to ask about my commute to work or a particular location is really convenient because i can gauge how much time i need to get there, and the Google Home takes it a step further by sending directions to my iPhone. I also found the integration process for various smart-home devices extremely painless. I've managed to integrate smart outlets from what seemed like a no-name brand with my Samsung SmartThings hub (and water leak sensors, plus one more power outlet) and finally, my ADT security system. Everything works flawlessly. I was actually so pleased by my experience with this Google Mini i bought two more. Now i have one in our master bathroom, our kitchen, and in the office

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good smart speaker but not perfect

    Posted
    snapperheadjoe
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    Google has several things going for this tiny smart speaker. The sound quality is much better than on the Alexa mini devices however it doesn't have the ability to connect an external speaker via a plug or Bluetooth which is a big detraction. There is also no comparison between the Smart's of Google Assistant versus Alexa's very limited responses and knowledge when it comes to answering questions. However the Alexa assistant, in my opinion, is better at controlling smart home devices. Give Google a little time and they will catch up and probably surpass Amazon. For now if you want a better sounding mini smart speaker that can answer your random questions more accurately stick with the Google mini but if your main concern is controlling your smart home then the Alexa Mini is it better return on your investment. As a side note I own six Alexa Minis and two Google Minis and have put them head-to-head so my assessment is accurate.

    I would recommend this to a friend