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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I have minis and the original models - I love em

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    Flynt
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    I stated with original series and then when minis came out, before they lowers price of originals I bought some of these for my work office, my home office and my bedroom. They do everything the original does. The only thing different that I don’t fancy is that sometimes it not quite as responsive as the originals. But still i plan to buy 3’more of these at their new price point for various locations at home and 1’for my truck. Yup, for my truck. Read the below review I posted about the Systems overall and see just how much value and dependence this tool has brought to our home. ####%%%%%%% I have tried so many things and returned a few companies products i this learning curve. The HUE lights are highly addictive. At first their point seemed too high for my hobby project that my wife would not accept right off the bat. They’ve lowered the prices and a still pumping out great new products. They are very reliable and very customizable. I love them. I love them I love them. See below for another review I placed about the Google Assistant see just how well the lighting has melded into my wife’s Psyche!!!!! =============••= Yes, “them”. At first I bought one and I bought an Echo also. I kept my Google Home Assistant Speaker and returned the Exho. I have bought 2 of the original style and two of the minis for my home. Couple with my smart switches, outlets and bulbs and with both chromecast to 1 tv and the other to anextra monitor and then 2 of the audiocast to two diffferent high output audio speakers in larger rooms and without an Assistant in those particular my house is coming alive. It’s funny, at first my wife kind of put off and frustrated with me doing this. Now she’s fully onboard, so much that other morning after just awakening she hurting the living to fold some cloths she left on the couch the night beforehand. I was still I bed and I heard her say “Turn Living Room” af few moment later I head her say it again. And then I heard her say “Turn everything on” and I could tell by her voice she was frustrated and I could tell by looking the cracked door that no lights were so. So. I said, the ‘mini’ speaker in my bedroom, “Ok Google, Turn Everything On” and voila the living room, dining room, bed room, kitchen, breakfast, many lamps and the Christmas tree all lit up to the preintendes brightness values. I get up an go toward her and say “Whats Up?” I then say, you gotta say Hey Google or Ok Google first. She said well they came on and I told her I heard and and did it for her from the room. She was irritated that her voice sauce was not tuning on the Lights. I have slowly building my system for about 4 months now. During the period she has become so used to the Speakers and talking to command them that she even thought to just go and Flick a switch or button for any light. She’s used to bossing these rooms around I guess. It was truly very cute and funny. BUT the best part is the feedback. ALL the MUSIC from google play. We have a very extensive Apple iTunes Music Library I have compiled from about 4000 CD and then the stuff we purchase through Intunes. I was actually waiting for the new Apple speaker to show up and that why I don’t have one of the larger model Googles. Apple has not delivered I’m just stick to my Google. Any back to the music. Our purchased library is huge. GOOGLE PLAY is exponentially larger and it rocks. I can come home and say Hey Google play some cool Jazz from the 50 and she will begin to fill the room with all kinds of music and artist I would never even think of. I can ask her to Play Contemporay Christian and she’ll plank all out favorites and a bunch of new songs my local radio stations have not let me hear yet. Wi H google play mynacccount in Yourube is upgraded to Red status. That means no stupid you tube ads and I think higher quality definition. She’ll play YouTube to the assistant and Cast devices in audio and replay the contest on my monitors (better that that echo display) and she’ll play my Netflix, news cast and a ton of other stuff on to my chrome cast. In the morning she tell me about the weather, my travel time and my agenda and reads to me the top headlines. We use the one in the kitchen the most. It is usable from Kitchen Living Breakfast ans Dining room areas with how my house it laid out and where I placed it. A great resource she pull up recipes, set times, and does so much. And now, she able to make phone calls too. The call come from my number so my contact know to answer and still I can use her to call MY phone on those occasions it has misplaced itself. My wife, it know her voice from mine and she can do all the above for her preferences. What I really really really want and am waiting in creating calendar events that tie into my Gmail ( and Apple and Outlook) Account’s and the ability to send voice to text messages from her. And real large on my wants to read and create emails. She say something like, “i’m Sorry I can’t help with that yet”. Come on google. Give it to me. My family came for thanksgiving. They fell in love. On Black Friday I bought a bunch of products to get them for Christmas. They’ll be hooked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comparable to Amazon's Echo Dot (Alexa) . . .

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    PervisStoop
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    Relatively easy setup (I'm an IT professional, so easy for me) LIKE: Recognizes voice as mine, Amazon's Echo Dot recognizes any without distinction. *DING* plus a star . . . LIKE: Form factor is nice & like the mostly hidden lights behind the material. LIKE: Speaker is better than Amazon's Echo Dot (volume & bass, anyway) although really, if you want good sound, you're not going to use the device by itself anyway . . . ah well, *DING* plus a star. LIKE: Connected immediately to YouTube (I pay for red) when signing in with my existing google account and it immediately picked up my preferences. *DING, DING* plus 2 stars! (Amazon Music has proven fairly restrictive & often shifted prime songs in and out of their basic Prime inclusion: trying to force an additional prime music subscription, which I refuse to do, considering I already pay for Prime. So YouTube has been my go-to for the last year or so & glad it's already on board.) LIKE: Had light bulbs and plug switches connected to Kasa's TP-Link and already controlling them with Amazon's Echo Dot . . . with sign in connection established between Google Home & Kasa's TP-Link, all were immediately available for control . . . plus I could rename each device specific to Google Home. *DING* plus a star. DISLIKE: Can't change the wake phrase. You're stuck with OK Google or Hey Google. *DING* minus 1/2 star. (Echo has 4 options, one of them is "computer" . . . which is what I like) DISLIKE: AI voice limited to male & female with no real variations: I don't particularly like or dislike either voice. DISLIKE: ABSOLUTELY HAD to install Google Home on my phone or iPad (would rather I didn't HAVE to do that, no option for Windows 10, but oh well *DING* minus 1/2 star). SUMMARY: If you're big into Amazon, stick with Echo, it's roughly equivalent in ability. If you're not really into Amazon, Google Home is probably your better bet. For either, if you're new to the whole AI automation thing, you should start with the Home Mini (or Echo Dot) & a few outlet plugs and/or controllable light bulbs in the bedroom. Set up a morning routine & go from there . . . a LOT of really great stuff. Certainly more to come, as this whole AI thing is just getting started. Remember this thing is sitting there listening to everything 24/7 . . . so if you're into conspiracy theories or nefarious activities . . . you might want to think twice about providing an audio channel into your home space. I'm not personally worried at this point, but am definitely going to keep my ears open for what is going on in the home consumer AI space . . .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I prefer over the echo

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    InflatedKarma
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    I have been playing around with both the google home mini and the Amazon echo dot for a while. about the only thing I preferred the echo over the mini was that the echo picks up you voice better and at greater distance than the mini. probably due to the 7 mic array of the echo vs the 2 of the mini. the google mini wins in many other areas. 1. natural speech. Google has been gathering data points for years, as a result their speech recognition is excellent. you can speak very naturally with the google home, with Alexa you have to be more precise. also, google allows the creations of shortcuts, basically you can assign a short phrase for otherwise lengthy commands. good example is controlling my harmony hub. if you want to turn off you system (pressing off on remote) you would have to say "hey google, tell harmony to turn off the entertainment system". with a shortcut, you would just have to say "hey google, turn off the tv". in the next release of the google software you will be able to create "routines". basically a shortcut that performs multiple commands. example, "hey google, good night" and it would turn off the tv and the lights etc... 2. voice identification. this is a good feature if you have kids or are concerned about security. also allows for personalized playlist, calendars etc... I found it too restrictive, about 10% of the time it would not recognize my voice and I would have to repeat several times. 3. automation. I think this would depend on the devices you are using. for me the big 2 were the Nest thermostat and the harmony hub remote. echo will adjust the temp on the Nest, but it seemed to have issues if you were in Heat/cool mode as oppose to either heat or cool. with google it will not only set the temp, you can distinguish which temp, ie. heat/cool mode you can say set the heat to 74 or set the cool to 76, you can also ask what the current setting are, change between heat/cool mode, set to away mode etc.. with the harmony hub, echo could turn off the system, change channels "sometimes" and start activities. google, will do all that plus pause, play, channel up or down, volume up or down, mute, unmute.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Of the Google Assistant speakers it's... ok

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    nopking
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    I'm pretty invested in the Google Home/Assistant ecosystem - I've already got a couple of Minis and a couple of Homes and a Lenovo Smart Display and a Home Hub and also an Insignia. Throw in a couple of headsets that include assistant and I've got Google everywhere. No, there's a reason, I'm not just Google crazy, I write about these in my spare time. I didn't know when I ordered the my Nest doorbell a Mini was getting tacked on. I'd have preferred literally any other Google Assistant product, but let's address my issues with the Mini. It's ok. Of the products out there I've tried I can't say much more than it works and works ok. You want to dip your toes in the Assistant pool, you're not going to go wrong. What I don't like about these is the pickup on all Minis I've ever run into seems to not be as robust as the others. It works, it'll be fine but I'm "OK Google"ing much more than on other devices. The next is since these have been relegated to kid's rooms (nighttime music, story norey, couple of kid things) getting the volume adjusted via voice is harder on these than any I've used. The others hear the OK Google when the music is too loud, these I generally have to come and whack and I always manage to turn it up even more. Good, not the best, but being the lowest price entry models can't complain. I'd rather get the Insignia on sale when it's $20 or a Lenovo when it's 90 or so. But then again, they're an entirely different class and different base price model. So can't complain excessively about the mini - it works, or works better than anything we could have imagined four years ago, yadda yadda

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product, but it won’t make me leave the Echo

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    GadgetGirl
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    Let me start by saying that I have a number of Alexa devices, including 3 of the 1st gen Echo, and couple of 1st gen of the Dot, a couple of 2d gen Dot, and a Spot. I’ve been pretty happy with them as we’ve built our Smart Home capabilities, but was interested in trying out the Google Home Mini after getting a recommendation from someone in the family. When the right sale price came along, we took the opportunity to pick one up at Best Buy. The Google Home Mini is an attractive, small smart speaker; it is really much nicer looking than both the 1st and 2d gen Echo Dot (I don’t have a 3d gen, so can’t do a side-by-side). It is very responsive; in fact, I’d say it is slightly more responsive than any of the Echo products. It “speaks” clearly, but I think the voice sounds a little more artificial than that of the Echo. In the “smarts” department, I haven’t asked it anything it stumbled over yet. I wouldn’t recommend it as a primary means to listen to music, but then I don’t find playing music on the Echo devices to be very appealing, either. They’re both fine for short periods of listening. Overall, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try the Google Home Mini, but I don’t find enough value added to want to abandon our Echo devices. Honestly, if Google had been first out of the gate with a smart speaker, I would probably feel the same way about abandoning their products. It’s good to have choices, and I think you just have to decide which “universe” you’re most comfortable in - Google’s or Amazon’s. I don’t think you can go wrong with either at this point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid smart assistant for Google service users

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    Argus9
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    I've owned several Amazon Echo devices and a Google Home and can say they're both useful additions to the home - having access to information and utilities like setting timers is incredibly useful in everyday life, in the kitchen, etc. I like the Home mini's aesthetics more than the Echo Dot - the fabric cover looks and feels nice, and the four LEDs to display status are nice and subdued. The speaker on the device is decent, but not great. You'll want one of the full-size versions (Google Home or Amazon Echo gen. 2) if you'd like to listen to any music on the speaker with any real fidelity. However, for listening to voice responses, podcasts, or audiobooks, the Home Mini's speaker works just fine. The size is convenient and lets you install it just about anywhere in the home. You can even get some command strips and hang it on a wall easily. That said, it's pretty stylish and you'll probably want to display it somewhere openly to add to a room. The Home Mini is backed by Google's AI technology, so it's superior to the Echo (and, likely, the upcoming Apple HomePod speaker using Siri) for answering questions and queries, but currently, the Echo has a wider range of third-party services it supports through its "Skills" system. Google will probably catch up eventually, but for now, its main use is answering simple questions, starting timers and setting reminders, and helping you with connected google services like Google Calendar. You can also use the speaker as a Google Cast device to cast audio to its speaker, and even connect it with other Google Cast-compatible speakers to set up a multi-room audio solution. Again, the speaker isn't great, but it'll get the job done. Overall this is a nice showing from Google, and it's good to see these smart assistant devices starting to become more affordable than ever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice price for a helpful device

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    VIProphetRydr
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    I have a few other Google devices in my possession (Chromecast video, audio, router) so I am fairly familiar with Google, their products, and how they operate. The Google Home Mini was fairly easy to set up, connect to the internet and have it running. It's pretty good at setting alarms, playing my music from Spotify, iHeart radio and Tune In, answering basic questions about current events, news, weather and directions. I would like it to perform some home automation features like turn on and off my TV, control my light bulbs (illumi brand), and locate my car using the Automatic adapter. I know this device is one that they will provide updates, improve over time and add features for an ever expanding array of smart products. I'm just hoping some of the features I want are available soon or provided before they move on and develop something else making the Mini obsolete. The price of entry is not bad at $29.99. It also functions well as a small speaker. I have it placed on my bedside table and it loud enough and can handle a decent range of highs, midrange and bass without distorting at mid volume. The alarm does a good job of waking you up but not sounding obnoxious. If I could add or suggest improvements/must haves, I would: 1. Like a way to wall mount the device 2. More colors available in store (I've seen a red version but the only offer the chalk or charcoal colors at Best Buy). How about offering them in the Google colors? 3. I have another device with the Google assistant built in. When I say' "Hey Google", both devices respond. How do you get a particular device to respond without having the other one respond (other than turning off the mic)? Other than that, this is a cool device that provides an entryway into the smart device world without breaking the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic little gadget!

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    Dave
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    Looks very clean and modern. Sound quality is excellent considering the compact size. Using it as a Bluetooth speaker is not recommended as I notice the Mini dropping connection ever so often. There is also a video-audio synchronization issue, with the sound being noticeably delayed. Google Assistant is very good. They keep on adding new features and it feels very intuitive and fun to use. It can get confused in certain cases quite often though - when there are other people speaking or there are other sounds, the Home Mini can't exactly tell when to stop listening and will most probably get the words all mixed up. I also can't say much about how well it works with an iPhone device since I am using an Android phone. I have finally made a smart home thanks to the Google Home Mini. I am able to adjust the lights or the temperature. I can ask it questions (she still can't answer them all though). I can have it compute or convert currency. I can make sure the house is safe with the smart locks or cameras. I can ask about the weather and the news. I can have it play games with my little cousins. I can check the washing machine with it. I can ask it to make coffee or check on my steak. I can double check if the garage was left open. I can use it as an intercom since I have a couple of them around the house. I can ask it to call someone or to find my phone (will force a ringtone even when phone is on silent AS LONG AS you are using an Android device). It's just a great little gadget, and I couldn't recommend it enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sound not the greatest, but brains are everything

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    MizuNoHane
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    The Google Home Mini is not what I would consider a "quality speaker". It's got a slightly louder, deeper sound than the Echo Dot but it's not something I would use to listen to music for long periods of time - think of it more as a podcast engine rather than for high-fidelity sound. The real reason you should buy this, and without question I would recommend this, is for what it really offers: a window into all the amazing tasks the Google Assistant has to offer. It can do all the things Siri and Alexa can, but it also does so much more - its natural language processing makes it so much more flexible to make requests and queries, and it taps into the biggest knowledge base available - Google! This means it answers questions so much more readily than the other two major voice assistants can. Today I asked, very poorly, "Hey Google - how long does it go between World Cups?" Despite the fact that this sentence literally makes no sense, Google understood I was asking what the timeframe was between World Cups and told me the answer. It's brilliant, and it gets smarter every single day. At the time of my review, it makes great speakerphone calls, it sends broadcast messages to all your other Google devices, and it can understand up to three commands given in a single sentence. That's pretty amazing. And when you buy multiple Google Home products - we have two Minis and a normal Home - they all play music or news simultaneously in a sort of surround sound mode. And we use our Google Homes to control our home devices like our TV entirely by voice! An incredible device, and definitely an accessible gateway into the smart home future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Heres my honest unbiased review of the mini...

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    Lchase78
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    Ok, so i bought this because a guy at work had one and i thought it was pretty cool that he was checking on sports scores and weather reports and playing his spotify on etc.. i downloaded the app on my phone which was quick and painless then synced it with my gmail and spotify account while checking and adjusting settings for the device. About using the google mini, I like that you can check the weather, time, set a timer, ask simple questions and do mad libs etc.. I dont like that a long question gets a "i can not answer that right now, I am still learning" answer from the device. Also i didn;t like that another android user can pause or start the song you were playing via their phone. Hopefully just a missed setting on my part. Hopefully that will change in time. It seems to answer basic math questions easily and can answer info on places around town like hours of operation etc. We were sitting around one night just talking and all of a sudden the google home mini just said "Cool" out of the blue which was pretty odd so i unplug mine when not using it. The kids like asking it to play songs which i am kind of confused about. I was under the impression it only answered to the owners voice but maybe this is a setting i missed somewhere. All in all its a pretty cool device and i am still figuring things out about it so i would recommend this item to a friend. Hoping in the future it can answer longer questions like talking to google on your phone does. If not i will just use it to play spotify on at work and check simple answers like i originally intended it to be used for. There is quite a bit you can do like chrome casts and lighting in your house settings but they require other adapters etc which i just havent got to explore as of yet...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for Home Automation

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    David
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    This one is simple: If you already invested in a few Amazon products like the Fire Stick and Echo and Echo Dot/Show/Spot, then keep using those products. If you use Google products like the Play Music subscription, Chromecast and the Google Assistant, then using the Google Home might be a better solution. I previously had 3 Echo dot around my house but found my self wanting to make the most use out of my Chromecast and Music subscription. Seeing as only Google supports their own music service, I replaced the Dots with some Home Minis. Setup was very easy. Use the Google Home app and it will find the Home Mini like a Chromecast. You can then set up additional features and link other accounts. If you do home automation, this is when you link your hub and create rooms and place your switches and sensors in each rooms. The Home is better than Echo dot at understanding what you want. It also can recognize your voice a lot better that the Echo. While Amazon, has had their products for a long time, Google clearly wins when it comes to being the best assistant. The speakers on the Home mini are much louder than an Echo Dot. And I mean much much louder. The difference is incredible. I used to run the Echo do on max volume and it was pretty disappointing. With the Home mini, even at half volume, it is kind of loud. It'll do much better at playing music. I do wish that the Home Mini would take a USB-C to power but since the power supply is included, it doesn't really bother me that much. Overall, this is a good device for use with home automation and playing music and being loud in general. I prefer it a lot more over the Echo Dot and I will probably get a 4th one for the guest room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    google home mini vs alexa echo dot

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    TheMaxxx
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    I had the echo dot for over a year before I bought the google home mini. I bought it because sometimes I'll ask Alexa questions that I'll have to google because it doesn't know the answer. But as time went on Alexa has been improved and can answer a whole lot more than when I originally bought it. I ask both of them the same questions and they pretty much give me the same answers. Maybe google will give a little more details but so far there has only been a couple of questions that google knew over Alexa. But if you have prime Alexa is the choice hands down. They have tons of free music and if you have a fire stick or tv tons of free movies as well. So if you don't have prime, google is the way to go. It can connect to bluetooth devices, control smart devices, deliver custom news feeds, set up calendars, make lists, tell jokes, sing songs and play games just the same as the echo dot. I like the Alexa app and the google home app is pretty good also. The big difference is amazon prime. I don't subscribe to any google services other than gmail and youtube but it seems like you can utilize the google drive to upload music and play it through the google mini. I have done this with Alexa. I have bought albums on Amazon and some have digital mp3's of the album that you can stream at anytime off of the dot. You can favorite playlists on Amazon and both can play from pandora and spotify just the same. So there you go if you have prime the Amazon devices are for you if not google will allow you to do all the same things as the Alexa devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hey Google...not bad.

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    Dexture1
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    Hey Google? Alexa? Truthfully they both work great. What stands out is that I am a Google lover. I have Youtube Red and Google Music and I have to say this is the reason why I prefer Google over Alexa. Sound quality is much better on the Google Home Mini vs the Alexa Dot 1st gen. The voice of the AI is less robotic and you get the option of changing to different voice types. Home automation works as expected. The one thing I wish you could change on the Google Home Mini is that when you have it shut off your lights it doesn't announce that 2 lights were turned off. Alexa will just ding which I prefer. Also I wish you could control the volume level of the AI voice so that when you have the volume set for music it didn't inherit the same level. Want to scare your partner, tell Google to shut off the lights and have it announce at level 7 the light is now off. In summary, AI is here to stay. Is it the best? Probably not. Is it good for what we need? Yes. Especially if you subscribe to the Google Universe and get Google Music and Youtube.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's a preference thing?

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    LJTechPro
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    Right off let me say all the AI systems are cool. I have two of these Mini's. I like my two Alexa dots better, but it may be just a subjective preference thing. If you are a really committed Google app user already it may be an awesome platform for you, but I am not a die hard Google person and I got my echo dots first. I think it depends a lot on what you are going to use it for. My best advice is get one of each to try, keep your receipt and return the AI you don't get along with as well, I ended up keeping both AI, but kinda wish I hadn't. One big difference is that unlike the Alexa dot, the Mini lacks any output jack to cable it to external speakers or a stereo. Ugh!!! Any of those connections have to be wireless which cuts out use with any if my older existing audio stuff. I guess they assume you are going to use BT external speakers. Not an issue if you have them already, I guess, but Alexa can use them too so not an advantage over the other. The Google AI just doesn't seem to be quite as smooth or accurate along with something I just can't quite put my finger on. It could be a problem with this end user, and it doesn't help that I seem to always say "Alexa,,,,oh, oops, OK Google" but at basically the same price point I think I should have said "Alexa---return my mini" .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent bang for the buck

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    Milind
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    I had purchased Google Home last year when it came out. I simply couldn't figure out why I needed it since I had my Pixel phone with me all the time anyway. So I returned it. A year later, it's a different story. Google has made some compelling changes. The most important is that GH now recognizes the voices of different family members and provides personal help and music. The second big change is much better support for Home Automation. I have just got into it this month. It's great to be able to turn on lights, control temperature, arm alarm systems using "Hey Google". I went for a vacation and was able to control my lights and temperature giving an impression that someone was home. Now all of that can be individually controlled by various apps. But it's just more convenient to do it through GH. I have one main GH and a bunch of minis scattered around the house. Over Black Friday, they were going for $20 a pop. For the size, they have pretty good volume and they work really well. I have only 2 complaints about them. There is no wired aux port. So I had to buy a Google Chromecast Audio. I shouldn't have had to do that. Secondly, there is no way to connect a better quality BT speaker so music can be played on them instead but controlled via the Mini. The latter I hope is something Google can fix via a software update. At $50, I may have bought one mini. At its current price of $30, I'd say, it's a pretty good price especially if you don't have a Google Home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool and Freaky at the Same Time

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    JJ007

    This came for free with a Google Nest I bought. My wife and I honestly thought about selling it, but I set it up to see what it's all about. 1st, it was really easy to setup and it automatically recognized my Sony TV and Soundbar. All I had to do was click on the "Link" button. You have to login to your Nest account and allow Google Home to access it to change the temperature. You do the same thing with Spotify and I set that as my default music service. It is really cool how well it works when we get home and I can say play Little Big Town on the Living Room speaker and it just works. It's freaky how well it works and in my opinion works 10x better than Siri. I tried to link it to my Bose Bluetooth speaker and that is honestly finicky and only works 2 out of 10 times. I just gave up on it because the Bose would turn off after a period of inactivity and then I couldn't get it to re-link with it the next morning. I think a 3.5mm audio out of the Google Home mini would go a long way. Also, I noticed when you create shortcuts under Routines, that it doesn't always work. I linked the Google Home to my Harmony remote and set up the command "turn on the tv" to do the "ok google, ask harmony to turn on apple tv" command and it only works 2 out of 10 times. That would be cool if they ironed that out. Otherwise, amazed with how well it works and feel like I'm living in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Half the Price and Almost as Good as Google Home

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    SamG
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    I've had the original Google Home since it came out and have loved it since we got it. As we've gotten more smart devices in our home I've had more and more reasons to use it, so I was excited to get the Google Home Mini. At the normal $50 price this is a good deal, but at the $30 it's being offered at for the holidays it's a steal. You get every feature of the original Google Home in a smaller size and the speaker sounds really good for it's size. It doesn't beat the original in terms of sound quality, but music is still decent on it and the Google Home voice sounds just as good as it does on the full size speaker. I do have two issues with the Mini. The first is it doesn't have a 3.5mm jack to connect to an external speaker - in order to do that you need to connect it to a Chromecast Audio. This isn't a deal breaker for me since I use it mainly for the assistant functions in a small room, but it's still disappointing. The second issue I have is I find the touch controls on the top of the speaker a lot more difficult to use than those on the Google Home; you have to tap the sides to adjust volume and that tends to move the speaker around. I don't think you can go wrong with this if you're trying to get started on a voice assistant or already have a Google Home and want to add one to another room. There are the minor issues I mentioned above, but it's just too good of a deal for what you get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what its meant to at the right price point!

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    Bought 2 during the special, which came with 2 sets of c by GE bulbs, all for $60! Could not miss this as I like the idea of using bulbs that work with Google assistant and do not require a separate hub. Personally I think the idea of having a separate hub is ridiculous, but due to the lack of standardization in the industry. It lacks the innovation that led to Harmony remote replacing sex other remotes in my home! And contrary to what the BB tech told me when he said Philips Hue is better (most likely true) and unlike Philips hue which all communicate with the Philips Hub whereas c by GE bulbs all communicate over wifi and drain your bandwidth...this is not true. They use Bluetooth and if they are within 30 ft of each other, they form a comms mesh and relay between each other - genius! Now, the google mini is not much of a speaker, but then I don't need them as speakers - I need them to get me information, carry out my instructions and play night sounds or babbling brook sounds when I go to bed, and wake me up with a gentle alarm - perfect! And over time, I believe they will get more intelligent as SW gets enhanced and updated by Google

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Getting Better All The Time

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    silvercloudv2
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    The Google Home Mini is nice but not necessary. It is definitely a luxury item, which negates most of its drawbacks, especially for the price. The volume is impressively loud for such a small speaker, and it sounds decent too. The Google Chromecast Audio, as always, is a great tandem purchase to allow the Home to stream quality audio throughout your house. The voice recognition is very good, although it sometimes does not hear you over the speaker (a testament to the volume). As far as commands, the Mini is not able to answer some of my questions, even simple ones, and it cannot record voice memos. However, it is very handy for cooking, specific questions, and listening to podcasts. If the Home's features interest you, especially the ones I've just listed, the Home Mini is a very cheap gateway into the smart-home ecosystem. The Mini is such a good deal, it makes me wonder what serious benefit there is to spending the extra cash on the full-sized Home. The Home has constantly been updated and improved since launch, and the list of features will only continue to grow over the next few years. There has never been a better time to try out this new technology.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    New to Home family

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    Nikki
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    I bought a Google home and 2 minis. Very easy to set up. They work well together, yet don't get confused by which room they are in or which devices they are set up to control. I'd give the devices and set up a 5 star rating. Gave the whole thing a 4 because Google still has a ways to go with standard interfacing and sometimes glitchy behavior (such as having to retrain my voice twice since getting them a couple months ago). You'll hear - I don't understand that or I'm not able to do that yet - quite a bit. But - it's been fun and I enjoy having them to remind me of things to add to my shopping list as soon as I think about it instead of the old way - think, forget, repat cycle), or perform quick look ups for me, or set a timer when my hands are busy, or play some tunes depending on my mood (shortcut phrases are fun) and I like the good morning feature. I'm kind of surprised that Google can't control Nvidia Shield yet (basically Android TV) or use voice commands for YouTube TV - aren't these all part of the same extended family? But I really think it's got great potential and I like the new services it keeps rolling out...like Broadcast - if you have more than one device in the home...that's a good one!

    I would recommend this to a friend