. The nest hub is essentially a smart speaker with full google assistant support. You’Ve got a built in seven inch display for interacting with the device as well. This bad boy is designed to be used in the bedroom, but not in any kind of weird kinky way. What it can do is it can get you ready for kip by basically soothing your brain and then the next morning. It can gently rouse you from your slumber, so you’re feeling all nice and refreshed and ready for the day ahead. I’M, not even kidding one of the big new features of the second gen nest hub allows it to monitor you, while you’re asleep, in a way that isn’t entirely creepy at all. Now it cost you 90 quid it’s available to pre order on google’s uk website. Right now going to take out a full tour of the google nest hub, second gen, so you know what to expect and for all the latest greatest tech. Please do poke subscribe and doing that notifications about all cheers. My nemesis cellophane we meet again. Yes, all right! So what we get in here is, of course, one nest hub. Second gen google’s usual bit of funky circular plug action and a quick start guide and that’s your whack. So let’s start with the design and the second generation google nest. Herb looks remarkably similar to the original it’s, essentially a seven inch touchscreen display, which has been slapped onto a kind of speaker stand.
You can grab the nest hub in four different colors. This is the charcoal version, but you can also grab it in chalk, sand or mist, or fairly subtle colors that should fit in with pretty much any kind of decor. The actual bezel of the touchscreen itself is always white, no matter what your colour choice, the actual enclosure part of the nest hub is covered in fabric. Like most speakers got a subtle little bit of brand in there and it’s actually constructed from 54 recycled plastics that we orifice there is where it plugs in you’ve also got a little switch up here, which basically mutes the microphone. If you want the google nest up to not be listening into your conversations and you’ve also got a volume rocker over here on the edge and here on the bottom. As usual, you’ve got a rubbery surface as well, so the google nest hub second gen won’t slide around on whatever surface you. Stick it on. You stop prodding that display all right, so let’s get the nest hub all set up and step, one of course plug the bugger in now to get the nest hub all set up to get started, download the google home app on a phone or tablet yeah. What she said, basically, if you’ve got an android smartphone you’ll, probably find that google home is already installed on it. Otherwise you can just jump into the play, store and download it from there once that’s downloaded and installed just open up the home up, make sure you’re.
All signed in with your google account and then you should find on this main screen. You get a setup nest hub option popping up right at the top. If you don’t see that option, while never fear, just tap this little plus up in the top left corner and go to setup device, then you want to go to new device and basically just follow the instructions from there and the set of process with google nest Equipment is always nice and simple. Your phone and the nest hub should just detect each other automatically just scan that qr code on the screen in order to grant permissions and you’re. Basically there the parent process does take a little while, though so you’ll have to be patient, while the two hook up and then you’ve got to do the usual update shenanigans all that good stuff, but once that’s done, then you really are good to go. The actual ui of the google nest hub, second gen nice and simple and straightforward easy to get on with so just a quick flick of your finger up from the bottom of the display there. That will give you fast access to the likes of your brightness controls. Although you do have full automatic brightness thanks to the ambient sensor up top here, you can also change the volume. This way, though, you’ve also got that side mounted volume rocker, you can also turn on do not disturb play with your alarms, all that good stuff.
If you want to access the various touch menus here on the nest, tub just flick your finger from the right edge of the display uh, the main information that pops up will actually change depending on what time of the day it is you keep on flicking to Access your wellness stuff, which i’ll touch on in a bit you’ve then got your smart home controls. You’Ve got your media section where you can pick up whatever album. You are recently playing or whatever video you were diving into as well, and then you’ve got the communication section where you can broadcast to any other google nest hub and google assistant supported devices in the household, and you can also make a call over google duo and Then, last up your discover, feed, which just helps you to work out exactly what the nest hub can do and if you do want immediate access to all of your smart home goodies, you can just flick down from the top end of the display. As you can see, this takes you straight into that home control section you can mess around with your thermostats, your lighting. You can also access any uh smart security cameras that you’ve got set up around your house as well, so yeah you can use that touch. Screen control in order to interact with the nest hub, i did find that the touchscreen wasn’t exactly more sensitive or responsive, occasionally you’d, try and swipe to do something.
It’Ll take a couple of swipes for it to actually go through, but otherwise you’ve also got the solid radar tech that was built into those pixel uh smartphones. The pixel 4 series flagships uh, which you remember if you’re a google fan – and this can also be used to, for instance, pause or resume your uh media. Although it does seem a little bit hit and miss for me. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem to recognize the gesture, maybe i’m being a bit too forceful with it, and i certainly couldn’t get it to skip tracks uh that way or anything. By doing you know the swipey swipey. That way, i could literally get it to do. Uh to pause or resume my music, and that was basically it, but the best method, of course, for interacting with the google nest hub. Second generation is the three far field mics that are built in there for calling on the google assistant, and i found that that microphone setup in the google nest hub generation 2 is just as good, if not better than ever before. Even when this thing is blaring metal, music at top volume, i found that i could stand at the opposite end of the room. I could see the trigger words, not particularly loudly either just normal speaking voice, and this thing would recognize me: it would lower the music and listen to whatever my request was those smart home controls work absolutely perfectly as well.
So you can see hey turn off studio lights and i will be done pretty much instantly. The actual speaker built into this thing i use is a 1.7 inch driver. There is no woofer. Unfortunately, unlike the hub max to really boost the laws, you do get a respectable volume when you bump it up to the maximum levels, but the clarity does definitely take a hit. Once you get up there, the audio breaks up quite a bit it’s, not exactly ideal. For listening to a good bit of you know, hip hop rock music. Anything like that. Ako may well have taken a huge steam and elephant dump all over samsung’s parade, but is the galaxy? A52 5g still a worthy alternative to that? Poco? F3. But you know the nest, herb generation, two, absolutely five, but just a sooth and gentle bit of background music or something like that or if you want to just relax in bed with a couple of youtube videos before getting some kip, maybe throw on some unboxed therapy That will definitely help put your lights out yeah. That display is rather dinky it’s, not exactly super crisp, a resolution either it’s 10 24 by 600, so not even basic hd, but it’s again, fine for just king about some simple video. You can watch a bit of disney plus or netflix on this thing, both of which are supported by the google nest hub that’s, an advantage that it has over the amazon alexa smart displays, it’s, not really much different from just.
You know watching a bit of video on your smartphone when you’re lazing around in bed. I guess the color reproduction is absolutely fine. Top brightness levels again no worries at all and, like most smart displays, the nest hub. Gen 2 can basically act as a digital photo frame when it’s not in use, which is really nice. Any of your photos that you’ve uploaded to google photos can show up here. You can set exactly which albums are going to be displayed. The one feature that is missing in action here on the nest hub generation 2 is a camera there’s, no camera of any description built into this things. It just uses that uh solely radar sensor for the motion gesture support. You know usually it’s useful to have a camera built in there’s. You can use it then, as a remote security camera for monitoring your home when you’re away, you can also use it for video calling. Of course, the fact that this thing is designed to live in the bedroom means that the lack of a camera isn’t really a massive miss. Although who knows in these days of social distance and maybe you’re in the mood for a bit of sexy skypes every now and then, and as i briefly mentioned before, the nest hub 2 will change the information it provides depending on the time of the day. So right now, we’ve got your afternoon screen which, as you can see, there will just give you access to information like the weather.
Your current schedule, however, when it’s almost time to get all tucked up with teddy. This will change to the your evening page and this switches to a lovely soothing, dark theme. It can play relaxing sounds on demand, and you can also set an alarm for the next day to arouse you and it’s great to see that the nest herb gen 2 has a sunrise alarm built in as well. This will gradually brighten your screen for around half an hour before your chosen arousal times you’ll be gently, nudged awake, which has the beleaguered owner of a five year old sprog. I can only imagine how nice that is seriously. I haven’t even bothered it to set an alarm in years, and one of the new features here on the nest, sub generation 2 is the fact that it can actually basically watch you sleep and then tell you all about it. The next day, which isn’t at all horrifically creepy, this is google’s new sleep sensing feature which can detect your breathing and your movement throughout the night. Using that solid radar tech, you need to make sure that you sleep in exactly the same spot. Every night, though, and this could possibly be screwed up by sleeping partners moving around and also any pets that happen to be kipping on the bed with you and the next morning, if you think you might have had a bit of a rough night’s, sleep you’re, not Really entirely sure you can just see it the buzzword and then how did i sleep or did i snore and you’d be clued into exactly how good your kip was? How did i sleep last night, it looks like you slept a good amount and it was restful.
You went to bed late, but slept for seven hours and 25 minutes did i snow. Last night it looks like you snored for a total of five minutes. Yeah well you’re ugly, and i haven’t had a chance to test this out yet, but apparently, after the nest hub. Second gen has been monitoring your sleep for several days. It can give you advice on how to feel better rested and if you want to check back on any of this data, that’s been recorded over the days the weeks, however long you’ve been using sleep, sensing for you can just load up the google fit app and All of it will be in there and you can also delete all of that data from within the google fit app settings. However, it’s also definitely very well worth noting that the sleep sensing feature is currently just a preview apparently and in 2022 google is planning to start charging for it, so you’ll be able to use it for free for now, but in a year’s time you might have To start stumping up, if you decide you really like it salary there in a nutshell, is the new google nest hub second generation, as i say, you can pre order it right now from google’s uk website for 90 quid.