When it works its great, but.....
As a smart speaker alone it's pretty decent product. The sound quality is not bad for something at this size and price point. Where it has issue is its bluetooth connectivity. When I use it as a bluetooth speaker with my laptop, it will regularly drop its connection with my laptop. Sometimes it will be fine for a few hours, other times it will just drop within minutes. If you search the google support forums, you will find that its a common issue/flaw that they know about, but have yet to find a way to solving it even after all this time.
Purchased in May 2019.
Google Home Mini trumps Echo Dot as voice assistant with some draw backs
Recently added Echo Dot and Echo Input to my home on top of the Google Home Mini that I already have for quite a while. Armed with first hand experience of both eco-system here is a little comparison:
For Google Home Mini
* Search - much better search capability thanks to Google.
* Voice command - not as rigid as Echo Dot, understand commands better. When I say, "Turn off everything." Echo Dot tells me she can't find a device called Everything. Face-palm!
* Dialog - sounds more natural.
* Radio - more channels are supported.
For Echo Dot
* Sound quality - more bass and louder, but vocal sounds muddier than Google Home Mini....
Let's be honest, this product is useless....
It is an egg timer. That's all.
Well over 80% of my inquiries lead to the most common response you will get - "I'm sorry, I can't help you with that, but I'm still learning...."
B.S. It is not learning. It is spying at best. And that part I don't even mind if it actually learned something from all that spying!
This device is about 10 years too early to market. It's a voice activated alarm clock and timer. That's all. Anything else it does is so mundane it lowers your IQ after listening to it.
Do yourself a favor and purchase this device after version 10.0 has been released. Right now, it's just a spying paperweight.
Purchased in April 2018.
The privacy concerns far outweigh this device's usefulness
Let's get this straight immediately. Google, as well as Amazon and Apple, have been caught spying on people with these devices. The device does not just wait for the "Hey Google" but it gets triggered by totally unrelated words, phrases and TV audio. Plus there's the leaked transcripts that clearly reveal it was listening in when it shouldn't have been and those recordings made it back to Google.
So, use it if you want. But all these 'great deals' like 2 for $79 available on this product is just Google's attempt to saturate more homes with the...ir spying devices so they can use your data for their own devices, usually to make a profit by selling it to third parties. If you don't think this happens then are too naive and should unplug at once! Ok, so. That said. What does it do? Tell you the weather. That's about it really. I tested my two for about 6 months and then after the controversy mentioned above I unplugged them both and put them away. It's pretty useless as a speaker for music but it's ok for audio books. The novelty wears off pretty quickly. Yes it has some good tie-ins if you have gone 'all-in' on Google devices, such as Chromecasts. But I have three those and didn't find myself using that feature anyway. There's nothing I couldn't already do from my phone that this speaker offers; just with an audio interface. But I can also do that from my phone. Speaking of audio, there were quite a number of times where I'd ask Google a question and my phone and the nearest Mini would be triggered into a response but the audio would come out of the Mini about 10-15 metres away instead of the phone in my hand! Really unhelpful and forced me to re-ask my questions on multiple occasions but out of earshot of the Mini.
Not just a wire tap device
Got my Home Mini a few weeks back, took a spot my bathroom, sound is just right for the small space and come in handy during the morning for weather and local radio streaming. I have setup some automation with light switches that work great with voice commands too.
Purchased in June 2019 for $79.00.
Bang for your buck!
I never thought I would consider purchasing a Google home mini; however, when unexpectedly receiving one for free with my grocery shopping (it was a valentines day promotion) I though we would give it a go.
I have to say i've been converted, love this product and have since purchased additional units for placement around the house.
The unit is fantastic for:
- weather updates
- controlling lamps
- setting routines (it turns on as our alarm in the morning with the news, lamps turn on and our calendar items for the day)
- casting music...
Purchased in February 2019.
The most entertaining piece of cheap TECH
I have 6 google homes just because its funny and they are the best things to have. I can talk to my friends across them, I can set timers and alarms as well as use the google to give me definitions of homework words. If you are thinking to buy the home pod, do not as these google mini's are way more superior and they actually speak to you coherently unlike siri.
- Verified purchase
Awesome smart home starter
I don’t think I could live without mine at this point (I have 2). They’re fantastic for basic things like playing music, setting alarms and timers (amazing for when your hands are dirty from cooking, dying your hair etc but need to set a timer).
I also use mine with routines set up to turn my smart lights on and off (example “I’m leaving” turns everything off, “goodnight” turns off everything except the toilet and hallway light for my kids). You can broadcast messages between them or from phones to them and just so much more I couldn’t list it...
Google Home Helper!
Have recently purchased a couple of Google Home Mini's along with the compatible light globes which have been replaced around the home. As someone with a disability, I have found it invaluable to tell Google Home Mini to turn on / off lighting without having to ambulate to the light switches. I can ask it about anything - weather, time, set alarms and reminders, stream music until I tell it to stop, or for a certain amount of time. I can ask 'Google' about anything I would search for on the internet and get a response. I can set it's volum...e, ask it to also dim lights (if they are dimable globes). The feature I love most is to be able to 'broadcast message' from the Google Home Mini in one room to another! I can broadcast messages to tell the kids that dinner is ready, to come and pick up their shoes for example, without having to yell it out. Needless to say we have had some laughs broadcasting messages to each other. Cheaper than installing an intercom! This product has been an incredible help to me. Great product and look forward to adding more Googles to our home!
- Verified purchase
I work in a home-office and have had an old radio playing music for the past couple of years. What I love about the Google Home Mini is that I can listen to multiple stations and ask it questions - its like having an assistant sitting beside me. I bought it just for the music but totally underestimated its other uses - definitely worth buying.
Great little organiser
My daughter got a Mini for her birthday and she's completely smitten. She's also much more organised and on top of life. It's intuitive, plays her favourite tunes, and lets her know when her next uni assignment is getting close to being due.
- Verified purchase
I love my google home mini. It’s really easy to use and understands you fairly accurately. I have lights controlled by it, routines set automatically. It’s created so much ease in day to day things, knowing the weather and simply playing the radio when I get up. Highly recommend
Great, but has flaws
We have a couple in our house as well as google home and google home hub.
Kids love asking questions and hearing funny replies, getting instant answers on general knowledge, weather, time etc. Great for use as a timer and for listening to sleep sounds at bedtime.
It is annoying that you need to pay for music subscription and even if I have set something up with the home hub, not always guaranteed to work on the mini. Syncing issued. Voice ID issues sometimes too.
I think the quality of found is pretty good for music though.
Still Too Many Bugs
Very easy to use and setup if you only have a few things that you want to control via the voice commands like a TV. If you start to introduce smart plugs, IR blasters, sound systems, lights, air conditioners etc then Google assistant cant control many of the more complex commands eg Home Theatres. You simply get a response "I'm still learning how to do this". There are also many many bugs, just too many to mention here that require fixing first. Give the product another 6 months to a year and I'm sure the majority of problems will be ironed out but for now its only good for turning things on and off, don't expect either the scenes or routines to work very well in advanced functions.
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Questions & Answers
When (or if) will you be able to make voice phone calls in Australia as you can in USA/Canada/UK ?
Also, , when (or if) will you be able to voice print the SHOPPING LIST ? It seems there is a way to do so with HP printers however I have a Canon.
Apart from the above I've had my mini for about a month and I seriously like it.
Pete Ashmore, Bega, Australia
I don't have nbn or adsl and I usually hotspot all my devises from my mobile phone. Can I do this with the mini?
Hi max, you might have a couple of this going on.it could be you internet buffering so it will cut in and out on that.are you Bluetoothing it to another speaker.i have my connected to a Sony xb30 which is an amazing speaker for bass for a little unit but it does the same.iv unpaired and paired again and some times it works fine and some not.bluetoothed from my iPad and it works beautifully so I get the same as you from time to time.could also be the distance from mini to modem but again not sure.
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