Google Home Hub
Price: £1399 from fave.co/2OMdrWL
Google Home Hub combines a Google Home digital assistant with a 7in screen, allowing a graphic display of your schedule, weather, and commute traffic all at the command of your voice.
There’s more in there too: it has a good speaker for playing music, will act as a digital photo frame when not otherwise in use, and you can use it to watch your favourite shows if you have a compatible pay TV service, or monitor the feed from your home security cameras.
In many ways it mirrors what a modern Android phone can already do, but with a better speaker and a
bigger, always-on screen. There’s a lot to like about this impressive little gadget, and its thoughtfully designed software is a big improvement on a smartphone.
The Home Hub will almost certainly surprise you with its small size. When you look at photos of the device, you expect something bigger. I think that’s because the wide white bezel makes it look like the 9.7in iPad The Google Home Hub’s 7in display is closer to an oversized iPhone XS (6.5in screen) or Pixel 3 XL (6.3in display).
Don’t get the wrong idea, though. For what it does, the Home Hub’s screen is just the right size, although I do wish that white bezel was a bit thinner and I’m curious how it would look in a different colour. Google said the screen is meant to appear to float and I suppose it does, but to me it really looks like a tablet PC attached to a fabric-covered base, and it’s available in four soft colours: Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, and Sand. It measures 178.5x118x67.3mm and weighs 480g. At first glance it looks like it might have a camera, but that spot in the centre above the screen is the light sensor that automatically adjusts the screen brightness. Google said it made a conscious decision to not add a camera to the device, so people would feel more comfortable having it around the house.
I believe it’s a sound choice. People already fear smart speakers are listening to them unawares. The last thing Google needs is anyone worrying about being spied on. It could easily be seen as a shortcoming, on the other hand, if you like to make video calls, perhaps