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Google Nexus Q

Google Nexus Q
alaScore 86

17 reviews

Jul, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Google Nexus Q. The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design, but the reliability and size get negative views.

design

price, usability, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Nexus Q is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : William O'Neal (techradar.com)

Google Nexus Q review

 

Google's Nexus Q is cool looking, but how does it perform?

Cool design ; Built-in 25-watt amp ; Easy to setup ; Boasts extreme "hack-ability

Extremely expensive ; Doesn't stream non-Google apps like Netflix, Pandora, MLB.TV, or Hulu Plus ; Only works with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices

Google is obviously taking shots at Apple and their iOS and Apple TV solution. That said, the Nexus Q is a whopping $299 (through the Google Play store). That's a lot to pay for a device that essentially does less than competing solutions.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Yardena Arar (techadvisor.co.uk)

Google Nexus Q review: first look

 

It's interesting, by the way, that the Nexus Q itself is based on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It's downright weird that Google has limited the product's market to Android device owners, and restricted its functionality to playing music you own or...

The Nexus Q has some pretty neat media streaming features, but is way too expensive--and the preview release is just plain buggy.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (engadget.com)

Nexus Q review: Google's mysterious little social streamer

 

When setting up a gadget for review, delicately unboxing and smelling the carcinogenic whiff of freshly molded plastics, we typically feel some amount of

Stunning design ; High-quality audio output ; Plenty of connectivity options

Limited functionality ; Can only access Google Play content ; Can only be controlled by Android devices

Google's curious little media streamer is a beauty to behold but offers an unfortunate combination of high price and limited functionality.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

Google Nexus Q: Striking hardware, but little functionality

 

Google's mysterious, glowing orb for your home theater just doesn't do enough to justify its $300 price.

The ; features a truly unique, spherical design with glowing LEDs that respond to music that's playing. It streams content directly from Google Play Music, Google Play TV & Movies, and YouTube, using an Android phone or tablet as the controller....

The Nexus Q is very expensive and doesn't stream from any non-Google services like Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, MLB.TV, or Amazon Instant, nor can it stream content from your own PC or DLNA server. It also requires an Android smartphone or tablet to...

The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Google Nexus Q

 

Google's Nexus Q is a good-looking media hub, but its meager app selection and reliance on Android devices don't come close to justifying its high price.

Attractively designed. Built-in amp. Integrates well with Android Music and YouTube apps. NFC app link is handy (assuming your Android device supports NFC).

Expensive. Requires an Android smartphone or tablet to work. Can't play video stored on your Android device. No Netflix or Hulu Plus. No streaming audio apps.

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Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Michael Calore (wired.com)

Review: Google Nexus Q

 

Google's media streamer is a visual and tactile joy, and a marvel of engineering. But beauty is only skin-deep, and the Nexus Q's functionality is...

Hot looks — the 4.6-inch black sphere with a ring of dancing rainbow LEDs is beautiful to behold. Built-in amp delivers 12.5 watts at 8 ohms per channel, and sounds excellent through a variety of speakers. App support goes back to Android 2.3. It’s...

Lack of support for popular software platforms, hardware devices and streaming apps limits the experience. Three hundred dollars is a big turn-off. Google Play TV and Movies app needs work. Setup is not smooth and easy, requires R-ing of TFM. The...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Bryan Bishop (theverge.com)

Google Nexus Q review

 

Google's media streamer is here to entertain... but who's the audience?

Whimsical, attractive hardware design ; YouTube streaming works great ; Painless pairing process

Only works with Google Music, Play Store content, and YouTube ; Confusing control scheme ; Poor video quality with buffering issues

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

Google Nexus Q review

 

The $300 Nexus Q is Google's first stab at making its own living-room hardware, and it's doing it with style. Sitting on a TV cabinet, the Nexus Q looks like a mysterious, glowing black orb; more RPG power-up than home theater hardware. And as if just...

The Google Nexus Q features a truly unique, spherical design with glowing LEDs that respond to music that's playing. It streams content directly from Google Play Music, Google Play TV & Movies, and YouTube, using an Android phone or tablet as the...

The Nexus Q is very expensive and doesn't stream from any non-Google services like Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, MLB.TV, or Amazon Instant, nor can it stream content from your own PC or DLNA server. It also requires an Android smartphone or tablet to...

The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Yardena Arar (pcworld.com)

Google Nexus Q Hands-On Review: The Buggy Streaming Story

 

Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part first look at the Google Nexus Q media streamer. You can read about the unboxing and setup experience in the first part.

Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (audioholics.com)

Google Nexus Q Media Streaming Player Preview

 

It's been (semi)widely known that Google was getting into the media streaming box business. This week they leaked a page on their Google Play website for the Google Nexus Q streaming media device.

Jun, 2012
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