Having used Google Home for a few days, its features are starting to show. I set Home up in just 10 minutes, and after a quick update, it was ready for use. I was immediately impressed with Home’s speaker quality, and I will elaborate more during my full review, so get subscribed so you don’t miss it. One gripe though – unlike Amazon Echo, Google Home rarely works if I am more than 10 feet away. I’ll reanalyze this in my full review, but for now, this could be a deal-breaker.
After setting Google Home up, I immediately put it to the test, using IFTTT to control my Lifx light (you can check out my review of it here). Although Philips Hue, Nest, and Samsung Smartthings all work with Google Home natively, any product that is IFTTT compatible will also work. After programming an applet, I can now say “Okay Google, Kitchen light” and my light turns on or off, based on its current state.
Over the past few days, I have noticed that my family uses Home more than I thought they would. For example, my brother enjoys playing Mad Libs every once-in-a-while and my dad recently asked Home for the hours of a nearby Chinese restaurant. Google Home has become a useful asset in our lives, and one we don’t see getting rid of anytime soon.
Speaking of Google Home becoming an asset, it has a design that fits into any home really well. It has an interchangeable base (different colors are available on the Google Store for $20 and $40) and a white top that will undoubtedly get dirty since it is a touch-sensitive pad for volume and starting and stopping music. Home also comes with a long charging cable, so placement will most likely not be an issue.
For now, these are my first impressions. My full review will be up in a few weeks, where I’ll elaborate on my experiences so far.