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Google Nexus Q

Google Nexus Q
alaScore 85

13 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Google Nexus Q is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 13 reviews)

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Google Nexus Q

 

Though the Nexus Q is a beautiful and easy-to-use piece of hardware, it suffers from a dearth of content and an unjustifiably high price.

Click to EnlargeIt's often a form of praise to say that a device does one thing and does it well. But when a device purports to bring the wonders of the Internet to your home, and then limits itself to less content than devices that cost a third as...

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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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Things Look Cloudy for Google’s Oracular Orb

 

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 so severely limited out of the box, it's difficult for all but the most hardcore audio gadget fanatics to...

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...

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Google Nexus Q Review

 

This week we're having a look at the Nexus Q, a Google device released during the 2012 Google I/O developers conference both for free to all attendees and for $299 to anyone wanting to buy one from home from the Google Play store. This device is a...

Once the floodgates open, the Nexus Q will be capable of so very many things that it’ll be on every developer’s holiday season wish list without a doubt. The device feels great physically, only has a few software-related issues here before its big...

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Google Nexus Q review

 

Six months ago former Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that Google TV would be embedded on the majority of new televisions by this summer. That hasn't happened, but it's not stopping Mountain View from entering the living room from a different angle...

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

A streamer only Google could make

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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.

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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.

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Review: Google Nexus Q streaming media hub

 

Let's assume for a moment that you are a member of the Android team at Google. You've decided that you really like the concept behind Apple's AirPlay, but you believe you have a better way to go about it. You develop the concept, present it to your...

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Google Nexus Q review

 

Updated Seeing that multi-screen options for experiencing media are all the rage this year, it should really come as no surprise that Google too, was eager to jump on the bandwagon.

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

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Google Nexus Q review: first look

 

The Nexus Q is Google's response to Apple TV and a slew of media streamers is a Magic 8 Ball-sized sphere that you can control only with an Android device.

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

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