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Google Nexus Player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 496 reviews of Google Nexus Player. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and remote control. The design and price also get good reviews. The durability and size get mixed reviews, while the connectivity and energy efficiency get critical reviews.

usability, price, design, remote control, sound

reliability, energy, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Nexus Player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Nicole Lee (

Google Nexus Player review: a strong, but flawed, introduction to Android TV


Google has been trying to get into the living room for a long time, but it hasn't always worked out. The Google TV platform it launched four years ago ne

Voice search is simple and intuitive ; Simple card-based interface ; Google Cast gives it Chromecast-like features

Limited storage ; Search results are limited to Google-related content sources ; Buggy software ; Chintzy remote ; No Ethernet port

The Nexus Player is a great, if imperfect, introductory showcase for Android TV. It doesn't have an Ethernet port and suffers from a few bugs, but Android TV's simple interface, intelligent voice search and Google Cast abilities more than make up for it.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Caleb Denison (

Google Nexus Player by Asus review


The Nexus Player, in its present form, is too much of a disappointment to rush out and buy right away, but it has great potential.

When the Amazon Fire TV first came out, we thought app support was a little light, but held out hope that the situation would change. It did, and it did so quickly. These days, we enjoy our Amazon Fire TV box quite a bit, and our kids enjoy it even...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Nexus Player (review): Android TV box pushes Google services, lacks apps


The $99 streaming video puck, the first device to run Google's Android TV operating system, can't match the app selection and access to popular media platforms offered by Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Instead, it pushes Google's TV and Movies...

The Google Nexus Player Android TV streaming box offers good conversational voice search from the included physical remote. If you use your smartphone or tablet to Cast compatible apps, it provides access to most important services. It delivers Android...

At launch, native app selection is abysmal compared with that of Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. The interface seems designed to push users toward Google's media services, and voice search doesn't yet include major third-party apps like Netflix or...

Until it receives a major infusion of native apps and developer support, and better integrates non-Google services, the Nexus Player with Android TV offers no compelling upgrade over other streaming devices.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (

Review: Nexus Player Google


The $99 Nexus Player, the first set-top streamer to run Android TV, offers novel features for a big-screen platform. It's a work in progress, but a very promising one.

Excellent voice-search performance. Simple, elegant on-screen interface and remote control. Seamless integration with YouTube may make you forget about apps. Replicates the functionality of Chromecast, so you can mirror content from your mobile device...

Doesn’t have nearly as many apps as Roku. Doesn’t come with an HDMI cable. Won’t appeal as much to those who don’t use Android devices or Google services. While the Android TV platform is very promising, it may be best to wait for its app ecosystem to...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut


The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most...

Android TV is ambitious, certainly, but it’s also flawed in a number of ways. It’s too early for the voice search to be genuinely useful unless you buy your content solely from Google Play, and beyond it the basics of navigation can be annoying. Some...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Greg Morris (

Nexus Player Review: Android TV In A Little Black Disc


After taking over 80% of the smartphone market, grabbing a chunk of the tablet market, and pretty much becoming the front page of the Internet, Google have taken aim at the TV. They did so first with a cheap dongle, the Chromecast, that sold...

Mute and understated design, easy set up, voice search a doddle

No multitasking other than Google apps, huge power plug, lack of apps

Android TV is a major step in the right direction, but unless you want to be an early adopter stay clear until there is better hardware.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : John V. (

Google Nexus Player Review


There are smartphones, there are full-blown home consoles, and then there are the hordes of other streaming media products that occupy that hazy middle section. That may be what the new Google Nexus Player might be from a cursory look, a puck shaped...

Combination of media streaming services and console gaming ; Gamepad’s layout is similar to your traditional controller ; Interface is pretty slick looking and intuitive ; Voice search works pretty accurately

100 ($140 with a gamepad) cost is rather pricey ; Limited storage means you’ll need to be selective in what you download ; Selection of apps and games are limited for the time being

Honestly, we find the Google Nexus Player in a tough spot with its expensive price of $99.99 – and that’s only for the Nexus Player by itself. If you plan on playing some real games, not just the ones meant for the remote, you’ll need to shell out...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Brian Burgess (

Review: Google's Nexus Player


Google's attempts to stake its claim in the living room have been a little hit and miss. Google TV didn't exactly get things rolling the way Google would have hoped, and the Nexus Q slated for a 2012 release never eventuated. But it had better luck...

Flip the Nexus Player over and you'll see three ports, one for power, one HDMI, and a microUSB port that is only for developer use – similar to the Fire TV, which has a standard USB port that you currently can't use. But one glaring omission is the...

Nov, 2014

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Nexus Player review


Android TV arrives with an impressive but imperfect first effort The living room has been a tough nut to crack — for any company, not just Google. Cable companies generally don't want outsiders playing in their sandbox. That and the underpowered and...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Kevin Nether (

Nexus Player review: a good start for Android TV, but not without quirks


Join us as we take a look at the Nexus Player, Google's very first device running Android TV.

Attractive aesthetics all around ; Great gaming controller and remote ; Googlecast integration is a big plus

Connections drop often (wifi, controllers, etc) ; Limited storage space ; Limited games and apps ; Software experience just doesn't feel fully polished just yet

Nov, 2014