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My favorite tech in 2021

  2021 was a less interesting year in tech than I originally thought it would be, however, that doesn't mean that it was a bad year. For Google, in particular, I believe they have laid the groundwork to have an even better 2022 hardware year than in 2021 with the advancements they made in software development. Think Jetpack Compose. The following are some items I purchased in 2021 or was released in 2021. First up we have is probably my favorite device for 2021 and that's the Pixel 6. A clear upgrade over the Pixel 5 with a gorgeous all-new design, upgraded cameras, and a whole new UI called Material You. Google really went for it this year and it seemed to have worked out for them with the phone being mostly unavailable to buy. Although the Pixel 6 is not perfect I believe Google is moving in the right direction with design and software. After introducing their first pair of truly wireless earbuds in 2020 Google followed up the Pixel Buds with an awesome entry-level pair of ea

There was one device missing from Google's new Nest product announcements last week

  Nest introduced a host of new devices last week. In a surprise and after a brief leak on the online Google Store, Google Nest announced a follow-up to just about every device in their current home security lineup. Each product is designed beautifully and I am looking forward to getting my hands on them. The news wasn't all good at least for me as there was one glaring omission. Before I get it to that one device I feel is now missing from their lineup. Let's first cover what was announced. Available now, you have the Nest Cam (battery) for $179 and the Nest Doorbell (battery) for $179. Listed as coming soon are the Nest Cam (indoor wired) for $99 and the Nest Cam with floodlight for $279. Now...The one device I was hoping to see unveiled is a follow-up to the Nest Guard home security system. I have the current model from 2017 and even though it works great it does, however, show its age occasionally when the Nest Detects it connects to wirelessly lose their connection with th

Google Nest makes some pretty good sounding speakers | My mid 2021 Nest lineup review

  I’ve been meaning to write a review on the 2020 Nest Audio but decided to review the entire current Google Nest speaker lineup as of mid-2021. Personally, I believe that Google hit the ball out of the park with what they have to offer and I will tell you why. Nest Audio - is the latest smart speaker from Google and it builds on the OG Google Home from way back when. The 2020 Nest Audio is better designed and the sound of the speaker is significantly improved. The Nest Audio is much more dense and heavy and the sound that it produces is a reflection of that heft. I liked that Google got rid of the radiators that were featured on the Google Home giving the Nest Audio a much more natural sound. Bass is prominent while the mids and highs are rich even at high volume. Of course, the Google smarts are there making this speaker quite the upgrade over the previous model. I'm no audiophile but these speakers will provide the sound you want in just about any space in a home. Nest Mini -

Google Nest Hub 2 leaks online then gets announced by Google

  In the wee hours of Tuesday, March 16th the Nest Hub 2 leaked online. Shortly thereafter Google said forget it here it is. I'm looking forward to this product and have already pre-ordered one to replace my gen 1 unit that's in my bathroom. See more on the announcement below... The Nest Hub you love, but better The new Nest Hub’s speaker is based on the same audio technology as Nest Audio and has 50 percent more bass than the original Hub. Fill any room with music, podcasts or audiobooks from services like YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora — or enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies with a subscription from providers like Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube TV. With Quick Gestures, you can pause or play content at any time by tapping the air in front of your display. New features include… Get help for better sleep: Understanding your sleep is an important first step, but you may still have questions about what you can do to get better sleep. Sleep Sensing provides tail

Nest Secure Alarm | My extra long term review

If you didn't know the Nest Secure Alarm System is no longer being sold. You may be able to find one online or randomly at a Home Depot but your mileage may vary. Google says they’re committed to providing our existing Nest Secure users with continued feature support, software fixes, and critical security updates. You can still expand your alarm system with additional Nest Tags and Nest Detects. Nest Detects will be back in stock in early 2021. I'm especially interested in the Nest Detects for the expansion possibilities and to just have some spares.  In my review, I will discuss the hardware, software, reliability, and what I expect and want from Google Nest in the future. Before we get started I will say that the Nest Secure Alarm was developed prior to Nest being brought under Google and this has me even more excited for what they can do together now. So with that let's get started. What is the Nest Secure alarm? The Nest Secure is a DIY home alarm security system. Setu

New Google Nest cameras are on the way in 2021

I'm a huge fan of Nest cameras and have several of them around my home. They're going on nearly 4yrs old now and still work great. With reports surfacing tonight has me very excited about what is coming in 2021 from the Made By Google hardware team. It's been a few years since Nest has introduced a new camera and so much time has passed that has me wondering and excited about what could be made under a unified Google and Nest collaboration. The previous Nest cameras were made in house and without Google's input. Below is the report from 9to5Google. The company confirmed to us that today it has since sold out of that model, and that existing owners will see “ongoing feature support, software fixes, and critical security updates.” Google today also revealed that “Nest will keep investing in new innovations.” This specifically includes a “new lineup of security cameras for 2021.” No other details were provided as the company provides a preview of what to expect

Nest Audio | Early Impressions

I've been having the Nest Audio’s for just over two months now and they are just what I thought they would be. A worthy successor to the OG Google Home. The sound quality is much improved and I am pleasantly surprised how loud they can get. I have two and use them as a stereo pair in my living room. My plan is to write a more in-depth blog that will be more detailed. These are just my early impressions. So how good is that sound In a word, impressive. I am in no way an audiophile and these speakers are not meant for those looking for professional-grade or high-quality sound. I would classify the sound produced by Nest Audio as for casual listening. The speakers get nice and loud while producing rich sound and solid low-end bass. Vocals are clear with excellent music separation with the mids, highs, and bass. I tend to look for details in the music that can be hard to hear but the Nest Audio played them well. Having two Nest Audio’s definitely fills a large room with good sounding m