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Google Nexus Q

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Gear Patrol
2 January 2013
  • Excerpt: It can’t provide an array of covert weapons for getting out of a bind or a good scolding, but Google’s new Nexus Q ($299) accessory does allow Android users to stream video and music content from Google’s Play applications as well as YouTube to their home theater. In fact, anyone with an Android device connected to the Q’s local Wifi network can take control of the ball and contribute to the media bonanza.
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Overall 4
4.0

Google Nexus Q

PC Magazine
6 October 2012
  • Conclusion: 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.
  • Pros: Attractively designed. Built-in amp. Integrates well with Android Music and YouTube apps. NFC app link is handy (assuming your Android device supports NFC).
  • Cons: 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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Overall 5
5.0

Google Nexus Q: Striking hardware, but little functionality

CNET
28 July 2012
  • Summary: The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.
  • Cons: 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 control it, as it doesn't include a remote or its own user interface.
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Overall 5
5.0

Google Nexus Q

LAPTOP Magazine
12 July 2012
  • Summary: It'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 much, that's a fail. Were Google to open up the Nexus Q to a greater number of content sources, as well as hardware options, it might be a more attractive product.
  • Pros: Attractive design, Easy setup
  • Cons: Only works on Android 2.3 and later, Expensive, Limited functionality and content selection
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Google Nexus Q

GeekExtreme
9 July 2012
  • Excerpt: The first piece of hardware that Google built all by itself from scratch, is its media-streaming glowing orb; a ball of multimedia hardware, the Nexus Q. This spherical home entertainment center is like a cloud-connected jukebox where everybody brings their own music to the party. It’s is black and round with the thin LED strip girdling it at the center.
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Review: Google Nexus Q streaming media hub

Geek.com
4 July 2012
  • Excerpt: 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 superiors, and the idea is generally accepted. In fact, this sounds like a fantastic thing for Google’s new set top box program, right?
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Overall 5
5.0

Google Nexus Q

Wired
2 July 2012
  • Excerpt: It does generate a lot of curiosity, which is deserved, as it’s a gorgeous product that demonstrates Google is getting more serious about two things: selling digital content, and making Android devices without touchscreens.
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Overall 5
5.0
Design 7
7.0
Features 4
4.0
Performance 6
6.0

Google Nexus Q: Striking hardware, but little functionality

CNET
1 August 2012
  • Summary: The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.
  • Pros: 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 controller. There's also a built-in 25-watt amp that can be used to power speakers.
  • Cons: 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 control it, as it doesn't include a remote or its own user interface.
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Expert Review

PC Advisor
28 July 2012
  • Excerpt: First things first: This is going to be a two-part first look at the Google Nexus Q media streamer for the simple reason that I am not yet able to stream media to the preview hardware handed out at Google I/O. See also Group test: what's the best speaker set?
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Google Nexus Q Review: Who Is This Orb For?

Gizmodo
4 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Google unveiled its media-streaming glowing orb to many oohs and ahhs, followed by head scratches. The thing looks cool, and it sounds good, both in concept and fidelity. But two major questions remain: Who is it for and how well does it work?
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