Disclosure: I received a Google Home from Verizon Wireless in order to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
Google Home Review
“OK Google, is it going to snow tomorrow?”
“OK Google, what’s on my calendar?”
“OK Google, play the theme song to the Odd Couple”
“OK Google, tell me a joke”
“OK Google, how many teaspoons are in a cup?”
“OK Google, set the alarm for 7 am on Monday”
“OK Google, play some jazz”
“OK Google, how long can you keep a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator?”
“OK Google, bring me a glass of wine”…no not really…but don’t think I didn’t ask, and this is how she responded,
“I am sorry, I am not sure how to answer that question but I am always learning”
Those were just a few of the many questions and tasks that I requested from the Google Home from Verizon Wireless during my review. I loved coming home and asking Google Home to play jazz while I was preparing dinner or relaxing after a long commute on the road.
Asking Google Home to set the alarm for 7:00 am and then telling her to turn off after I got out of bed became part of my morning routine.
Having Google Home, a voice activate speaker would be perfect for the student who needs help with their homework assignments. Simply say, “Ok Google, what is 15% of 100?” or ‘‘OK Google, when is the next solar eclipse?”
One of my favorite requests of the Google Home was in the selection of music and tunes. When I wanted to reminisce and reflect back to my favorite 90s sitcoms. I would say, “OK Google play the theme song to “A Different World” or “Fresh Prince of Belair” or “Martin” and then happily sing along without a care in the world.
Oftentimes I’d want to venture even further back in time and truly be nostalgic, especially after the first of the year. I’d ask for the theme songs to “Taxi” “The Odd Couple” and even “I Love Lucy”.
I asked her what the day of the week it was on September 20, 1961, the day that I was born. Without hesitation, Google Home responded with “Wednesday”. I hadn’t remembered the day I was born but do know that Wednesday is my favorite day of the week – HUMP DAY!
When I asked Google Home to tell a joke, she did, some of them were corny but cute nevertheless. When I needed a recipe for Chicken Cacciatore she suggested a recipe from the Taste of Home website.
I have to admit that I loved having Google Home as a part of the family.
How it works (according to the website):
Google Home works over Wi-Fi and its integrated high-excursion speaker delivers crystal-clear highs and rich bass for hi-fi sound. It can also hear you reliably when you say “Ok Google” — even while playing music — thanks to far-field microphones and sophisticated natural language processing.
The base comes in a gray slate fabric but additional colors are available and are sold separately. You can order and choose a base color to fit any decor.
Set up is easy breezy:
1. Plug the power cable into Google Home.
2. Plug the power adapter into a wall socket.
3. Download the Google Home app on your phone or tablet and follow the instructions.
The sound quality is amazing – check out this video:
If you received a smart appliance for the holidays, Google Home seamlessly connects with smart home technologies like Nest thermostats, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings. So you can say things like, “Ok Google, dim the lights in the kitchen” without interrupting what you’re doing. You can also tell it to stream entertainment to your TV with Chromecast.
Having a Google Home to manage everyday tasks like getting your daily schedule, checking traffic and weather conditions, setting the alarm and more is amazing and having to give it up was very hard for me to do.
If you haven’t done so already, may I suggest you head over to Verizon Wireless to give the Google Home a try as I know you won’t be disappointed
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In the Box:
Quick start guide and Power supply
What you need:
3.79 in dia • 5.62 in H
White • Slate fabric
Supported Audio Formats
HE-AAC • LC-AAC+
802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi
2” driver + dual 2” passive radiators
Ports & Connectors
DC power jack
Supported Operating Systems
Android • iOS