Google may be best known for its search engine, but the company also makes a slew of hardware products. These include high-end as well as midrange smartphones, smart speakers, streaming devices, and even thermostats, among many others. Here are the 10 best Google products you can spend your money on.
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Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best Google products as new devices launch.
1. Google Pixel 5
The Pixel line-up has been known for sporting the best specs, including the latest processors and all the features you could need. The Google Pixel 5 takes another approach by cutting some corners and making the phone more affordable.
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The most notable difference is that this phone doesn’t come with the latest and greatest Snapdragon chipset available. Instead, the search giant has opted to go with the Snapdragon 765G, which still performs very well. In our tests, we found that this chipset is comparable to the Snapdragon 845.
Other specs are as good as you would expect. You get 8GB of RAM, an amazing dual-camera setup, a large OLED display, and a nice 4,080mAh battery.
2. Google Pixel 4a series
The cheaper sibling of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, the Google Pixel 4a, accomplishes something very few mid-range smartphones have done: it offers stunning camera quality at a super low price point. Add the surprisingly-smooth performance from the Snapdragon 730G and the guarantee of three years of updates, and you have two of the best Google products available.
You are paying less, so there are some obvious sacrifices to be had with the Pixel 4a. The differences here boil down to design, performance, and overall features. The body is made of plastic, you don’t get a high-end processor like the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855, and there is only one color option to choose from (black). You will also miss out on wireless charging and an IP rating.
If you want something more capable, but not quite as expensive as the Pixel 5, Google has also released the Pixel 4a 5G. You would think this is just a Pixel 4a with 5G connectivity, but the Google Pixel 4a 5G is a actually a better phone in many ways. For starters, it has the two camera set-up you find on the Pixel 5. The 5G version of the Pixel 4a also comes with a larger 3,885mAh battery, as well as a larger 6.2-inch screen. Not to mention the Snapdragon 765G chipset.
3. Google Nest Hub Max
The Google Nest Hub Max has everything you look for in a smart display and then some. Large 10-inch display? Check. Stereo speaker system with above-average sound quality? Sure. Camera sensing and face match technology? Yup. A front-facing camera that doubles as an indoor security camera? Uh-huh.
Most importantly, the Nest Hub Max brings together all of your smart home products and provides an easy way to control them. Did we mention it even works as a fancy digital photo frame? It’s definitely one of the best Google products and a must for smart home owners.
If you are looking for something more affordable, don’t mind giving up the camera, and can settle with a much smaller display, you might also want to consider the Nest Hub.
4. Nest Learning Thermostat
The Google Nest Learning Thermostat’s key feature is right in the name. Within a week of recording your preferences, it learns your routine and adjusts accordingly. For example, it’ll automatically cool your room at night once it knows that’s what you do every night.
The Nest Learning Thermostat also knows when you leave your home from your routine or from your phone’s GPS. Because of that flexibility, you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat and monitor its energy usage from your phone. It’s definitely one of the best Google products if you use your air conditioning often, as it pays for itself in under two years when you factor in electricity savings.
5. Google Pixel Buds
Google joins the true wireless headphones market with the Pixel Buds. This tiny set of earbuds can be stored in a charging case and be used discretely. They offer good sound quality, IPX4 water resistance, easy pairing with Android devices, and great Google Assistant integration. The minimalist design is also clean and elegant.
These earbuds are a little expensive and we don’t believe they are the best true wireless headphones out there, but they can be enticing and convenient for Android users. They are definitely exciting enough to make it to the list of the best Google products, though.
6. Chromecast with Google TV
This dongle is used to turn your regular TV into a smart TV. Unlike previous iterations of the Chromecast, this model comes with a standalone remote. That means you are no longer required to use a secondary device to control/cast media. This is thanks to Google TV, which is a new interface stacked on top of Android TV.
At its core, the Chromecast with Google TV is still a Chromecast. It has a permanently attached HDMI dongle that you plug into the back of your television. You can still use your smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc., to cast media to your TV, too. Essentially, the Chromecast with Google TV is everything you loved about previous Chromecasts but with more options and flexibility.
7. Google Nest Audio
Maybe a smart display is too much for your needs; not to mention the Nest Hub Max is pretty expensive. Those looking for something way simpler should take a look at the Google Nest Audio. This smart speaker has an elegant and simple design, covered in cloth. It follows the same design elements we’ve seen in other Nest speakers, but it’s taller.
According to Google, this new Nest speaker is 75% louder and has a 50% stronger bass response than the original Google Home. This is likely due to the 19mm tweeter and 75mm mid-woofer included. Two of the features that will make the Nest Audio sound even better are Media EQ and Ambient IQ. The former will automatically tune the speaker depending on what you’re listening to (music, podcasts, audiobooks, etc.) while the latter auto-adjusts the volume based on how noisy your home is at the moment.
Those looking for something much cheaper can take a look at the Google Nest Mini. It costs half the price and can often be found on discount. The smaller smart speaker could be a great introduction to the Google Assistant ecosystem.
8. Nest Hello
The Google Nest Hello is a smart doorbell equipped with a camera, speaker, and microphone. It is able to stream and record video 24/7, and takes advantage of features like HDR, night vision, a wide field of view, and HD video quality.
You also get all the power of Google’s software. The camera can recognize packages and faces, then send you specialized notifications. The included mic and speakers make it possible to talk to your visitors from anywhere, and you can also leave pre-recorded messages. Not to mention it also serves as a security camera. All these features and abilities make it one of the best Google products you can get.
9. Google Pixelbook Go
The Pixelbook Go is the latest Pixelbook device offered by Google. It is not as prestigious as the older generation Pixelbook, but it comes with newer components and a streamlined, minimalist design many will love. The screen also can’t be turned all the way around to take on a tablet form, but it is cheaper, starting at $649.
The laptop is made from magnesium and weighs 2.3 pounds. Specs are pretty powerful considering the Pixelbook Go runs the light-weight Chrome OS operating system. You can pay for more power if you need it, though. You can get up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 4K resolution. That version will cost $1,399, though. Regardless of which one you pick, this is definitely one of the best Google products you can get.
10. Google Nest Wi-Fi
A home can be a wonderful oasis, but the walls inside can greatly interfere with your internet connection. That’s where Google Nest Wi-Fi comes in. Google Nest Wi-Fi provides up to 3,800 feet of wireless connectivity. It can work as a mesh network and provide internet to areas of your home otherwise poorly covered or not covered at all.
The great thing about the latest generation of Nest Wi-Fi is that it has Google Assistant baked in. This means it doubles as a Google Nest speaker and you can control your Wi-Fi network using your voice, as well as use all other features Assistant has to offer.