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 4 series
The Pixel 4 family smartphones pack high-end specs like the Snapdragon 855 (paired with 6GB of RAM), but that’s not what makes these phones stand out. The Pixel series has always been great at photography and this continues with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Their camera captures more detail than the Pixel 3 series, handles white balance even better, and improves on HDR, portrait mode, and selfies. Night Sight (Google’s name for night mode) is also better this time around.
On the downside, there’s no ultra-wide sensor on board. Google also doesn’t prioritize video. While the iPhone 11 has 4K at 60fps on its front-facing camera, the Pixel 4 still doesn’t even support it on its primary camera. Google’s flagships shoot decent-looking 1080p video at 30, 60, and 120fps, but you can only shoot 4K at 30fps. Bottom-line, if video is important to you, the Pixel 4 XL might not be the best option.
As for the rest of the experience? The Pixel 4 and 4 XL would be nearly perfect but suffer from well below-average battery life.
2. Google Pixel 3a series
The cheaper siblings of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, accomplish something no other mid-range smartphone has done: they both offer stunning image quality. Add the surprisingly-smooth performance from the Snapdragon 670 and the guarantee of three years of updates, and you have two of the best mid-range smartphones available.
As with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the differences here boil down to the display and battery. The Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inch display, while the Pixel 3a XL’s display is 6 inches on the diagonal. When it comes to battery, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL feature a 3,000 and 3,700mAh cell.
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 doubles as a fancy digital photo frame?
4. Google 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.
5. Google Pixel Slate
The Google Pixel Slate is a Chrome OS device that doubles as a tablet. The tablet maintains one key advantage over the competing iPad Pro: it has a “real” browser. Apple powered up the iPad’s browser with iPadOS, but the Chrome browser in Chrome OS is a full-fledged browser with extensions and more.
As a nice bonus, Chrome OS has official access to the Play Store. That means you can download and use Android apps on the Pixel Slate when you want to kick back and relax. Other Chrome OS devices have access to the Play Store, but the Pixel Slate’s tablet-first design makes it easier and better to use Android apps on it.
This could be used as a PC replacement if your needs are simple and mostly rely on the web.
6. Google Chromecast Ultra
You can save some money if you opt for the regular Chromecast. However, you’d miss out on the Chromecast Ultra’s key feature: 4K streaming. That’s compared to the regular Chromecast, which tops out at 1080p/60fps.
Also, the Chromecast Ultra is the only Chromecast compatible with Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service. Other features include high dynamic range support through HDR10 and Dolby Vision, faster load times than older Chromecast dongles, and an included Ethernet adapter.
7. Google Nest Mini
Google’s Home Mini was all the hype, thanks to its smart home functionality and smaller price point. The second generation changes the name structure to Google Nest Mini, and it is an even better deal.
Of course, the Nest Mini lets you control your smart home devices. That means you can control the thermostat, lights, and more with your voice. To makes matters better, the Nest Mini now comes with improved sound quality, better voice recognition, and the same price point.
8. Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor
As the name implies, the Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is meant for the exterior of your home. Rain or shine, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor can withstand the elements thanks to its IP66 rating. It can record in 1080p resolution with a 130-degree wide-angle lens and the advantage of HDR.
The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor constantly looks for motion and listens for conspicuous sounds. Once it sees or hears something strange, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor will send an alert to your phone or email with an image. It is a great security system for any home or business.
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.
That’s our list of the best Google products available. We’ll update this post with new products once they launch.