By Josh Teder
November 22nd 2018 –
With the Google Home Hub now out, it’s left a lot of people wondering which device is right for them. There’s only a $50 price difference between the two, making this decision even tougher. Personally I have one Google Home Hub and around 8-9 other google home speakers, so hopefully my experience will help you in your decision on buying the Home Hub or the Google Home.
The Google Home Hub can do pretty much everything the Google Home can, so the way I’m going to structure this video is to go over the areas where the Google Home Hub is different and typically ads to the experience of what you get with a Google Home.
First let’s start off with Music playback. If music playback is important to you, the Google Home does sound slightly better compared to the Home Hub. If you’re really into music and willing to spend money for great sound though, I have to recommend the Google Home Max, it’s a really fantastic sounding speaker!
If watching YouTube videos on your Google Home device is important to you, the Google Home Hub is probably the way to go with it’s native YouTube integration. However, if you have a Chromecast hooked up to your TV, you can always ask google to play a specific YouTube video on your TV, which may give you the best experience. The advantage with the Home Hub is that it’ll give you multiple results to choose from on its screen.
Another way to help figure out wether to get the Google Home or Google Home Hub would be to ask yourself where exactly you’re planning to place your Google Home device in your residence. If you’re planning on placing this google Home device in an area where it’ll be seen a lot or a place where you spend more than an hour a day like your nightstand, a desk, side table next to a couch or in your kitchen, I’d suggest getting the Google Home Hub.
When i bought my Google Home Hub i wasn’t really sure where i was going to put it. I quickly realized that I liked this thing a lot and wanted it to be within arms reach at my desk, where i spend a lot of time when I’m working at home. Having it within arms reach in a place where i spend a lot of time at home is great for a few reasons. One, it allows me to control all my smart home devices with touch, which is sometimes faster than using my voice. Two, it allows you more music controls and will display the artist and song currently playing, even if you’ve asked it to play music on a speaker group the Home Hub is not a part of. The third reason why I love it within arms reach is it’s easy to create calendar invites and reminders with the tap of a finger rather than with your voice, which I also find ver convenient.
Using the Google Home Hub as a digital picture frame has been one of my favorite parts about the Home Hub. If you know you’re going to put your Google Home device in a place where you’ll be looking at it a lot like at your desk and you like the idea of seeing all your digital photos fade in and out on the display throughout the day, then the Home Hub is the device for you.
It’s also great it situations where you have company over and it’s within sight of your guests. Say you just came back from a trip to Hawaii and a guest wants to see the pictures from the trip. Assuming you already have those pics from the trip in your Google Photos library, you can just ask the Google Home Hub to “show me my pictures from Hawaii.” However, it’s important to point out that this feature does work on Chromecast TVs as well so you could say to any Google Home “Show me my photos from Hawaii on Chromecast TV” and it should show the same pictures it would on the Google Home Hub.
The last area in my experience where the Google Home Hub outshines the Google Home is with recipes. If you’re planning to do a lot of baking or cooking with your Google Home device, the Home Hub is hands down the one to get. All Google Home devices can guide you through recipes through audio, but actually being able to see the ingredients and steps brings the experience to another level.
Well I hope that helps those of you out there on the fence of which device to go with. If you’d like this video please be sure to give us a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel if you’d like to see more videos like this one. Also, if there are other differences between these two devices that I forgot to mention, let me know in the comments below. Lastly, if you’d like to read our reviews, check out our site 6-Months-Later.com. Thanks again for watching, I’m Josh Teder for 6 Months Later.