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Tech MD's Guide to Google's Nest (Home) Devices & Home Automation (mid-2021)



What is Google Nest (formerly known as “Google Home”)? Google Nest, is Google’s answer to Amazon’s, Alexa - Integrated-Home automation offering. Google’s collection of integrated home devices make orchestrating your day-to-day workflows a masterpiece - automating workflows such as: customizing lighting schedules, thermostat settings, video monitoring and home entertainment, while receiving the aid of the Google Assistant platform to make managing your most hectic days a breeze.

Here are our picks on the top Google Nest Compatible Devices of 2021 that will keep your house covered!


The Google Nest Hub Max

If you need a little more screen real estate, the Nest Hub Max is a $229 smart display with a 10-inch screen and a front-facing camera for video calls. It doesn't sound particularly impressive, but it's a useful and attractive smart display that offers much more utility than its smaller sibling. Disable the camera and microphone for added privacy. - PC Mag


The Nest x Yale Lock

Nest teamed up with smart lock maker Yale for the Nest X Yale Lock, which brings Google's smarts to your front door. You can remotely lock or unlock your door, automatically lock the door behind you, or see a timeline of when your door has been accessed. Unfortunately, this lock is not ideal if you want to use IFTTT or connect with other, non-Google or non-Nest devices, but if you're deep in the Google ecosystem, it fits the bill. - PC Mag


The Nest Hello Video doorbell


A smart video doorbell like the Nest Hello lets you see who's at the door from your phone before you answer it. You can also pull up the video feed on smart displays like the Google Home Hub. You have to work with your doorbell's internal wiring to set it up, which can be a bit of a pain, and a Nest Aware subscription is needed for useful features like facial recognition, but being able to see who's visiting or delivering your packages might be worth it. - PC Mag


The Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera

The classic Nest Cam Indoor lets you monitor rooms inside your house, speak to someone in the room remotely, and even record up to 30 days worth of footage with the $10/month Nest Aware subscription. A newer model of the camera, the Nest Cam IQ Indoor includes these same features, with the added benefit of an improved 4K sensor and smarter software that can tell the difference between people, pets, and objects, and even identify specific people for you. - PC Mag


The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

The Nest Cam Outdoor is a cheaper model that gives you a live video feed of the exterior of your home. Meanwhile, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor offers those features, but with the same intelligent people-identifying software that the Nest Cam IQ Indoor offers. Both models are weatherproof so they can withstand the elements. - PC Mag


The Google Home Mini Smart Speaker

Google Home devices now go by the Nest moniker, bringing all of Google's smart home devices—thermostats, security cams, smart speakers—under the Nest brand. That includes the Google Home Mini, the second-generation of which is now called the Google Nest Mini. The Google Nest Mini is the most affordable Google Assistant smart speaker you can buy, but it offers virtually no improvements over the previous model.

As retailers clear out their supply of first-gen Home Mini devices, you can probably still find a few floating around, and nab one for a steal. - PC Mag


The Google Nest Learning Smart Thermostat

Google acquired Nest Labs in 2014 for $3.2 billion, and after some time as an Alphabet subsidiary, it returned to the Google mothership in late 2018. The smart thermostat that started it all, the Nest Learning Thermostat, is designed to learn your comfort levels and habits so it can keep your house warm or cool when you're home, and turn your system off after you leave. In theory, it can save enough money in energy costs to pay for itself over time. If you have a complex HVAC system, the full-size Nest is for you, but some users may be able to get by with the cheaper Nest Thermostat E. - PC Mag

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