The Google Nest Hub Max aims to alleviate a lot of household tasks, from grocery lists to love-notes for family members, the niceties are obvious to anyone familiar with the Google family of applications and products.

But look beyond the lipstick and you’ll find a powerful device that is devoted to delivering, from home security and video calls, to managing Nest enabled thermostats, lighting and locks, the Google Nest Hub Max feels like a Jetson’s era video-phone, made for us.

And the timing couldn’t be any better. While the movement to #StayHome continues, our desire to stay close to family and friends prevails. While dialing up your sweeties via FaceTime or WhatsApp works, the clarity and experience of the call is lacking. WiFi issues aside, the screens are just not built to have quality conversations. Using free Google Duo allows friends and family to get up close with the Google Nest Hub Max. Calls are intuitive, a simple shout of “Hey Google, call Carole”, and you’re dialed in.

With Duo all your calls are encrypted, which means they’re private to you and the person you’re calling. Another neat feature? When you call a contact using Duo, they can see live video of you while you connect (if they have you as a contact). You won’t be able to see the person you’re calling until they answer.

#WithMe

A movement on-line for the past decade, the popular #WithMe gets you in on the action, not only watching YouTube hands-free, but engaging with others in the same experience, whether it’s cleaning, cooking, working out or crafting, there’s a #WithMe video out there for you!

Loading up your Google Photos allows you to create beautiful frames of all your favourite photos, with customization options for length. With Google Assistant, you can control music, make a phone call, add items to your grocery list (huzzah!) or do everyday shortcuts like check the weather. With a built in Nest camera, you’re able to check up on your home while you’re away, no matter where you are in the world.

Google fun, like Akinator, Name that Tune, Jeopardy, Japanese Candy Shop, and more educational offerings like Mad Libs and Multiplication Test keep some level of learning to the little ones.

Tech Breakdown

  • 10″ HD touchscreen (1280×800)
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Chromecast built in
  • 6.5-megapixel camera with 127-degree wide field of view and auto-framing, Face Match technology, Quick Gestures, Camera and microphone on/off switch
  • Stereo speaker system (2x 18mm 10W tweeters, 1x 75mm 30W woofer)
  • Face recognition software curates content just for you
  • Compatible with Android, iOS

Learn more about the Google Nest Hub Max and stay tuned for our next feature, best lighting tips and tricks for video-conferencing.

Thanks Google for partnering with us for this review. We did receive this product free, but all our opinions are our own.

All photos by Libby Roach.