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Postby Tyler » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:43 am

-Had Home play a lot of music for us over the weekend, mostly songs for Evie, she loved it
-Podcast functionality is minimal but works. It will play the most recent episode of a podcast and remember where you left off. I was listening to a podcast throughout the weekend, but a new episode came out on Sunday and I wasn't able to go back to the one I was invested in.
-Google's knowledge graph is very impressive. I know I can do all of this from my phone, but I never think to ask my phone a lot of stuff since it is put away in my pocket. Jocelyn was telling me a story about the Chicago Cub's parade having XX million people there and I was able to check the population of Chicago and Chicago metro area during the conversation.
-Speaker quality is perfectly fine for me. I'm not a huge audio guy so I don't know what I am missing out.
-Mic could be a little better. It picks me up most of the time, but if I am across the room it has problems. It is much better for Jocelyn so maybe it's just the way I talk. It is funny if you ask it to "crank da shit up" it will turn the volume so high that the mic can't pick you up.
-"Hey Google, I'm feeling lucky" will start a trivia show that multiple players can participate in. The questions are horrible though. They are very hard, but offer multiple choice. I would rather have it ask medium-hard questions with no multiple choice (like the Echo's Jeopardy!)
-It does feel very personable. I kept wanting to type "her" during this post because it does feel life like at times. It's fun to great it or say bye and get a friendly response.
-Minor annoyance. "Hey Google, Play the Hamster Dance" "Okay. Now playing The Hamster Dance by Hampton and the Hampsters on Google Play Music". Sometimes I would just want the song to play. I guess including the artist might provide value, but I don't need to hear "On Google Play Music" at the end of every song request.

Corey, overall thoughts on this vs Echo?
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Postby itscsalvo » Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:32 am

Just bought a home from best buy for $75. Can't wait to try this out.

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Postby Tyler » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:47 am

Damn, how was it that cheap? I thought they were $99.

Based on Tested, buy a product for what it is today, not what it promises to be tomorrow. I think $75-$99 is a fair price for Google Home as it is today. The $130 price I paid is too much until more features come out.
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Postby bmyoungs » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:00 am

I agree Tyler. I would not have bought the full Echo for $139, dot at $39 was perfect for my toy purposes.

I'd have got a Google home if I had found it for $75 though instead of $100. I'm disappointed the dot doesn't work with Google keep, but otherwise I love it so far.
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Postby Tyler » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:55 pm

You got your $39 Dot already? That was fast
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Postby bmyoungs » Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:27 pm

Tyler wrote:You got your $39 Dot already? That was fast

Gotta love amazon.

For the price I've been very impressed by the speaker on it. It's just as good as the $40 Bluetooth speaker I have.
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Postby Tyler » Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:35 pm

No need to pair it with something stronger?
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Postby bmyoungs » Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:29 pm

If our house was bigger I'd pair it with a good speaker. But it works perfect. I might pair it when we have our Christmas party at our house.
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Postby itscsalvo » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:43 am

Tyler wrote:Source of the post Damn, how was it that cheap? I thought they were $99.

Based on Tested, buy a product for what it is today, not what it promises to be tomorrow. I think $75-$99 is a fair price for Google Home as it is today. The $130 price I paid is too much until more features come out.

Best Buy has it for $99, and if you use Visa Checkout, it takes off $25 anything over $100. So I snagged it. I was on the fence when I could have bought an Echo pre-sale for Prime Members for $99. Really debated on that, but glad I held out for Home. We have all of our stuff through Google, so it makes a lot more sense.
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Postby Tyler » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:13 pm

Modern Family had some horrible product placement last week for Google Home. And then it got 10x worse at the end
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Postby bmyoungs » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:45 pm

So far Google assistant on my phone has been more accurate when I ask trivia questions.

I do love just bring able to ask Alexa something, but I get a ton of. "I'm not sure what you meant by that" responses.
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Postby Tyler » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:02 pm

Google opened up Google Assistant to developers tomorrow. There are going to be a lot of neat things coming to Pixel and Home. I've seen some stuff on r/Plex about projects to voice control the player.
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Postby itscsalvo » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:00 pm

So we're really enjoying our Home and the sensitivity of the mic. We have it play lullabies for our baby, and we pretty much whisper "ok, google..." This thing is awesome. We've been using it constantly for like 2 days.
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Postby Tyler » Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:36 pm

itscsalvo wrote:So we're really enjoying our Home and the sensitivity of the mic. We have it play lullabies for our baby, and we pretty much whisper "ok, google..." This thing is awesome. We've been using it constantly for like 2 days.

Playing music for Evie is a lot of fun with it. It has a lot easier time picking up Jocelyn saying "hey Google" vs me
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Postby Tyler » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:44 am

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Postby bmyoungs » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:02 am

So far on general search questions Google assistant has been far better than Alexa. Pandora support has been fairly buggy lately as well.
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Postby Tyler » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:55 am


I'm dumb and can't get any of these to work.
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Postby Tyler » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:11 am

Tyler wrote:Source of the post

I'm dumb and can't get any of these to work.

This should help me. Gives examples how to trigger each one
https://www.reddit.com/r/googlehome/com ... _20161212/
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Postby wags83 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:15 am

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Postby bmyoungs » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:43 am

I now have 2 echo dots. Bought 1 for brother in law for secret Santa next week, but he was over yesterday and made a comment on how he never wants one. I guess he doesn't want Amazon listening to him.

Oh well now I have one in bedroom and living room

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