Google Nest Mini: The cheap way to add OK Google (speaker review)

The Google Nest Mini is $79 and is currently on a $49 special (until 12/9/2022), so hurry online and grab a bargain.

This is a generation after the original Mini that helped make OK Google a household word. There is not much to say about the speaker, so we will make a short review.

Australian review: Google Nest Mini

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Price $79 RRP but $49 on Google until 12/9/2022
Warranty One year
Country of manufacture Porcelain
Company Google is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related products and services, including online advertising, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is considered one of the Big Five US tech companies with Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.
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We used Fail (below expectations), Pass (meets expectations), and Exceeded (exceeds expectations or is the class leader) against many of the items below. Occasionally we give a Pass (capable) rating that is not as good as it should be and a ‘+’ Pass rating to show that it is good but falls short of Exceed.

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First impression: cute and colorful: Pass+

You can get it in Chalk, Charcoal, Coral and Sky. It’s small, ultimately useful, and the start of your OK Google Adventure.

  • 40mm speaker, 360° sound, 60Hz to 20kHz
  • three far-field microphones (on/off switchable) and good for more than 5 meters
  • Chalk, Charcoal, Coral and Sky
  • 98 (round) x 42mm (height) x 183g
  • Wall mountable (but dangling power cord is obvious)
  • 1.5m plug cord 15W charger (supplied)
  • Wi-Fi AC 2.4 or 5Ghz
  • An updated SoC (CPU) can do more on the device with the machine learning hardware engine, for example, alarms, local commands, etc. This is much more powerful and probably accounts for better DSP (sound processing).

Sound – Surprisingly good for a small speaker – Approved

Frequency Google Nest Mini
Deep Bass: 20-40Hz None
Mid Bass: 40-100Hz Building
High Bass: 100 to 200 Hz Building
Low-mid: 200-400Hz Flat from 236Hz
Medium: 400-1000Hz Flat
High-Mid: 1-2kHz Flat
Low Treble: 2-4kHz Flat
Treble: 4-6kHz Flat
High Treble: 6-10kHz Decline
Dog whistle: 10-20kHz Jump off a cliff from 15kHz

It actually has some mid and high bass, not that a 40mm mono speaker can do much with it, but it’s easy enough to listen to. The volume is a good 80dB, but don’t drive it too loud. It can be stereo paired (not really hi-fi). It is Mid-centric, which is better for a clear voice.

More important is what the Google Assistant can do

We won’t go into depth, but here’s a good overview. If you want to see if Google Assistant is right for you, start with a Mini.

CyberShack review: Google Nest Mini is powerful

It’s hard to put a number on Smart Assistant usage, and the figures for Australia are a bit iffy. Amazon isn’t as well known or trusted in Australia, so Google Assistant leads. Indicative figures for 2021/22 put Google at 80%, Alexa at 15% and Siri at 5%. That’s because companies like Sonos (which supports both Assistants), IKEA Symfonisk, Bose, JBL, Lenovo, LG, Yamaha, Sony, Samsung (Harman Kardon), and Google Nest produce speakers with Google Assistant. Many also support Bluetooth Chromecast, Android’s default audio and video streaming.

Every Android smartphone has a Google Assistant built in, as well as Android Auto, Android TV, Android Wear, and more. Google Assistant is so far ahead of Alexa on the strength of these numbers that there is no competition.

VoiceBot stated, “Amazon’s share appears to come from its paid Prime members who were 50% more likely to purchase the Alexa speaker.” Tellingly, the vast majority clearly bought Google-based OK speakers.

Read more: Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa: the battle of smart assistants is over.

Google Nest Mini

$79 RRP but $49 on Google until 12/9/2022

Google Nest Mini

advantage

  • The cheapest way to get OK Google
  • reasonable sound

cons

  • None really for the price
  • Consider the Google Nest Hub if you want a smart speaker with a screen


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