The Nest Mini comes in Charcoal / Chalk Colour. It's a much more attractive device than the Echo Dot. It looks like a big, fabric-covered skipping stone. It's about four inches in diameter and just over an inch and a half tall. It also sounds quite good for its size. You're not going to really want to use it to listen to music, but a podcast or a news update would be fine; it's more than capable of making itself heard in a medium-sized room. You can also stream Bluetooth audio to it, if you want.
GOOGLE HOME, JUST SMALLER It's also more than capable of hearing you in a medium-sized room. Google's wake word detection for "OK Google" or "Hey Google" is quite good, even when the speaker itself is playing something.
The controls on the Home Mini are simple, even though it has no visible buttons. You can tap on the top of it to pause it, and you tap on the left or right side to adjust the volume. There's a mute switch on the back (which makes more sense than a button), and four indicator lights under the fabric on top, which are visible only when lit up.
It's a very simple, straightforward device, a little ovoid puck designed to get the Google Assistant into more rooms.
Ask your Google Assistant for help, and get the best of Google – weather, news or almost anything. Hear your personalised schedule, commute and reminders. Set timers and alarms. And even turn on compatible smart lights.
Nest Mini is compatible with thousands of smart devices, like lights, thermostats and locks, from brands that you love. It blends easily into any room – on a coffee table, bedside table or wall.
Imagine if you could be satisfied and content with your purchase. That can very much be your reality with the Google Nest Mini Gen 2.