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Google Nexus Q Review

By on September 10, 2012

The Nexus Q connects Google Play’s music and movie services to your TV. But, wait: Google has delayed the Q until it can “make it better” – what are people missing out on?


Google Nexus Q Features:

  1. Unlike with Bluetooth or AirPlay, you’re not streaming to the Google Nexus Q from your mobile device – you just tell it what to retrieve from the cloud via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Pick up another Google Nexus Q, and it’s easy to set up simple multi-room audio – and not a Sonos in sight.


  1. The Nexus Q is a media streamer similar to the Boxee Box or Apple TV, but all its music and movies come from the cloud – that includes any you upload yourself. It’s exclusively Android-app-controlled. Sorry, iUsers.


  1. The Nexus Q’s unusual spherical shape is an eye-pleaser. Above a ring of pulsing LEDs, the top half rotates to control volume, and mutes if you tap it. The integrated 25W digital amp will power a pair of hi-fi speakers via standard-issue ‘banana’ jacks.


  1. It’s always a party round at your house, and the Nexus Q’s Guest Mode lets anyone signed into your Wi-Fi network add tracks to the playlist. Yes, Spotify can do this, but the Nexus Q allows you to quickly (and subtly) revert back to your original playlist.


  1. Setup looks to be pretty simple, thanks to contactless NFC skills: just tap your phone/tablet on top of the Nexus Q, and you’ll establish a connection. Sync your iTunes or Windows Media library to Google Play, and it’ll even keep your playlists intact.


  1. Sadly, it could be some time before this is available. In early August Google announced it was holding off on the Nexus Q until it had fixed a few things, but people who had pre-ordered were sent a free unit. What the next iteration might be like we can only speculate.


Tech Specifications

CPU dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 (5GX540GPU)



OS Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

CONNECTIVITY Micro HDMI, optical audio, Ethernet, microUSB, ‘banana’ speaker jacks, Wi-Fi

AMP a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC


Google Nexus Q Alternative:

Apple TV

Cheaper, yes – but without an amp, it’s an exobrain for your TV, not a potential hi-fi replacement. Still, the advantage here is that you can actually buy it.

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One Comment

  1. Richard

    November 12, 2012 at 19:11

    Looks stunning!

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