Give the Gift of Google

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Ah, Google. From its humble beginnings as an Internet search engine to its monumental metamorphosis into one of the biggest names in tech, Google’s impact on our lives cannot be overstated. And lately, that impact has grown, thanks to a slate of new products. Whether you need a laptop, smartphone, or anything in between, chances are there’s a Google product for you. With that in mind, we put together a holiday gift guide of our favorite Google products. Enjoy!

Google Home

Digital assistants have completely changed the way we interact with our devices, both at home and on the go. Google’s own digital helper, the aptly named Google Assistant, is the brains behind one of our favorite smart speakers: the Google Home. Easy on the eyes and even easier to use, the svelte-looking Google Home is a smart speaker that can do just about anything. Use it to dim the lights, get a weather report, check the score of a game, even play music—all with the sound of your voice. The endless number of products that support Google Assistant means that virtually all of your smart devices can be managed by the Home in one way or another. On top of that, with the power of Google’s Internet search engine behind it, the Home can answer almost any question you have—no matter how obscure—instantly. If you’re in the market for a do-everything device that looks great and makes lives easier, Google Home is a great gift to give. You might also want to check out the Google Home Mini and Home Max. As their names suggest, the Mini is a more compact version of the Home, while the Max is quite a bit larger. Both offer their own set of unique features, while retaining all the power and intelligence of Google Assistant.

Google Home
Google Home

Nest Mini

Speaking of the Home Mini: Googled just unveiled the next generation of its miniaturized omniscient, the all-new Nest Mini. Rebranded after Google acquired the Nest company, the Nest Mini is a worthy follow-up to the Home Mini smart speaker. Not only does it retain all the beloved features of its predecessor, but it comes with some nice new upgrades, as well. For starters, Google gave the Nest Mini more audio power, so users will enjoy an improved listening experience. On top of that, you can now mount the Nest Mini on the wall, which, apart from being a cool feature, should improve the Nest Mini’s sound quality even further by allowing it to fill up more space. Audio upgrades aside, the Nest Mini supports all the voice-command features of its predecessor, so you can turn on the TV, queue up a podcast, check the weather—simply by asking. Similarly, because it’s got the brains of Google Assistant built in, the Nest Mini can answer almost all of your pressing queries, whether it’s how to prepare a certain meal, help with a math problem, or any question in between.

Google Nest Mini
Google Nest Mini

Nest WiFi

The Nest Mini wasn’t the only Google product that was given a Nest makeover. This year, we also got to meet the new Nest WiFi, which is the rebranded next generation of the popular Google WiFi. Like its predecessor, Nest WiFi is a scalable wireless network that blankets your home with fast, reliable Wi-Fi. It uses a similar design that includes two core components—a router and a point. The Nest WiFi router covers up to 2,200 square feet of your home, while each Nest WiFi point adds an additional 1,600 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage. Nest WiFi integrates easily into new or existing home setups, and you can use it to manage thousands of compatible devices. What’s really cool is that each Nest WiFi point has an integrated speaker with Google Assistant built in (à la Google Home), so you can interact with your compatible devices using voice commands.

Google Nest Wifi Router and Two Points
Google Nest Wifi Router and Two Points

Google Pixel 4

Though relatively new to the scene, Google Pixel smartphones are some of the most universally praised handsets on the market—in large part due to their incredible camera performance. The latest iteration, the Google Pixel 4, continues that tradition with a camera setup that is in contention for world’s best. The new Pixel features an improved rear camera system that, for the first time in the Pixel series, includes two lenses: a 12MP Dual-Pixel lens and a 16MP telephoto lens. The camera system makes use of Google’s cutting-edge processing software to deliver truly exceptional imagery. Now, in terms of design, the Pixel 4 is available in a standard and XL variant. The standard-sized Pixel 4 is equipped with a 5.7" display, while the XL offers 6.3" of screen real estate. Both displays are OLEDs and look sharp; however, the XL has slightly better resolution (QHD+ vs FHD+). What’s really exciting about the Pixel 4 display is that both variants have a refresh rate of up to 90Hz. This is a feature that very few smartphones have and means that content looks very, very smooth. Other flagship specs for both models include Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM with 64 or 128GB of memory, and the latest stock Android software. The Pixel 4 is a great gift for Android purists, fans of mobile photography, or anyone who wants a genuinely great smartphone.

Google Pixel 4 XL Smartphone
Google Pixel 4 XL Smartphone

Pixelbook Go

Google’s first Pixelbook was released in 2017 to general fanfare and, to this day, remains one of the best Chromebooks on the market. In 2019, Google released an on-the-go version, the mobility-focused Pixelbook Go, which continues the legacy of the Pixelbook series at a noticeably lower price than its predecessor. Pixelbook Go features a 13.3" touchscreen with up to 4K UHD resolution, depending on the configuration. Internal specs include an 8th-Gen Intel® Core™ Processor and up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also has a very solid battery life—up to 12 hours—which plays into the idea of this being a Chromebook for users on the move. Also, because it’s a Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go offers full Android app support. Now, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a budget-friendly laptop aimed at more mobile users, so it doesn’t offer all the features of the original Pixelbook. It’s not a 2-in-1; it doesn’t offer stylus support. But, at its current price, what you get out of the Pixebool Go is incredible. The screen is solid, the performance is fast and reliable, and the battery life is perhaps the best on the market. Oh, and we didn’t even mention the keyboard, which has garnered rave reviews. The bottom line: If you’re looking for a mobile-focused Chromebook (or even laptop) that performs well across the board and won’t break the bank, the Pixelbook Go is one of the best options out there.

Google 13.3" Multi-Touch Pixelbook Go
Google 13.3" Multi-Touch Pixelbook Go

Google Chromecast

Since its debut, Google Chromecast has been a favorite of streamers everywhere. Now, in its third iteration, the Google Chromecast features a new design and upgraded video resolution support all the way up to 1080p/60 Hz. In addition to the upgrades, the Chromecast still offers one of the best mobile-to-TV streaming platforms around. Use it to stream content from any compatible mobile device directly to your TV. And, with Google’s Chrome Internet browser, you can even mirror web pages from your computer. The Chromecast supports both Android and iOS devices, so it’s a great gift for iPhone users, as well. And, for users with 4K displays, the Chromecast Ultra is also available. It features the same great performance of the 3rd-gen Chromecast, plus it can stream 4K/UHD video and supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.

Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast

What do you think about our list of Google gifts? Any that catch your eye or you have questions about? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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