Google Home Mini – initial impressions blew my mind (not really)

For purely selfish reasons (tired of rigging a slowly dying HTC EVO 3D to play nighttime music that the volume buttons and power button are all janked,) I got a Google Home Mini for my daughter’s room. Here’s what I like and what I don’t like after four days of use.

Paul’s Google Home Mini Likes

My Home Mini dislikes

Findings from a weekend of use by a 4yo

Other notes

It’s been in use since I unpacked it. Someone wanted it up and running immediately (will try and get a shot when I get it on the wall.) Due to being Micro USB powered I believe we’re going to take it on a picnic, although why we’re doing this I forgot.

Overall worth the $29 it’s going for right now. Check Walmart though as I seem to recall seeing something like $25 off with some deal there, a free Mini at Target if you get a Nest product, and I’m assuming Best Buy has something where you get a $2 discount if you buy the $90 extended warranty for the $29 product.

I’ve got my 4yo the Google Kid account now, will be moving her over to that if just to get fewer T-Swift suggestions on my profile. That will also enable me to have Man Google voice for my profile, which amuses me to no ends and annoys the everloving crap out of the kids.

Get it, or don’t. I’ve become a fan of the Google Home products for my morning news briefing, commute information, jokes, and really excruciatingly bad trivia.