What do you guys think of the Google Nexus Q Media Player

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Che Castro, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    Google Nexus Q Media Player Hands-On

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_gZdFxeJmg


    Google Nexus Q Media Player Hands-On

    Google enters the living room (again) with the Nexus Q. This little $299 orb runs Android 4.0 and packs a 25 watt Class D amp with banana plug speaker jacks, HDMI and Optical Audio outputs, a microUSB port, and WiFi/Bluetooth/NFC connectivity. Stream audio and video content from Google Play and YouTube, and control it all with your Android phone or tablet. Rockin' out, Google Style! http://tchno.be/LhgI5j
     
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  3. maturola macrumors 68040

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    I think is a great device, would love it if my media would be on google's cloud, but it isn't, it is on my home server. I didn't see anything about apps, but I guess since it is android, it should be able to run Plex and other Android markets apps.

    On my case, no really worth it over my HTPC + ATV/Rokus setup.
     
  4. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Not quite. It's essentially an AirPlay-type "base station" that interfaces Android devices (phone or tablet) to a home entertainment system. I think this is how they're getting around the licensing and other issues that caused the GoogleTV to be a "fiasco".

    I'm excited to see the device and to see that it is "engineered and produced in the USA". I may get one if/when the price drops some as I do own an Android phone and tablet (I'm because I have a Mac and iPad for work as well as an AppleTV).
     
  5. JeepGuy macrumors regular

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    It seems expensive $299 for a media player, I think I'll pass
     
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  8. Zoidberg79 macrumors newbie

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    $299???

    Really??

    For what??

    Sorry, this is WORSE than Google TV.

    Non starter.

    Nexus 7 ($200) + Nexus Q ($300) = $500.

    iPad2 wifi ($430) + Apple TV2 ($100) = $530.

    To be fair I should have compared the Nexus 7 16GB model for $50 more.

    Hey GOOGLE, you need to lower the price on the NEXUS Q and include some basic features like DLNA.

    What is the compelling reason for a consumer to buy this? It really seems to lack any really useful features. Now people need to have round bowling balls on their home entertainment centre?

    Just looking at this from a business point of view.
     
  9. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    While I welcome competition, I already have a wdtv and AppleTV 2, so how is this any better? No Netflix deal yet? Can I only download/stream video from Google? What about locally from over dlna which is already a pita? Can I stream from a PC or Mac? I haven't seen this touched upon on the so-called "reviews".

    I'm looking at this as more of a jobs-to-be-done situation, and if I can only get stuff from google or a google cloud drive, why is this any better than many of the $100 boxes? What does it do better?

    Why a built-in amp when most people are using powered computer speakers or a real receiver/amp with speakers?

    I'm only complaining bc as with much of Google's stuff, they never a really explain why their's is better. Although I think the Nexus 7 looks great..

    Made in the USA, the most expensive part in the AppleTV is made in Texas, supposedly, by Samsung. There's assembled vs made, there is by cost of components vs by weight, something car manufactures learned to distort 20 years ago.
     
  10. alFR macrumors 68020

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    I think John Gruber summed it up nicely here:

     
  11. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    "American made" thats why :)
     
  12. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Costs too much and can't stream from my home NAS - it's a fail for me.
     
  13. UKBeast macrumors 6502

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    1. Expensive for what its giving you.

    2. Did not like the shape it looks like a philips ambient light under tv

    3. Offers nothing more than the others in the market.
     
  14. dustinsc macrumors regular

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    This thing confuses me. Google has some very smart people working there. They bring in loads of money, so obviously they also have some people with business smarts there. So who let this thing come to light in its current state? What were they thinking? I can see no useful application. However, if you want to see what some iFans look like when Apple puts out a stinker, just look at fandroids defending this thing on reviews. "But it has NFC!" Great, but what does that do?
     
  15. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    Limited, expensive, unattractive, probably short lived.
     
  16. bt22 macrumors 6502

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    shocks me how other manufacturers are using the same type packaging as apple.
     

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