Nest Hub (2nd gen) Review
NOW A SLEEP TRACKER
By Abner Li
April 5, 2021
At a glance, the Nest Hub (2nd gen) looks exactly like the 2018 Home Hub. Google carried over the “floating screen attached to an oblong fabric-covered base” aesthetic.
...EXCEPT FOR THE SCREEN
A flat display design sees glass sit atop the plastic back. It makes the screen easier to clean as dust can no longer get trapped. Another benefit is edge-to-edge gestures.
NEW QUICK GESTURES
You’re able to play/pause media by “air-tapping" in front of the Nest Hub. It’s wonderful for listening to music while in bed and just vaguely gesturing to end playback.
Powered by Soli radar, the Nest Hub tracks your sleep if it's 1-2 feet away from your bed. No body or face images are captured.
THREE MAIN SLEEP RESULTS
After two weeks, I’ve found radar-based sleep tracking to be mostly in line with a Fitbit smartwatch. The Nest Hub could be better at recognizing when you’re awake but still in bed.