Here are eight reasons why you should buy a Google Home Mini:
1. It’s Portable
It is about the size of a large donut, and you can always find room for a donut! Its super simple design is just an oval oblong made of plastic and fabric.
The only visible button is a slide that mutes the microphone, in the back. It comes in chalk, charcoal, coral and aqua colors, so it looks great.
2. It’s Easy to Use
Just use your voice! To activate, just say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” and then give a question or command, giving you hands free access.
It can turn your smart home gadgets on and off, and control Netflix and YouTube on your Chromecast-enabled TV. Your voice can access the internet through Google Assistant and play music or look up facts and information for you.
The voice responses from the Home Mini are loud enough to hear from across a room and have great sound. Its two microphones are always listening and can hear you from across the room, even if other music is playing.
3. It Will Respond to Touch Controls, Too
Though it doesn’t have physical buttons, you can use touch controls if you don’t want to use your voice. Tapping the side of the device adjusts the volume, or you can play and pause music with long presses. You have to be careful when handling the Mini so that you don’t activate things by mistake.
4. It Finds Your Phone
Who hasn’t lost their phone? Well, the Mini can help you with that. Just say, “Hey Google. Find my phone” and your iPhone will ring, as well as your Android, even if it is on silent.
5. It Can Turn Your TV On and Off
With a Chromecast and a Chromecast-connected compatible TV, all you need to do to control the TV is to say, “Hey Google, turn off the TV”.
6. You Can Set a Default TV or Speaker
You don’t need to say Google or mention the device’s name in your voice command with a default setting on your Chromecast-connected TV. Just saying, “Play workout videos” will be enough.
Same with the speakers that are set as default on Chromecast Audio. Just say, “Hey, Google, play workout playlist” and it will start playing on the designated speakers. It can work with different groups of speakers, such as “first floor” or “bedroom”.
7. It Helps Prepare You for Sleep
Just say, “Hey Google, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes”, then fall asleep to the music or podcast of your choice.
8. It Has Night Mode
The Mini’s lights go dim and the volume of the Assistant’s responses lowers when you enable night mode, so that others are not disturbed.
The small size and features of the Google Home Mini allow it to assist you, without getting in your way.