We like that there are so many ways to control your smart devices, like the 7-inch touchscreen display and voice commands. This makes it easy to watch videos, listen to music, and search for info on the web. There's even a built-in Soli radar chip that offers sleep-tracking in your bedroom—though Google plans to require a subscription for this soon.
This smart display comes with Google Assistant voice controls, which are a little bit better at recognizing a voice command than Alexa. We like the option for follow-up questions, like asking, "When does it open?" after asking where the nearest bakery is.
The Google Home app is easy to use, and we love that it puts all of your devices on one screen for easy access. Still, Google isn't compatible with nearly as many devices as Alexa. Sadly, it doesn't have an option for creating smart home routines based on device status like motion sensors or leak detectors.
While the Nest Hub comes with a built-in Thread radio, it doesn't work yet. Thread works like an improved version of Zigbee that's faster. Other than the small number of Thread devices for sale, we're not sure why Google doesn't use the radio yet, but it would be nice to have more device options with Google smart homes.
Overall, the Google Nest Hub (Gen 2) is a great option if you want touchscreen controls and an easy way to watch videos. That doesn't mean the Echo Show series of displays isn't worth buying (especially if Alexa's your platform of choice), but we think Google's smart displays provide a better experience overall.
Learn more in our Ultimate Guide to Google Assistant.