Are you still looking for a Father’s Day gift idea for dad? If you are, then you should consider the Google Home personal assistant device or the Google Pixel smartphone. I’ve been demoing the two devices for the last few days. I think they are both awesome and I would love to receive either one (or both) for Father’s Day. BTW, Verizon sent me loaners for review on my dad blog. As some of you know, Verizon’s network gives customers the broadest coverage, best speeds, and unsurpassed reliability.
Google Home is essentially a hands-free assistant. With a simple voice command, the smart device can play tunes on its built-in speakers from services like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music and Google Play Music. It also lets you issue voice commands to get news, weather, traffic and sports reports; set alarms and timers; and other interesting stuff like controlling smart devices like Nest, Chromecast, and Philips Hue. Google Home can also answer questions. However, in my tests I’ve noticed it’s hit or miss when it comes to answering questions. It does fine for some questions, but for other questions Google Home tells me it doesn’t know how to help with that yet. It’s not perfect, but I’m sure Google Home will get better in time. It’s definitely fun to play with.
Google Pixel Smartphone
I almost got this phone a few months ago because it is the first smartphone designed from the ground up by Google. Pixel comes with a variety of unique features. One of the features I really love is the tactile feedback when I’m typing. But the coolest feature is probably the Google Assistant built into the Pixel. One of the drawbacks of Google Home is that you have to plug the device into a power outlet. That makes it less mobile. But with the Google Pixel, I have a mobile version of Google Home that lets me use my voice to help make a dinner reservation, add items to my shopping list, create calendar entries or search the Internet. BTW, Google Pixel is exclusive to Verizon, which is the nation’s largest and most powerful network. Verizon brings Google’s next gen smartphone to its next gen network with its LTE Advanced network where customers can experience 50% faster peak wireless data speeds in more than 470 cities from coast to coast.
[Disclosure: I received loaners for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]