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JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Smart displays aren't for everyone. They're not exactly tablets, but they look like ones and are both less and more useful, depending on how you look at them. With far superior sound and always listening mics, they act as a smart speaker for your home; but without real apps or a fully functional browser, you hit some roadblocks while using them and wish they could do just a little bit more.

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JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lenovo Smart Display review: The best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

So-called smart speakers became the darling of every big tech company in the last three years, with Amazon, Google, and Apple all trying to push their digital assistants as a complementary and indispensable part of their locked-in ecosystems. Incremental advancement continues, and the Assistant-powered responses to Amazon's trailblazing, screen-equipped Echo Show have started to land, the first one being this: Lenovo's Smart Display. And far from just being an interesting first try, Google's Assistant on a screen has already become an indispensable part of my home, especially in the kitchen. 

The Google Home and Home Mini have operated like decentralized, Assistant-powered satellites.

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Lenovo Smart Display review: The best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest Hello review: The security camera I’ve always wanted

Friday, July 27th, 2018

As any introvert will tell you, the doorbell can be a source of great anxiety. If I'm not expecting someone, there are only so many reasons for the doorbell to ring. I don't want anything to do with most of those reasons, so it's highly desirable to know what's going on out there before I open the door. I've used various security cameras for this task, including most recently the Arlo Pro 2.

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Nest Hello review: The security camera I've always wanted was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest Hello review: The security camera I’ve always wanted

Friday, July 27th, 2018

As any introvert will tell you, the doorbell can be a source of great anxiety. If I'm not expecting someone, there are only so many reasons for the doorbell to ring. I don't want anything to do with most of those reasons, so it's highly desirable to know what's going on out there before I open the door. I've used various security cameras for this task, including most recently the Arlo Pro 2.

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Nest Hello review: The security camera I've always wanted was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Arlo Pro 2 review: The best wireless camera still has some drawbacks

Friday, July 20th, 2018

It's getting easier to set up your own internet-connected home surveillance system, but that usually still means running cables to power all your fancy HD cameras. Arlo, which recently spun off from Netgear, offers an alternative. Its Arlo Pro line of cameras can keep tabs on your home without wires, and they last for months on a charge.

After wowing us with the original Arlo Pro, the Arlo Pro 2 ups the resolution and adds new features.

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Arlo Pro 2 review: The best wireless camera still has some drawbacks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Cielo Breez review: Smartening up your air conditioner, the easy way

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Depending on where you live, most houses could be built with central heating and thermostats in mind or not. Even in houses that have a fully ducted system, getting a small expansion done like a bigger garage, an additional room, or a guest house could require you start looking at other options for heating and cooling. Ductless systems, whether they're split air conditioner units, window ACs, portable or floor standing units, or heat pumps, are the go-to solution then.

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Cielo Breez review: Smartening up your air conditioner, the easy way was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: A must-have for Nest fans but too expensive for everyone else

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Nest started by making thermostats, but following a Google acquisition and some reshuffling, it makes plenty of other smart home products. Having devoured Dropcam, Nest is one of the leaders in home security cameras with products like the Nest Cam and smarter Cam IQ. It had a "regular" outdoor camera previously, but now you can get an outdoor version of the IQ. The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor packs a 4K image sensor, a wide field-of-view, facial recognition, and incredibly sharp video.

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Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: A must-have for Nest fans but too expensive for everyone else was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SwitchBot review: Simple automation for any switch or button in your home

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Getting into home automation can be very daunting. Different protocols, different compatibilities, and different requirements for every product don't make things easy. Add into the mix the price tag of changing an existing product into a smart one, or the electrical requirements and installation processes of not-so-standard items like smart switches, and you have all the ingredients for deterring people from venturing into this whole ordeal. But what if there was a product that didn't cost much, didn't have any weird requirements, was super easy to install and use, and could retrofit any existing thing to make it smarter?

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SwitchBot review: Simple automation for any switch or button in your home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Logitech Circle 2 wired camera review: A feature-packed premium camera

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Logitech has been making webcams for many years, and a while back it turned its attention to the burgeoning home security market with the Logitech Circle camera. I thought that device was a surprisingly good value that competed well with established players like Netgear and Nest. There's a second generation camera now, and it improves on that first camera in almost every way. If you don't mind a few minor foibles, this could be the right camera to keep an eye on your humble abode.

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Logitech Circle 2 wired camera review: A feature-packed premium camera was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JBL Link smart speakers review: Offering several great alternatives to the Google Home

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

After the Google Home was announced, it was only a matter of time before Google, like Amazon, made it possible for other brands to create their own Assistant-enabled speakers. We've already reviewed the TicHome Mini, a small portable alternative to the Home Mini, and today we're taking a look at JBL's line-up of Google Homesque speakers: the Link series. In this review, I will focus on the portable IPX7-rated cylindrical Link 20 and the larger stationary Link 300.

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JBL Link smart speakers review: Offering several great alternatives to the Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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