When it comes to Mother's Day gifts, things can be a little hit or miss, but pictures of children and grandchildren are always a slam dunk here. The Google Home Hub, with its beautiful image mode and ease of use, is a perfect gift for mum.
A quick note before we dive in: Yesterday announced that Google homemade is merged with Nest, and the Google Home Hub is now known as Google Nest Hub ̵
The beginning of the search for the perfect Mother's Day gift was driven by some ideas we had acquired over the years with Mother's Day gift. Firstly, almost all mothers love pictures – pictures of their children, pictures of their grandchildren, even pictures of their grandpets. It's almost impossible to go wrong with pictures as a gift.
Second, almost all digital imagery is quite cruddy and suffers from a variety of interfaces and usage issues. Many of us on staff had given digital photo frames as Mother's Day (or birthday or Christmas) gifts to our mothers over the years, but inevitably found them missing.
Either they didn't have a cloud-based service and we were stuck with them with SD cards (like spoiler warning, never happened) or if they had a cloud-based service, it was just inconvenient to use or we forgot All about it.
Third and not directly related to digital picture frames, but related to Mother's Day gifts in general, are many maternal gifts of rather limited utility. There is nothing wrong with getting your mother's flowers or a book she wants, but a bouquet is not exactly a gift that continues to give. Call us too pragmatically, but we like to give useful gifts.
Google Home Hub was our 2018 product of the year, picked for a bunch of good reasons, and many of these reasons overlap directly with the issues we've just outlined. This is why we believe that a home theater is the perfect mother's day gift.
Picture frame mode is great to see
The Google Home Hub is first and foremost an amazing digital photo frame. We keep every home theater in the home and office and in slideshow mode because it's just so good at it.
Unlike the digital photo frames, you are probably familiar with (and may have been gifted in the past). The home screen screen does not look like a cheap computer screen, has high enough resolution that the pixels cannot be detected, even at close range (and certainly not detectable at normal distances), and this is the real magic sport and automatic dimming mode that makes it look like an actual photograph and not a digital display. 19659004] There really is no way to convey the last bit sufficiently in words or pictures. It's such an important effect that if you put a home theater in your house and use the photo mode, you will continually find yourself forgetting that there is a screen … that's how much the dimming mode makes the pictures look like actual photos in a picture frame.
Updating and managing your photos is incredibly easy
Great pictures are just part of the equation though. Where the whole "Let's get my mom a digital picture frame!" The plan falls apart is at the back. You start with the best intentions: gently select some pictures, dump them on an SD card, set up the picture frame and tell the mother. "The next time I visit, I'll bring a new SD card with new pictures!" And then it never happens. Five years later you find the picture frame in a box somewhere with the same pictures on it as a kind of time capsule.
The hub completely resolves the update problem. All you have to do is create one or more photo albums with Google Photos (a totally free service) and you're in business. (If you're not already using Google Photos, by the way, you should really. It's an incredibly easy way to back up and manage your photos.)
You can keep it simple and create a single folder like "VAT images" or you can add more albums over time. If you make monthly highlights, you can scroll or cure pictures from special events such as Easter or Ballet, so you can easily add these folders as well. If you need help getting things done, we have an excellent training on our sister site How-To Geek to get you started.
Even better, you can use a shared folder so that siblings and family members can add photos as well. This way, even if one of you forgets to update the folder for a while, somebody else will.
On top of all this, if you want your mother to have a Chromecast for her TV, you can use the same Chromecast wallpaper folders so she can watch the slide show on the big screen if she wants to .
Finally, you can control the whole thing from the phone. Mom wants the weather to appear? Will not it appear? Will the screen fade at night? Don't want it to faint at night? If you use the Google Home app on your phone, you can preview the slideshow, make changes, and otherwise easily manage your device.
There is so much more than a photo frame
The two previous points-how great it looks and how easy it is to update and manage-sell points enough in our book. For our purposes, we wanted to buy a home theater to give the mother a photo frame based on it alone.
However, where the home button blows some competition in the niche into the market, it is all the extra functionality. Although Mom will never do anything else with it, but use it as a photo frame, it can show the time and weather right on the screen in the corner.