If you liked the black media-streaming ball that Google unveiled last month (along with the hot-selling Nexus 7 tablet), then here’s your first chance to buy one. The Nexus Q is now available from Google Play, coming with the $299 price tag that they promised during the launch.
Just a few things you might want to consider: if you’re anything but a person who’s heavily invested into the Google Android ecosystem, this might not be the device for you. If you’re looking for a nifty DLNA streamer that’ll stream your stuff from a network drive to your HDTV, this isn’t the device for you. The Nexus Q is basically a media streamer that’s limited to streaming videos and music from Google’s Play Music and Play Video services (besides YouTube), and is controlled using an Android device with a matching app.
In this case, your Android device basically works as a rather expensive remote, making the Nexus Q a redundant device if your Android device already comes with an HDMI connection for streaming content.
All-in-all, it’s probably not the smartest thing to pick up for 300 bucks if you just want an all-purpose media streamer. In contrast, there are a number of cheaper devices that can stream from storage devise plugged into the network, just not as well-designed as this one. But if you’re heavily into Android, and you’re specifically looking for a device that streams Google Play content – and happen to have an extra $300 to spend on such a device – then here’s your device.
By the way, if you don’t mind a little tinkering, there are ways to get the Q to do other things. Like load a game of Pong that you can play using the volume control wheel. Probably not the most useful hack — nor a feature you normally think of when you’re buying a $300 set-top, but at least it’s a start.