Jun 282012

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who grimaced when Google’s Joe Britt uttered the words “It just works” when describing the company’s orb of improbability, the Nexus Q. With its spherical design and curious addition of a speaker and amp – and of course its $299 price tag – the Q seems to be the antithesis of the AppleTV. Unfortunately for Google, according to The Verge, it looks like they’ve carried that “opposite of Apple” philosophy all the way:

Video was another matter. We were able to stream YouTube video through the Q without concern, but television shows and movies had considerable issues. There were noticeable video artifacts when watching an episode of The Walking Dead, and the Q repeatedly halted playback to buffer the video stream (all on a 35 Mbps connection here in our west coast offices).

I love the use of the word “considerable.” With tech sites that try to maintain an unbiased outlook, “considerable” is tantamount to “unusable”. Maybe the Google Play servers were slammed from all those people queuing up to buy one. Or something.

The Q is also billed as the first “Social Media Player”, so that should make up for the device’s fundamental flaw of not being able to play video very well.

One of Google’s selling points this morning was the Q as a “social” media streamer, allowing multiple people to stream music to the Q to partake in the fun. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to utilize this functionality initially. Additional Jelly Bean devices refused to pair with the Q until we’d hard reset all involved devices several times.

It just works!

/hard reset

It just works!

/hard reset


But like the Pontiac Aztek, it was mostly made in the U.S.A., something that The Verge and every single other press outlet must add to its description of the Q, usually within 10 words of the $299 price, as if a $200 premium on a piece of flawed consumer electronics could be somehow be justified that way. The movement to bring manufacturing back to this country knows no better ally than Google?

I think we’re going to need a bigger roflcopter.

 Posted by at 8:39 am

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