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Saturday Poll: Are You Interested in the Nexus Q?

We are waiting to get back to our home networks to set up and play with our Nexus Q media players. There is still a lot of possible confusion as to what exactly this thing does, but one thing we do know, is that it has been built like a tank. It’s purpose is to seamlessly stream content from the cloud to your TV and speakers with no syncing or wires.

The device is going for $300 on Google Play and we want to know who here has plans to get on. Let us know your thoughts on the Q down below.

Do you have interest in the Nexus Q?

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  • Sounds interesting. But I’ve already got a Sonos running my sound

  • As long as ISPs and wireless providers continue to impost data caps, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get behind these multimedia cloud services. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have everything in the cloud, but for now, I’d say 90% of my media is stored and used locally.

  • jeepguy04

    If they could sell a version without the amp for 150-200 I’d be in. It would still be more expensive than other media streamers but it is also more powerful and could be capable of other things in the future. I also have to admit that the hardware is slick looking. But it sucks we have to pay for an amp when I’d never hook speakers up directly to this.

  • MikeKorby

    There are some things that make it interesting, just not for $300, especially since it doesn’t sound like it would be horribly difficult for someone familiar with Arduino to replicate. I just hope that we start seeing third party knockoffs, sort of how like you can buy a new stereo now that is “airplay capable”. For the [email protected] mindset, I feel like licensing out would bode much better for them than sticking nexus here.

  • If this could stream all my DVD backup .avi’s on my PCs HDD then I would be all over it

  • vawwyakr

    I also can’t figure out what exactly it is. I feel like it’s fragmentation of Google TV, I don’t get what this thing really does that Google TV doesn’t/can’t other than the weird social stuff which should just be wrapped up into Google TV too. If this thing had a TV tuner + DVR instead of the amp and stereo hookups then I would be interested even at $300. As it stands I just don’t see why I would want this.

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    I think most people that aren’t interested now will change their mind as soon as Google figures out that this price tag of theirs is a little much! I love the idea not the cost!

  • I already have a PS3 and a XBOX 360 a Samsung smart TV and a smart blu ray player so why do i need this. I can do everything this can already. Also i picked up a roku at a yard sale for $5.All my devices are networked together and stream from my pc. I just dont have the need for something like this.

  • Liderc

    Not really interested in this, but I’d buy the tablet right now if I could.

  • Missing Option: Interested in the $40 version of the Q

  • Bionic

    I have a really random question. The Nexus 7 uses a micro usb port for charging, it looks like the same size as my Motorola bionic. I already have a motorola charger hooked up next to my bed and my living room chair. How can i tell if the motorola charger will fry my Nexus battery?

    I let a friend at work borrow my motorola charger and it fried his Samsung Galaxy 2 battery because of too many amps or volts or whatever.

    Anyone who knows how to figure this out let me know, thanks

  • HotInEER

    $99 to 149.00 and i’ll be interested. $299 and this will not sell well.

  • Nick P

    It really depends on what the dev community can do with this.

  • kdkinc

    Looks like a new type of Golf Ball.

  • So I can buy this for 300, or get an MHL adapter for 15…

    • JohnPA2006

      MONOPRICE !!! WOoo Hooo. I like to go into BestBuy and yell out MONOPRICE, while I stand near the $99.00 HDMI cables.
      Then Best Buy Security throws me out.

  • lunas

    Not for 300 maybe for 99

  • ocdtrekkie

    Where’s the vote choice for those of us who already have one? 😉

  • c4v3man

    The problem is that it costs more than Google TV, but does even less. If it was GoogleTV 2.0, with all the functionality of GoogleTV + what the Q does + Android Device Screen Mirroring for $300, then I’d be pushing pretty hard to buy one, especially since it’s made in the USA. As it stands, I don’t need another boombox around the house, and I’m just starting to get into watching youtube regularly, so I’m not there yet. Maybe if Google somehow gets the networks onboard to stream (for free) content with advertising, then I’d be down for that as a potential cable replacment…

  • Travis H

    it costs way too much for not being able to stream other sources…

    • Jigga_Z

      It has already been hacked to do that 😉

  • Gr8Ray

    Why did they have to build an amp into it? I already have a home theater system, I don’t need their shitty little amp.

  • Scott Hartman

    I’m definitely picking one up. Probably more than one eventually. My wife and I have already moved to the cloud for music, but there wasn’t a good solution for hooking up a device to an amp with say a living room or bedroom system. $300 for a quality stereo amp is cheap, and this has the only input we need but all the right outputs (I’ll be hooking my Klipsch RB-75s right into those banana plugs!).

    I really think this was intended more as a HiFi product and people are trying to look at it as something it isn’t.

    • My solution is to plug my phone to my receiver with 3.5mm connector. Yes, it’s not HiFi, but it costs just a couple of bucks for connector…
      And we streaming mp3 anyway from Google Music.

      • ocdtrekkie

        Keep in mind that MP3s purchased on Google Play are actually fairly high kbps.

      • Scott Hartman

        Not only are the mp3s good enough quality, but remember that our bookshelf speakers (never mind the floor standers) retailed for over a grand a pair. A decent stereo amp to drive speakers like that can easily run well past $300, so if the audio quality holds up these are a bargain for music and home theater buffs.

        Like I keep saying, I really think people are trying to make the Q into something it’s not; it’s a nice (and reasonably priced) addition to the Android ecosystem aimed at bringing easy quality music streaming to Hi-Fi fans.

        • I think you right. People were expecting a generic streamer, but got a niche product.

  • rdreich49

    I’d be interested if it were $100.

  • Alan Paone

    I can’t buy it in Canada so I’m waiting for eBay prices to come down, Google to smooth out the bugs, hackers to do ridiculous stuff and JB source to drop

  • Glen E Ston

    im not invested in google play movies or play music, this device is totally useless for me. If they added a way to stream from a local source i would be all over the Q

  • This will help you get a pulse on the Q: They’re selling for $200 unopened.

  • fvqu

    This product will fail miserably at this price.

  • SeanBello

    I’d love to see Chris Tucker’s reaction to Jackie Chan NFC’ing his own songs during a party. “you don’t mess with a black man’s Q!”

  • NorCalGuy

    How can they be releasing this with ICS when the nexus 7 is getting released at the same time with JB. Not only that how can they be playing the for the people card by releasing this sweet 200 tablet that kills any of its 7″ rivals and scares a lot of the 10″. I am just saying that the HDMI/USB drives seem much more promising and at a much better price point and about 99% less wires

  • Jon

    I didn’t really follow the announcement closely, but it sounds like what I can already do with my Google TV connected to my surround sound system. What does the Q do that I can’t (aside from having everyone in the room connected, which doesn’t interest me anyway)?

  • Buckoman

    I enjoyed every minute of the Nexus Q presentation.

    Until they priced it at $300.

  • Oh, I’m Very interested, just not willing to fork out $300 for something I really don’t need.

  • Brent Stewart

    It’s priced about 3 times as much as it should be for what it is. I’d get one at $99 though because I really like the concept of social listening. But like others have said, this should get merged with Google TV. I’d buy a Nexus TV 🙂

    • “social listening”? If I wanted to listen to music with friends, i’d get together with a bunch of friends and go to a concert. The problem with the world these days is that everyone is coming out with new, high-tech ways of “socializing” – at the expense of REAL socializing. Seems like no one knows how to do that anymore. And we wonder why kids these days are completely antisocial by the time they are teenagers.

  • Christopher Hsu

    $200.00. Streams your personal photos and videos from the cloud and/or your phone with control capabilities. Streams live slideshow from google+ events. Mirrors your phone screen so you can show anything on your phone screen. Give me that and I’ll throw my money at it.

  • Hmm. I looked on eBay and some people are selling ones from I/O for like $200…

  • Esteban_Colberto

    Here in lies the problem. Google has just done something that no other tech company has done in recent memory…..they designed and built a product entirely in the U.S. Now, it’s time to decide if we are going to support that idea or not. If it was done in Asia, it would probably be $199 or less, but the only way the price comes down is to outsource or to make this so popular, that the price comes down via economy of scale. This hasn’t happened for Apple products, since they still enjoy a high margin on their low cost built goods. The other factor is that Google is throwing out a product that is basically a Raspberry Pi. It wants developers and users to figure out how to best use it. This could ultimately doom it. I want to feel good about spending $300 and this product doesn’t do that for me yet.

  • kevin

    I’d be interested if I 1 owned a bar and 2 it had support for the iphone (don’t get me wrong I love my nexus but the i phone is just too darned popular to exclude compatibility with), it’d make a great alternative to touchtunes

  • azndan4

    Ovepriced. Poorly marketed.

  • MrEnglish

    Sticking to my ATV. I won’t even try this at 299. Maybe at 99 it’ll get a test, but no way at this price. I do like the shape of it and the overall look.

  • Needs to be merged into a Google TV device and a chrome box 3 in 1 and I’d almost definitely buy it. Too expense for such limited functionality.

  • ericl5112

    I would buy in a heartbeat if they had one more feature. Screen Mirroring. Apple did it. Samsung did it. HTC did it. I want one for android devices that isn’t manufacturer dependent.

  • jeff3yan

    Maybe if it was $99 or even less. Definitely not even at $199 and hell no at $299.

  • currentsupply

    1. Since it does not have have mirroring, I am not interested.
    2. The fact that it only is able to use Google Play for content, I am not interested.
    3. Since it doesn’t come with speakers, I am not interested.

    If you are not going to use the built in Amplifier, I would say that the Nexus Q has a value of $70.

    If the Nexus Q came with speakers (5.1 channel speakers) and it docked the galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, and it did full wireless mirroring,
    Then I could see it’s value at $250-$650 depending on quality of the speakers and amplifier.

  • Evan

    They should have done an all in one, added google tv to this, made software for party games to be played so people can jump in and out of games using their phone/tablet, and added a massive harddrive for local could storage. Then yes I would have already preordered

  • Immolate

    I really need a five-minute video demonstrating the use case scenario. For $300, it should do something bad-ass. So far from what I’ve seen, it lets your friends play dueling jukebox. I wouldn’t let my friends within blue-tooth range of my house, those dirty bastards.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    I’m not interested because I know they will figure out some way to abuse my privacy with it.

  • James

    What’s stopping google bringing all of this to the UK?

  • Tyler

    I’ll wait for it to get a price cut. At $300 its not worth it. Price it at around $150 – $200 and I’ll think about it.

  • ckeegan

    Man, people are extremely stupid. You’re comparing this to Apple TV, XBOX, Apple TV, etc. NONE of those are capable of acting as a stereo amplifier with media streaming capabilities.

    I do think the $300 price is too high, but PLEASE stop comparing apples to oranges.

  • BAoxymoron

    I’m currently just waiting and seeing. When a company explicitly says the device is made for hackability that says to me they’re looking to see what you do with it. All we need now is someone to add google tv functionality add a bluetooth keyboard and then you have the potential for some fun…

    • SeanBello

      pretty sure I’m not paying somebody to be their tester. it should be the other way around or at least very cheap

  • This should have been an OBVIOUS option on the poll. Interested but not interested in the price. I didnt know if i should’ve chose “still debating” or “not interested”. I’m sure people had the same dilemma which makes the poll’s data kinda misguided now in my opinion.

    • gpzbc

      Exactly. I would enjoy using it, but not for $300.

    • thecharrr

      Q is a neat focused concept and would be a great hobby box, but for $300, I don’t see buying one