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Smart devices aren’t just smart because they can connect to the internet or tell you about the weather — the very best devices are designed to help you save money too.
Take the top-rated Google Nest Thermostat, for example. The smart thermostat can analyze your home's heating and cooling patterns and then adjust the ambient temp accordingly. It'll even automatically tweak the temp when you leave home for the day.
Now, you can get one for $100 — that's $30 off and a record low price! This thing is so popular, it's earned a five-star rating from more than 10,000 reviewers.
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The Google Nest Thermostat syncs with your smartphone via the Nest app. Now you can control the temperature of your home if you're en route from the store or just touched down at the airport. It’s even great if you’re chilling on the couch and just don’t feel like getting up to adjust the thermostat.
"...I love being in bed and turning it on from my phone, if necessary," shared a delighted five-star reviewer. "Or the heat will kick on when I pull into my driveway. It was very easy to set the program and adjust as I see fit. I think Google does an amazing job of simplifying instruction with quick-to-the-point walk-throughs."
Here's the payoff: All that precise, targeting temp-adjusting can lower your heating and cooling bill. Translation: It pays for itself in the long run (or maybe the not-so-long run). According to Nest, the Google Nest Thermostat can save you up to an average of 12% on heating bills and up to 15% on cooling per year.
"...You can set a schedule on the app for what temp you want throughout the day and while you sleep," explained a satisfied Amazon shopper. "It geo-fences your location and will turn temp up when you leave the house if you want it to. It really is a must-have for busy people like my wife and I...The thermostat definitely has made a noticeable change on our electric bill and it is not difficult to use or set up. If you're on the fence, go for it, I did and I am so happy..."
"Absolutely love this and it looks amazing on the wall of my mid-century house," added another happy five-star reviewer. "It works flawlessly and I've had zero problems setting it up and using it. Wished I'd gotten one of these Nest devices years ago — it's a true game changer in my house. Very convenient to use versus the old one I had to get up and change all the time!"
The only way to make the most of your new Nest Thermostat is by connecting it to a smartphone — and if you're on the hunt for a new one, try the Pixel 6 by Google.
The latest iteration of the reviewer-beloved phone is truly spectacular — Google really brought its A-game. What makes it so special? Android is an open-source operating system (OS), which means that companies can basically use it for free on the phones they make. But companies almost always end up putting their own “spin” on it, messing with the interface and adding software that you may or may not use. Sometimes these changes are good, but they almost always mean it takes a bit longer for your phone to get updates. Because the Pixel is made by Google, it contains a pure version of Android, and you’ll get updates as soon as Google sends them out — security updates once a month, and OS upgrades once a year, in early fall.
Plus, a few years ago Apple switched to making its own chips, and now Google is getting in on the action with its new Tensor CPU. This makes it a lot easier for Google to add new features like live translation. There’s also a special security coprocessor: If you’ve ever worried someone was trying to spy on you or hack into your phone, the new security features should put your mind at ease.
Aside from that, the phone's biggest upgrade is the camera. It’s now much better at capturing a full range of skin tones. And the new “Face Unblur” feature will combine multiple shots into one so your subject will always be in focus, no matter how much they’re moving around.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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