What do you get when the former Apple (AAPL) SVP responsible for the iPod and the former lead engineer for the iPod and Apple’s smash hit iPhone join together for a new startup? The answer is Nest Labs, the innovative company with hardware and software so thoughtfully designed, it looks like something Apple dreamed up.
An endless parade of Nest reviews had nothing but good things to say about the company’s original Nest Learning Thermostat, released in 2011. No other company had managed to bring the combination of stylish design, smarts and connectivity to the lowly thermostat. The hype quickly made Nest a tech industry darling, and made the Nest Learnings Thermostat a popular offering on Apple Store shelves before being released in wider channels including Home Depot (HD) and Best Buy (BBY).
The company followed up with improved Nest Learning Thermostat in 2012 and a combo smoke detector and CO monitor in 2013. Now, Nest thermostat reviews are becoming must-reads once again on news that Google (GOOG) just paid $3.2 billion for the company.
Here’s a look at 2.0 version of the Nest Learning Thermostat, the potential gateway to the connected home — now owned by Google.