Now, the Nest pretty much has the same features as the other devices in the Google family. However, what sets it apart is the built-in speaker which runs 360 degrees around the device, which makes the sound quality that much better. The second I said, "Hey Google" followed by a command, I was taken back by the sound (and it wasn't even on the highest volume). Whether I turn the volume up to 3 or 10, the device's voice is loud and clear. The Google assistant answers any commands quickly and efficiently without the long pauses that sometimes plague my Mini.
But aside from the commands, playing music just turned any social function into a full-fledged party and I just got access to the VIP section at the club. The speaker reminds me of one of those fancy-schmancy surround sound systems (and it has the two speakers compared to the one speaker in the Mini to thank). On the highest volume, I can hear it from any part of my apartment and I'm pretty sure the entire floor can hear it too (so sorry in advance for blasting Ariana Grande's latest album...again). I highly recommend placing it in the living room or any common area to get the full experience (since you just became the DJ for the virtual office holiday shindig).
If we break it down and stick to the technical side of the sound quality, the Nest is 75 percent louder and has a 50 percent stronger bass than the older models, according to the brand. I tested that theory and found that the Minis are definitely more suitable for smaller spaces so don't rely on them to get the party started.