I still haven’t used a Nexus Q myself, but everyone I know who has says almost exactly what Frederic Lardinois lays out here. It’s a total quagmire of a product. And it’s not just the obscenely high ($299) price point.
The Q once again show a key difference between Apple and Google. There’s no way Apple releases this product as-is. They’d either kill it before release or keep refining it until it was ready. You can say that the original Apple TV was a dud, but it was a thousand times more useful than this thing.
Google clearly realized what a joke this thing was shortly after they gave them away at I/O, which is why the product is now indefinitely “postponed”. And why they’ll be giving them away to the few who did pre-order. But I continue to wonder how on Earth they didn’t realize what a turd they had in their hands before the unveiling?
They had hundreds (if not thousands) of employees testing this thing for the past few months. Was everyone too afraid to speak up? Stockholm syndrome?