Google's 6 Best Valentine's Day Gifts For 2014

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google  (GOOG) is best known for its web services and software but it also has an impressive number of devices to offer. This list will help you find the best of what Google has to offer in time for Valentine's Day.

Some of the items on this list come directly from Google while others come from Google's partnerships. The unquestioned Internet-search leader contributed to each item on the list in some way, and they all play into Google's Android and web ecosystem.

Nexus 5

As the latest smartphone in the Nexus line, the LG Nexus 5 is Google's idea of what Android is or should be all about. The Nexus 5 runs pure stock Android 4.4 KitKat with no added features and nothing to get in the way of the experience. The camera may not be the greatest out there, but it's good enough to recommend the Nexus 5 over just about every other Android smartphone. Plus, the phone now comes in a great red color that fits the holiday perfectly.

At $350 unlocked, the Nexus 5 is also one of the cheapest high-end phones available. And it means you won't tie the receiver down to a two-year contract.

Nexus 7

Like the Nexus 5, part of the appeal of the Asus Nexus 7 is that it's pure Android without the gimmicks. The 7-inch tablet is one of the best small tablets on the market, rivaling Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire HDX and Apple's (AAPL) iPad mini with Retina Display. Its small size makes the Nexus 7 great for reading or watching HD movies.

The Nexus 7 starts at $229 for the 16GB model.

Moto X

It doesn't have the largest screen or the best specs but its size and features make the Moto X one of the most exciting Android phones on the market, and a potentially great gift. Motorola managed to make the Moto X roughly the same size as the iPhone 5s but put a larger, 4.5-inch screen on it. The team also included some unique features like always-on voice recognition and an easy way to view notifications even when the screen is locked.

At $330 off contract until Valentine's Day, the Moto X is one of the cheapest phones available. And there's a variety of wood-back options that really set it apart from all other smartphones.

Chromecast

The Chromecast is Google's answer to the Apple TV, or at least some of the features of the Apple TV. The small device makes it easy to stream music, movies, and TV shows from the Play Store, Netflix (NFLX), Hulu Plus, and others on the TV. It works with both Android and iOS devices, and after an initial setup is easy to use from any app.

The feature set of the Chromecast is currently rather limited, but there is a promise of more services supporting the device in the future. And it only costs $35, which is less than half the price of the Apple TV or the Roku 3.

Acer Chromebook C720

Chromebooks aren't for everyone, but they're good gifts for those who don't need a full laptop all the time but don't want a tablet. The Acer Chromebook C270 is one of the best laptops running Google's Chrome OS at the moment. It can only really do a few things (Internet and web apps), but it does those things very well for such an inexpensive machine.

The Acer Chromebook starts at $199.

Play Store Gift Card

A Google Play Store gift card is a good gift for any Android user that seemingly has everything. They can use the gift card to buy apps, music, movies, and TV shows from Google's digital store. Unfortunately, the gift cards can't be used towards hardware, but it should help buy a few neat things for an Android smartphone or tablet.

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