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The hottest item that you probably couldn’t get for Christmas this year was the Nest thermostat, which is sold out until 2012. But I bought one a couple months ago for a Christmas present and the device showed up a couple days before the big day.

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The hottest item that you probably couldn’t get for Christmas this year was the Nest learning thermostat — the smart gadget has been sold out for weeks and you can’t get one until 2012. But I bought one a couple months ago for a Christmas present for my parents and the device finally showed up a couple days before the big day.

Since I was planning to give it as a present, I didn’t want to configure the device, but I did want to do a lil unboxing for y’all so you can see what it looks like and what you get inside. The packaging does remind me of Apple products (the creators designed the iPod and the iPhone), but the real test will come when we try to install the thermostat. I’m slightly worried about my parents tackling this project, but I’ll let you know how they fare in a couple weeks.

  1. Looks great, please write later how you find it installing into the wall, it will be very useful.

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  2. That’s old technology… I’ve had one that does this in my home for the past 3 years.

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    1. Looks cool — we want one too!

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    2. Brand & model?

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  3. I ordered one of these on the first day and installed it about a month ago. It is pretty awesome. Very easy to use. After a few days it starts setting itself according to how you use it. You can control it from an iPhone, iPad or web browser – anywhere. This is actually quite nice, even in the home.

    Everyone who uses this thing easily understands how to use it and loves it.

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  4. @Chris, Will do!

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  5. Useless article.

    And if you edited out all the times she said “uh,” the video would be about a minute and a half instead of five.

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  6. I documented my unboxing and installation experience: http://www.wiredprairie.us/blog/index.php/archives/1329

    And then, a follow-up a few weeks later about the overall experience: http://www.wiredprairie.us/blog/index.php/archives/1340

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  7. I’ve had one since the end of November. Now it’s stopped working…tells me it has to shut down to recharge the battery (?) despite the fact I’ve had no power outages. Then it reboots…no longer holds the date and lost it’s internet connection. When you call support….they tell you to leave a message. Leave a message? Well, this has been an expensive lesson.

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