Nest is a smart thermostat that records your heating/cooling behavior to predict your needs and regulate your home temperature. They announced an acquisition by Google in January 2014 for $3.2 Billion.

I’ve had Nest in my home for about 4 or 5 months now and I absolutely love it. Unlike conventional thermostats, Nest can be controlled from your smart phone or tablet. It can also sense when no one is home and regulate the temperature accordingly. Because it detects movement, it also knows when you come home and will bring the temperature up or down to where you normally like it.

I used to turn the heat on in the morning, turn it off when I left and basically fiddle with it nonstop in the winter (I like to keep my apartment at 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Since purchasing Nest, I hardly ever touch the thermostat. At this point, it knows to cool to around 65 at night when I’m sleeping and heat to around 70 in the morning when I’m getting ready.

The device retails at $249, which may seem like a high price point for a home gadget, but those facing energy bills of $200 – $300 each month won’t blink an eye at something that could potentially save them money each month.

Nest was created by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers who left Apple to start Nest in 2010. It’s obvious this device was created by someone from Apple. It screams Apple. In my opinion, this company should have been acquired by Apple, not Google and here’s why:

1. High Price Point

A high price point is Apple’s MO. They believe that those who can afford it, deserve the best experience. Whereas Google believes that everyone deserves a great experience. Just compare the Nexus 5 ($350) to the iPhone 5S ($700) and you’ll see what I mean. The reason for this is Google makes most of their money from advertising whereas Apple makes most of their money from selling hardware. Google believes that if they can provide a good experience at a low price point, then everyone will have the ability to receive ads.

2. Packaging & Product Design

If you’ve purchased an Apple product, you know the packaging is impeccable, beautiful, clean and easy to unwrap. Nest embodies all of these things. In fact, when I bought Nest, I almost felt like I was opening a new iPhone, instead of a thermostat. The packaging is high quality and easy to navigate. The instructions are clear and the parts are all very simple. Google doesn’t obsess nearly as much about their packaging. Apple is meticulous about the entire experience from the moment you touch the product.

3. A New Market

Apple is already behind when it comes to gadgets in the home beyond the computer. They only recently broke into the TV market (and Apple TV hasn’t really taken off yet). Nest would give them the opportunity to start a whole new division within their company.

Don’t get me wrong, they haven’t found a bad home with Google, the acquisition just came off as quite a surprise. If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought Apple produced Nest. It follows everything the company has done in the past, great design and function, but would bring them into a new market, home technology.