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How Apple's HomePod compares to the competition

How Apple's HomePod compares to the competition

That's in case the smart speaker is severely damaged and the damage is not due to a manufacturing problem, which the one year warranty covers.

Apple Music's subscriber count is growing at a faster rate. In the case of the HomePod, it's bad news for anyone attempting to fix the $350 smart speaker without paying Apple to do so.

To my ears, the HomePod is better in the lower, bass frequencies and is impressively good at bouncing sound off walls with its seven tweeters to create an immersive stage.

What Hi-Fi?- my personal go-to source for stereo reviews - paints a picture of HomePod audio that's a mixture of the prevailing opinion and Consumer Reports' results.

The HomePod will perform all the standard smart speaker duties.

To describe the sound quality of the HomePod requires a basic understanding of the how the speaker is built. Their testers found that Apple's speaker delivered "Very Good" audio performance but it wasn't the best sounding wireless speaker or even the best sounding smart speaker.

The HomePod very much works like its rivals with its Siri-enabled speaker able to respond to voice commands and play music, search for information online, control smart devices and set alarms. Not only is Apple's artificial intelligence dumb - a recent test showed she only answered 52 per cent of questions correctly - but her functionality is extremely limited. And HomePod repeats that algorithmic optimization whenever you move it. But you might not want anyone in the house being able to ask the HomePod to read your texts to them. I expected the highs to fall apart at higher volumes like they do on the Echo and Google Home, but was surprised at how well HomePod preserved it all. "I wish I could", Siri said "but I can't help you make calls on HomePod". But how does the sound quality measure up to existing models like the Google Home Max and Sonos One?

And I haven't even gotten to how bad Siri is! And of course, she can control any HomeKit device in the home. HomePod appears as a device in the Home app but you can't include the speaker in a routine. For the price of one HomePod you could buy two Google Homes - one for downstairs, one for upstairs.

If the reasons mentioned above aren't good enough to keep you away from a Homepod, you can get one here.


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