Still, if you own several Apple devices already, purchasing a HomePod could be a particularly enticing idea. This probably isn’t something too many people will care about, but Alexa and Google Assistant’s voice sound more natural in comparison.
You can also ask Siri to do what have now become smart speaker staples: send or read Messages and Whatsapps, set reminders, find out what the traffic’s like on your commute, or ask if you need to take an umbrella today. If the speaker works remarkably better than Echo or Home it may be worth the extra $200 or more over Echo and Home.
If you’ve got also “Hey Siri” activated on your iPhone, the devices make an educated guess as to which you’re speaking to. From there, the iDevice will recognize there’s a HomePod in front of it and begin the setup process. Keep in mind that this is indeed a limited time thing, so it won’t be $349 forever. If your computer is a Mac and your smartphone is an iPhone – and you wouldn’t have it any other way – then the HomePod’s cost probably doesn’t even bother you. Yet, as Apple devotees are well aware, there’s no reason to doubt the tech giant.
Fill two rooms in your home with rich, crystal clear sound, the flawless way to begin your Sonos system. With a voice command, Siri will be able to find and play music based on what they the user usually listens. Needless to say, the speaker will deliver powerful audio with vast attention to quality. Basically, it customises the output on a per-song basis to make it sound as close to the recording as it can.
Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down produces a more promising soundscape, however. It aims to diffuse the background elements more gently (this is why the HomePod’s seven tweeters are on the bottom – to use the surface it’s on for spreading audio), while maintaining the energy of the more prominent parts.
How to preorder the Apple HomePod? The HomePod was set up on a credenza next to the Sonos One, the Google Home Max, and the second-generation Amazon Echo; the HomePod definitely sounded the best of the group, but the Sonos One – which costs half as much – kept pace.
We’re so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves.
HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room. That said, I have some concerns about the HomePod.