Early reviewers have often disclaimed their own audio expertise, but have generally opined that the $349 HomePod sounds decidedly superior to the $80 Amazon Echo, similar to or a little better than the $199 Sonos One, and at least a little better than the $399 Google Home Max.
Select Apple Authorised Resellers, including Best Buy in the US; Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and Apple Premium Resellers in the United Kingdom; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Telstra in Australia, have also started selling the HomePod locally.
Unlike in the Alexa app, meanwhile, there's no log of what Siri heard and what her response was. The speaker is powered by Apple A8 chip that makes it a smarter option in the town.
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Now if only Sonos had made the playlist in Apple Music, so Siri could play it on the HomePod. The attached 21 track playlist "Welcome to the Party Mix" is hosted on Spotify which is a jab itself as Apple has chose to not yet support direct Spotify playback on HomePod that Sonos offers. It is capable of making calls, controlling smart home accessories, providing travel information, translating words into multiple languages, looking up recipes, offering nutrition guidance, answering trivia questions, looking up stocks, and telling jokes.
A number of features have yet to arrive before HomePod feels feature-complete.
Powered by the Siri voice assistant, Apple hopes to put the speaker at the center of its HomeKit smart home plans, as the one device to rule not only your playlists, but your entire in-home connected ecosystem.
If you don't already have favorite podcasts, mind, HomePod isn't so helpful. An Apple spokesperson promised us that the functions will be "coming this year in a free software update".
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The Verge's Nilay Patel describes the HomePod as a "lonely" piece of technology, asking whether "beautiful sound quality [is] worth locking yourself even more tightly into a walled garden" of Apple's services. A true stereo mode would be great, too.
If Siri finds a coffee shop that sounds to your liking, for example, there's no way to send that information to your iPhone.
After failing to capitalize on the lead it had on voice assistants by launching Siri back in 2011, Apple appears to have missed a big opportunity with Siri yet again with HomePod.
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