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Apple Home Pod Reviews

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. Therefore, Alibaba and Xiaomi have entered smart speaker market in 2017, focusing on developing products for Chinese market. Admittedly, this fine-tuning will come in the way of software updates in the future, but the fact remains that Google Home still dominates voice search and functionality. Alexa and Google can draw upon lots of information even before you add third-party skills; Siri on HomePod can get stumped by requests an iPhone can handle.

There's also the thing with Apple's tendency to lock its products inside its own ecosystem. Android users won't be able to purchase a HomePod, take it home, and get started.

Apple Music has millions of artists and even more tracks, but if it's the spoken word you're interested in, HomePod has you covered there, too. Users can play tunes from Spotify, yes, but it's not integrated properly on there. At least for well-heeled Apple die-hards who share my passion for all kinds of music. Will it find any success in the smart speaker landscape, where the most prized quality is being actually smart? If you want to invest in a smart speaker, go with Alexa or Google's Home speaker system instead.

With that in mind, I blasted the speaker in my family room and basement, as well as in a large USA TODAY photo studio and in an even more expansive, near-empty newsroom.

More: A smart home sounds like a great idea. That is a specific place or alignment of your body where the system sounds the best.

The Sonos One doesn't sound as good as HomePod either.

Universal praise of the HomePod, which will be available Friday for $349, was about its sound quality, with reviewers saying it is by far the best-sounding speaker in the market.

Boasting direct and ambient audio beamforming and a complex microphone array, the HomePod offers quite an upgrade over the standard smartphone speaker.

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"You can't ask Siri to look up a recipe".

What's more, Sonos supports more streaming platforms than HomePod, and not only works with Alexa out of the box but also promises to make nice soon with the Google Assistant, and, yes, Siri.

The New York Times: "Apple's speaker is certainly an impressive piece of hardware".

Cloaked in a seamless mesh fabric that conceals a woofer, seven tweeters and other technical innards, HomePod is as easy on the eyes as it is your ears.

HomePod is significantly more expensive than its smart speaker rivals, costing £319 compared to £74.99 for the Amazon Echo and £129 for the Google Home. "It does more to make music sound better than any other speaker of this kind has ever done before, and it really, truly works".

HomePod is a new wireless speaker with built-in Siri controls by Apple. "That is not the case right now", said USA Today's Edward C. Baig.

The Google Home Max lets users shop using just their voice. The ads do not usually speak well for the company writing them.

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