The Apple HomePod Sounds Good, But Other Smart Speakers Sound Better

The Apple HomePod Sounds Good, But Other Smart Speakers Sound Better

In addition to several speakers mixed among Apple's other products on tables throughout the store, HomePods have been set up in larger locations next to Apple's HomeKit displays, however, they didn't appear to be connected to the rest of the demo just yet.

Amazon Echo essentially houses Alexa, the personal assistant developed by the huge company. With many speakers and sound systems, there is a zone of perfection.

HomePod boasts it's self-learning artificial intelligence based off of Siri, however, compared to Alexa and Google Home, HomePod is far behind in the race.

The Google Home Max is available in Chalk and Charcoal for $399.

HomePod is a new wireless speaker with built-in Siri controls by Apple.

Alexa works across Amazon devices and a rapidly growing number of non-Amazon devices.

The HomePod comes into the smart speaker market that already has various options for customers, including gadgets from Amazon, Google and Sonos. Each of these devices is compatible with three major ecosystems, meaning that smart home support is pretty standard across the device range.


You can control HomePod from your iPhone, though iOS doesn't make it especially easy.

The audio quality between the two is very close, though I'd give a slight edge to Apple. The HomePod does have features the Amazon Echo or Google Home don't, such as the ability to play podcasts at a faster speed or use voice to send iMessages and WhatsApp texts, according to Buzzfeed's Nicole Nguyen.

Here's a comparison of both devices. Users can play music from Apple Music or use their to stream content directly from their music library using Siri.

Using a variation of a Spotify meme that blew up previous year, Sonos trolled Apple on HomePod launch day by calling it the "Fruit Machine" (via Business Insider).

"Indeed, the perception out there is that Siri, despite being on tens of millions of iPhones and the first virtual assistant to make a name for itself, just isn't as smart or useful as Alexa and the Google Assistant".

At the same time, the new speaker can be an exercise in frustration at times, especially when you request something of Siri that Apple's digital assistant can't deliver on HomePod. One, a home speaker that Apple hopes will "reinvent home music" and 2, an intelligent home assistant to help perform tasks such as playing music, reading the news, sending and receiving iMessages, setting reminders, providing answers to general questions, checking the weather and more. However, coupled with the more than a decent AI functionality that Apple has built into the HomePod, this means that the device becomes an intriguing purchase for consumers, even if it doesn't quite match up to the competition in some departments. As an Apple Music subscriber you can invoke such commands as "Hey Siri, play Linda Ronstadt", "Hey Siri, play the top songs of 1971", "Hey Siri, play music to chill by", or "Hey Siri, tell me about this artist".

For offices without fancy speakerphones, Apple's HomePod offers a convenient method of handing off calls to the speaker's high-quality components.

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