The HomePod is Apple’s smart speaker that is controlled using Siri and is designed primarily for high-quality music playback. Though, it is not merely an AirPlay speaker. It has a Siri build in, which you can use it for many tasks – just as you can with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Apple HomePod can check from the weather to set the reminders of the sports score, alarms, and timers. It can control all your HomeKit devices, such as lights, heating, and switches.
The HomePod is very much an Apple product – designed to work within the Apple ecosystem and it does this exceptionally well. And if you are already well established in this world, the HomePod is a great addition. The HomePod is a beautifully designed speaker. That is because this speaker is incredibly dense, packing 2.5kg of weight into its 172mm (6.8-inch) high frame. It is larger in all dimension than Echo 2, a smaller than the Allure and roughly the same as the Sonos One.
When it come to its processing, the HomePod is equipped with Apple’s A8 chip, created to be used in the iPhone 6 from 2015. This may sound a bit little old, but given that it was designed to power a whole smart-phone, it’s actually quite a lot of power for ‘only’ a speaker, even one that’s sending and receiving commands to and from the cloud on a regular basis.
The audio quality of the Apple HomePod is super premium. It fills a room easily, with a clear separation between all elements of music tracks. It is at its best when placed against a wall, putting apart the sound well, with elements such as voices coming through with incredible breadth.
The audio quality is so good that the biggest criticism we can level at the audio capabilities of the speaker is how you interact with it. Saying ‘Hey Siri’ over and over to achieve anything irks, and if you’re in a room with multiple people talking, you will need others to shush otherwise their words are easily picked up, resulting to random songs being played.
The HomePod doesn’t have any aux in or out and there is no Bluetooth – it lacks the flexibility of other smart speakers. There is no voice recognition in the sense that Siri does not know who is making a request. Once you set up a HomePod, it pulls information from Apple ID you used. You can change the Apple ID associated with the HomePod, but for that, you just can’t ask Siri to “switch to Amanda’s account.
Although, the HomePod sounds brilliant and offers some smart Siri functionality, but only embedded deeply in the Apple ecosystem.
However, there’s no rush. If your intention is to acquire a home virtual assistant or a widely compatible speaker able to stream Internet radio, Spotify, Audible books, and other content from non-Apple sources—basically, any features that either aren’t present or aren’t available yet—there’s no harm in waiting, or considering other options in the meantime.
The price of Apple Homepod is Rs 42,600 in Nepal.
- Breakthrough speaker with amazing sound
- Spatial awareness that senses its location
- Built to bring out the best in Apple Music
- Learns what you like based on what you play
- Intelligent assistant helps with everyday tasks
- Controls your smart home accessories
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