Over the past 15 years, Apple’s devices have undergone a huge transformation. They grew from the rebooted upstart into a modern consumer tech powerhouse, and the HomePod is one more proof of that transformation. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what makes HomePod a unique device and how seamlessly it fits Apple ecosystem.
Before We Start
We just want to remind you that the HomePod is just a late entry into the smart speaker technology. But Apple never does anything accidentally, and its lateness is just a small piece of strategy it uses to fight the competitors. After competing companies released their devices, Apple identifies all issues and offers something that ‘simply works’ for a higher price. HomePod didn’t become an exception.
A Couple of Words Apple HomePod Price
HomePod costs $349, making it one of the most expensive smart speakers on the market. But Apple justifies this price by embedding Siri feature and offering top-quality audio. However, compared to Amazon’s and Google’s smart systems, it isn’t perfect enough to be called a “reasonably priced device”.
HomePod Setup Is Unbelievably Simple
No doubts, it’s a smart speaker with the easiest setup. If you use AirPods, hold your phone near it to send over your Apple Music preferences, Apple ID, and Wi-Fi password. Before you start, you need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 11.2.5 which is obligatory to make your HomePod work. Also, you’ll need to have iPad or iPhone to set it up for the first time.
While setting up, you’ll see a pleasant glowing light on the HomePod’s top that gets multi-colored if you are giving the command to Siri. Compared to Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s HomePod setup is very swift.
To call up the box, you just need to hold your iPhone near the speaker. The same goes for using a Wi-Fi network that is already set up on your phone – hold the phone near the box to get things done. With such easy-to-use decisions, Apple literally smashed its competitors. The HomePod can figure out where it is in the room by playing some songs and evaluating its physical surroundings. By playing a song, it hears how the sound is bouncing around.
We Have a Lot to Say About HomePod Sound
The HomePod’s audio quality is simply premium. It fills the whole room easily and makes clear separations between all tracks’ elements. It sounds perfect if it is placed against the wall, letting you hear the voices coming with amazing breadth. Though we’re all used to listening to music of different quality, HomePod will expose you to new music subtleties that you haven’t heard before. The bass is particularly strong, while the audio is very stable with sharp sounds clipping well. The device offers incredible clarity of the sound and, therefore, is especially good at playing electronica. Bass guitar brings some reverberation that won’t be heard by an untrained ear. Simply put, it’s an impressive fusion of bass, clear vocals, and other sounds that make music playing incredible. If there are sound effects like rain or water splashing, they will sound amazing. Aside from all these perks, the HomePod is very loud. Siri asks if you really want to play music at full volume.
However, there’s a rub in Apple’s almost perfect HomePod. You’ll need Apple Music Subscription unless you decide to stream music from your iPhone. And even this can be done only with the help of Airplay because you won’t be able to stream music via Bluetooth. This isn’t a big issue, especially if to consider its stunning sound and easy set-up.
Let’s Look at Siri & Homekit
In HomePod, Siri doesn’t simply respond to your commands but also takes control of your smart home. The speaker serves as an alarm, but you can’t ask Siri to play the news instead of a single tone. We also figured out one more setback asking it to play sports news. It found what we needed but played the news from the previous day. It’s not a big deal, but in such an expensive device, the experience must be flawless. With no ability to connect to other services, you might find out that Apple isn’t stable enough. You can play music, create a to-do list, set a timer, but you can only set up one-timer, while many users prefer having many. Nevertheless, the device offers smart home ecosystem HomeKit that can’t go unnoticed. It can be controlled via your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. You can set up something like a smart light or smart plug and then walk through the door and say ‘I’m home’ to switch on all the lights. However, you can’t change the volume, so saying late at night ‘Turn on the lights’ to hear ‘it’s done’ is not a good idea. This HomeKit also offers automated bedtime function, but again, it responds very loudly when you say ‘Goodnight’. Though it doesn’t perform flawlessly, having such HomeKit function in your HomePod is such a pleasure.
Some Final Thoughts About HomePod
Though not perfect and with some issues to be addressed, HomePod is a great speaker with clear rich sound, Siri, HomeKit, and many perks you might find useful. Its price is quite high, but every penny spent is worth it.