Reasons You Might Not Want An Apple HomePod

15 February, 2018, 05:47 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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Now questions abound over whether Apple can compete in a hotly contested market with a virtual assistant in Siri that doesn't work as well as Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.

The HomePod will seamlessly stream your favorite artists from your Apple Music account after a simple verbal request, and it's here-audio entertainment-where the HomePod truly shines. That's cool, but it comes with some limitations.

And since HomePod is an AirPlay speaker you can use it in conjunction with the Apple TV to give your videos another sound source. To be on the safe side, you have the option to purchase an Apple Care+ plan for the HomePod within 60 days of your initial purchase. We didn't see any latency that took the audio out of sync with the video, although dialog was hard to hear in some TV shows and movies.

Having more tweeters, which are responsible for producing the highest audio frequencies, typically creates a better, more nuanced sound.

The conclusion reveals that though the HomePod might be extremely durable, it is extremely hard to open.

Then there's the usual cost factor with Apple products.

Unfortunately, most of the "smarts" end there for HomePod and for that you can blame Siri.

"I think Siri could be expanded and will be in the future", said Dalrymple. You can get around this lack of multiple timer support by setting reminders instead. If you have one of the speakers, comment on the post and let us know what you think the speaker you have. Bottom line, Consumer Reports says the HomePod sounds a bit muddy compared with the Sonos One and Google Home Max.

One limitation of the HomePod is its inability to set multiple timers.

To describe the sound quality of the HomePod requires a basic understanding of the how the speaker is built. Google has the Google Home, Amazon has the Echo, and now, Apple has the HomePod.

If you're looking for a smart speaker that can do internet searches for you, handle complex requests, manage your email and calendar, place calls, and essentially act as your phone while you're at home, the HomePod is not the device for you. In the iOS Home app you can create routines to group different HomeKit devices together and make them do things with a single Siri command. They tested several HomePod speakers in a listening room lab environment, with reference speakers for comparison.


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