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Apple HomePod (2017)

Apple HomePod (2017)
alaScore 94

221 reviews

May, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 221 reviews of Apple HomePod (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple HomePod (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Caleb Denison (digitaltrends.com)

Apple HomePod review

 

It's finally here. Should you buy one? You'll find the answer in our Apple HomePod review.

Excellent, nuanced sound ; Great design ; Easy HomeKit setup and control ; Streaming support via AirPlay

No built-in support for Spotify, Pandora, or other apps ; Requires iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 to set up ; No Bluetooth or Aux jack for non-iOS devices

While the Apple HomePod is an outstanding speaker, it is made for a very specific audience and excludes many potential users. Until the HomePod offers support for multiple streaming apps and has more third-party app and feature integration, its...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Apple HomePod review: A great speaker that’s not so smart

 

It's no secret that the HomePod was designed to be a speaker first and an assistant second. What's really surprising was how much better the HomePod performs as the former. With an omnidirectional array of tweeters, one big woofer and an A8 chipset to...

Seriously excellent sound ; Siri responds quickly to commands ; Subtle design ; AirPlay streaming works well

Siri is limited compared to its rivals ; Can't identify multiple users ; No Bluetooth streaming or audio inputs ; Limited third-party support (for now)

Chris is Engadget's senior mobile editor and moonlights as a professional moment ruiner. His early years were spent taking apart Sega consoles and writing awful fan fiction. That passion for electronics and words would eventually lead him to covering...

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan, Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Apple HomePod

 

The HomePod excels as a high-quality smart speaker for listening to Apple Music, but trails behind Amazon and Google when it comes to voice control.

Powerful audio performance with rich, full bass. Measurement mic adjusts audio according to your room's acoustics. Visually pleasing design.

No Bluetooth streaming. No aux input. No voice control for non-Apple music services. Siri is behind the competition. Leaves rings on some wooden surfaces.

The HomePod is a sonic success. Purists may thumb their noses at the DSP and overall inability to disable the room-adapting technology in favor of an unadulterated signal, but we can at least confirm that, while the audio performance may be steeped in...

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Apple HomePod Review

 

Apple's HomePod may be late to the party, but the Siri-powered smart speaker isn't arriving quietly in any sense of the word. HomePod's biggest strength is that, in a segment where ease of use is yet to catch up with functionality, it makes navigating...

Incredible sound for the footprint ; Apple Music voice control is quick and easy ; Setup is ridiculously fast ; Clean design and quality construction

Non-Apple music sources are second-class citizens ; Siri isn't as strong as an assistant ; Stereo pairing and multi-room aren't ready at launch ; Android users are left out in the cold ; iPhone integration is single-user only

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Apple HomePod review: For ardent Apple fans only

 

You'll need a mobile Apple device of recent vintage just to set up this smart speaker, which is tightly tied to Apple services.

Beautiful industrial design ; Very responsive to voice commands ; Good musical performance

The more-expensive Google Home Max delivers higher fidelity ; Limits you to Apple’s own music services ; Siri is inferior to Alexa and Google Assistant ; HomeKit is the least-supported smart home platform

Considering how late to market the HomePod is, it’s very surprising just how far behind the curve this smart speaker is compared to the competition. Perhaps Apple assumes that its brand loyalists don’t mind living inside its walled garden. But not...

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Luke Luby (geekspin.co)

A cheaper Apple HomePod could be on its way

 

Apple has been placing an increasing amount of time, and investment, into its audio accessories. Now, according to some reports, the tech giant may be expanding their HomePod range in 2020 with a more affordable

Reports suggest that Apple is also working on noise cancelling AirPods

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : John Velasco (phonearena.com)

Apple HomePod Review

 

Smart speakers have been getting more traction recently and have shown us all how useful they can be. Apple, interestingly enough, is a little bit late to the game – albeit, most are going to be optimistic about the endeavor. But despite the high...

Incredible power, rich audio quality ; Ability to adapt its tuning based on acoustics analysis ; Chic, modern design

Pricey at $350 ; Lack of music services integration beyond Apple Music (though you can use AirPlay to stream Spotify, Pandora, etc.) ; Siri isn't as intelligent as other voice-assistant services ; Only compatible with iOS devices

Feb, 2018

Expert review by (zdnet.com)

Apple HomePod review: Leaves a stain but not a strong impression

 

As smart speakers go, Apple's HomePod is late to the party.

Impressive sound ; Responsive display ; Classy design

Expensive ; Ecosystem lock-in ; Siri should do more

Feb, 2018

Expert review by (zdnet.com)

Gallery: Top 10 accessories for Apple's HomePod

 

Apple's HomePod can be used as a hub to control HomeKit devices via Siri voice commands. Here's a selection of accessories worth investigating.

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Jon Chase (thewirecutter.com)

Apple HomePod Review: It Only Sounds Great

 

Apple's HomePod sounds excellent, but its Apple-centric design can feel limited next to other smart speakers.

May, 2018

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