Apple HomePod review: Sounds good only if you're an Apple user

Apple HomePod review: Sounds good only if you're an Apple user

One of the unanswered questions leading up to HomePod's launch has been how Apple's retail stores will display the speaker. Due to the worldwide time difference Australia was the first to receive HomePod, with the United States soon to follow later today.

With the launch, Apple is taking on existing smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo ($100) and Google Home ($129).

The HomePod delivers impeccable sound quality that surpasses that of similar offerings by Google and Sonos, reviewers say.

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The 6.8-inch tall HomePod uses an advanced algorithm that is touted to continuously analyse the music and tune the low frequencies dynamically.

How much will it cost?
Sonos is now offering a truly stereo pair of Sonos One speakers for $349 to directly challenge the HomePod at the same price point.

Apple only confirmed the availability of the HomePod in late January 2018, meaning it missed the Christmas sales rush - to the benefit of both Amazon and Google.

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Twitter was flooded with confused users who were hoping to pick up a HomePod.

A HomePod ordered today is expected to be delivered by February 22 at the earliest, according to the Apple site, though those who preordered are expected to receive them earlier.

Now if only Sonos had made the playlist in Apple Music, so Siri could play it on the HomePod. Third, some functions of HomePod overlap with Siri in iPhone. Now, when you ask about hiding a body, Siri acts like someone whose recent lobotomy has robbed her of personality and memory. There isn't any reason to pay $200 extra for a device that doesn't entirely work, just yet. Customers can place an order for the HomePod directly from Apple's online store, or purchase it from any nearby Apple Store. These controls allow you to play, pause, skip a song, or adjust the volume with a single tap, in addition to voice controls.

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Siri may be your HomePod's voice controlled DJ and smart assistant, but you don't have to control playback exclusively by voice if you don't want to. Press the AirPlay button in the app, and you'll see two options: one for your iPhone, and the other for your HomePod.

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