One was a new US$349 smart "HomePod" home speaker to 'reinvent ' home audio, which will be available in the United Kingdom and in the USA in December. We do a comparison of features to find out!
If you're streaming music to a speaker, you'll want to know about the compatible services. The HomePod is heavier than the Echo - the former is 5.5 pounds and the latter is 2.34 pounds - and the Echo allows for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity while HomePod only supports Wi-Fi.
HomePod is created to be the user's personal "musicologist", says Apple, learning personal preferences and tastes based on genres, moods and playlists. Again, we've heard the audio performance of the Echo for ourselves, and we'd put it just slightly below the Google Home - it'll do for a party or some casual listening but serious music enthusiasts are going to be left wanting. That means no support for Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Prime Music, etc.
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Unsurprisingly, it also far outstripped an Amazon Echo for sound quality - but both that device and the Google Home are more geared towards AI than sound quality. Perhaps that focus will shift as it builds more solutions with Siri baked in or looks toward third-parties to integrate the functionality into their own premium smart home solutions like Amazon has begun to do with Alexa. HomePod will probably sell in acceptable numbers to people who are already deep into the Apple rabbit hole. The long and short of it then is that Apple HomePod is just that-it is a smart speaker with an assistant. Frugal users will realize that the HomePod is priced $300 more than Amazon's entry-level Echo Dot. Granted, the other two are much smaller in size than the HomePod and naturally would weigh less.
Amazon's existing speakers have also already been popular with consumers since the Echo launched in the United Kingdom in 2016.
While I would agree that Apple Siri has experienced many growing pains since launching, I think the voice assistant has vastly improved in recent years.