Apple HomePod falls short of Google Home Max, Sonos One

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The report reads: "The HomePod's bass was a bit boomy and overemphasized". And who is it for? You should consider taking up an AppleCare extended warranty before buying your Apple HomePod just in case something horribly wrong happens to your smart speaker. However, the Apple HomePod is definitely still in the running - especially if you're heavily invested in the Apple Ecosystem. Like Amazon's Alexa does, Siri will field all your HomePod-directed requests.

Select Apple Authorised Resellers, including Best Buy in the US; Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and Apple Premium Resellers in the United Kingdom; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Telstra in Australia, have also started selling the HomePod locally.

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.

HomePod is locked to one user's iCloud account, which lets it access your calendar, texts, and more. The videos walk users through features including how to use Siri to play music, how to use the HomePod touch controls, and how to adjust the settings. The HomePod's set up process is slick and not dissimilar to using AirPods.

The HomePod has seven tweeters spaced evenly around the circumference of the device, so it sounds great no matter where you're standing.

Yes, it took an actual hacksaw for the iFixit team to get into Apple's HomePod smart speaker. He also pointed out that the HomePod only works with other Apple products. With the Music app installed, this upsell screen should now load correctly and you can either begin a trial, or skip it by tapping Not Now. Also, Google's search capabilities are generally seen as being superior to those available through Siri.

Unlike the Google Home, HomePod won't be able to help if you request a Caesar salad recipe.

The HomePod is not cheap-at least when it comes to smart speakers.

HomePod's audio performance would cement it as the best smart speaker for music lovers.

Apple Music doesn't yet have the same global dominance as the music streaming service Spotify.

It's slightly "muddy" sound placed it behind the Google Home Max, however. One HomePod is surely better than one Sonos One.

Jim Dalrymple, an Apple expert at Loop Insights, a tech news site, said he was "pleasantly surprised by how well the music in the room seemed to just kind of envelope you".