Apple HomePod Review

 HomePod from the side, showing the side texture.

HomePod from the side, showing the side texture.

     The $300 smart speaker that people either love or hate. Its the Apple HomePod and it just happens to be my smart speaker of choice. Boasting a huge subwoofer, a bunch of tweeters, and microphones that adjust the audio output to where the speaker is in a room, the HomePod is a technological marvel that its hard to compete against when it comes to the sound. Especially since it sounds just as good next to the speaker as it does when you are across the room, no matter what room you put the speaker in.

    I took the $300 leap the second that this speaker came out, and honestly a lot of people didn't understand why I wanted to spend $300 on the HomePod when I could buy an Alexa for $50-75. In reality I wasn't looking for a smart device that could turn my lights on, text my friends, or start my car. I was looking for a speaker, and I wanted a good speaker. Actually, I wanted a great speaker, and that is exactly what I got. The fact that I can use Siri commands to have the HomePod play an artist, song, or playlist is just a huge plus for me. I don't use the HomeKit functions for the HomePod at all yet, and I am not sure I really will. Although I have used the HomePod to text, its not something I really needed the speaker for or wanted it to do, so that has since been disabled.

     I will admit, it is great to be making breakfast, listening to music and be able to get a weather forecast before heading out to work all with a simple voice command. I have found the Siri functions to be an easy way for me to get some of the information that I might want to know, but other than that I don't use them. Even with a few of my cousins, aunts, and uncles having the Amazon Alexa Dot I haven't ever really seen any of them use the Alexa for anything other than a speaker. While the Alexa acts as a speaker, lets be honest, that wasn't how it was intended to be used, especially when the whole Alexa Dot is smaller than the subwoofer in the HomePod.

 Showing the top of the HomePod when playing music

Showing the top of the HomePod when playing music

     I purchased the Space Gray (of course) version of the HomePod, and the styling is great. As I sit here listening to music and typing the HomePod shows a simple "+" and "-" on the top if the HomePod. If I want to pause the music without talking I can simply tap the top of the HomePod, and then nothing will show. The top is a smooth black plastic on the Space Gray HomePod, while the sides are a cloth like fabric that is a Space Gray diamond pattern. Overall the HomePod is a beautiful piece of technology that wouldn't look out of place in almost any room. The cord was even wrapped in a fabric material that made it feel way more expensive than it should, but I would love to see Apple bring this wrapped cord to other technology. Now if you say "Hey Siri" you will see the Siri design activate on the top of the HomePod until you are done using it. A nice feature that lets you know the HomePod is listening.

    I am a huge Apple fan and am apart of the Apple ecosystem across the board, so the HomePod fit right into my life. As an avid Apple Music user, MacBook Pro user, iPhone, and Apple Watch user, the HomePod enables me to play music from any of my devices right to the HomePod and works in conjunction with my MacBook Pro speakers when I play music from the computer on the HomePod, a nice feature that I wasn't really expecting. If you really want to use the HomePod for the greatest experience, I highly recommend being an Apple Music subscriber, as I believe you still have to play Spotify from a device to use it on the HomePod, unlike where I can use the HomePod as a stand alone device with Apple Music.

    Overall, this is a great smart speaker. If you are looking for a smart home device, this might not be the device you are looking for, but if you are in the market for a high quality speaker that sounds amazing, then this is the product for you. I honestly believe that you get a great value for your money when you purchase a HomePod, and if you already use Apple Music, I think this might be the device for you. Plus, you can now use two HomePod's as a stern system when they are linked. Something that I am not able to do yet, since I only have one HomePod.