HomePod has well and truly announced itself on the stage, making it crystal clear that the speaker is designed to rule. And, massive first-day pre-orders has perfectly set up the match in favor of the Siri-based speaker.
There are multiple things that augur well for the Apple speaker. Hugely impressed by the latest sensation from the tech giant, I have no doubt that it's going to set the smart speaker industry on a big role. But that doesn't mean its road to stardom will be a cakewalk…
Once Siri Finds Its Mojo, HomePod Will Be a Clear Favorite
The Speaker with Unmatched Sound…
I'm really glad that Apple has put more emphasis on the sound quality. Though I use HomePod to carry out several things like making personal requests, creating reminders, controlling HomeKit-enabled accessories, I mostly use it to entertain me with great music.
Loaded with high-fidelity sound, the speaker ensures my heart is fully thrilled with the rich sound quality. And, once I’m thoroughly pleased with the luxurious sound, I begin to understand why it’s so essential to have your primary skill as your biggest weapon.
The smart speaker automatically analyzes the acoustics and accordingly adjusts the sound depending on the speaker’s location. Then, it separates the music into direct and ambient sound.
While the ambient sound is separated into left and right channels and bounced off the wall, the direct sound is beamed to the middle of the room. As a result, you hear great sound wherever you are in the room.
“I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than the KEF X300A. If you're new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much-loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I'd made an error. Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint-sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation. The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker.” – Reddit user WinterCharm.
“To be absolutely clear, there was no comparison in sound quality. HomePod offered so much more quality that it was quite literally laughable to hear the others. The only speaker that sounded decent was the Sonos One, but even it couldn't compete with HomePod.
It’s hard to explain the sound of HomePod, but you get a feeling that the sound is enveloping you, even when using just one speaker. There is a sense that this is how the songwriter and producer wanted the song to be heard when they recorded it.” – The Loop
Most Advanced Brains
HomePod features A8 processor– the same brains that power iPhone 6/6 Plus. The custom-designed chip allows real-time modeling of the woofer mechanics. It makes buffering pretty fast and enables swift mixing of both direct and ambient audio.
With the excellent beamforming, the built-in microphone is able to hear you over the music. The top-notch echo cancellation plays a pivotal role in delivering stunning sound.
If the A8 processor can give so much of muscle power to the speaker, imagine what will happen if the A10 fusion or A11 bionic chip is loaded up on it?
Lackluster Siri is Soon Going to Find Its Feet…
Siri is currently playing a spoilsport on the HomePod. And I do believe that the personal assistant needs to quickly get its act together.
“Siri on HomePod is embarrassingly inadequate, even though that is the primary way you interact with it. Siri sorely lacks in capabilities compared with Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant. Siri doesn't even work as well on HomePod as it does on the iPhone.” – The New York Times
“All of this is why I started thinking of the HomePod as “lonely.” It feels like it was designed for a very demanding person to use while living alone entirely inside Apple's ecosystem. It’s tied more closely to a single iPhone and iCloud account than any other smart speaker, and Siri has none of the capability or vibrancy of what's happening with Alexa. Apple can try to move mountains by itself, or it can recognize that the HomePod is a little iOS computer for the home and let developers build on it as they have for so long and with such great success with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.” – The Verge
Don't be so disappointed with Siri as yet and give some time to it to ideally fine-tune itself. I'm sure it's going to work as smartly on HomePod as it does on iOS devices soon.
I still remember how poorly conceived Apple Watch seemed to be initially. But, look at the latest iteration of the smartwatch, you will notice significant improvements.
When it comes to skills, Amazon Echo and Google Home have the clear edge over Apple's speaker. However, once Siri gets into its true mettle, the battle for the numero-uno status would be more intense. And, the one, which will look solid on all fronts like sound quality, skills, and privacy, will carry the day! The speaker, which seems to be poised for a huge victory, in the long run, is none other than HomePod…