Good quality sound, slow response and Siri is just not good enough
I’ve got two HomePods, which I’ve owned now for about 7 months. I’m completely immersed in the apple eco system and so HomePods made sense. Siri; Apple Music; integration with the iOS home app. After living with them now I can say I’m really frustrated and disappointed overall. As a speaker system the sound they deliver is good - better than good really - deliver awesome tones and fill the room. Having access to my Apple Music library is also a plus. But that’s where it stops.
Siri often is slow to reply - doesn’t play the song that’s ...been asked of it. He is totally dumb, and Alexa (which I also have) absolutely is more useful as an in home voice assistant. Siri can just take forward the same functions in your iPhone. Actually, he cant even do that. At least 35% of the time you ask Siri a question and the response is ‘I cant answer that on homepod’. Alexa who’s always on standby waiting (almost begging me to ask her a question!) will have the answer at least 95% of the time. (I’m not exaggerating here, genuinely there is a whole world of difference between the capability of Alexa as a smart in home AI over Siri). Siri is also slow to respond, and I’ve noticed a significant amount of bandwidth gets sucked up on my broad band. At times, the two HomePods go out of sync. Today each one played two different songs at the same time of their own accord. Since the iOS 13 update, Siri has got more confused over whether I want to talk to the HomePod; iPad or my iPhone. I honestly (if I could justify starting again) would go for a high quality Alexa integrated speaker system. Siri is just not good enough, and now some of the Sonos speakers deliver their sound way better than the HomePod.
Purchased in May 2019 for $500.00.
Average item at premium price
I like Apple products, and have a number of them, I have not been greatly impressed by HomePod. Speaker is good but not brilliant, and I’m sick of having to yell “hey Siri” , it can be quite deaf! I’m not finding it useful at all. Lately if I ask it to do something all of my devices react, not as clever as I had hoped.
Purchased in January 2019.
Sound is awesome, Siri needs work
We have both a Google Home Mini and an Apple HomePod. Being able to compare them highlights strengths and limitations of each.
The Google Home Mini is not really supposed to have great sound. It's small and cheap, so don't bother too much about playing music through it. However it hooks into a whole bunch of things that Siri doesn't. For example, we have a thing called Sensibo which acts as a remote for our non-wifi air conditioner. I can ask Google to turn on and off the aircon, which is great because our small kids hide the remote. I can't...ask Siri to do that, unless I use a third party solution. I can also ask Google to add things to my Woolworths shopping list. Again, Siri can't do that. Siri also has certain things that it can't do from HomePod, but it can do from your phone. This means a fragmented Siri experience for us - we have to remember what we can and can't do through HomePod. But there are certain things that you can do through HomePod that are great. I can handoff a phone call to Siri so I can wander around the room doing things, and unless my toddler is screaming, the other person can usually hear me pretty well. No matter how loud your music is, Siri seems to hear you, even if you speak softly. That's quite impressive.
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