In the current market of smart speakers, it may be a little difficult to decide on which device is compatible with your own personal needs and wants. Most recently, today’s line of smart speakers became even more saturated with the addition of the Apple HomePod. Though it may be a new addition, is the HomePod really worth it? Especially against current competitors that already provide great results, such as with the Google Home Max?
Apple HomePod Specs and Features
As with most smart speakers, the HomePod is capable of recognizing voice commands. This is thanks to Apple’s own intelligent personal assistant, Siri. What’s interesting about the HomePod, however, is its spatial awareness. This feature allows the device to gauge its surroundings and adjust its audio output accordingly. As such, the HomePod is capable of playing the best possible music according to how its audio is being projected against its surroundings.
Setting up the HomePod is a seamless experience. Simply holding up an iPhone, iPad, or iPhone Touch (that is supported by the latest version of software) towards the HomePod is enough to sync your desired device with the speaker. From there, your Apple ID and other account settings will be transferred to the HomePod. Thanks to this handy feature, the HomePod is capable of identifying your music preferences based on your Apple Music account.
The HomePod boasts of superb sound quality that holds its own against other speakers, whether these be assisted by A.I. or otherwise. With its seven tweeters, the HomePod is capable of propelling specific sounds in the directions necessary to create the most ideal listening experience.
Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max
One detail that some might consider a downside is the HomePod’s lack of recognition variety when it comes to voice commands. This is especially so when compared to the Google Assistant, which is integrated in the Google Home Max. Siri’s capacities are limited next to the Google Assistant, as the latter is capable of performing other tasks such as doing Google searches or even answering trivia questions.
Furthermore, the HomePod is strictly compatible with other Apple products only. The Home Max, meanwhile, can connect to either iOS or Android devices thanks to its Bluetooth support. Moreover, the Home Max features several inputs on the back of the speaker. This means that the speaker supports audio input from a variety of devices, unlike the HomePod, which relies on Apple’s AirPlay technology.
All in all, it all boils down to preference. The Home Max is ultimately the more universal option of the two. However, if you’re an avid Apple user, the HomePod is definitely a good addition to look into, especially with its ability to seamlessly sync with your Apple ID across the board.