Ever since Apple announced Homepod, it made sure to underline that it's firstly a speaker with fantastic sound-the "smart" part comes second. The HomePod's bass was a bit boomy and overemphasized. Apple has definitely made a decision to cash in on this opportunity and quote a $279 price to replace the HomePod entirely if it is damaged. Apple shares are up 2.4% Monday and 21% over the past 12 months. It is the sole instance when you'll be better off repairing a part of the HomePod than buying a brand new spare part.
Now that the HomePod is finally for sale, newer versions of smart speakers sold by Google and Sonos are also offering better sound quality compared to older models, noted Consumer Reports. If audio quality matters above all else, we recommend going with the Google Home Max or two Sonos One smart speakers. Even Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has had Cortana in a smart speaker for almost six months.
So with all the popularity of the Echo - which is now in its second generation - why should you consider Apple's HomePod?
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Experts noted that the likelihood of a fix for a HomePod is very slim when compared to the chances of a damaged Mac or iPhone.
And the HomePod won't play music from popular streaming services like Pandora or Spotify. According to Apple, the repairs cost of an out-of-warranty Apple HomePod may set one back as much as $279.
All that and the Sonos One is only $199. Apple have released several video tutorials to help users understand its new device. You can say things like, "Hey, Siri, I don't like this song", and the device will adjust the music accordingly and remember for the future. I wouldn't be surprised if HomePod stays iOS only for a long time, or for good.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the HomePod at a keynote address in June 2017, saying that it would "reinvent home music". The Sonos One sounds nearly as good as the HomePod on most songs and, actually, slight better on others. My HomePod was purchased out of pocket with our site reimbursing me; if I was spending my own money, I'd pass on HomePod for now with a wait-and-see attitude as Apple improves the smarts of its smart speaker.