The first minutes are "brand of the house": you just have to bring the iPhone to the top of the speaker to detect it, and in a matter of five minutes it is configured. Home-Pod knows that my usual language is Spanish with a Castilian accent. In the upper part it has a touch surface to raise or lower the volume or change the song. There is no screen. No physical buttons. Neither switch.
Apple Music makes it work perfectly. But, what happens if you have Spotify? It works, but the experience is not optimal, it is not so fluid. It is controlled from the mobile, but not talking, which is the proposal of Apple. This means that at 349 euros it costs to add 10 more per month for the subscription to your store of songs.
The HomePod has been one of the most anticipated devices of Apple. It was announced on June 5, 2017. It went on sale in the US in February. In Spain and Latin America it has been released at the end of October. Technically, it impresses. Under its discrete form seven hide tweeter and four woofers A combination that brings a clean sound. The six microphones allow both to pick up the voice and make clear calls.
It does not matter where one or two speakers are placed, it balances itself. If you have two or more, you can put them in the same room. They are immediately configured in stereo. If they are in different rooms, they allow to pass from one to another without losing the sound or cut the song.
Unlike Amazon speakers, there is no wireless version. It is a practical decision, to ensure that they are always on and also connected to the Internet. The cable, if it is not hidden well, is not very aesthetic.
Siri is increasingly useful. When leaving home you can tell us if it will be necessary to bring the umbrella. Also if the necessary minutes have passed so that the egg put on the fire is cooked. When he is in a good mood, he even sings a song if he insists a bit. But it continues to fail at a key point, the ellipses of natural language. You always have to make a complete sentence without taking into account what was already taken for granted in the previous sentence or loses the thread in the second. In a single day this way of speaking with a pot is not internalized. Both Amazon and Google decided to break the voice-only dynamic. Both have a screen version in which they add video content, as well as a graphic menu. They know that learning to cook, guiding step by step, can be one of their strengths. Something that Apple does not contemplate for now.
If you have Apple TV you can become the TV speaker. Also in the center of control of intelligent shutters or lights in a home automation compatible with the application Home, Apple, launched two years ago. If you are not part of this golden cage, it is difficult to feel comfortable.
With two units you get a better user experience than with just one. But the pocket will notice. The HomePod is a product for the faithful of the brand of the apple that already use Apple Music and want to integrate at home an extension of the Apple universe.