Taste makers have Apple’s new HomePod for a few days now ahead of Friday’s big release into the wild. And once again it looks like Apple might have a big, fat, overpriced dud on their hands.
There are HomePod reviews galore out there, but here’s what you need to know: at $349 it’s too expensive. It’s Apple, so you can’t connect to any other music service like Pandora or Spotify. Siri is janky. But the speaker sounds good though.
Brian Chen of the New York Times says the HomePod is “tough to recommend,” pointing out Siri just doesn’t work as well as Alexa or Google.
Here’s one HomePod user on Twitter explaining what’s wrong with Apple’s latest gear.
-only access to Apple Music, no Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, etc.
-$349 price tag compared to better, already established home speakers
— Amadeus Almighty (@AmadeusAlmighty) February 6, 2018
He also points out he’s unable to control the HomePod from his iPhone. Really? Which means it also can’t make a phone call. Really Siri?
Apple's HomePod has an iPhone processor and pairs with your iPhone—yet it can’t make a phone call? https://t.co/z17VWyXHZY
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 6, 2018
Here’s the kicker.
AirPods and the upcoming HomePod are the worst consumer electronic products I’ve ever had the displeasure of using. Apple has lost their way without Steve Jobs.
— Amadeus Almighty (@AmadeusAlmighty) February 3, 2018
On the heels of a pretty significant implosion of iPhone sales, and iOS problems, Apple really needed a win. It looks like it’s created a high-quality speaker with killer sound that lacks the brains of other comparable, much cheaper, “smart” counterparts.
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