Reasons to Buy the Apple HomePod & 4 Reasons Not To

In fact, an ENERGY STAR certified LED household light bulb uses more energy than the HomePod does during music playback. HomePod only works if you have an iOS device. The Sonos One plays music and other media over WiFi instead of Bluetooth, so you are getting better sounding music without the subwoofers and tweeters that are inside the Sonos One.

Business Insider Anti-clockwise: Google's Home speaker, the Amazon Echo Dot, the Amazon Echo, and Apple's HomePod. This is still slightly less than the Amazon Echo Plus, at $149, while the Google Home is even more expensive than the Apple HomePod, at a hefty price tag of $399.

Apple's HomePod will only work with Apple services to begin with, meaning you can only listen to Apple Music on your Apple HomePod, and use Apple's voice assistant Siri.

"It's still an odd announcement; Apple provided only a short demo of the device in June, so people fearless enough to order will be going in blind". If you're holding your unlocked iPhone, it'll assume you mean to activate the assistant on your phone, whereas if your iPhone is inactive, it'll assume you're talking to the HomePod.

You can pair two HomePods to create a stereo pair. It is mostly the same, on the outside, but the biggest changes are on the inside.

I'm not the only person scratching their head over Apple's HomePod strategy.

"Amazon remains the market leader, with over two-thirds of the installed base, yet Google has started to catch up", CIRP Partner Mike Levin said in a news release. Using just your voice, it's easy and fun to use, and works together with an Apple Music subscription for a breakthrough music experience, providing access to one of the world's largest cloud music libraries.

It's been an interesting 48 hours in the life of Apple TV and HomePod. Android users must look elsewhere for a smart speaker.

Apple will lead you to believe that if they make it, they will come (and buy it).

It's also the only smart speaker that features compatibility with Apple Music which is sure to make it hugely popular with the millions of subscribers to this service.

Its smart home control capabilities are strong, though. Well, then the HomePod with its intelligent personal assistant Siri is where it's at. Three times in our short demo Siri failed to understand what was being asked of it. Asset manager Boris Schlossberg of FX Strategy advised that Apple is "in trouble" and that they are "making a huge mistake" betting on the high price of the HomePod given the existing market.

Apple's HomePod is about to ship to customers and we all want to know as much about it as possible before it gets here.

  • Kara Saunders