The HomePod went up for sale on Friday, February 9. Ten days ago now, which means most customers have had plenty of time to use Apple’s first smart speaker and come to a conclusion on the company’s first effort jumping into the smart speaker market.
As far as I’m concerned, the HomePod may have some faults, but, in the grand scheme of things, it’s well worth the money as Apple tries to change the conversation regarding smart speakers in our homes.
Whether or not that conversation is going to actually change remains to be seen. Apple works at its own pace, and it has a better chance at changing the course of a product as long as it has a hit on its hand. The iPod, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and other products have shown us this. The HomePod is a great product, so Apple may in fact achieve what it’s looking for.
Then again, Amazon and Google have a pretty strong grip on the smart speaker market already, and as those companies offer more options, Apple may find it harder than ever to make some headway.
Of course, one of the talking points of the HomePod is the price tag. It costs $350, which means it’s not the most expensive option, but it’s also not cheap, either. Apple has marketed the smart speaker’s audio quality as a reason to pay that much, and if you’ve been searching for a great-sounding speaker and feel comfortable spending that much, then the HomePod will probably work out well for you.
But the lack of multiple speaker support for multiple rooms, and the fact that Siri is obviously lacking in some use cases when compared to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, is certainly worth considering as negatives. Apple will be adding FullRoom and AirPlay 2 at some point in the future, which will address some key points, but the wait for those features may be long.
All of that got me wondering, now that the HomePod has been available for a bit of time now, have you made a decision on whether or not you’re going to keep it? If you picked one up on launch day, or soon after, and you’ve spent plenty of time using the smart speaker, do you think Apple’s first effort is worth the price tag?
Are you going to keep the HomePod and hope it gets better from here? Or are you going to wait until Apple fills out the feature set for the smart speaker before you pick one up? And then there’s always the possibility that the HomePod’s price point/features/reviews made you opt to go with an entirely different company altogether. If that is the case, which smart speaker are you now considering?