The quality of performance, sound quality, setup and management of Apple Homepod on the results of testing are at a very high level and ensure in all respects udachy user experience.

But too rigid adherence to the Apple universe, a more than noticeable margin for the brand compared to competitors and overall a very high cost significantly spoil the picture. Advantages childishly easy setup nice design very good sound in all positions intuitive control Disadvantages only works with Apple devices to configure the use of iOS Apple Test Homepod

Hardware Apple is known for particularly convenient for users, particularly when setting up. The same applies to Homepod. After unpacking and opening the box we can see the usual Apple pattern: find in the package can only Homepod, rigidly mounted cable for connection to the mains, and a small, very brief “manual”.

The next thing we need to connect the column to the outlet to pick up a iOS device and wait a few seconds. Homepod to work you will need a terminal device of Apple with the current version of iOS (at least iOS 11.2.5). Thus, it can be the iPhone since generation 5S, iPod touch 6G or iPad is not older than the 5th generation.

Shortly after that on the iOS device automatically opens a menu to help you configure the configuration of the Homepod and, if necessary, download Home the app from the AppStore.

The following are some themselves clear steps, and we have already welcomed the voice assistant Siri. Together, we give a few sample voice commands to get an understanding of how this is done. More for the basic functionality not required.

While using Mac OS to configure smart Bluetooth-column will not work. And this is despite the fact that continued use of via Airplay interface does not cause any problems. Weird, but still pretty typical for Apple.

Manage Apple Homepod voice

Use the Homepod is usual for Siri voice commands, including the activation assistant via “Hey Siri”. Despite the fact that the speakers on the top side there is a touch-sensitive field, which, for example, you can change the volume ( + / – ) or skip to the next song (double tap) to work with the other numerous and really cool features have to chat with the device, whether you like it or not.

The functionality of Siri fundamental differences from other iOS devices has. Using the appropriate phrases we can inquire about the weather, listen to “review of events in 100 seconds”, look to iCloud-library or to manage our compatible Smart-Home devices. Subscribers Apple Musik, of course, the parties do not remain.

To send iMessage or SMS, it is enough to make a couple of accurate calibration in the settings. This does work as well as conducting telephone conversations, which can be done via the Handoff function on the Homepod.

Who already became friends with Siri, and with the Homepod can handle it without any problems — everyone else will have to get used to a digital female voice. However, alternatively it is possible to make voice and male.

Siri’s listening

We can not overcome the fear that Siri will overhear everything you say or do at home, as the device is not equipped with a mute microphone button. However, if necessary you can just pull out the power plug or to equip the outlet with the switch. Without electricity Homepod nothing to do.

Using the voice command “Hey Siri, stop.” and any subsequent confirmation we can get rid of the unnecessary reaction of the assistant to the phrase addressed to other people — and then you can use Siri through the touch surface on the column. After that normal functionality can be re-activated using the voice command “Hey Siri”.

When setting up Homepod is finished, it will be possible to control it and via AirPlay Protocol. The corresponding rights must be defined in Home application. Then here as the source will (sometimes through circuitous action) to use Mac, Android, etc.

The ability to transfer content via Bluetooth is missing — everything is done only via AirPlay. Who will take on Apple’s two devices, one will be able to combine two Homepod speakers to configure stereo playback (a nice change). Test Apple Homepod: a sound and performance quality

Before we start talking about categories such as “Quality of performance” and “Quality sound”, we must clearly take into account that Apple HomePod in white or grey color worth like 350 euros. Despite the fact that the HomePod with the usual Bluetooth speakers compare “one to one” it is impossible to look into our rating BT-speaker the meaning is still there.

Many users who don’t want 100% to be tied to the Apple universe will be enough of these significantly cheaper devices. And even direct competitors on the price level are much lower: in particular, the Amazon Echo 2G with integrated assistant Alexa on Board costs about 100 euros. However, I have to admit that the Apple in this case, sells a premium product segment, which in all aspects confirms “Premium”status without having to overpayment was just too big. Powerful sound

In fact, the Americans offers a wonderful quality. Homepod stable, there were no corners, no edges, column pleasant to the touch thanks to a mesh environment and looks too beautiful. Despite the fact that the appearance of the column is always before the eyes of the user, compared to the two Amazon boxes Homepod-level design will be different. This material, covering almost the entire surface (except the touchpad and the bottom), to protect the interior of the device from dust, but not to muffle the sound.

Speaking of sound: in General, the HomePod sounds very good, and especially powerfully manifests itself when playing songs Laden with bass. This is surprising, given the relatively compact design and narrow diameter, but a wider gap in the vibrating chamber that allows you to move more air. Vocals and high frequency Homepod gives clear too and even at relatively high volume does not distort.

If someone wants to criticize the sound, it is likely that attention will be drawn to the middle frequency part of the spectrum which are masked. But this phenomenon is typical for the vast majority of Bluetooth-columns “consumer” segment. Therefore it is not from the compact cylinder of expect the same thing from a semi-professional HiFi models.

In that case, if you are simply looking for a Bluetooth speaker without voice control and Smart features in our appropriate rating you will find top products such as Dockin D Fine.

Alternatives:

Amazon Echo (2nd generation)

Alexa vs Siri here means: Echo vs HomePod. The current middle class model from Amazon with the language support you can get for 7500 rubles.

In addition, you may purchase one, at least not directly from Amazon, in several forms. Thus, someone who:

a) owns an Android smartphone, and b) looking for a more affordable smart column, he should be satisfied with 2G Echo.

Dockin D Fine

If voice control support device system of the Smart Home and other bells and whistles you absolutely uninteresting, and you just want to play music from your phone to an external speaker without the use of wires, you will be quite simple and Bluetooth speakers.

Our leader of the appropriate rating, Dockin D Fine, is almost 10500 rubles and offers convincing sound quality. In addition, there is an integrated battery that provides the device the length of time to work offline as much as 15 hours.

See also: Apple TV will be able to control a smart home using Siri

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