HomePod is home. HomePod sounds great. No, really. Forget about those few reviewers who employ negativity bias, or your tone deaf neighbor who can’t tell the difference between music on MP3, on a CD, or lossless audio, let alone a vinyl record, HomePod sounds good.
My opinion may not mean much and you may prefer the musings of Consumer Reports, but be forewarned…
The bottom line? Overall the sound of the HomePod was a bit muddy compared with what the Sonos One and Google Home Max delivered.
This reminds me of Yelp reviews. Consumer Reports is the Yelp of gadgets. We have no idea what kind of experience or ears CR’s reviewers have, so the quality of a review is about the same as five star reviews at the nearby Bar & Grill– reviewed by the greasy cheeseburger crowd.
My neighbor has the highly rated Edifier S1000DB wireless speakers and says the HomePod sounds better. And he claims to hear dog whistles.
HomePod is yet another major brick in Apple’s walled garden. You’ll need an Apple iOS device to set up the speaker, and you get the fullest range of voice commands with the Apple Music streaming service. To use a competing service such as Spotify with the HomePod, you have to control it through your phone.
Uh huh. Sure. That’s a negative. But not to Apple’s 1-billion customers. Back when the iPod was released it was FireWire only, ran only on the Mac, and was roundly criticized by everyone with an opinion.
How did Apple’s iPod venture work out? Oh, and never mind that CR disses the Mac and iPhone regularly. Different strokes for different folks.
Despite the many positive but early reviews for HomePod– from reviewers who were given a demonstration by Apple and presented with a HomePod to use for awhile, what do actual customers have to say?
Apple’s HomePod is seemingly winning over the customers who have bought it, with 89 percent of HomePod-owning respondents to a survey claiming that they are either satisfied (59 percent) or very satisfied (30 percent) with the device.
That’s not Watch or AirPod satisfaction scores, but it’s better than the competition and falls in line with most Apple products of the 21st century.
Here’s what’s interesting about surveys, lies, and damned lies.
The survey was of a relatively small sample of 520 U.S. customers, not all of whom had tried the HomePod.
Uh, what? So the scores were influenced by survey responders who didn’t even have a HomePod?
The most interesting part of the report is that, it claims, smart speaker adoption is outpacing that of the smartphone.
Uh huh. I call bullcrap. Someone has been staring at a spreadsheet far too long. Remember, there nearly 4-billion smartphones on the planet, and a few dozen million talking speakers. And there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. And percentages vs. real numbers.
Quick. What’s Apple’s fastest growing product ever?
iPhone? AirPod? Watch? HomePod?
Here’s the deal. HomePod sounds great. If you like music to sound great, try HomePod. Apple lets you return it if HomePod isn’t what you expect. No harm. No foul. No statistics to consider.