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Monday, 19 February 2018

The best (and worst) of HomePod

After some time, we can say that HomePod is with us, or at least in certain parts of the world. Although it is expected to arrive in Spain in a few months for an approximate price of 400 euros, in places like the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia is already available for 349 USD.

The latest gadget out of Cupertino has landed in electronics stores offering an elegant and minimalist design, great audio quality and perfect synchronization with our apple devices . Do you want to know more about him?

It is clear that this small speaker was born to meet the needs of all those who seek not to leave the ecosystem of Apple , with all that this entails. Advantage? Of course, it has many. But everything that glitters is not gold, and also has some disadvantages that we will explain in greater detail throughout the article.

If in itself the music by Bluetooth has a good handful of detractors (the same ones that comment that the AirPods have a poor sound ) imagine if we talk about a sound system that not only does not have cables, but also is designed for use it at home and designed exclusively for AirPlay users, restricting the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity that HomePod has , something really annoying.

Although we are already ahead, so I will stick to what we are going: the best and the worst that HomePod has .

The best of HomePod

We will start with the advantages that HomePod offers us, that if you are an Apple user, there are not a few:

Both its color and its shape are perfectly sober and elegant . It goes unnoticed, especially if, as we mentioned before, you have a typical Mac environment. You will hardly find a loudspeaker that fits better in an office or other place of work. On the other hand, it is logical, considering that Apple designed it ...
Qualities in materials and construction

It's a fact, the HomePod is well built. There are no gaps in its structure or parts where you put your eye and say "meh". Touches where you touch it you will appreciate quality , even in the cable that comes covered to endow it with greater resistance. Naturally no one knows for sure what will happen with the passage of time, but has all the numbers so that it continues to stay in a very good condition even spending many months and even years. Careful, yes. Fixing it is not cheap at all .
Sound quality

The HomePod sounds a lot better than a person would normally expect for a speaker that literally fits in the palm of your hand . Thanks to its high excursion bass loudspeakers and advanced special perception we get a high quality sound experience in a device that, remember, does not measure 18 centimeters high. Even so, some people say that their competition sounds better .

Its software is designed by apple, and is designed to perform audio modeling in real time, with beam-forming technology and echo cancellation. This is just a sample of what our little one does, thanks to the Apple A8 chip that he equips.
Automatic calibration

It may seem silly, but audiophiles will love it. Just as we look for a sound system for home that is able to offer us a rewarding experience when we listen to music regardless of whether we use headphones or "in ear" thanks to the cancellation of sound and technologies that offer us more and more enveloping sounds, HomePod has an accelerometer that, together with its microphones, tells you that we have moved it, so based on the type of room it is in, it modifies its parameters to always offer the best sound experience possible.
Easy to use

It's a fact: HomePod is a very simple tool to use. Those who are users of AirPods will know the advantages they have, and is that the configuration through AirDrop is simply simple . Just follow your instructions and it will be perfectly synchronized with our Apple device.
Perfect in an Apple environment

If your house looks like a sanctuary to the block and you use the services that those of Cupertino offer you to facilitate your life, you will not have problems with HomePod, at least in a matter of compatibilities. It has been designed to meet the needs that users of your brand may have , and it shows.

The worst of HomePod

Gold seems silver is not. As is evident, there are things that we can not ignore when evaluating HomePod, and in certain aspects this could be better stopped, especially considering that surely, these are things that will be implemented in future updates.
Incompatible stereo synchronization

If someone decides that they are going to buy more than one HomePod for their office or their house, they can start thinking about sending music from an iPad and from an iPhone to the different speakers , since what is clear is not going to do is to connect them to sound in stereo. At least, not at the moment.

While we found the option to pair it in our system, it tells us that we need an update to link them . Why not remove it with this option already available?
No compatibility beyond the Apple environment

Neither USB-C, nor slots of any kind ... Apple remains faithful in its policy of 0 external connectors . Of course, it would be a pleasure to use it with something beyond our own iTunes library or options like Apple Music. That of not having support for Spotify will hurt more than one, for sure ...
Only recognize a voice

It seems that HomePod has been designed for those who live alone, or at least for those who listen to music alone. While it is true that Siri works (and that in fact, it can be used to activate home automation among others), it is only able to recognize a voice . For everything else, we will have to do it manually.
Lack of support for AirPlay 2

If you have more than one HomePod at home, not only will you not be able to use them stereoly, you will not be able to use them at the same time from the same device , something that should be possible thanks to AirPlay 2. It is supposed that this should also be fixed in future updates, but ... Why not have it ready from the beginning?

So is it worth it?

Once we know all this, the decision is in our hands. It is clear that it will be very simple to get a great synchronization between all our devices -more with the passage of time and future updates- but it is clear that their disadvantages tend to detract from a product that could have gone almost round to Apple with, perhaps, a little more of forecast. Success or failure? We'll know sooner rather than later. 

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