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Apple - HomePod - White

Model: MQHV2LL/ASKU: 5902411

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2232 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    Joeman
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    Sounds great - my only complaint is connectivity is spotty and there's no designated app for control.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Clear Sound

    Posted
    MusicLover
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    the HomePod is a very well made speaker. Clear sound, responds well to voice....only complaint is for Apple due to the lack of integrations with internet and apps. Great for music and smart device control.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality!

    Posted
    ArtF
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    This was my 2nd HomePod purchased, the Home app on iPhone could be much better but the stereo sound soaks the room! Overall very happy. .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Serves its purpose

    Posted
    Anabanana
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    The perfect speaker for Apple users. It also connects to your HomeKit so you can control your lights if you have lutron or another home smart app set up. My only concern is that sometimes it doesn't work (turning on the lights) because Siri doesn't recognize what I want turned on, but I think it's a problem via Home app, not the HomePod itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Half-baked as a smart speaker

    Posted
    ReelVideoMan
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    As an Apple fan it pains me to not recommend the HomePod. Now as a speaker with Apple Music it is fantastic and if that is what you want you should hands down purchase one. I have Apple Music and it integrates and sounds amazing on the Homepod. What is frustrating is the weakness of everything else. It constantly misunderstands (except oddly with Apple Music commands) the queries given to Siri. It frustrates me when my iPhone and Hompod fight for control (Apple needs to get their act together on this). It's a nightmare using it with the Home App (although I don't know if this is an issue with my Phillips Hue Lights, the Homepod or both). Bottom line if you must have the best speaker for Apple Music this is for you. All others: what till Apple makes it more useful and stable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple HomePod

    Posted
    Michael
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    I would consider myself an audiophile. I love music, and above average high quality speakers. I bought the HomePod with the intention of just returning it due to lack of satisfaction. I have owned many different wireless speakers, none of them completely satisfied my taste. I like a wireless speaker to be compact, play loud and clear. The HomePod sounds big, very clear and has a lot of bass. Given my intended use for it, playing music while multitasking around the house or garage, it delivers the type of sound I was looking for, easily heard in other rooms, nothing sounds left out of any genre I play, I also can control the volume and songs playing from on my Apple Watch. I find it pretty basic for smart home features in comparison to amazon Alexa. If you are in the Apple ecosystem and want a sound quality foremost smart speaker, this is for you. To save yourself time, delete the HomeKit app and re download it to start, as that was my setup issue, also make sure you are holding your iPhone right over the top of speaker to bring up paring process. I have no complaints so far and definitely can't ask for more from the sound quality it delivers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Wireless Speaker

    Posted
    jputts
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    I have the Sonos Play:1,3,5 in my house currently and they don't have the same crisp quality as the HomePod. I was surprised and not really looking at purchasing it until I read some reviews. At home it's is very loud and has no issues with low mid and high points at any volume. The Siri assistant is just like the phone can answer basic "Siri stuff" so it's not Alexa but that's good for me since I have an Alexa and haven't used it as much as I thought I would. When the AirPlay 2 comes out this year you'll be able to group together the speakers and have an options for stereo pairs but for right now it's great. My favorite thing though is being able to finally AirPlay from my phone or computer without opening an app. If I want to show someone a video or song from anywhere on my phone you just select the HomePod as the output and it goes right to the speaker. Sonos I couldn't play any sound from my devices to the speaker you always have to use what's in the app. Lastly Siri can hear you over any volume you have it at with a normal speaking voice. 100% volume and the living room is filled with crisp music and deep base (for the device size and price) just saying "Hey Siri" she will volume down and wait for an input with no effort of raising your voice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    still not ready- worse than google home

    Posted
    silvergoat
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    I bought this because I was tired of dealing with the google home devices (I have 3 minis and 1 full size). The Good: I really do like the appearance, but I wish the power cord were 2-3 feet longer. The sound is very good, but not as good as the price would suggest. The Bad: I thought this would be easier to instruct since it is supposedly better at hearing over noise....I have a 2 month old that I have to basically yell over so that google can hear me.....the Apple HomePod isn't too much better. The Nasty: I signed up for Apple Music, expanded cloud storage, I have an iphone/pad/mac, etc.. . I can't get this thing to work with my Home App at all. It can't control my hue lights or thermostat. I spent a couple hours with customer support and we ended the conversation with the solution being that I would be called back later in the week after more tech conversations took place. google home sucks- Apple was promising, but I can't get it to work, and certainly not for the price point with this level of quality I have not given in to trying the online vendor's version, even though a fellow tech buddy of mine has it and it has been flawless for him......I will resist, but I will have to wait for the next iteration of Apple HomePod or Google Home. This product was not ready for release.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great! But isn’t very portable speaker.

    Posted
    User1
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    Sounds great! But it won't work at hotel rooms; it doesn't use Bluetooth so it's not good for traveling. It communicates to your iPhone through the router and hotel routers have extra security that blocks the communication. There may be a work around (read something on the net) but I haven't tried it yet. At first setup, it seemed that only Apple Music would work. Not true! If you use Napster like I do, you use AirPlay not Bluetooth. You simply start the Napster app on your iPhone, swipe from bottom of iPhone screen to top and a controll screen appears. The top right box will represent the app currently in use (Napster) you must tap the top right of that box(it has a couple of radar like lines) to open it. Once opened, the bottom of it should show an iPhone icon with a check mark next to it. Below it should be a HomePod symbol with no check mark, tap the HomePod symbol. The check mark should now be next to the HomePod symbol. Music will now play through the HomePod. If some apps don't work this way then look for a box shape with triangle over it (AirPlay symbol) and tap it and you should get the option to select HomePod as speaker choice. I held back a star because it lacks a speaker jack and or Bluetooth which could have made it more versatile. Sounds great though!!! . It's best for home use with home router and Apple Music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker, lousy smart assistant.

    Posted
    Jimbob
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    Full disclosure I bought this knowing it was limited in it's capabilities, I am just writing this as an overall review of the speaker. The sound quality is by far greater than what you are going to get out of Alexa and Google home, however, if you are buying this as a smart assistant or a smart home controller, you may want to hold off. The home pod is only compatible with devices that are home kit enabled, which is a small collection and tends to be premium and pricey options. Surprisingly, the HomePod does not control the apple tv, so if voice control for television is something you want it will be best to look at Alexa with fire tv or Google and ChromeCast. Lack of support for popular streaming apps is a turn off as well. You can very easily stream music from your iphone to the speaker, but it's an extra step that ignores the basic premise of the speaker being an easy to use one stop for entertainment. If the sound quality from the Google or Amazon offerings is a big turn off, I recommend looking at a Sonos Speaker, unless you absolutely have to have the Apple brand or Apple Music is your sole provider or musical content. However, the speaker is not good at finding a song for you. Both Alexa and Google are much better at identifying lyrics and getting you the song. Home Pod and Siri can only do this if the title of the song is in the lyric you give it. Now where this speaker shines is its sound quality. Bass is nice and deep, and one home pod is capable of filling a 2200 sqft house with sound. Additionally, the latest updates have allowed for you to place a second home pod or compatible speaker in the same area to provide with stereoscopic surround sound. Set up for this is also automatic and very easy to configure. If you are only concerned with overall sound quality while maintaining a device that seamlessly integrates into the Apple environment, then this speaker is for you. If you are OK with a premium price tag, and waiting for possible updates that are promised to add features, this is for you. However, if you want a smart assistant that can control features in your house, I have to say go for one of the others available.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality is excellent

    Posted
    Yash
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    I got this on Feb 9th. One of the best compact speaker I ever had. The bass is so beautiful, every crisp sound is noticed in this Home pod. Siri is "OK" but not great it cannot do like what iphone siri can do with 3rd party apps. But the only thing it lacks compared to other devices like Amazon,google is it only works with apple devices and very few other devices that support home kit feature. No bluetooth feature. Remember if you want best sound from this device that covers your entire room/hall, home pod should be placed in corner of the room. Overall the Audio quality is great. Of course money comes to play, you can buy echo, google home ranging 50 $ -150$. . but you need to spend 350 $ on Home pod which is more than twice or thrice. I would say if you use apple phone/ipad/apple tv then go for home pod. Or else go for other ones. One more thing Home pod will play songs only from your apple library with apple music subscription . Even though you have songs downloaded from your personal PC to iphone via itunes library. Home pod cannot recognize those songs automatically, which is weird. For me I feel like apple is stressing to shop/purchase more apple products to use its own things. That is a strategy but down the road it will be frustrating to apple users who are switching to samsung devices etc. Eg: if you have apple watch, apple home pod, iphone and you think of switching your iphone to samsung/LG. you neither can use apple watch or home pod. All are useless, it will strictly bind your mind to use apple phones. That is bad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, Siri & Music Services are limited

    Posted
    RobR
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    First and foremost, I love the sound that comes from my HomePod. I also have an Echo 1, an Echo 2, an Echo Show, an Echo Dot and two Sonos Play:1 speakers. The HomePod sounds much better than any of the Echo Devices. The HomePod has very solid bass and very clear highs. Midrange is a little lacking though. The Echos sound flat and a little muddy in comparison. Compared to the Play:1, The HomePod has slightly stronger bass and slightly clearer highs. Where the Play:1 has an advantage is midrange. The sound from the Sonos is a little fuller overall but also a slightly muddier. The thing I like most about the Echo devices is their ability to play so many stations with voice commands. iHeartRadio and Radio.com are 2 of my favorite providers. I can play them on the HomePod but only thru my iPhone or iPad. I cannot ask for them with my voice. If I could, I would use the HomePod much more often. I can only use Apple Music with the HomePod using my voice. This is great if I know exactly the song and artist I'm looking for. However, the Apple Music playlists are not as good as the stations on iHeartRadio and I can't ask for local sports radio. I can only get ESPN radio using Siri. So far, my Play:1 speakers only work thru the Sonos app for me. I should be able to send music to them with an Echo but there is some sort of conflict on my network preventing them from working properly. If I can get this straightened out, I will stream more often to them. Overall I would recommend the HomePod to people that use the Apple ecosystem. Especially if you love Apple Music. Right now, I'm setting up my own apple Music Playlists. Once I do that, I will likely use the HomePod more. If I could use my HomePod like my Echo devices, I would give it 5 stars all day. But because Siri is so lacking in smarts, I deducted a star. Others might deduct more but I do love the sound...

    I would recommend this to a friend