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Review: Apple HomePod, the best sounding dumb speaker with constraints

Home Max vs HomePod

The Apple HomePod s a powerful speaker that sounds amazing and adapts to wherever it's playing. It's the ultimate music authority, bringing together Apple Music and Siri to learn your taste in music. It's also an intelligent home assistant, capable of handling everyday tasks — and controlling your smart home.

The Google Home Max Premium Smart Speaker provides whole room audio in a compact system. Pair with Chromecast enabled speakers or Google Home for multi-room coverage. Google Home Max also enable users to speak voice commands to interact with services through Google's intelligent personal assistant called Google Assistant, also controlling your smart home.

I personally don't own Apple HomePod or Google Home Max. This blog post is about what I've noticed in watching reviews of both devices from The Verge, MKBHD, CNET, and more. The first that I've noticed in my research of comparing these two devices is how integrated each our in their own consecutive ecosystems. Both experiences are polarizing. As you know, people can use most -- if not all -- apps made from Google on any platform that you choose. Just like you can with viewing Youtube videos on an iPhone, Samsung phone, or Pixel, the Google Home Max allows you to use any of the popular music playing apps. Music apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, Youtube Music, and even Apple Music. This cannot be said for the Apple HomePod. Editor-in-chief at The Verge, Nilay Patel, exclaims the following:

"I don’t think I’ve ever described a tech product as “lonely” before, but it’s the word I thought about the most as I was reviewing Apple’s new HomePod."
He says this because the Apple HomePod can only be used with Apple Music by itself. Saying, "Hey Siri, play some relaxing music" won't work unless you subscribe to Apple Music. This is great for Apple Music subscribers that pay $10/month! If you use Spotify or Pandora, you are out of luck. EDIT: Not unless you own an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac. If so, you could use Airplay inside of those apps to listen to content. It's a trend that Apple takes with most of their devices within their ecosystem. It's a smart move containing their consumers in their ecosystem. Not only controlling the usability experience but to further grow their bottom line.

The best thing about the Apple HomePod is its sound quality. It sounds amazing. Easily the best sounding speaker to-date, comparing against the Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos speakers. In The Verge's review, Nilay Patel says, "Compared to the HomePod, the Sonos One sounds a little empty and the Google Home Max is a bass-heavy mess". Wall Street Journal posted their review on Youtube with the title, "Big Sound with Big Buts". It's a fantastic review and accurate to what I think my experience would be like if I owned both devices.

I have yet to mention the comparison of smart assistants. It's something that goes without being said and I think we've come to the realization that no company can create a product that's up to par to the Google Assistant. Like Google search, the Google Assistant provides relevant and accurate answers to search queries and services like controlling the lights in your home. If you need a device that has the best audio sound, caters to your Apple Music experience, and you don't mind having a not so smart assistant; purchase Apple HomePod. If you'd like great audio sound, caters to all of your music listening experiences, and want the best virtual assistant ever with ever growing features; purchase Google HomePod. It's that simple.

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