I’m really pleased Apple have updated the new Homepods. I resisted buying used version 1 units and got mini’s instead, which are perfectly decent and very cheap. But this new HomePod looks perfect for me.
It depends what you’re looking for of course. Personally I’m looking for a halfway decent speaker that can perform approaching HiFi duties when I’m not wanting to play vinyl. And if must have good Apple Music integration. So both boxes are ticked.
Switching on lights, adjusting thermostats, and closing curtains is all a bit ‘meh’ for me. I’m fortunate to have arms for those duties.