i want a great sounding speaker and I don't find having to use airplay for anything other than apple music as that much of a blocker, considering I have my phone on me at all times. And just a few years ago, just the prospect of airplay alone would be considered a huge feature. Also, i refuse other "smart" speakers because I take issue with their security. Apple, if they can be trusted, is encrypting my identity, anonymizing it, and only listening when activated by command. Can the others say the same? Seriously, I am asking, can they?
The fact that this shipped without support for multiple speakers for something marketed as a speaker first, was bad enough (I mean seriously), but the absolute lack of connectivity to a larger music and automation ecosystem were the nails in the coffin.
The fact that some man-made products/substances will cause a mark on certain wood finishes is nothing new, and nothing surprising. If one chooses to place plastic, vinyl, sililcone objects on non-sealed wood finishes, you get what you deserve. Ask owners of expensive guitars about avoiding vinyl-backed guitar straps on their $1K/$2K and higher guitars.
Fail is an understatement. To recap (also from Marques Brownlee's review):
- Anyone can control it (i.e. ask to narrate your messages)
- Cannot connect to anything that is not an iPhone (not even a Mac). That is some mangled ecosystem alright
- Cannot connect to Bluetooth or 3.5" jack
- Cannot set up Spotify as default player
- Can't order products, food, Ubers
- Can't set multiple timers
- Power cable is non removable
- Can't make phone calls
- Can't use find my phone
- Siri is the dumbest smart assistant of them all
Oh. AND IT LEAVES WHITE MARKS ON YOUR FURNITURE.
Really. What the hell is happening in Cupertino? Do they do any QA anymore?
The problem with the Google and Amazon speakers, is that they don't sound good enough. I can use my phone's speaker for everything I need already. If I'm going to bother buying a speaker, smart of otherwise, it has to offer me dramatically better audio. That makes the HomePod the best option out the gate, hands down.
My solution to the white ring issue is to get one of those circular cork pot trivets and place it under the home pod or my Sonos. Costs 1.00 at the dollar store or if you want a larger one its about 2 dollars and looks good with the white HomePod.