Why Does the Apple HomePod Exist?

The Apple HomePod is a $350 Siri powered speaker. Can it stack up vs Google Home Max?
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Hey guys doston this is the apple home . pod and at three hundred dollars i have . exactly one question why does it exist . now no i'm not trying to say this is . some useless product or there's not . meant for anyone when you consider that . the world is filled with amazon echoes. and google homes that cost 40 or 50 . dollars a $350 speaker that has syrian . side that's a little bit of a hard sell . for most people so in classic apple . fashion the unboxing is super simple . no giant stabbing knife needed so this . has come out today and it's a little bit . late i think this is originally supposed . to come out late last year but the idea . here is that this is a very high-end . very good sounding speaker that just . happens to have siri you know i'll say . this looks really nice so it has this . fabric mesh all the way around it's nice . and soft it's definitely a little bit of . a different look although the power . cables built-in okay we also have . designed by apple in california with . what i assume is yes a single apple . sticker not a lot of accessories with a . 3m $50 smart speaker but what really . matters is how does it actually sound . all right so 350 dollars a lot of money . but i will say there actually are some . nice things about the hardware so like i . was saying this fabric finish feels . pretty nice and it even comes across to . the power cable there's a little bit . tension to detail here but you won't . find what the whole pod is anything . besides this power cable so there's no. usb there's no bluetooth there's not . even going to be any kind of aux input . which now just think about it apples . killed the headphone jack and everything . else. makes sense to kill it on the speakers . which you will see however is a little . tiny grid of leds that are below the . sort of frosted panel on the top so it's . kind of cool but there's not a proper . screen it's more for kind of giving you . notifications and sort of a little bit . of a colorful thing when series . listening like ear pods the setup is . going to be pretty straightforward so if . you have an iphone and yes you're. probably gonna want to have a lot of . apple products with a home pod to make. sense you can see a little setup icon . right here do that and it should sync . with the apple id one thing you probably . will want with the whole pod is apple . music so it does support airplay so . things like spotify and youtube will . work however if you actually want it to . work properly just using your voice . you're going to want to use apple music . they're very specific the home pod is . for people who have everything apple. before we get started i'm gonna give . everyone a warning new words hey siri . and hey google about to be spoken many . many times you've been warned . sorry i can't search the web the main . reason to pick up the whole pod though . is from music and at least on paper this . sounds pretty good so you're getting . seven microphones that are paired up . with an apple a8 chip which no they are . going to be listening for you to call . siri but also it's going to be able to . tune the music for your specific room. now to do that it uses the total of . eight speakers inside this guy so there . are seven small tweeters they're spread . out all the way around to be able to . give you a full 360 sound there's also . going to be a single four inch subwoofer . so at this point if you have apple music . you can just tell it to play a song . however if you're like me and you . spotify you're gonna have to airplay it . from your phone so of course you're . gonna be listening to this on youtube so . everything is going to be compressed we . do have a microphone here to hopefully . give you a decent idea of what this . sounds like in person . let's give it a try i will say one thing . this does a really good job of giving . you that full 360 sound no matter really . where this is placed your printer is . gonna hear the same thing around . something else is immediately apparent . this guy even though it's obviously a . very small speaker has a lot of things . it's also really apparent that they're . doing a good job of making sure that . doesn't bottom out so even though there . is a lot of base it's not really . overpowering the rest of the music i . mean when you crank it up to higher . volumes it stays surprisingly well put . together may guess 4-3 or $50 speaker . you hope it sounds pretty good but i'm . pretty impressed pause one thing i will . say that the microphones do a really . good job even when you're cranking it to . be able to actually hear you pretty well . however i think the best way of actually . being able to properly test how well . this sounds is put it up against this . biggest competitor. when i say biggest i mean biggest the . google home max so you guys are not . familiar the google home max is very . much the sort of google competitor to . the home pod yes it is much larger but . there's a lot of things that are going . to be very similar so this has google . assistant whereas this has siri they . both have multiple speakers inside that . are going to be working together and . they both also do have a version of the . sort of room sensing technology that. will tune the sound based on what kind . of environment that your end there are . some advantages to the google home . though including the fact that knowledge . is a have a usb port but it also . supports bluetooth as well as aux end so . you know if you're not living a 20-18 . yet this has got you covered however the . price difference is kind of surprising . whereas the whole pod runs a pretty . expensive $350 google will charge you . $400 for the google home max a google . play hotel california okay hotel . california by eagles. so at first glance they're actually . surprisingly different so the google . home acts is louder kind of expected . with it being a much larger speaker. however it completely lacks that 360 . directionality of the home pod so from . the side it's kind of okay but from the . front it is very very loud now the home . pod. even though it's a little less bass ii i . think does a much better job of making . sure that you really hear all the . different instruments there's a lot of . separation between the two but let's do . a few other songs and kind of fully . actually test to see what these guys . sound like although to be fair hotel . california is the only song anyone . actually needs to listen to but i guess . i can play like two or three other songs . you really want me to some weird reason . he google play like whoa from logic like . whoa by logic sure playing on spotify . okay so after listening to these both . for a little while my impressions are . pretty firm this sounds good it's decent . in a vacuum but there's a lot of bass . and it is very directional the whole . pods there's just so much more . separation you're all the different . instruments you hear the different . vocals like everything is very sort of . layered whereas this it feels a little . bit flat in comparison it's a good . speaker but there's no doubt the whole . pod sounds phenomenal however that's . just one piece of the puzzle so sure if . you're just going to buy one of these . for pure audio quality you can stop . watching now but i think what a lot of . people are interested in is how the . actual assistance on these guys work in . google when did the olympics started . competitions at the pyeongchang 2018 . olympic winter games began on wednesday . february 7th 2018 and ends on sunday. february 25th 2018 pst hey siri when did . the olympics start the 2018 winter . olympics will be held february 9th to . the 25th in pyeongchang south korea hey . google how many cups in 42 gallons 42 us . liquid gallons equals 672 us customary . cups hey siri how many cups are in 42 . gallons 42 gallons is 672 cups something . i'm noticing is that siri is a little . bit more curt and it gives you like much . shorter answers where google wants to. give you all the details hey google . what's the news. here's the latest news . from npr news now at 3:00 p. m. today . live from npr news siri what's the news . here's the latest news from npr hey . google play the latest episode of reply . all okay playing the latest episode of . reply all. number 42 blind spot rebroadcast this . episode of reply oh hey siri play the . latest episode of reply all . sorry i couldn't finally apply all in . your music if you have an apple musical . subscription podcast hey google what do . you think about siri full respect being . an assistant is hard work . hey siri what do you think about google . assistant i think the acquisition of. information and intelligence by human . beings through virtual assistants is a . very good thing google's like serious . great i think the acquisition of. information by human-like beings is . excellent alright so what have we . learned well i think that they're . actually fairly evenly matched as far as . the assistant side so for the basic . stuff they're gonna be very similar for . things like turning on and off your . lights or kind of figuring out traffic . or the basic kind of things and i think . as you get to be a little bit more . advanced i would give this slight edge . to google assistant i think a lot of . people have sort of been complaining . about siri at least based on this . they're not that far off now as far as . the music set goes it's definitely a . home pod win but for me if you're not . gonna be really serious about music i . think it's hard to recommend either of . these so my house alright like using the . google home minis as well as a standard. google home they're much less expensive . and unless you're really serious about . the music they sound totally fine . especially if you're really focused on . the assistant side so should the apple . home pod exist in 2018 yeah it's . actually not bad so be fair you need to . be totally into the apple ecosystem so . i'm talking apple music iphones macs the . whole thing but if you are this is a . really really good sounding speaker so . i'm curious what do you guys actually . think about home pod let me know in the . comments below and i won't catch you in . the next one . .
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