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Apple HomePod VS Amazon Echo VS Google Home

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Apple HomePod VS Amazon Echo VS Google Home

Six months after Apple first unveiled the HomePod, the tech giant's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home is almost here. Apple opened pre-orders for the smart speaker on Friday, January 26, just in time for its official launch on February 9.

The fact that Apple is late to the game is no big surprise. Apple is never usually the first to bring new gadgets to market—with neither the iPhone, the iPod or the Apple Watch the first in their product categories—but what the tech giant lacks in speed, it tries to make up for by outperforming the competition. So how does the HomePod stack up in the battle of the bots?

Apple's music credentials are arguably much greater than Amazon or Google, having pioneered portable music with the iPod and having the likes of iTunes and Apple Music among its most coveted assets.

It's therefore no surprise that the Cupertino company boasts about the HomePod being the ultimate device for audiophiles.

Speaker Sound

"HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room, anywhere it's placed," Apple states on its website. "This elegantly designed, compact speaker totally rocks the house."

Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant

A recent review of the three assistants by Tom's Guide found that the Google Assistant scored best in a general knowledge quiz, with Siri performing the worst. With the might of Google's search engine behind it, it is unsurprising to see Google Home come out tops in this category.

Likewise, it is no shock that the world's largest online retailer is able to outperform its rivals with its smart speaker when it comes to online shopping. With Apple putting the emphasis on the word "speaker" rather than "smart," this is inevitably a category that the HomePod falls down on.

Privacy

Anyone who cares a great deal about privacy is unlikely to introduce an internet-connected listening device into their homes, however the privacy conscious technophiles may still be interested to know which offers the best privacy features.

Evidence continues to mount that Google's assistant listens in on private conversations in order to serve ads to its users, while an Amazon Echo has been used in a murder investigation due to the assumption that it recorded background noise at the scene of a crime.

Apple says: "With HomePod, only after 'Hey Siri' is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier."

This means that not only will Apple only record people after they have requested the virtual assistant, unlike Google and Amazon, it will also not gather information on users for the purpose of advertising and marketing.

Price

As you might expect from Apple, the cost of the HomePod is significantly higher than its rivals. The high-end price is meant to convey a high-end product, though as the iPhone often proves in comparison reviews against Android devices, this does not necessarily mean it is better than the competition.

At $349, the HomePod is almost twice as expensive as the $180 Amazon Echo and more than $200 more expensive than the $129 Google Home.

There are also cheaper options from both Amazon and Google, with the Google Home Mini and the Amazon Echo Dot both costing $50.

The Summary

Generally speaking, if you are Apple fan, and subscribed Apple Music, there is no doubt to buy Apple Homepod. Or you are Spotify subscriber, Amazon Echo and Google Home will be a good choice.

The HomePod wins out on sound quality and privacy and falls only slightly short when it comes to the capabilities of its Siri assistant.

Just according to your requirements, find a suitable one for you.

 

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