The HomePod arrived today, required for a freelance piece, and I have had 30 minutes to play with it so far.
Very quick first impressions are that it-
is bigger than I expected, but not too big
is very heavy and thus stable on a flat surface
is aesthetically pleasing in a highly understated way
is easy to set up (took 30 seconds)
offers ‘incredible’ sound for the size and single speaker form and incredible sound overall. There is a sense of depth that I haven’t heard since we all used to own 2 huge speakers attached by wires to a stereo system
is somewhat smart, but I suspect no way near some of the competition
is a hard sell at £319. If I did not need it for a freelance piece, I would likely be returning it tomorrow. I am, at this time, convinced that the lacklustre smarts drag it down to being just an excellent speaker and because of that it is very expensive
More thoughts in a few days when it may have grown on me… or not.