HomePod review: My first week with Apple’s Siri speaker (Apple Byte)



Brian Tong digs into the nuances of the Apple HomePod, which sounds great — but there’s more to a smart speaker than just sound.

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26 thoughts on “HomePod review: My first week with Apple’s Siri speaker (Apple Byte)

  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    I hate CNET so much, and especially Brian Tong…. always super bias against Apple no matter what

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Wow. Everyone was saying that the power cable wasn't removable…. sigh. Thanks for the information!

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    If they fixed Siri, allowed Bluetooth, and opened up the platform just a bit. This would be dope.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Great review by Brian Tong! Terrible product by Apple. Brian was VERY kind by saying this is for someone already invested in the Apple ecosystem. In reality, most people with the latest iPhone already have a stereo system that sounds better and can be easily to connected to the phone and other devices. Even if you don't, it cost less to get Alexa or Google Home and a Hi-Fi stereo that will sound WAY better than the HomePod.

    This product is a bad joke for fans and Apple stockholders. Tim Cook has to go if it requires an emergency meeting to get him out.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    😂 Why would anyone let alone Apple put a headphone jack on a speaker… stick to Googlicious 🙄💯

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Sad times for Apple. They’re capable of so much more. What’s going on over there?

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Go to Best Buy and get a pair of Sonos One (on sale now for $349 for 2) for the price of one HomePod. Seems like a no-brainer.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Brian, I am from Louisiana and know many, many, small towns and Bruce Lee is not one of them and I am glad you told Siri it is not. LMAO I would know about it and have been there because I am a Bruce Lee fan big time. That is a REALLY BAD LYING APPLE! 😂

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    HTC 10 and the HTC U11 both have airplay built in, would it work with the homepod ?

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    I’m a big Apple fan, but they’ve really been screwing up lately it’s annoying.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    This is no tech review. A person makes a thing and it works as advertised. You buy it to review, find that it does what it says, and you start complaining that it does not do some other thing. You may not like that but such opinion is not a tech review. It is a social commentary. You just entertain fellow downers. A few weeks later you’d return and apologize just as you did for AirPods. If you would not rise to the level of proper reviewers, I will have to unsubscribe you. I don’t need social commentaries when looking for product reviews.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    I agree with everything you said on your review. Apple needs to make this speaker much more accessible and functional.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Brian Tong is the realest
    Yo style is played out like Siri saying
    "Watchu talkin bout Willis?"

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Another post Steve Jobs Apple product that is half-baked and not ready for prime time.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    No bluetooth streaming AND 250 bucks? EXTREMELY BAD APPLE! They would have sold a few more if they open it up to Android! Wtf apple… 😡

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Shame that Apple would ship such a great sounding speaker with such terrible software limitations and security flaws. They need to step up their software quality—so many bugs.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    I'd wait for the 2nd generation Home Pod and waaaay over priced for an "Unfinished" device

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