No they aren't.As a stereo pair HomePod is competitively priced to other speakers in the same class - without the AI.
The Alexa app lets you monitor and control every request being uploaded to Amazon.That's Ok if you don't care about your privacy.
Try retraining it. I notice my iPhone reacting to only my voice saying "Hey Siri" every time I use HomePod. Fortunately, HomePod overtakes the command about 49 out of 50 times.Hey Apple, just do me a favour and fix "Hey Siri" on iPhones. Works 1 out of 10 times.
You're only talking about the obtrusiveness you know about and can see. We also know that Echo is a lot more intrusive when it comes to data collection and acting on that data. That stuff is even more freaky to me than an easily explainable "Hey Siri" mis-trigger.Same here, I've disable Siri completely everywhere. I was talking about a friend with my wife one day and when I picked up my phone, it had the entire conversation we had just had in a text message ready to send to the friend I was talking about. Talk about freaking me out.
I also have the Echo and it's not nearly as obtrusive, we use it for everything now. I think for any of them, the challenge is convenience and availability vs invasion of privacy or accidental usage. The mute button on the Echo is a huge advantage for us, it's simple, turns it red and you clearly know when it's not in use.
I agree but do you ever notice that some days HomePod just seems almost deaf? I've had it hear me whisper across the room for many months straight and then for just one day, I have to speak loudly right next to HomePod in order for Siri to hear me. Then the next day it's fine again. Sometimes I reset the power on it and that fixes it but it's annoying.This might be one of the most impressive aspects of the HomePod, much better than my Echo's ever were. I can be almost anywhere in my house (2,400 square feet) and either my upstairs or downstairs HomePod will hear me perfectly.
Fair point. My assumption is that they all do it, the mute button is reassuring.You're only talking about the obtrusiveness you know about and can see. We also know that Echo is a lot more intrusive when it comes to data collection and acting on that data. That stuff is even more freaky to me than an easily explainable "Hey Siri" mis-trigger.
AlwaHey Apple, just do me a favour and fix "Hey Siri" on iPhones. Works 1 out of 10 times.
yours must be special because even my brand new 3rd generation model can’t hear me when music is playing the way HomePod doesMy Echo Dots do this, and they cost £25 each.....
A stereo pair sounds good to great for movies with some caveats given that it’s a beta feature.Too bad it only works with music. I have a lot of iTunes movies. I wish it was possible that getting two of these connected to Apple TV would sound really good but I saw a Youtube video that shows very poor sound.
Yes, it works ridiculously well. On the other hand Siri is still quite limited in her response.Can anyone with the HomePod confirm hey Siri actually works when you are playing loud music ?
How effective is this?
Using traditional pricing, not Christmas sale pricing, two Sonos Ones are $375 through Best Buy. One HomePod is $350. Every single review out there puts the HomePod on par and many say it is better than two Sonos One speakers. But ya know, keep up your narrative.Behave, it's hugely overpriced. I got 2 Sonos 1's in a pair with £100 spare. Will be even more overpriced when Apple Music comes to Alexa in about 2 weeks.