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The Verge's Nilay Patel describes the HomePod as a "lonely" piece of technology, asking whether "beautiful sound quality [is] worth locking yourself even more tightly into a walled garden" of Apple's services.

In Australia, Google's Home has been available for some time, while Amazon's Alexa devices - the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus - was only released this month, finally bringing Antipodeans in line with their USA brethren.

Pricing is obviously particularly important in the Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home comparison, and it should thus be noted that the Apple HomePod is considerably more expensive than either of the other two ecosystems. "Seriously." when Apple Music launched in 2015.

"The music quality is second to none".

The HomePod comes in White and Space Gray colors and has a $349 price tag.

Siri data is retained - to help tailor music recommendations and other actions - but only on your device, not on Apple's central servers.

I remember reading the estimates for HomePod sales back in July of 2017 and it was clear that Apple would have stiff competition from Amazon and Google. What's interesting about the HomePod, however, is its spatial awareness.

"I've heard the Echo and, to be honest, it kind of sounded like music from a tin box", said Dalrymple.

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HomePod's high-excursion woofer - which can travel 20mm, peak-to-peak - makes a key difference compared to other smart speakers; filling the room with deep and resonate audio.

Dalrymple claims the HomePod responded to his voice from at least 20 feet away.

There's a single large touch sensitive button on the top of the device that allows you to play, pause, skip a song, adjust the volume, or talk to Siri. Admittedly, this fine-tuning will come in the way of software updates in the future, but the fact remains that Google Home still dominates voice search and functionality. I'd been hoping that, Continuity-style, I'd be able to simply ask Siri to open the results on my phone.

But it could do more. It seems obvious, but some users are not 100% committed to Apple's ecosystem.

In the end, reviewers agreed that if you're in the market for a high-quality speaker and don't mind the tight embrace of Apple's ecosystem, the HomePod is flawless for you.

"It won't work with Android at all", he added, noting that Amazon's and Google's devices can. To use a competing service such as Spotify with the HomePod, you have to control it through your phone.

Users will also need to use AirPlay to play music with a service other than Apple Music.

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