Why the Apple HomePod is the loneliest smart speaker

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Episode schedule:
Intro: 1:37
The week in news 3:12
DJI Mavic Air 9:32
Apple HomePod 28:28
Polaroid POP 47:43
Q&A 57:55

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30 thoughts on “Why the Apple HomePod is the loneliest smart speaker

  • February 11, 2018 at 9:43 am

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  • February 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Apple needs to hire smarter software engineers because the product decisions are as dumb as Siri!

  • February 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

    the power cord on the HomePod is removable. 9To5 Mac made a video on it.

  • February 11, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Lmao 29:45 dude says series a lot more responsive than other devices seconds after it failed to understand his voice the first time and took a good few seconds to answer the question. Smh

  • February 12, 2018 at 12:02 am

    It IS detachable. It’s NOT permanently attached

  • February 12, 2018 at 12:03 am

    >Calls himself an audiophile
    >Proceeds to call the homepod the best speaker he's ever heard


  • February 12, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Jon didn't just say you CAN use it with Spotify.  He said basically that there is limited usage with Spotify…that you can use your voice for basic commands such as next song…..How or where is this "controversy" coming from?  He said exactly what you are saying here.  Did you actually watch the video?  I would re-watch it if you did because I think you misunderstood what he said.

  • February 12, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Whats with all these dinky speakers? This is not my idea of high fidelity! A real audio system can reproduce a live performance on a scalable level. These are a joke!

  • February 12, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Hey, friends, you can pull out the Apple Home pod power cable

  • February 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I thinks it's really weird that you guys think a phone company is trying to copy the iPhone look when literally the only thing their phone has in common with an iPhone is that it has a notch. And a smaller (better) one at that.

  • February 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Sitting on top of an awesome Klipsch Speaker…

  • February 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I noticed that you never got asked any of the other smart speakers on the table to play music from Apple Music (oh ya none of them can except through Bluetooth but like most you only like to point out the the features on Apple like they are the only one with the feature), go watch the 9 to 5 Mac review and they will show you how to remove the cord from the HomePod! This is like watching a review on the headphone jack that by the way Apple was not even close to the first company to remove the dam thing but you would think with all you people iPhone’s were the only phones that had no headphone jacks!

  • February 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Glad your on YouTube. Small bit of advice… Keep your hands out of your pocket. It makes the viewer uncomfortable and it make the on camera talent look amateurish. It also helps to not be so surprised when an expected graphic appears for the same reason. Cheers.

  • February 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Apple Hating big time! Purposefully leaving out that to fact that you can turn Hey Siri back on through voice command. Furthermore, you can turn keep the messages reading thing off at setup, so if you don't ever turn it on during setup, then nothing to worry about.

  • February 12, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Very enjoyable, will be tuning in again. I'd assumed Nilay was a Spotify user from initial comments and his review, but its nice to hear he was just playing devils advocate.

  • February 12, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Great show guys, I didn't know this show existed. Great in depth honest reviews. Looking forward to next week. Oh can we have some reviews of some of the great classic bits of tech that got us all going on this roller coaster of gadget geekdom. i.e Sinclair ZX81 or the Apple Newton .

  • February 13, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Anyone saying they like the notch are lying to themselves.

  • February 13, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Man you guys really don't know very much about drones…

  • February 13, 2018 at 5:55 am

    The best thing about the Echo, specifically the Echo Dot, is that you can plug any speaker into it or connect using Bluetooth. I have several of them in my home connected to Harmon Kardon speakers. This setup allows me to connect two speakers per Dot and have them play in any combination I choose and control the music from any room or even from my back yard. I don't know if Amazon is going to join the big smart speaker battle or not but they seem to have already won with something as small as a 3.5 mm jack. I could see a set up using in walll speakers, dedicated amps and an Echo Dot.

  • February 13, 2018 at 9:20 am

    These morons need to learn how to use the HomePod before trying to sound so very smart with their mocking. You can just tell Siri to start listening for starters….

  • February 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I saw a review up to yesterday where Everything apple pro shows the power cord can be detached

  • February 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    In another words… the Homepod is kind of useless until they release the update, then it will be a bit better but still lacking of features… seems like a great companion for any IPhone… since both lack of a lot of features. And the power cable shows one more time, apple keeps releasing products with planned obsolescence. A Bluetooth speaker that can not use Bluetooth and a stand alone smart speaker that can not stand alone it needs an IOS device, capable to play apple music only from an Apple device, at least it looks and sounds amazing right?. Apple is a bad joke lately. If they made it Bluetooth compatible and it sounds as great as they say, a lot more people will buy it. We might not like IOS, but we do like and appreciate good sound quality.

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