Apple HomePod unboxing



The Apple HomePod just landed on our front door, so you know what that means – it's unboxing time! Much like its other gadgets, the packaging here with the HomePod is as straightforward and minimalist as they come. There are aa few pieces of documentation included in the box, as well as the usual Apple decal sticker, but beyond that, there's nothing else.

Since this is our first time getting acquainted with the HomePod, we have a lot to say about its design. In terms of its size, it appears to be almost three times the size of the original Google Home Speaker. It's also lined with this mesh-like material, which definitely adds a more natural look and feel to its design, but we're curious to know how this material handles over time. Then again, the fabric might have something to do with its acoustics.

As for the setup process, it was a painless process that involved us plugging it to the wall, then proceeding to place our iPhone X nearby – and from there, it automatically set itself up. There wasn't any need to download any app to connect the speaker with the iPhone X, we presume the connection to the iPhone X allowed it to access our Wi-Fi network. Another initial standout from our first introduction is the immense power put out by its speaker! If you're looking for some serious bass power, you'll definitely get it here.

However, we did notice that you can't stream music yet from the Google Play Music app for iOS – albeit, it does support Pandora. We're eager to see also how it handles other smart connected devices in the home, so it'll be interesting to see how it stacks up against some of the other notable smart speakers in the market. Expect our review soon!

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15 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Shipped with beta software from what I hear. Pretty clear that the only advantage this thing has is good sound quality (which you can get elsewhere). No multi user profiles makes this perfect for singles lol.

2. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Multiuser profiles? Are you reaching or am I missing something? If anything, no control over Spotify would make a good case against.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Do tell how you can get individual results catered to an a specific individual's profile (who is not the profile who set up the device) when speaking to home pod.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

As a personal music device it would only work for one person so that kind of defeats the purpose of the "home" part unless every Apple user lives alone (the hardcore iFans probably do though and one could argue this is for them). The second issue is that Apple is trying very hard to skew the comparisons thus far. All of the hands on tests with TheVerge and even Yahoo's (by David Pogue) were done under Apple's testing requirements where the Google Home Max was tested on Bluetooth streaming and Apple's was tested under Airplay streaming (the stream quality difference being night and day). Both reviewers have called Apple's Homepod "good" based on these tests and have admitted to the biasing towards the Homepod. So I am certain now that the audio quality may be on par with the rest or worse (otherwise they wouldn't be cheating).

4. whatev

Posts: 2428; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Wow, you really try so hard, this crusade against apple makes you look very pathetic, don’t you realize that? You should respect yourself more, you won’t hurt apple and no one else with your rant on the comment section of PhoneArena, grow up, go to school and get a job!

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I don't have a crusade. I choose to buy products that far exceed apples in functionality, form factor and value for me. You choose what you want and if it's Apple, they make many garbage can shaped devices for a reason. This is a good quality speaker with an infant assistant, nothing more

33. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And yet you spend all of your time in Apple articles.

24. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well written, it's hilarious

20. mike121989

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 02, 2017

I love mine, the sound is amazing!

23. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well that's what everyone says who got one.

22. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Reading people comments around the web it looks like this thing is even better than all the hype. People overall are very impressed about the audio quality. Sounds like Apple made yet another great product

25. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Hype? Maybe for iSheeples. For others it is just an expensive dumb-speaker. Siri just cannot compete with Google or Alexa.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Another Apple preacher with singing the praises of his Apple god. Once again you only see the good in all Apple products. But there is definitely a lot of negatives to this product. The first being only a mono speaker. So if you want stereo, you need to buy two of these, and now the cost is at $700 for stereo. Which stereo is still not available for this product. Then it only supports Apple music. If you want to use any other music service, you have to use your iPhone and use Airplay. If you want to use a different service again you have to pick up your iPhone again to use a different service and Airplay that one again. Therefore defeating the smart part of this speaker.

32. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why focus on negative things If you can focus positive things? This is the problem with you Android people, you guys are never happy with anything and then fill your frustration to Apple news because you guys can't handle that some people actually enjoy their life and focus on positive things.

34. joey18

Posts: 683; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i need to see first no bluetooth makes no sense

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