The Apple HomePod
made minor waves when it was released in 2018. It presented an interesting concept but didn’t gain as much traction as hoped amidst a sea of other smart speaker offerings. While top rivals couldn’t match the HomePod’s incredible sound quality
, they offered a greater range of integrations.
Now, Apple hopes to once again make a splash in the smart speaker market with a smaller version of the HomePod known as the HomePod Mini
. Unfortunately, this new device appears to maintain many of the downsides associated with the original HomePod. Still, there are definite upsides to this gadget, including impressive sound in comparison to its small size. Keep reading to discover how these two smart speakers measure up.
Size, Design, And Performance
The most noticeable difference between the HomePod and the HomePod Mini? The fittingly small size of the HomePod Mini. The new device is about as big as an apple — the irony isn’t lost on anyone. Meanwhile, the original HomePod is significantly larger, clocking in at nearly seven inches tall.
Both devices feature an attractive mesh finish. Either can look great on a coffee table, entertainment center, or end piece. They can also blend in with most types of decor. They are especially striking in modern minimalist homes.
Sound quality was always the main selling point for the original HomePod. While the smaller Mini simply cannot compare due to its diminutive size, it remains a decidedly capable device. The sound is deep and full when required, while still offering a full dynamic range.
When compared to similar smart speakers such as the Echo Dot
or the Nest Mini
, the HomePod Mini sits near the top in terms of pure sound quality. Don’t count on to fill an entire large living room or basement with sound. It is, however, the perfect bedside speaker for listening to podcasts or audiobooks.
Rightfully criticized for its complete lack of non-Apple ecosystem support, the original HomePod’s momentum stalled upon release due to this omission. Despite this, Apple decided that another smart speaker that exists solely within their “walled garden” was worth a shot.
Given the new device’s ongoing limitations, iOS devotees
who already own a litany of different Apple devices will get the most out of it. Pair the speaker with another unit to deliver true stereo sound. The useful Intercom feature can be put to good use by families communicating with one another throughout the house. The Handoff feature uses home WiFi networks to send music from iPhones to HomePads and vice versa. Meanwhile, some neat haptic feedback makes it feel as if you’re giving and receiving.
Consumers who have already made HomeKit and Siri their preferred solutions will definitely get more out of the HomePod Mini experience than those who have already opted in for Google or Amazon’s services. Both HomePods are Apple devices meant to be used in harmony with other Apple services and gadgets. If you love all things Apple, there’s nothing wrong with that. Still, it would be nice to have some bare bones outside support for services such as Spotify
or YouTube Music
The HomePod’s original $399 price tag was a bit of a tricky proposition for some. While the speaker’s sound quality was well worth the money, the lack of non-Apple functions and features made the sticker price a tough pill to swallow. Luckily, the price has since come down, leaving some customers finally willing to make the investment.
At only $99, the HomePod Mini is priced competitively. Some experts anticipate that, due to this reasonable entry-level price, shoppers will pick up several Mini devices to utilize HomePod features such as Intercom and stereo sound. While cheaper options are available from competitors, the Echo Dot and Nest Mini simply cannot measure up to the HomePod Mini in terms of sound quality.
No matter which speakers you prefer, you can benefit from covering your investment with a speaker extended warranty
from Upsie. This serves as an affordable alternative to AppleCare+ while still providing the far-reaching coverage you need. With your warranty comes much-needed peace of mind, so you can feel confident as you make the most of your smart speaker.
Your Upsie extended warranty plan provides maximum flexibility for getting your device repaired. The cost of replacing either a HomePod or a HomePod Mini can be considerable, so it’s worth your while to invest in extended warranty protection.
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