Apple HomePod Mini is the small smart speaker for Siri
Apple has finally given us a 99$ small smart speaker for the masses.
The cheapest thing Apple makes unless you count iPhone accessories that used to be free.
This is the home.
How many were reviewing it now?
The original home pod showed up two years after the first Echo DOT and it feels like we've been waiting on Apple.
Smaller smart speakers since the dawn of time.
Now that it's finally here, it feels like all that waiting might have actually paid off.
Company sounds great and it lives up to nearly all my smart speaker expectations.
Like the original home pod, the mini features are backlit, touch surface for volume and Siri controls, and a familiar fabric wrapped around the speaker.
It's available in white or space Gray.
No news their own.
How many does have some useful audio features in our complex?
You send messages to other smart speakers in your home.
Multiroom audio means you can play your favorite song everywhere.
Two home pod minis can be paired for stereo sound, and you can use them as the audio output for your Apple TV thanks to airplay to that might not be a custom surround sound system, but I'm willing to bet it's a definite improvement over your TV stock speakers.
Like home hide, you can hand off your iphone's audio to a home pod mini by holding the phone over the speakers.
This might be the most fun home pod mini feature.
It's so nice to be able to swap speakers without tapping or asking Siri and that haptic feedback makes everything feel just a little bit magical.
Another convenient integration is CarPlay.
Ask your home pod mini about store hours or the nearest store location and Apple CarPlay integration will display directions when you get into your car.
As always, Apple touts privacy with the home pod Mini.
Siri requests are anonymous and encrypted so nothing is tide your Apple ID.
Home Pod Mini is also equipped with a U1- ultrawide manship that can locate and communicate with other chip devices more accurately than Bluetooth or WiFi-.
An update later this year will make use of that hardware in an even faster handoff experience between phones and speakers.
Home company comes with a wider range of music streaming options, but there's still no sign of Spotify or YouTube Music.
Amazon Music integration is happening, but no word yet on an exact date the whole time.
Many joins a large pack of contenders.
For just 50$, you could buy a similarly sized NES Mini or Amazon Echo Dot, and if that 100$ is really burning a hole in your pocket and you've just got to spend it on a smart speaker, you could buy Amazon's latest Echo or the new Nest audio from Google.
Comparing the sound between the home Pod Mini and the competition is 100$.
Speakers is kind of unfair.
A larger speaker is obviously going to give you bigger sound, so let's listen to what the Home pod mini sounds like compared to the Echo Dot on the NES Mini.
When it comes to pure volume, the Echo Dot might be the loudest, but there's distortion and the Nest Mini doesn't have nearly the base or the volume of the other two speakers.
Meanwhile, the home Pod Mini does a good job of balancing audio.
There's plenty of phase without sacrificing clarity.
Let's listen one more time with an acoustic track.
This one is a lot closer to Echo Dot didn't have as much distortion an the NES mini sounded clear, but the whole time many still sounded the best.
Why is that?
Well, if you reasons Home Pod Mini has a custom full range driver and dual force canceling passive radiators.
Apple has its own algorithm for computational audio that tunes music for the room speakers in.
It also has what Apple calls on acoustic waveguide that channels audio.
So the home pod mini sounds the same all the way around speaker.
Even though home, how many does sound great?
It's not the clear winner.
For best small smart speaker, there are popular music services missing an series still isn't as good as other voice assistance.
Then there's home kit.
Home Pod Mini is a home kit hub, but the number of compatible devices is low compared to other smart home platforms at twice the price of other small smart speakers.
Home Pod Mini needs to be worth that.
Extra cash for Apple enthusiasts.
It will be especially if you have an iPhone or an Apple TV or already own the original home pod and you want to expand your smart speaker system.
But if you're after broader smart home integration, Google and Amazon's pint sized offerings are still the best deal out there.
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