Experience with the HomePod mini
Engadget concludes that the HomePod mini sounds great. However, it is a very small speaker. So if Apple says that the whole room can be filled with sound, it shouldn’t be a particularly large one. Compared to Google’s Nest Audio, the HomePod mini lacks the volume a bit, according to the tester. The Wall Street Journal sees the HomePod at the front and calls the device the first choice if you are not in a “multi-platform” household.
Is it enough to beat Amazon and Google?
TechCrunch attests the HomePod mini “remarkable” sound quality for a product of this size and price structure. A good decision was to offer all-round sound and not to rely on front speakers like Amazon’s new Echo. However, she is a little less enthusiastic The Verge. Apple has finally brought a cheaper HomePod onto the market, but it continues to lag behind Google and Amazon. Siri can neither keep up nor does Apple offer the sound of competing products.
The bottom line of most reports
If you compare the key statements of the various test reports (of which there are significantly more than the four examples listed), the result is always very similar. The HomePod is the obvious choice for pure Apple environments due to the close integration – and offers a good price-performance ratio. The more versatile smart speakers are still available from Amazon and Google