The launch of the speaker HomePod mini by Apple will allow it to enter a rapidly expanding market segment, such as small, portable speakers that can be placed in small rooms.
Without a doubt, the HomePod mini has a huge number of advantages, most of them based on its integration with the Apple ecosystem, taking advantage of the technologies present in the Mac, iPhone, iPad (such as Siri) and the advanced audio laboratory that Apple has developed starting with the purchase of Beats.
The best of the HomePod mini
- HomePod mini offers a 360-degree experience that allows you to place it almost anywhere.
- Three microphones to call Siri and a fourth microphone inwards to isolate the sound.
- Siri integration
- Transfer music from HomePod mini to iPhone just by bringing them closer.
- Intercom to communicate with other people in the house.
- Designed with privacy and security in mind.
- Environmental sounds.
- Find integration to find a lost iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple Watch
- Customizable alarms with music.
It’s certainly an impressive piece of technology, especially for its price. E HomePod mini sells for € 99 (inc VAT)
The worst of the HomePod mini
That Apple is going to sell many thousands of HomePod mini no one doubts. At that price it offers a huge number of advantages, especially for those who already have two or more Apple products.
But its big drawback is that it has no battery. The HomePod mini must always be connected to the power to work.
This need makes it useless for many users who want to be able to move around carrying a speaker that meets their needs in any situation, whether in the bedroom relaxing, or putting a soundtrack to a quiet day at the pool or sharing music with friends.
If you don’t have an outlet nearby, you can’t use the HomePod mini.
What if you just want to hear music?
Another common objection that can be made to the HomePod mini is that, although everything it offers for less than € 100 is impressive, many users will hardly make use of the more advanced functions.
Not everyone uses Siri (or you may use it and it never answers what you need) or has a house big enough to need a 21st century intercom, or you want to transfer music from the iPhone to the speaker or vice versa.
Many users just want to listen to their music without complications, and be able to take it from room to room as they move: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen … maybe even in the car!
For that entire market there is still a huge supply of wireless Bluetooth speakers in all price ranges.
You can find references on bluetooth speakers, or smart speakers (if that’s what you’re looking for) in many places. For example in bettercomparativa.com, have recapitulated the models that, in their opinion, in 2020 offer the best balance between quality, performance and price.
In its analysis you will find the pros, cons and recommendations, in case it helps you find your ideal speaker.
The HomePod mini is a technological marvel that will delight thousands of users around the world, especially those who already have significant investments in the Apple ecosystem, because the level of integration of communication technologies, home automation control and sound , coupled with an affordable price, have put it on the radar of many potential buyers.
But if you don’t need to be up to date, or you prefer to use voice assistants from other companies like Amazon or Google, there is still a lot of possibility of having a great speaker with a similar or lower price than Apple.
So, before starting to buy the latest, think first what you need and what use you are going to give it. That way you can make the most of every euro you spend.
Are you going to buy (or have you bought) the HomePod mini or do you use other types of speakers?