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HomePod review roundup: Apple’s smart speaker sounds incredible, but Siri is lacking

February 6, 2018

As a home audio device, Apple’s HomePod is a hit with critics, who have lauded the $349 accessory’s superior sound quality. But the standalone speaker has not addressed the shortcomings of Siri, an area where HomePod lagged behind the capabilities of competitors Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Ahead of Friday’s debut of HomePod, select publications were given early hands-on time with the device. Their reviews were largely mixed, praising the sound of HomePod but finding that Siri just can’t compete —yet.

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