If you were able to attend or watched Monday’s event online. It was evident during the announcement; Apple didn’t focus entirely on how smart the HomePod is. Why?
That has probably something to do with how far Siri is behind in the intelligence stakes when compared to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Instead, Apple chose to talk more about HomePod’s music speaker abilities. And that is why the Sonos Play 1 is included in this comparison. Because unlike Amazon, and Google’s products, yes, it is quite smart. However, overall it’s nothing more than a quality speaker that can be controlled with a smartphone.
And this is where the HomePod bridges the divide, yes, you can control it with your voice. But, it will also provide excellent sound quality, with the promise of spatially aware sound-projecting speakers.
Starting with the HomePod’s sound qualities, compared to the Sonos Play 1, they both offer excellent quality audio. However, the inclusion of Siri into the mix takes the HomePod to a new level compared to the Sonos. In reality, comparing the Sonos Play 1, to it, is rather unfair. Especially, when you consider it has no and can not be verbally controlled. However, considering Apple has pitched it’s device as a purveyor of quality audio, that’s why the Sonos is here.