Apple's HomePod comes with a long list of fine print. If you own an iOS device, subscribe to Apple Music, can live with Siri's limited capabilities, care about music quality, and you're OK with dropping $350 on a smart speaker, you'll love HomePod. It's phenomenal.
Apple HomePod review: A great speaker that’s not so smart
For Apple, being late to the smart speaker party isn't necessarily a sin. The company's ethos -- as explained by CEO Tim Cook time and again -- is that Apple cares more about being the best than being first. The $349 HomePod is proof that's not always true. Apple put considerable time and effort into making its first smart speaker sound better than its rivals, and I'd argue they succeeded. After a few solid days of testing, I can honestly say the HomePod is the best smart speaker I've ever heard -- it's just not very smart in the ways I was hoping.