Apple Homepod – The best Smart Speaker?

Apple HomePod

Apple products are widely known for their highly quality and sophisticated designed tech products. The company recently revealed their smart speaker which they are calling Apple HomePod.  Amazon and Google have already invaded the market, which may lead some to think that Apple won’t be able to make up to the competition. We have a different opinion here, Apple took over the mp3 and mp4 devices with the introduction of their iPod devices, which easily became the best multimedia device.

The Apple Homepod has some pros and cons, which almost every smart device in the market has. Let’s see how it holds up against its competitors by considering some of the key features and functionalities.


The Apple Homepod is a spherical shaped speaker surrounded by seamless mesh fabric. The shape resembles that of the Mac Pro and has touch controls on top of the device which allows the user to increase/decrease volume, scroll between music, play/pause music and activate Siri.

Apple HomePod

Hardware and Sound

The Sound quality of the Apple Homepod has been highly appreciated and you have to give it to Apple for the quality of their products. It is powered by the A8 Chip which makes it more powerful than any other smart speaker on the market, it odder 1GB of RAM, 6 Microphones that can aid with noise reduction for the smart speaker to hear you even when you are far away from the device. The Homepod has 7 tweeters all around the circumference of the device and a 4-inch woofer to have the bass flowing.

Apple HomePod

The Homepod uses a technology called the Spatial Awareness, that adjusts with the placement of the Homepod in the room and reflects the sound from the walls in a way that it feels top-notch. Which means no matter where in the room you are standing you will hear the same kind of enriching sound quality. This can also let the Homepod adjust its sound if more than one devices are placed in the same room.


When it comes to the functionalities of the Apple Homepod, there is still room for clarity. Apple claims that the device will be able to contribute to smart home with the help of Siri and play your music using Apple Music. The question of whether or not it will be able to connect or synchronize with a other music applications like Spotify is still unclear.


Siri is lacking when it comes to the functionalities that Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant offers. However, the Apple Homepod was planned for a release in December 2017 but due to further development the release date was delayed. Maybe Apple has something interesting to add.

Apple Homepod will cost $349 which some people think is highly expensive when comes to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. However, logically the Apple Homepod is a competitor of the Google Home Max which is priced at $399. The actual comparison can be done only after the pod makes it to the market, for now, we know that the smart speakers are now in business.

Samsung Galaxy Gear VR

The gaming Arena has been evolving with a fairly fast pace over the past few decades, with the introduction of several powerful gaming consoles and graphic intensive games in parallel. For years and years, gamers wished to be the character that we were greatly fascinated and intimidated by. Well, technology took it on its shoulders and introduced what we know as Virtual Reality. The virtual reality experience has changed the entire concept of gaming by making it more immersive and adding up to the quality of experience in every single way.

Amazing graphics coupled with the portability of a smartphone has pulled way too many people towards itself, making PC and console gaming take hit. Recently, the smartphone manufacturing Giant, Samsung and the Virtual Reality pioneer, Oculus, teamed up to build the Samsung Gear VR. Let’s review the Samsung Gear VR and you can be the judge how amazing this piece of hardware actually is.

Samsung Gear VR – What is it?

The Samsung Gear VR is generally a headset that consists of high quality lens and works as a mask, only; it is classier and has the star war’s look to itself. As compared to its opponents namely the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, the Samsung Gear VR makes a pretty good place in the consumer market.

The Samsung Gear VR requires the use of a smartphone in order to work unlike the above mentioned competitors that require the use of a PC or a Sony PlayStation console.

Compatibility and Price

The Gear VR costs less than $100 and Samsung was generous enough to offer a free giveaway on the pre order to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. However, one must keep in mind that you have to get a Samsung Smartphone in order for the Gear VR to work. The downside however is that the Samsung gear VR only works with a few flagships Samsung Smartphones namely, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge. These phones cost $700 and upwards depending on the version, storage and model.

This may be disappointing for several people but logically thinking, the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR also requires the need for a high-end PC and a Sony PlayStation console, which sums up to roughly the same amount or more. Virtual Reality is an expensive technology to own overall. If you already own a Samsung Flagship, then the Samsung Gear VR is just the right match for you.

Quality and Design

The Samsung Gear VR has no connectors or a cable which is just ideal for getting the right feel of virtual reality. Sit in a swirling chair more around freely to have the best experience. The headset also has a touch pad and a back key on the right side to aid with the navigation on Oculus powered software, which by the way is easy to use and outstanding to use.

The image quality mainly depends on the smartphone you are using, which is top-notch based on the hardware flagship phones come integrated with. Consider for instance, the Samsung Galaxy S6 which bears a 5.1 inch 1,440 x 2,560p Quad HD resolution. However, the resolution takes a hit when it is divides between the two lenses. Another problem is that the glass within the headset starts misting up after a while which is certainly, a big addition to the negatives of the hardware.


If you want to give VR a try and you own a Samsung Flagship, then getting the Samsung VR headset is without any doubt an amazing choice to go with. However, those who do not own a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone should start looking elsewhere for their VR requirements.