If you look at the tussle of giants Google Vs Apple … Both are fighting for the space of Smart Home Speakers ..
Google has his Home Max and Apple has HomePod …
Style Vs Brand Vs Features .. Who wins ?
Question is that which one is best for you … Apart from the style and brand name there are many utility features that must be compared before you decide to buy any one of these speakers …
To begin with Style:
HomePod is cylindrical in shape and can stand in one position only .. as against Google Home Max has rectangular shape, allowing you to position horizontally or vertically as suitable,
Quality of Sound:
Quality of sound is also as important as the speakers ability to act as your personal assistant.
Features a high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier and an array of seven tweeters, each with its own amplifier. Intelligent program for direct and ambient audio beamforming with dynamic audio processing. As said it can identify location inside room and auto correct its acoustics, so you need not be an expert to find appropriate space inside your home.
- Google Home Max
Features two 4.5-inch high-excursion dual-voice-coil woofers and two custom tweeters. Again here it has Google’s own new Smart Sound, which auto-calibrates the sound based on your room’s dimensions!
I am not sure if its better than Apple’s beamforming or Sonos’ TruePlay technologym, but being a die hard fan of Google, I am sure they are the best. But not to forget that Apple is king of propriety algorithms ! so may be HomePod will deliver better results than Home Max ! who knows ?
Security and privacy:
One of the most discussed subject over internet is security and privacy of information that you are providing .. in this case you are talking to the smart assistant and any instruction needs to be stores (may be temporarily) and processed for understanding and acting on it.
Both Google Home Max as well as HomePod will listen to your command (after the wakeup word) …. Send the commands voice data over the internet, which will then be processed by servers, to get back on actions to be performed by the smart speaker. May be its related to latest news, audio playback, controlling your smart home etc. But what it means is that your voice command do travel over internet and hence someone can listen to them!
Its important to study Google and Apple’s privacy policies about handling your voice data. So I suggest to read them carefully as you get time.
So finally I have prepared simple table below, to show quick comparison of features and specs of Apple HomePod vs Google Home Max which will give you an idea without putting much efforts to go through thousands of words uttered over internet.
Apple HomePod vs Google Home Max Specs & Features comparison
|Feature for Comparison||
Google Home Max
|Smart Digital Voice Assistance||Google Assistant built in which is flexible and comprehensive in terms of knowledge and actions||Apple’s digital assistant, Siri with limited capabilities.|
|Multiple user support & voice recognition||Home Max is capable of recognizing difference in voices and support multiple users, which means
|Homepod just can’t recognize different voices, so anyone at home asks to read messages, it will read them from connected device.
– privacy may get hampered due to this
– personalization not possible
|Stereo pairing two speakers||Can automatically pair two Home Max speakers to create a stereo experience at home||Stereo feature Not available as on Feb 2018, may be added as an update late 2018|
|Bluetooth connectivity||Can connect to either Android or iOS devices using Bluetooth||uses AirPlay which is Apple’s proprietary streaming technology, unfortunately it only allows HomePod to connect to an iOS device. So Android devices can’t be connected !|
|External Audio inputs||3.5 mm jack available so that music can be played||No external inputs possible|
|Connectivity with Streaming services||Google Home max Can connect to following streaming services
– Google Play Music
|HomePod Can connect to following streaming services
– iTunes Music Purchases
|Flexibility of positioning inside home||Can stand Vertically or horizontally, so easy to place at different places n your home.||Can be in only one position due to its shape|
|Multi-room audio||If you want to have party at home, simply connect two or three Google Home together to play the same song through each one.
Very good feature for home party, you can play the same song or instrumental music through your kitchen as well as living or pation
|feature is coming with the release of AirPlay 2|
|Size||13.2 x 7.4 inches||6.8 H x 5.6 W inches|
|Weight||12 pounds||5.5 pounds|
Google Home Max or Apple HomePod ? Final Words.
Both Smart speakers falls under premium category produced by giants like Google and Apple.
Google Home Max surely found superior in many terms such as powerful Smart Digital Voice Assistance, Multiple user support & voice recognition, Stereo pairing two speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, External Audio inputs., Connectivity with Streaming services, Flexibility of positioning inside home, Multi-room audio.
May be when the upgrades and software releases happen for Apple HomePod, it is worth to see and compare again with Google Home Max, but as on Feb 2018, Google Home Max is clear winner to me.
Hope this helps !