Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. From playing our favorite songs, to reporting the weather, to ordering a car service for us, gadgets like Amazon's Echo, Google's Home, and Apple's HomePod make our day-to-day lives significantly better. Most models are several hundred dollars, and since they aren't as essential as food or your Wi-Fi bill, it can be hard to justify the splurge. But thanks to this Apple HomePod Giveaway, it's possible to get a virtual, personal assistant for free.
HomePod may be a latecomer on the smart loudspeaker scene but Apple's entry onto the dance floor is about to liven up the party. At least for well-heeled Apple diehards who share my passion for all kinds of music. If you fit that description and are willing to fork over $349 plus embrace the subscription-only Apple Music streaming service, HomePod is well worth the wait, an outcome I reached after testing the speaker for just shy of a week. Apple makes no bones that HomePod is a music-first speaker, and it sounds terrific, all the more notable given how small it is. Vocals were pure, bass deep.