Apple is late to the consumer priced smart speaker market, but it finally joined Amazon and Google with the $99 HomePod Mini. 

Here’s what you need to know: The Mini is way smaller in size than both the new Amazon Echo fourth generation speaker and Google Nest Audio. And while it doesn’t sound as great for music as either of them, (it is way smaller, after all) in our unscientific home ears test, it probably doesn’t matter. This is a really useful speaker for anyone living in the Apple ecosystem and it makes the Siri personal assistant way more competitive with Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant.

The HomePod Mini sounds fantastic as a TV speaker. More on that in a minute. 

One big selling point: you don’t have to worry about Apple’s speakers spying on you, as Apple has a different privacy policy than Google and Amazon. The