Siri: What's the fuss about?

Siri: What's the fuss about?Now, dear readers.. a confession.

This author is the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S2... rooted and tooted, under clocked and never mocked and all that jazz. And he has owned it since September. Which is about 20 times longer than he has ever owned a single mobile before.

Yet, in a moment of madness, last week, he got the credit card out and bought a SIM-free iPhone 4S. Why, you may ask? Well, he's not too sure. Fancied a change: yes. Couldn't wait for Instagram to launch on Android: yes. Looks good: yes etc etc etc.

And one of the things he was so excited about was Siri. Because those adverts make it look brilliant. In reality, he found it only does the basics well.

This confession is made if only to highlight the fact that he is not alone - because according to a consulting group called Park Associates, most of us only use it for the minor stuff. We're talking telling it to call someone or dictating an SMS. And that's it.

A few more of us (32%) are using it to play music whilst even more than that (35%) are brave enough to tell it to schedule an appointment. But it's hardly a ringing endorsement.

As far as this writer's experiences go, it leaves a LOT to be desired. We have the advantage of being able to compare it to Google's offering so can compare with some understanding and can admit we have been left sorely disappointed by the one thing we hoped to get it to do best: play music.

Telling Siri when driving to play a song is an experience worse than death. It frequently misunderstands and never gets it right.

The upshot of the tale is two fold really: Firstly, the iPhone will probably be going back under the 14-day return period. And secondly, we'd like you to explain if you actually do use Siri and it works for you in any way more than a gimmick? Surely we're not alone in thinking it's a load of old tut. Or are we?

With help from Slashgear

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 27, 2012 at 19:27

iPhone 4S is a good phone. Great even. Siri is stupid. Unless you have a disability, it's a waste of time.

bettsy  Mar. 27, 2012 at 20:20

You'll never appreciate Siri until you use your iPhone whilst driving for either communicating or music playing. It's a god send.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 27, 2012 at 20:34

You'll never appreciate Siri until you use your iPhone whilst driving for either communicating or music playing. It's a god send.

Telling Siri when driving to play a song is an experience worse than death. It frequently misunderstands and never gets it right.


Erm...

dcx_badass  Mar. 27, 2012 at 20:42

You forgot the fact that you look like a **** when using it in public.

Jailbreaking and getting Siri toggles adds a few more things, but tbh I've not found it great when trying it, some android alternatives are just as good, although I can't see a practical use for any really.

CurlyBen  Mar. 27, 2012 at 20:45

I haven't quite figured out whether it's poor phone signal (Siri needs an internet connection) or background noise, but I have to agree on the difficulty of using Siri when driving. It drives me nuts. It can quite easily mistake 'Play dance playlist' for 'Call Jonathan Somebody'. Hopefully using the Parrot handsfree kit I recently bought will improve matters if it's related to background noise - the only problem is the microphone bracket fell off (it's held on by foam pads) and I can't find it anywhere so the microphone is now tucked under the sun visor..

hard123  Mar. 28, 2012 at 09:53

Absolutely second the hands-free movement.

Although that about it, I still wait do the day where on my commute I see someone boarding the train telling his phone to tell his missus' 'he'll make it' it in a faux-end of world dialogue.

I want an iPhone to look cool etc walking down the street telling my phone to play sex on fire only for prodigy to start blaring out is neither cool or productive. I'd hazard a guess that we'll never see total voice integration- humanity is too vain & rightly so in this instance!

The most fun I've had with Siri is changing the default contact to something vaguely and offensive and then getting Siri to say it - it's way ahead of MS SAM in the dictation stakes!

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 10:32

Hahaha :p

bettsy  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:21

You'll never appreciate Siri until you use your iPhone whilst driving for either communicating or music playing. It's a god send.

Telling Siri when driving to play a song is an experience worse than death. It frequently misunderstands and never gets it right.


Erm...


Differing opinions, it all depends on how good your in car kit is as to how useful people find it. If they've got a 4.99 headset then it's not going to work that well. I have no problems playing albums via siri, skipping to the next track, or sending a text message.

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