Apple iPhone 4S – Siri feature
Generally, when a new successive device is revealed to world, our innate inclination is to drool over its new hardware or design, but with the recent availability of the iPhone 4S, our attention is placed somewhere else that’s totally unexpected. Siri, Apple’s digital voice assistant service, really managed to pique our interest in our review of the iPhone 4S – mainly because of its awareness in intelligently offering assistance. Grazing lightly on the features of Siri in our review of the iPhone 4S, let’s take a closer in-depth look and see what all the fuss is about surrounding our newfound friend.
Siri, where have you been all my life?
It’s not like that voice recognition services are a new thing in the smartphone world, but we haven’t been exposed to something of this magnitude before. Of course, Android has employed one of the better voice recognition services in recent memory, and it’s deeply ingrained throughout the platform, however, Siri goes beyond the normal scope of things as it attempts to be more human with its interaction. For starters, we love how Siri doesn’t require us to remember key phrases or words to do what we want it to do. And in all honesty, it’s fairly accurate enough in comprehending what we’re saying – though, it’s still not yet 100% perfect with its interpretation.
Reminding us about those futuristic computer systems in movies that are able to interact with people in full fidelity, Siri is already developing into something that’s self-aware – while other services are more static and unilateral with their approach. From being able to know what we’re trying to say and following through on our commands, Siri is on a whole level on its own as it’s able to provide us with relevant results and actions that are pertinent to the topic at hand. Naturally, we’re already dreaming about the possibilities of how Siri will develop over time, but in the meantime, it’s undeniably one of the most inventive things to come at us in a long time.
So what can it do?
Literally, Siri can do just about anything your little mind can think of, but in terms of its most common features, you can do things like placing a phone call, playing a specific song/album, composing text messages, set up an appointment, set up a reminder, get directions, composing an email, get the current weather conditions, look up specific stock quotes, set an alarm, retrieve contact information, find your friends, compose notes, search the web, and ask general questions.
Showing off its “smart” awareness of what we’re trying to ask it, Siri is intelligent enough to retrieve information when we say things like, “what’s the weather like tomorrow in New York City?” Breaking it down, Siri is conscious enough to know what we’re talking about, and provides us the exact information we need to know. Additionally, we adore the focus of having a hands-free experience on the iPhone 4S seeing that Siri is able read and compose text messages. Sure there are some accuracy issues with it understanding our voice, but for the majority of things, we’re content by its tangible operations.
Siri is intelligent enough to retrieve information when we say things like, “what’s the weather like tomorrow in New York City?”
Yet, another cool thing we like about Siri is how it incorporates its location-based features with the Reminders application with iOS 5. For example, we can say something like, “Siri, remind me to call my wife when I leave home after 5:00 PM tomorrow.” Siri is fully aware where we live, and upon the specific time of 5:00 PM the next day, we’re greeted with the reminder that we created. However, it’s not always spot-on in precisely knowing when we leave home – though, the iPhone 4S recommends connecting to a Wi-Fi network for better accuracy. Nevertheless, we’re impressed by Siri’s ability to notify us correctly about our reminders for most occasions.
Lastly, Siri licenses an answer-engine that’s developed by Wolfram Alpha, to provide us with some tangible and relevant answers to our generic, and sometimes wacky questions. To tell you the truth, we’re enamored by the detailed and lengthy statistical information that we’re presented with when we ask Siri things like, “how many calories are there in a pizza?” Furthermore, when we ask for some demographical information, like “what’s the crime rate in San Francisco,” we’re given some of the most copious details about it – even breaking things down to the types of crimes most committed. Finally, Siri is smart enough to relinquish our leash on using use those pesky tip calculators or conversion tools because Siri’s infinite wisdom, is able to perform calculations like tip percentages and conversions.
What’s the bad in it all – not much
Well, besides that it’s not always one-hundred percent guaranteed to comprehend what we’re saying, the only limitation that we see for right now is that it requires a constant data connection – as opposed to having some of its functions accessible locally. Sometimes, we find ourselves waiting a little bit of time for Siri to come up with an answer or execute a command. Still, it’s not bad at all, well, that’s unless the network is completely down for some odd reason.
When Palm first announced webOS and the possibilities of Synergy, we believed at the time that it would become that personal assistant that would be smart enough to know we’re running late for a meeting at work, and actually send messages to those attending the meeting that we’d be late. Obviously, things haven’t panned out as according to plan with Palm, but in all honesty, Siri is exactly what we envisioned Synergy to be back then. Siri is smart, aware, fun, and even humorous at times with its responses, but taking into account what it’s able to do right now, it’s by far the best things to alter the way we interact with our smartphones. To put it lightly, Siri is passionately one inventive new feature that we see doing some magical things as it develops more down the road. In asking Siri “why are you so awesome,” we’re simply given the response of, “I am what I am.” Seriously, it goes to show how nonchalant Siri really is.
Apple iPhone 4S – Siri feature:
1. pongkie (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
siri will be good for the living room too once apple got its TV sets. giving commands to turn on the tv, change channels, find/rec programs. the remote control will be history
2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Indeed, Apple is the leader in innovation.
10. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
They can but they are certainly not the leader. Wait for flexible amoleds, quad cores, waterproof tablets. lol
3. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Siri is a very AWESOME feature by Apple. It can literally replace a lot of things, except sex and women of course ;)
4. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 630; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's not innovation, it's just having a lot of money for buying decades of progress in research for something that was innovative also decades ago in science fiction.
Everything Apple "innovates" is allways predictable - it only takes guts to do it. And lots of money.
However, I'm terrified of the future controlled by Apple. We will all think it made our lives easier - but we will finally literally communicate with machines (that only emulate conciousness), not with humans. Machines will not adapt to humans, the humans will adapt to machines. But they will be designed to give us illusion that they are adapted to us. Perfect symbiosis.
If anyone in history was inhuman, it was Steve Jobs and Apple.
9. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
People said the same thing about IBM, then Microsoft, now Google. It just depends on who has market share. Doe you really think Apple will control the future through the iPhone or iPad?? Really? You need to get out more.
15. burtonsnow8 (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)
Yes I do think they are trying very hard:
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17. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 630; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
They are already controlling the future. Future as the perspective, as a cultorological vision - is now unimaginable without Apple. Apple is expected to be the sheperd of the herd, it has a sort of subscription to technological "innovations" - everyone will stand and wait till Apple innovate something again, despite the fact that technology itself is already available. That's the real future in culturological sense, and Apple is now leading it. The "real" future can be something completely new, but the "real" future doesn't even exists - only future as "seeing things from now" exists.
Apple controls technological, aesthetical and now even political paradigm - as late capitalism succesfully substituted religion and politics with technology and aesthetics. Everything else instead of Apple paradigm is not imaginable - even those who oppose Apple are in fact inside its paradigm.
And yes, even with iPhone and iPad - they are symbols of our culture, the very essence of our lifestyle, the future we would like to have, the future in which we are now. Their function is far more dangerous than just being a phone and tablet - they physically represent unifying technological ecosystem on which masses are becoming more and more dependent.
When Apple introduce, and, of course, "reinvent" television, it will be only a final proof that Apple is controlling our lives with alibi of "making our lives easier, prettier and more functional" - everything in our lives will be set to virtual world of tweeting in empty air of social newtorks, finding locations of our friends without actually have to see them, and finally talking to our devices - the center of all will be Apple iTV, which will be used for renting/buying movies, music, games, books, newspapers, magazines, browsing the Internet, talking to our friends with picture and sound (just like in SF movies) - who also have their Apple TV at home... all unified in one Apple account with beautiful UI experience (which became the most important thing, form before actual content) which offers everything you "need", and you are not cool without it. And you will have no reason not to join the party - because everything and everyone will be there.
So, don't think it's just another innocent technology. All technological icons in history just wanted to become rich, but only Steve Jobs didn't care about the money. He only wanted to have unlimited power over the world, and boy he gained it.
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5866; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Something tells me that voice interaction may be the next area for ompetition between Android and iOS. I wonder who will be filing suit for patent infringement first?
6. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)
We must be using a different version of Siri, mine doesn't do 1/2 those things. Most of the time it just says " I'm sorry I cannot ....."
It can make appointments and set an alarm, thats about it.
16. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
in the uk you dont get any location based features or any map navigation etc...once siri is integrated with 3rd party apps then it will be awesome right now it makes somethings faster such as setting reminders and alarms.
18. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Who cares where the guy/girl lives? The problem here is that here is an iPhone user first hand telling you his phone doesn't have all of the functionality that they claim it does and you seem to be in denial. I also noticed in the video that at about 3:20 the phone thinks John V. said "You can be raining in San Fransisco tomorrow" when he actually asked "Is it going to be raining in San Fransisco tomorrow?" . That sounds like some real promising software especially when it ends up making these kind of mistakes with a text message. Lol iTards
7. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Siri is great and the iphone 4s is the best phone out hands down!
11. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Even Apple won't advertise it as the best phone. It's the best iPhone.
There is no "best" phone.
12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
If you ask Siri which phone is best it will say the one you're holding
14. burtonsnow8 (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and Stanford Research Institution bring you SIRI, tracking your every move!!
19. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
So out of Taco... If you go to a car dealership and ask them which dealership will give a better deal... They will say...?