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First real-life reviews of Siri reveal your virtual assistant has attitude

0. phoneArena 12 Oct 2011, 02:21 posted on

Apple has thought about the small details, predicting that people are going to be trying Siri with all sorts of phrases like "I love you", and has planned for answers accordingly...

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posted on 12 Oct 2011, 02:38 9

1. hlshcd (unregistered)


Wow,that's much smarter than Google voice seach

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 02:43 5

2. RICKYdick (unregistered)


This video keeps saying futures, of what? iPhone futures?

Dude I hope your future in english is brighter!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 08:29 3

13. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Haha, took me a second to realize he's saying "features." Gotta love the accent!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 03:02 3

3. Blaa_that_one_guy (unregistered)


I do agree that it's kinda cool. I don't see much use for it though. There's a thing called widgets on an android phone that takes care of the weather and calender, sometimes without even pressing a button.The only things I see improved is the voice control to make the phone do actions has a few more options, and how siri will respond to questions like "I love you". Otherwise than that it's no better than what all android phones with froyo and up have had for a while. I really wish Apple would've made a phone harder to compete with.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 09:55 2

19. AppleFUD (unregistered)


yeah, a lot of it is just gimmicky however, since it's from Nuance it will have very accurate voice recognition which means it will be great for dictation.

I used Nuance Dragon Naturally speaking back in the mid 90's and it was pretty darn good then. I'm sure Nuance is light-years ahead these days. So now iphone fans finally have semi-integrated voice to text = all the ifans that like it should say "thank you Google." Without Android as competition apple would never have spent the money to buy Siri from Nuance an integrate it into their devices--you would still be mucky about with third party apps.

And this is why we like competition and hate patent trolls :)

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 16:00 1

48. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Well said! Thank you Google. Don't you just love competition in the market place? Consumers always win!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 03:19 3

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yep, its a little thought out than the Voice Actions on Android but still a novelty. I don't think its worth upgrading if you already have an iPhone 4. Would be even better if they can allow access to the GPS and provide turn by turn, via Siri.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 03:22 8

5. TechDroid (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)


Did anyone notice that when he took the dictation (at about 4:19) in the second film, it came out as "iPhone 4 ass". Looks like Siri knows that the iPhone is crap :D

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 09:51 2

18. Jim W (unregistered)


I noticed this too!. Hhahahaha

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:27 5

34. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3759; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey on the second video the voice recognition was the best & was very fitting. It said Apple iPhone 4 ass. That is so perfect! lol I guess machines can have Freudian slips also huh! lol

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 03:49

6. THE_GAME5 (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


or may be u don't have it.......that's why u see it everywhere.......lol

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 04:08 4

7. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I will have another enjoyable day reading bitter comments from android fanboys :)

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 05:00 4

9. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Same. All the hating makes me smile. Even though its significantly better than Google Voice, that's not stopping Android users!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 09:10 5

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its more intuitive as far as the commands go, and the quirky responces are neat, but it still isnt as robust and functional as google's voice commands. Its a step in the right direction at least.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:03 2

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Not as robust? What's missing that google voice actions can do?

I've used google voice controls and it's just basic voice commands. This is way ahead of what google voice offers. Once all the reviews come out Siri will be praised as the best voice commands all there. There was already an article that google wants to offer a similar service. Why would google do that if theirs is already better?

Facts don't stop the droidbots from claiming

Google had this all along (lie)
This isn't really better than google (delusional)
Siri is a novelty (lmao but googles is not a novelty?)

The excuses will keep piling on as the stellar reviews keep coming in from tech sites and customers and the sales records fall.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:05 4

41. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what crack are you smoking you idiot ibot?


Robust as far as what it can actually command. I can voice command EVERYTHING on my android device. Siri is not able to do anything and everything. It does the basics which is good enough for most things, but it has its limits.

And again, I throw 2 compliments about it and 1 FACTUAL piece of knowledge about the service, and you jump up n down like i just kicked your dog, because I dare point out it's short comings.
calm down child.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:05

49. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


http://www.google.com/mobile/voice-actions/

What's so robust about this? This is coming straight out of google's website and it looks to me that Siri, even in its beta form, is kicking Google ass.

And you need to be more explicit with your "facts" (you call it facts, in America we call those opinions) instead of just saying it does EVERYTHING.

Google Voice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGbYVvU0Z5s&feature=player_embedded#!

Siri
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNsrl86inpo

ignoring all the fancy music and stuff, Siri looks like the better option.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 21:25 1

52. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


here.. i know this isnt google voice, but siri wasnt made by apple either. this is add ons that you can get for the phone. does the same and more as siri.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TRk-fdiqqSA

and like i keep telling you brain dead one sided ibots.. there is NOTHING WRONG with SIRI... i even said it was a step in the RIGHT direction.

You want to compare a brand new feature that isnt even availible on any iphone but the i4s, to a 2 year old feature on android. Sorry, but voice actions on android works flawless for me. Hate to break it to ya. Part of the rumors in ICS is that they are revamping the voice commands a bit, so before you pass judgement why dont u wait for an apples to apples comparison between 2 NEW services not a new one and one that has been around for a while... even though it can still do more than siri.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 01:00

56. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Wow! Just completely evade the question! Completely ignore Google Voice and throw in some random voice control system, just to confuse me right? lol

1. I still don't know why Google Voice is more robust, please explain

2. I've seen this video a while ago (thanks for clicking the first link I posted, looking to the right of the youtube for similar videos, and posting it to prove some point that I still haven't figured out.)

3. This is available for iPhone as well as the title says, still doesn't sway me away from Siri at all

4. Looks like it works decently, but it doesn't look that great and it seems like some of the commands are extremely limited like "what sound does an elephant make". This is what you'd call not robust. If you're too blind to see this for yourself and want me to break it down for you i will.

5. Woah, you want me to wait for the rumors to clear before making comparisons? This is coming from the same guy who told me not to look ahead to compare speed between the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy SII (even though that's exactly what YOU did by throwing in Apple's A5 into our old discussion about speed before the 4S was even announced). And now you're telling me not to discuss what's out now but to wait for some flimsy rumor that may or may not be true? This is why I don't buy any of your BS about being unbiased to both OS and only stating "facts". You'll do anything to give Android the edge. You're a full-blown Android fanboy, its time for you to own it.

6. Call me a "brain dead one sided ibot" all you want, but all I asked for was an explanation of why Google Voice Commands is more robust than Siri. Simple right? Your half-hearted compliments isn't the topic of our discussion, it was your "factual piece of knowledge" that I wanted to know more about.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:00

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Gemini it's getting really pathetic isn't it? When the 4S was announced the android fanboys claimed it a flop. Now that some facts are coming out about the phone and it's proving to be the best phone on the market they just backpedal and deny the obvious.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:08 1

42. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol... really? is that why most head to head reviews with the SGS2 as far as features and such go, almost unanimously give the lead to the SGS2?

Noone said it would be a FINANCIAL or SALES flop.. we all know it will sell. it is a CRAP MINIMALISTIC UPGRADE on many levels.
Then again, thats how Apple rolls. I dont know why we were so surprised when they announced 1 worthwhile feature ( that android has had for a long time) on a barely upgraded device.

They upgrade it as little as possible, tell you idiots how awesome it now is, and you buy the same device over n over n over again... lol.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:11

50. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


if the iPhone is incremental, then everything in the market right now is incremental also.

The reason why people are making a big deal out of it is because its better than any other voice command system out there. Connect the dots man, its not that hard.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 04:13 2

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Okay, I can see it being somewhat useful, and I chuckled at the response to "Open the pod bay doors." But in the end it's still all programmed responses based on a (wide) variety of trigger words.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 05:01 1

10. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


well thats kinda what voice control is.....

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:00 2

23. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


i thought the 3d on the evo 3d was a little gimmicky but this is wayyyy more gimmicky

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:31 2

29. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Disagree, Siri actually serves a purpose. One example is when driving and needing to set a reminder or perform a calculation. Siri allows this hands-free.

3D absolutely serves no real purpose. Maybe you could argue it shows you some depth perception in a photo/video, but that's really pushing it. Therefore, 3D is gimmicky...it pleases a select few, but it's not a useful tool.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:04

25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


"Somewhat useful"

But google's service is amazing right?

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:40

35. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually... no. I barely use voice anything on Android. I've toyed with it, and it works, but it's nothing special.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:10 1

43. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i use it all the time.. especially while driving. It could use some extra intuitiveness when speaking to it like siri has, but what im more concerned with, is picking up regular speech.. at a regular rate.. with an accent.. and still being able to transcribe it correctly.. which NO voice commands can accurately do right now. That would be impressive.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:56

45. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


I gotta agree. I probably won't use the voice assistant very often.. But I do like the idea of just telling it to set an alarm or timer. Or talk to text while driving. I do like that you can just tell it something instead of commanding it like a dog or something like Google Voice Search.

Other than that? Meh..

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:28

51. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Yeah "somewhat useful" is just his unwillingness to admit that Siri is actually pretty legit. Imagine if this came on Android and not iPhone! They would have given us hell!

And I agree, Google Voice Commands is really nothing special, I've used it plenty. After using Siri, I might actually walk away saying something like "wow" or "that was cool". I haven't done that with Google Voice or iPhone's current voice command system...ever

If you guys had this on Android, you'd use it.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 21:27 1

53. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, i use voice commands now, so yea, id use it. lol.
i really dont get how you guys fail to grasp the fact that ive said a half dozen times now that siri is a step in the right directions. ive given it dozens of compliments, but u guys act like the world is going to end because i point out its short comings. lol

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 01:36 1

57. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You're complimenting Siri, but not really. Your compliments are more "meh" than anything, just like Sniggly's compliments. I don't mean to get technical and all englishy but......

"Okay, I can see it being somewhat useful" - the "Okay comma" and "somewhat" makes the comment seem forced and unsatisfied
"I chuckled at the response to 'Open the pod bay doors.'" - not really a compliment about Siri
"But in the end it's still...." - not a compliment at all

"its more intuitive as far as the commands go..." - a compliment, but already setting up for your "injection of negativity"
"and the quirky responces are neat...." - neat is an "eh" word to use for a compliment, and you were only referring to the quirky/funny responses which is the most useless/unimportant part of Siri. Its interesting to note that you and Sniggly are both doing the exact same thing. Coincidence? I think not, haha.
"still isnt as robust and functional as google's voice commands" - there's the remixfa that we know and love, lol
"they announced 1 worthwhile feature....." - almost there, almost a compliment!!....... but then you kill it with ".....that android has had for a long time"
"Its a step in the right direction at least" - not a compliment. It's like you're patting Siri on the back saying "nice try, try again buddy."

You guys aren't really complimenting Siri. You guys aren't dumb, I'm sure you're aware of that.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 07:32 1

11. Jeroen (unregistered)


looks cool a lot better integrated with the software than androids voice control/

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 07:34

12. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


OMG this is too funny

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 08:40 1

14. rich7sena (unregistered)


Looks like the best implementation of voice control thus far in a smart phone. What is probably the most exciting aspect of this app is that with further OS updates, the more advanced this system will become.

The sky is the limit for Siri.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 10:04 2

21. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


it is indeed,expect apple to limit updates to a fraction each year to ensure the iphone 4ss sells well in 2012. Android for example has no sky limit and will continue to move ahead of ios at a frightening pace

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:14

27. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


yea I'm pretty excited to see what Apple can do with this

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 08:50 1

15. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Thanks for the first video, but it was kind of half-baked. A "review" of the 4S? More like a short tour of Siri (and 2 of the features of iOS5 that you can do with the iPhone 4).

Suggestions:
- How about showing playback of a 1080p video on your TV? Showing off the video stabilization.
- Show some photos taken with the "better" camera. Do real-world photos actually compare to the demo photos?
- Show web pages loading quicker, apps launching faster, AirPlay mirroring...things that you get only with the 4S.
- Can you launch apps and tasks with Siri? (e.g., "Read my latest wall post from facebook", "Find the best sushi place on Yelp", "Open 'Mint' app", "Add new note to Evernote saying 'The best beaches have sand'")

If the above are the main upgrades on the 4S, I want to know that they work well, and that it's worth recommending to people considering the 4 or the 4S.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 09:04 1

16. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


The second video is actually a very good demonstration, Thanks!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 10:01 3

20. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


customer: Siri,why is my reception so poor?
Siri: because i am an iphone

Customer: but im in a good reception area?
Siri: ..............

Customer:Siri???
Siri: You are holding me wrong please do not use your hands to hold me.......goodbye

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 10:06 1

22. palmguy (Posts: 217; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Is it just me or did use of Siri get boring after a few minutes. I mean just type what you want instead of trying to speak it out.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:07

26. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's not looking good for android fanboys. iPhone 4S crushed top android handsets in benchmark tests yesterday. Siri makes google voice controls look outdated.

That won't stop the delusional fanboys from making stuff up.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:24 1

28. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Seriously taco, I'm an Apple fan (really a tech fan in general), and your comments make ME want to argue with you. You're not exactly winning over "android fanboys" by calling them out, or saying that iPhone 4S "crushed top android handsets."

It's a great device, but I wouldn't say it crushes anything.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:41

31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Did you see the benchmark tests in yesterday's article? iPhone 4S posted double and triple the scores of androids best handsets. I'm not trying to win over fandroids. That's not possible as they will bash Apple regardless of what they do. Just look at the comments in this article.

17. remixfa posted on 2 hours ago 1
but it still isnt as robust and functional as google's voice commands. Its a step in the right direction at least.

8. Sniggly posted on 7 hours ago
Okay, I can see it being somewhat useful

3. Blaa_that_one_guy (unregistered) posted on 8 hours ago 2 1
I do agree that it's kinda cool. I don't see much use for it though. There's a thing called widgets on an android phone that takes care of the weather and calender, sometimes without even pressing a button.The only things I see improved is the voice control to make the phone do actions has a few more options, and how siri will respond to questions like "I love you". Otherwise than that it's no better than what all android phones with froyo and up have had for a while. I really wish Apple would've made a phone harder to compete with.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 13:57 1

40. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I've read that article yesterday, I can't remember anything about iPhone 4S getting double or triple the scores of top android devices.

Open up your senses dude, pull your sh*t together and make yourself reasonable.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:49 1

36. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well now, you're just orgasming all over the place, aren't you?

That benchmark score from yesterday was purely testing the GPU on the devices. Yes, the GPU is great on the 4S. Does it mean that the real life performance of games on my Atrix is any less impressive?

...no. not really. My Atrix doesn't need a super amazing Anandtech benchmark score in order to be smooth and pretty both when playing games and in general performance.

And Siri? It's not magic. All Google needs to do to blow it away is create an even bigger library of responses and trigger words/phrases.

But you can have your fanboy jizz. I'll keep enjoying living outside the walled garden.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 13:21 1

38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I had a iOrgasm

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 13:47 1

39. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well, at least you acknowledge it.

Siri is well done, but it wasn't entirely Apple's innovation. It was just another third party product that Apple bought and fleshed out more, then punched into their OS. It's just funny that Siri was the NEXT BIG THING, the KILLER APP that Apple wanted to focus on for the launch of the 4S.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 15:12

47. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You're wrong Sniggly, Apple's killer app they announced was not Siri, it was "Cards."

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:35

30. darth8balI (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Wow this is pretty amazing. It makes my android voice controls look kind of lame. I'm having envy issues.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:02

33. burtonsnow8 (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)


http://cryptogon.com/?p=25289

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 13:11 2

37. ken (unregistered)


lol, Siri caught Apple 4 ass

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:42 2

44. gtg465x (unregistered)


Siri: "the iPhone 4 ass"
Reviewer: "It figured out exactly what I wanted to say."

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 15:09 1

46. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yeah, that was kind of weird/funny he didn't even address it.

"I can't believe it figured out exactly what I wanted to call my iPhone 4."

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:26

54. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I have read many of these comments here and its kind of back and forth. Regardless of the device true voice control is something that although has advanced is something I would have liked to see get better (but I still want better batteries). Apple did not create voice control. The reason why Siri works for them is because its integrated in their system and they took it a step further to offer information the user may not have even asked for. I have Vlingo on my phone and it pretty much does the same thing minus the integration and easier flow of words but its the same thing.

i am sure Google will upgrade their voice and Microsoft will probably integrate kinect type voice actions into their system (they have the most voice patents out of all the tech companies) and Siri will probably not be as surprising in a few months. Thats how things work people. Lets just roll with it.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:53

55. CarlX (unregistered)


Iphone 4 ass... lol
Siri is in trouble!! hhaha

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