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How often do you use Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-operated personal assistant?

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How often do you use Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-operated personal assistant?
It has been four months now since you had the chance to first try Apple's new baby - the Siri voice-controlled personal assistant beta app that launched together with the iPhone 4S.

In the meantime Siri received somewhat of a cult status and we stopped even counting its mentions in the media and the video skits - some positive, some sarcastic, some outright hilarious - in which it appeared. 

Some clips were improvised, like that of Robin Williams, some were prepped to bring attention towards working conditions in China like the one of John Stewart, and some were downright snarky, like Bill Maher's Valentine's Day tips from Siri. There's also the good laughs we get every time a video appears where Siri struggles with thick accents. Not to mention that ever since the iPhone 4S got jailbroken, a number of apps that enhance and build on Siri's capabilities popped up, and they are multiplying by the day. 

All this hubbub fine and dandy, but do people actually use Siri in their daily routine? Now that the dust has settled and the initial excitement is tapering off, we were wondering if you find it indispensable, only use it from time to time, or barely acknowledge it exists on your phone. Sound off in the poll below if you have an iPhone 4S, and tell us how would you like to see Siri develop in its next iterations.

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How often do you use Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-operated personal assistant?
23.79%
339 votes
(339 votes) I use it almost daily
6.25%
89 votes
(89 votes) Siri became much more useful for me after the Cydia tweaks
29.12%
415 votes
(415 votes) I use it every now and then, often just to demonstrate it
40.84%
582 votes
(582 votes) The touchscreen is enough for me, thanks

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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:54 16

1. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


if you don't have an iPhone 4s don't take the poll

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:31 4

5. Gogggo (Posts: 8; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


You're totally right!

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:20 4

16. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


The only thing worst than an iPhone fanboy is an Android fanboy, you know why? Yes you do. :) ...and so do they.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:59 22

2. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah I think there should be an option for "I don't have an iPhone (i'm not creative enough)"

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:53 5

12. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


o yea! real creativity in getting an iphone. to me something creative is something not easily thought of. getting an iphone nowadays is like not having the brain power to think past what everyone else is getting. hence, to me getting an iphone is almost 'less creative'.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:40 7

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


dude, he was joking. he was making fun of the "barista".

we really need a universal sign for sarchasm and jokes that everyone gets, because we keep flaming each other thinking we are serious. lol

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:55 1

27. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Well if it simplifies things you can pretty safely assume i'm always being sarcastic...

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 17:38

39. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


There is. Put /s after the sentence or a few lines down and most people usually understand.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:02 14

3. MEeee (Posts: 213; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


My nephew has 4S and the only time he used her is to make fun of her. One of the question he asked was where's a nearest toilet and she can't answer it, or when he asked her something and she gave him wrong answers and we all laughed.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:44 7

10. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


You need to get a life

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:58 13

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


Aww, is somebody butthurt that Siri would be made fun of?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:58 1

29. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Maybe he's like Raj on Big Bang Theory, where Siri is the closest thing he's ever had to a girlfriend

However...

If Siri actually looked like the actress who played her in the end scene last week, I'd understand somewhat. Not entirely, but somewhat

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 02:36

50. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


When my friend has the 4S he used it to entertain us when we were bored, now?? Siri?? no more Siri cuz we got bored of it :)

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:24 3

4. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I'm hoping they leave Siri off of the next iPhone. I'm not a geek and don't currently have a iPhone 4S so I don't know the answer to this question, but is it possible to uninstall Siri from the iPhone 4S?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:41 5

8. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


It doesn't hurt to have it on there, if you don't like it then just don't use it.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:43 3

9. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)


Yes when you set up your phone the first time it asks you if you want enable or disable it and you can also change whatever you chose after the fact. This has been an issue for some people because siri is always connected causing not as efficient battery life.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 18:38 1

40. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


im pretty sure siri only connects if u ask it too… its not just randomly uploading data…

and btw the cydia tweaks make siri godly.. definitely use it a ton now that is does so much

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:02 2

22. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


If you're not a geek and certain features would make it complicated, why do you want a smartphone? You may want to consider staying with a flip phone.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:31 2

25. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


same reason everyone else wants an iPhone, because its an iPhone

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:07 2

31. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Because there are extraneous features that aren't necessary. My Android phone has tethering capabilities, but I'll never use them. It also has a front-facing video camera, but most of my acquaintances text because we all have different schedules and would rather multitask and reply as a text than set up a time for an uninterruptible video chat/call. It also can post videos directly to YouTube or Twitter, but I don't do that. My car has electrically adjustable seats, but mine never gets adjusted because it's where I want it. It also has seat warmers, but they're useless in the warmer months.
If I had an iphone (and I wouldn't, unless I were being paid /really/ well) I wouldn't use siri because I can get a more accurate answer using the dedicated search functions online, or setting up my calendar events (of which I only make maybe 1 or 2 a month) manually, to make sure they're set up exactly how I want them, especially with alerts and noise settings (i.e. silent mode). Until those types of programs are fully refined (siri is still in beta after all) I wouldn't trust them with all those functions just yet

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:21

45. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


Actually, it saves me time when replying to texts, searching the web, setting a timer, setting an alarm, dialing numbers when my phone is locked, etc. I don't use it for calendar, but that's bc it can't set everything I would want to set (which calendar it goes on, reminder times, etc). But other than that, it saves time in almost everything else.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:17

44. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


Settings-General-Siri and toggle it off (tho I don't see why you would want to. I use it almost every day. It's a great timesaver...most of the time. Just don't use it in bad connection areas)

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:36 2

6. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


voice control etc can be useful in various situations and i will probably start to use voice dictation to compose long messages only when it can understand most languages along with most accents and have an accuracy above 95%...i have tried siri and googles voice dictation etc android works better with my accent and should as its been around much longer.siri i have tried it on my mates 4s and just cant seem to understand me but i love the interface of siri and once siri has nailed understanding all languages and all the different varients of accents i think it will be great but even then chances are will use it too either show off or dictate when am a lone as i personally dont want people to hear what i am messaging etc

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:25 1

46. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


For American accents, Siri is way more accurate than Google Dictation. We did a side by side, simultaneous test with my friends Android phone and my iPhone 4S. Android got most of it wrong every time (it was complete jibberish). Siri got pretty much every single word right. Not sure about other accents, but Siri is much better for American accents

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:38 5

7. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


I use Siri to send texts a lot, it's also fun to show at parties and event and it keeps my little cousins entertained.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:45 4

11. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Great for texting, reminders, common shopping lists.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:36 1

17. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


a shopping list? i mean come on for texting and calling it's a good feature but shopping lists?
has thou world become a world full of thou idiots

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:16 3

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


Shopping lists have been around for years and years. I use it for that too. Also, that way you don't have to scribble on a piece of paper.

Maybe if you didn't have your Mom pick you up an economy size pack of Top Ramen a month while you and your friends play Dungeons & Dragons in the basement THEN you would know what a shopping list is.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:34 2

26. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


check it out! new troll in town. Must be Taco reincarnated

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:58 3

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


Sometimes you gotta fight trolling with trolling, bro.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 14:03

36. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


no, you dont...bro

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:41 3

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


so you use it for the exact same commands that android users have had for 2 years now? why not use the innovative features that you guys brag about?
oh yea, because when it comes down to it, sarcasm is fun, but functions are better. :)

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:56 3

21. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Aww is someone butthurt cause everyone likes Siri and no one cares about androids inferior voice commands.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:29 1

32. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Keep in mind that Siri isn't apple's. It's Nuance's, and it was an app available for all iOS devices before apple swooped in and made them make it a 4S exclusive and removed it from the app store. it uses 40 years of DARPA research (as does most voice-command interfaces) but it's less reliant on specific phrasing as it allows for multiple interchangeable commands to create the search term, which, because of the prior search terms stronger foundations and tenure, tends to be less accurate overall. Siri is nothing new, just glorified with advertising and slightly more intuitive command interface, with the added benefit of being able to modify phone settings with the same application with the larger command verbiage options.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 14:06 1

37. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Apple purchased Siri so it is now Apple's and I know it eats you up inside but it's much better than anything else on a phone right now. It's changing how people interact with electronics.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:41

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


lol, no taco jr,

as per the little poll, looks like most i4s users dont care for siri either. its just a bulletpoint. And since most people use it for basic functions if at all, all that extra sarchasm seems kind of pointless other than novelty. I use voice commands quite a bit. I want it to get the job done, not give me canned jokes.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 14:03 3

35. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You mean the poll that all the android trolls are taking?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:32

47. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


1. Who says all those were iPhone 4S users? They could easily be just haters of the iPhone.

2. Siri is definitely superior to Androids Voice Commands. In my family, we have both Android and iPhones, and I can say from side by side tests that Siri is much easier and more efficient to use. Maybe Majel will change that, but until then, I'm with Siri on this one (and no, it's not bc I am a so-called "Apple fanboy". I love Androids just as much as iPhones, and the Epic 4G Touch is amazing (my dad has it). The iPhone just suited my needs better (I ported my iPod touch backup on to it, as iOS 5.0.1 has made all iPod touch 4Gs crashy and useless as heck).

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 09:04

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


lol, no one said siri wasnt more advanced than android voice commands. it is. Its an evolution of the system for how it responds to different phrases.
All the hubub about siri has been its canned joke responces though. I can easily do all the things that were just mentioned on voice actions though without the need for advances in the sytem as it works quite well for me.
If your not using the extra features and upgrades then your really using the same system. That is my point.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 10:38 2

14. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


just a useless gimmick. i never use it and wish i could uninstall it. the iphone is not the problem. i have a personal issue with battery robbing/tracking programs that are difficult to uninstall.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:55 2

20. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Droid domination yea I'm sure you have an iPhone with a name like that

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:29 2

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


"i have a personal issue with battery robbing/tracking programs that are difficult to uninstall."

You mean the "battery problem" that seemed to fizzle out and no one talks about any more?

You mean Path? That was fixed with an update. Difficult to uninstall? Push. Hold. Tap the X.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:33 1

48. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


Settings-General-Siri-toggle off.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:18 2

15. bigdawg23 (Posts: 345; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I use Siri for texting on the road. It is its quick and easy to get text message read then a response sent.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:02 2

30. SweetLou (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


never, It is just about useless. It takes significantly longer to process what I am saying, send it to the servers and then tell me it doesn't understand my request than if I just use the phone normally. I have tried to use it in many scenarios, driving, at the office, at home for multiple tasks, and I have not ONCE said wow that made something easier in the slightest.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:31

33. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Well said

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 17:08 2

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


Do you have a Scottish accent? :-O

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:34

49. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


Hmm weird. It responds almost instantly almost every time I use it. Only when I have basically no coverage does it take longer than 5 seconds

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 19:35 1

41. ENIGMA (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


We beleive there is no siri
apple is not a trademark
we are all apple royally
we beleive apple fans are idiots
we beleive cause apple said
they make tour to our lifes but they will never take our freedom
we are the real slim shady
we are the real idiots
we like that

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 19:43

42. ENIGMA (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Reinvented apple toyally here;)
Just to be clear

i am an apple fan
i can take criticism of apple when fair
i do not hate android
i am against unreasonable comments both by apple and android fanboys
i definitely aim to irritate apple fans he he ha ha
will the real apple fans please stand up please stand up
we are all apple royally the more the merrier (as all apple fans will dissapear)
We like that

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 20:42 2

43. jim3000gt (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


One day it will be a nice feature to use. I can see it being a very useful tool for anyone who has bad eyesight. Like they say though, it is still in beta form.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 09:23

52. 300men (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Siri is definitely why I bought the iPhone 4s.
At this point I'm not too impressed. It be great if Siri and ibm's Watson got together
And had a mobile baby.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 12:19

53. maen555 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


i don't have one and i voted!

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 09:08

54. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Siri is a joke. A really big joke. Its for 1 of those times when apple loses their creativity and put forward a toy that the fanboys can brag about.

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