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Should your phone be a personal assistant?

0. phoneArena 21 Oct 2011, 10:11 posted on

There's been a lot of talk about Siri these days and iPhone's attempt to turn your phone into a personal assistant, but Andy Rubin doesn't believe that's what phones should be for. What do you think?...

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posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:36 2

33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


siri is nice and is very accurate but until its implemented with 3rd party apps also it wont be as useful as it can be...honestly though i find it quicker to just type and also somethings are longer with siri...example why ask siri whats the weather and wait when you can just tap the weather or slide down the notification in less than a second...setting alarm is the one thing i would use though

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:41

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


I'd mostly use it when driving. I already use voice commands on my iPhone 4 when driving.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:17 2

21. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Use iris.

It's funny and it does about the same of what Siri does. It's still in alpha so there's a lot missing.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 12:07

131. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


"about" the same isnt the same though is it? I have used iris and its not near the level that siri is at. Oh and before you spout " WELL DUH ITS ONLY IN ALPHA " bs lemme remind you that siri is only in beta.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 14:03 1

72. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6689; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Siri is never correct when you talk to it

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 14:08 1

75. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@inspector. You're not the first android fanboy to say that. How come I'm not surprised :)

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 12:05

130. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Funny you say that. I had two people come back with their iphones because " siri is worthless and doesnt ever do what i tell it to do " you know why it wasnt doing what they asked ? they were talking to siri from either their purse or doing it from the waist height. i have had 100% success rate using siri because i understand its a program and not a real person, which means i have to be clear on my instructions.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 14:27 1

81. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Smh! Why does almost every Apple/Android article devolve into "my dad can beat your dad?" Some of you act like your manhood is tied directly to your device. Do you think Apple or Google would go all out for you beyond taking your money the way some of you do for them? You could die tomorrow and I guarantee you wouldn't hear an intern from any of those companies say: oh man that's sad. And he defended us religiously on PA.
You like android? Fine. You like Apple? Cool. What's the problem?

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 16:35

97. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


well apparently its a thermonuclear war...only one can exist...to the hardcore fanboys if you own a certain phone then the rest is rubbish...since when did everyone have the same brain,same personality,same taste lol all this time i thought we were different

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 18:24

103. Penny (Posts: 1249; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Hmm, I really do think that voice commands as implemented by Siri can significantly enhance functionality, so it is a solid step forward in mobile technology.

The problem that I have with most voice command systems is that while it may be mostly hands free, it often requires more time than just actually doing the task by hand. This occurs when you can only do one step at a time by voice, and each step is subsequently verified by the AI. The better the AI becomes, the more complicated and sophisticated functions it can carry out. The more complicated the procedures you can carry out by voice, the less time you have to spend navigating menus and sub-menus, which will in turn save time and make the interaction much more natural.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:39

121. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


well, I think such voice recognition applications are helpful while driving, especially when you need to make a call while on the highway, read an SMS or even reply to that
if only those BBM freaks had this feature, we'd see much less car accidents!

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 12:03 1

129. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Why shouldnt my phone be a personal assistant? i would rather shell out a few hundred bucks for a phone that can remind me of everything id have to pay someone to do on an hourly basis. its innovation and productivity at its best.

oh and yes i know android has supposedly had the "same" feature for awhile but its not at the level that the siri program is. ive used both so dont even bother trying to troll.

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