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Siri usage measured: used most for placing calls, sending texts, little else

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Siri usage measured: used most for placing calls, sending texts, little else
Siri might still be in its beta but this didn’t prevent Apple for marketing it as one of the key features on the iPhone 4S and for a good reason - the virtual assistant has not only got the attitude to entertain you, but also the brains to serve a good purpose. But up until now, we haven’t heard about how often people use Siri and what do they use the assistant for.

A new survey by Park Associates asked 482 iPhone 4S owners about Siri and found out that an overwhelming 87% of them used the assistant at least once a month. Now, once a month isn’t exactly frequent usage, but at least it confirms that months after the release of the iPhone and Siri, the new feature isn’t just gathering dust. Before jumping into the conclusions we can draw from the survey results, we'd have to stress the low number of surveyed users means a low sample size making the results not statistically significant.

Now, a more interesting question is what do those who use Siri, use it for? We know that the intelligant virtual assistant can not only help you with mundane tasks like making a call and sending a text, but also can answer your deepest philosophical questions, play music, mark scheduled appointments in your calendar, show maps and distances and so on.

User satisfaction with Siri.

User satisfaction with Siri.

Not surprisingly, all of the fancy features are not that widely used. The surveyed audience used Siri mostly for voice calls and text messages. Almost a third of the users turned to Siri on a daily basis to ask her/him to place calls, send texts and search the Internet.

Apart from that, Siri wasn’t widely used. A third of users never asked Siri to help in those areas. In many others, users were split. For example, 30% never use Siri for emails, and 26% do daily or almost daily.

And that’s the overall perception of 4S owners towards Siri - it rarely leaves people indifferent. Some love it, and almost as many are disappointed by it. What do you think about Siri, has it turned your phone usage habits upside down or are you simply ignoring it?


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posted on 27 Mar 2012, 06:49 5

1. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


No one uses siri when ur out and about...
If u do what a weirdo¿¿¿¿¿¿

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 07:50 16

3. tigermcm (Posts: 693; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


true story-i was in the elevator with a couple of ppl going to class and this guy in the back ask what time is it. we all tell him then he starts laughing and says i have an iPhone sorry. Before we got off a lady was like you already had the phone in your hand why couldnt you just look at it!?

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 08:15 4

6. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


What a ifool®

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:14 4

9. tigermcm (Posts: 693; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


i got a thumbs down for telling a true story lol

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:27 4

10. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 425; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


and now more for whining about it ;)

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:01 2

13. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


And now more for supporting it.....

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:12 4

15. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Wow really, siri to check the time, talk about completely unnecessary.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 07:54

42. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


hahaha, really stupid.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 14:06

23. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


i dont get you, you are not an iFan, not an androider, not windows fan... WTF ARE YOU ? lmao

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 16:57

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


personally ive never needed to use it in public... i use siri a ton-- but almost only for setting alarms and calendar event... and most of all for reminders because it is so much quicker than the actual app...

i also use it for all the things from the cydia like translating and opening apps...

i also dont get what the last paragraph is saying.. doesnt the graph show that 3/4 of people are satisfied and very satisfied while only about 1/10 are unsatisfied... idk

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 07:04 7

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


No surprise here really,siri is a short lived novelty,most customers we have had instore never use it,some people might use it the odd time at quiet times at home,like once a month maybe. Its like some of those apps on your phone you click on the very odd time once a month or so when your sitting on the toilet or something!

Vlingo and voice actions on android have been around far longer than siri and android fans use it the odd time for calls and texts etc. Only Difference is apple label theirs voice control as revolutionary and make Tv ads to fool ifans that it is!

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:11 3

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Androsheep we can always count on u to say the dumbest stuff. The model T was around far longer then the corvette, but which was better? One of my biggest reasons for reading apple articles, besides general info, is to read ur comments, and see how stupid they will be. Do u just like to insult apple fans, or do u really thnk apple fans will abandon their devices once they read ur useless banter? C'mon man I gotta know... Please fill us in wise, and powerful androsheep.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:57 2

22. Nonono (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


wtf?? Hes just stating the facts ifan... dont get too offended

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 14:15 3

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I need his wisdom, and knowledge so I can b an androfan, instead of an Ifan. I need him to tell me how best to discard my idevices, and which android devices to replace them with. Lmao!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 01:55 1

39. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


What facts? Any person who has working brain and IQ over 100 knows that OPINIONS are not FACTS!

andro's comment of "siri is a short lived novelty" is an OPINION, not a statement of fact. Here is a statement of fact: Siri uses technology that been in development for over 40 years (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siri_(software) ). The big difference is that FACTS can be verified.

I wish the Android camp could use their brains for a change and THINK as opposed to sheepishly and perfunctorily making their dumb comments.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 03:32 2

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


What voice command system doesnt? the ONLY difference between Siri and any other good voice commands... like the ones use in google for the past 2+ years... is that Siri can accept multiple inputs for the same command.

other than that "40 year" hype that has been proven over n over n over again to not matter in the real world, Siri doesnt offer anything ground breaking. An evolution yes.. a revolution... not so much.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:36 1

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


You poor poor ifan,you still have't even discovered what group the word sheep is assigned to,i suppose yer not know for intellectual abilities so when you do eventually discover the particular group its assigned to we will be here for you.

Hint for you: One user here has a funny avatar of a sheep with something inside it,if you look closely you might actually finally find out!!! Maybe it will be a surprise for you!

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 16:23 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I follow only androsheep. The supreme basher of all things apple.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 16:32 1

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


Sheep follow the sheepdog, I am not your sheep dog,thats creepy.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 18:02 1

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Andro? Apple pie, apple jacks, apple cinnamon toast crunch, apple of my eye, candy apple, the apple that eve ate, an apple a day keeps the Dr. away, apple bottom jeans, oh and one more apple iPhone 4S.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 19:30 1

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


Thats a lot of apple typing on your Galaxy s2 at&t

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 04:56

43. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


andro -- if you can't debate, that's understandable.

Your comments about Siri being a novelty or short-lived are SIMPLY your opinions.

The visual impaired or blind-people use Siri, and it's NOT a novelty to these users.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 14:10 3

24. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I would agree with andro. and I'm not all together sure why he/she got thumbs down...

Siri is indeed a personal assistant. I had the app before Apple purchased the company and it was pretty awesome. You could talk to it and ask it the best place for sushi or to help you make reservations somewhere. But there wasn't a phone integration.

Sure, it's fun to ask Siri popular culture questions. But the real function will come when you can command her to do things you'd normally have to do manually on your iPhone. You need to be able to command her to open apps and allow developers to have Siri integration within their apps.

Granted, this may be coming. But until it does, Andro is right.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 14:17 2

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Maybe, just maybe that's y apple said its still n beta. Hmmmmmm...

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:52 4

29. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Oh absolutely. But you run the risk of releasing a product to a large group of people who have no idea what a Beta tester is. To most people, Siri is a finished product. We nerds know better.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 16:21 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said jeffdabeat

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 16:15 2

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


Apple has specifically kept the beta tag even a year after siri was first available on the app store to prevent complaints and legal cases when people discover it does not work as well or even any way as fast or efficient as they portray it in their tv ads.
Some ridiculous ifan tried to sue apple recently sure claiming it worked nothing like the ads. If he was foolish enough to fall for apples pr then he'll have to like it or lump it with his iphones siri capabilities,not that apple will change the ad though :-)

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 07:59 3

4. c.hack (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


I love how trolls who have never used Siri and don't even know what it its criticize it. Its a great app for quick texting without typing, setting reminders.

Sorry you don't have the app. But it is very handy to a lot of people.

And here come the trolls....................

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 08:13 3

5. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I have an iphone4s 64gb. evo3d. arcS. S2. I should no....
Well its true in every article, forum, website you
go into is full off fandroids.......

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:13

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The trolldroids will be in full force lol. They secretly use apple, and they know it. Androsheep is typing his comments from his new iPad.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:47 1

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


Hmmmmmmmm....... can't type here on my ipad because it keeps overheating and turning itself off, the battery is low and I would try charge it properly also but it seems theres an issue with my ipad charger also fro some dam reason! Then Everytime i try log into phonearena on my ipad also the wifi signal drops.......d'oh!

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 18:08

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhhhhhhhhhh. Too much androsheep makes darkkjedii a dull boy

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 08:28 3

7. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


The only time I used Siri was when I first got the iPhone, I used it a couple of times to get some funny answers but since then I haven't used it at all...

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 08:30 4

8. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Heh ... well we all have hands free texting now, hands free calling, searching and whatever ... so what? Everybody had to had an iPhone to do what a normal phone could... how magical!

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:35

11. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 425; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Well I use google's voice tech all the time

navigate to, goto, send text to, call, and ANY TIME i need to do a google search I just say it and bam, google search on the net

all that with no lip and no back and forth with a virtual beatch

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:37 3

12. sheepygalaxy (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


really how many people actually use siri on a day to day basis everyone I know with a 4S tried but just sore it as a gimmick.the same goes for the android version

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:02 1

14. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Y®E®A®P

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:24 1

16. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


So Apple is tracking siri's use on all iphones??

No thank you

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:57 1

17. blazee (Posts: 254; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


No, the stats were formed by a survey given out by a third party.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:14 1

20. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Just presume that Apple tracks everything on their products...

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:53 1

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


SIRI IS INACCURRATE

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 18:11

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 10529; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So is your spelling lmao!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:50

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


the smart people are in the blue and red areas

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