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

First real-life reviews of Siri reveal your virtual assistant has attitude
It's one thing to watch the scripted and polished presentations of Siri, the voice-recognition assistant on the Apple iPhone 4S, during the keynote of its announcement or on Apple's website, and another to try it out in everyday chatter.

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.

We won't spoil the fun, just watch the video below, but it seems that Apple has really gone far and beyond voice recognition commands with Siri, and has brought it a step closer to everyone's dream of a useful virtual assistant. Let's not forget that the service is still in beta, which is pretty unusual for Apple, and Cupertino is in uncharted territory whether people will adopt and use it on a daily basis. Oh well, if it catches on, the iPhone 4S users might stay forever in the public's memory as "those crazy guys on Metro".

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 9.x



55. CarlX unregistered

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

54. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

44. gtg465x unregistered

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

46. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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."

37. ken unregistered

lol, Siri caught Apple 4 ass

33. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

30. darth8balI

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

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

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

28. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

40. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

36. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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? 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.

38. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I had a iOrgasm

39. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

47. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

22. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 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.

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

16. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

15. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

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.

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

12. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

OMG this is too funny

11. Jeroen unregistered

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

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

23. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

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

29. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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 pleases a select few, but it's not a useful tool.

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

"Somewhat useful" But google's service is amazing right?

35. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

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