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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1. hlshcd unregistered

Wow,that's much smarter than Google voice seach

2. RICKYdick unregistered

This video keeps saying futures, of what? iPhone futures? Dude I hope your future in english is brighter!

13. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

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.

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 :)

48. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

5. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 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

18. Jim W unregistered

I noticed this too!. Hhahahaha

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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


Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

49. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009 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! Siri ignoring all the fancy music and stuff, Siri looks like the better option.

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. 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.

56. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

50. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

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.

43. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

45. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 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..

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