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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?
I use it almost daily 23.79% (339 votes) (339 votes)
Siri became much more useful for me after the Cydia tweaks 6.25% (89 votes) (89 votes)
I use it every now and then, often just to demonstrate it 29.12% (415 votes) (415 votes)
The touchscreen is enough for me, thanks 40.84% (582 votes) (582 votes)

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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:54 16

1. quakan (Posts: 1398; 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: 425; 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: 14605; 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: 365; 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: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

You need to get a life

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:58 13

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; 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: 3991; 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


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: 279; 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: 81; 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: 2137; 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: 1743; 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: 3991; 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: 2014; 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: 467; 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: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Great for texting, reminders, common shopping lists.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:36 1

17. bbblader (Posts: 590; 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: 1743; 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.

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