S Voice sounds like a bored version of Siri in this video challenge

S Voice sounds like a bored version of Siri in this video challenge
A video has been posted on You Tube showing a face off (voice off?) between Siri and S Voice. Both were asked to do a number of different tasks such as relaying the weather, fetching directions, writing a text message and setting an alarm. Siri had a little problem with navigation in the city where the video was filmed, but that was because it was outside of the U.S. and the directions just might be available in iOS 6.

It certainly seemed that S Voice could hold its own against Siri which argues for an Android-wide release of  a similar program. One thing we would ask for would be some changes to the vocal performance on S Voice. At times, it sounds like the answers are coming in a tone that suggests boredom instead of Siri's almost playful voice.

Some Android users are satisfied with Google's Voice Actions which can send a text, set an alarm and show you the weather. But it is the vocal that gives Siri and S Voice a personality that makes it more enjoyable to use than just reading words on a screen. And by the way, when you ask Google Voice Actions which smartphone is best, it comes back with a list from PC World that shows the HTC One S on top. The Nokia Lumia 900, which was called the best by both Siri and S Voice, was number 10. Siri, of course, debuted with the Apple iPhone 4S while S Voice is on the recently launched (overseas) Samsung Galaxy S III.

source: YouTube via Phandroid

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35 Comments

1. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

how many percent of iPhone buyers use Siri every day more than 2x? ;)

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I wish I could have Siri on my iPhone 4...it sucks we won't be getting the features i really want such as flyover, Siri, turn-by-turn navigation, and 3g FaceTime. What makes it even worse is that I bought my iPhone 4 in march so i won't be due for an upgrade until 2 years from now. I'll have to look to the jailbreak community this fall.

4. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Don't feel too left out, turn-by-turn navigation will only be available through 3rd party apps.

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Yeah but the biggest feature I really want is Siri. I find myself in too many situations where Siri would be very useful because i drive quite a bit. I'm actually not interested in jailbreaking my phone just because I don't really see the need for it, but the only thing making me consider it is to get Siri but there's so many bad Siri hacks that idk where to find a stable one.

5. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

wow seem like the word Fragmentation has back fired at Apple i hope they realize that and start optimizing the os to run on older hardware. Knowing how Apple as a whole thinks i don't see that happening anytime soon. Apple talking (you have to feed the investers we can't forget that)

9. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I think hoping is really all we can do. I honestly think Apple will continue to say Siri is in Beta form until they drop support for the iPhone 4 and then they will say that it's final and it will become Siri version 1.0. Here's a little side note too: I think the next iPhone will be called "The new iPhone". If you think about it, technically it would be the 6th iPhone so iPhone 5 would fit chronologically but not technically. That's all lol.

6. snotyak

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

You can always sell it on eBay and get a SGS2 :D

8. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The problem is, is that I want the best of both worlds. I wish someone would come up with iAndroid and allow me to have the best features of both platforms, but keep the iOS look and feel (just my personal preference).

10. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Actually Android has a lot more to offer in the features dept. than iOS does and besides if all your concerned about is the look and feel of iOS there are plenty on Themes on Google Play Store where you can get that feeling if that's all your concerned about. Also the voice features available on the GS2 are wonderful when driving. I can't tell you how much I love my GS2. I pop it into the car dock and it automatically recognizes I'm in the car and sets everything up to work via voice automatically. All I have to say is "Hi Galaxy" and she asks me what I'd like to do.

18. jeetster

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

depending on what phone, and if you're willing to root, there are MIUI roms, look into them and you'll be surprised as to how much they can ease an iphone user into coming to android.

22. SubaruMasterGR

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

There is the MIUI ROM for Android that has the aesthetics of iOS with the features of Android. It's available for many popular Android phones, including the Galaxy S II. It'll most likely come to the S III and the One X, among other high-end 2012 Android smartphones.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

best of both worlds. get a galaxy phone root it install a MIUI rom. Its made to look like apple. bam. Apple's look with android's functionality.. and a much bigger screen. :)

26. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

uh oh i see someone tried it before...clown

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

are you really going to try to troll me? Yet another mindless idiot trying me. Line up. You will fall by the wayside with a dunce cap on like everyone else that has tried.

31. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I'm on a mission to expose all the apple bashers. So you hate iPhones but you use miui roms to experience the simplicity of ios on your android to get the "best of both world". You're a clown, you're happy with android on the outside but a apple lover on the inside. Lmao

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your on a mission to expose apple bashers? really? are you that stupid? Is this taco's new alt personality?? lol. other than the fact that your a ridiculous moron, I never said that I use miui. Knowing it exists and using it are not the same. Are you sure this isnt taco? you guys have the same lack of reading comprehension. iOS is too bland for my taste, why would I make my phone a boring list of icons?

33. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

No I'm not taco, all you fandroid n*rds always bring up taco in a article. What do you get for bashing apple on every article? Do you get PA achievement points? Get a life and not a hobby

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

says the guy who said it was his "mission" to go after apple bashers.. lolol

3. hateftotti

Posts: 228; Member since: May 03, 2011

As I saw in this video,S voice works better.It is more likely you talk with a person not a machine.But both of them need some promotions.

11. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I have to agree with you. It definitely appeared that S Voice responded much better and didn't have any problems recognizing what he wanted to say/do as Siri did. Also thanks to Google Navigation it automatically starts giving you directions and sends you on your merry way. :) Another thing I have to add is I'm curious if we are able to change the voice on S voice as I have done with my Google Navigation. I downloaded a free third party app that has many different voices to choose from and mine sounds like a beautiful woman from England. I must say I enjoy her company on long drives. LOL

12. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i didnt get it. s voice sounding like the bored version of siri? did i miss something?

15. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

welcome to the iphonearena!!

13. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

best smartphone is oneS? Wow google voice action sucks than my svoice.. I dunno y those dumb@ss satisfiy the phone which is non-removable battery

14. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

S-Voice didn't sound bored, if anything it had a more professional tone.

16. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

iPhonearena had to protect the useless Siri gimmick from s-voice attack! Until we won't be able to trigger it only with the voice, both lose all their usefulness. If I have the phone in my hands, will always be quicker to find stuff by myself. And Majel from G (hopefully) should be what we were looking for - some leaks from project glass...

17. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Little shocking that S-Voice didn't choke.. That thing is improving.. lol

19. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh for god sake, is this article necessary? You can just download another Voice for S Voice like Ivona Voice.

20. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Or a hatsune miku-voiced siri and s-voice? It will be every otaku's dream.

21. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

is**t got owned

23. RevKBA

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Another headline that tries to shed negativity on Android. It could have easily read "Siri has no sense of direction," but we wouldn't want to point out a flaw in the iphone now would we?

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