Time for fun: sometimes Apple's Siri is so bad it's awesome

Time for fun: sometimes Apple's Siri is so bad it's awesome
Well, Apple's Siri can't sing just yet (unlike Cortana) and fails to stand up to Google Now in certain areas (as we demonstrated in our comparison of the virtual trio), but it's still one of the most popular voice-recognizing mobile assistants - after all, it can be found on every Apple smartphone since the iPhone 4s, alongside which it made a debut several years ago.

 In 8 or 9 out of 10 cases, Siri will most probably understand and process your query in a correct fashion, providing you with the information you required without an issues.

However, Siri tends to "misbehave" from time to time, providing you with either an inappropriate or utterly hilarious answers to your completely serious questions. Well, frankly said, if you're looking for hilarity, you can easily make either voice assistant, be it Siri, Google Now, or Cortana, entertain you, but the thing is that some of Siri's misbehaviors are way funnier than the ones of its (or hers?) virtual rivals.

Check them out right below.

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1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I like Siri's character...

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I still think Siri is more useful as a time killer when you are drunk.

2. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Lol some of those were quite funny indeed.

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i remember the articles about number 3

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

But the Nokia Lumia 900 4G doesn't have Siri...

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012


14. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013


5. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

LOL!!! Did #2 actually happen?

8. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Used it on my ipad mini 2 for one day and then switched it off and downloaded google now.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Isn't great to have the option to choose between Siri and Google Now... ???

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Some of those answers are funny. But I'll take Google Now's usefulness over a few comedy answers to hide its flaws.

12. HildyJ

Posts: 329; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Absolutely. Instead of writing amusing answers to stupid questions, why doesn't Apple spend its programming resources letting Siri do useful things like turn off WiFi (#5)?

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Um, you do realize that Siri does do more than answer funny replies... I bet you search for search Siri will find all that Google can and not just with Google, but with Bing, Yahoo, etc... And I can also bet you she'll find your friends, where your kids are, and notify you when they are arriving or leaving that place. And get reservations at a restaurant, set it all up, and give you more than just a guess of "how long it will take for you to get home" but also remind you what you need to buy as you pass your grocery store, and for your info, Siri will turn off/on WiFi... lots of those examples are from Siri beta version (you can tell by the graphics on those screenshot). For the sake of fun, I asked her to change my maps from nightmode to daymode - guess what she did that too!!! Today, she's actually snazzy, or excited, sometimes chatty or not, and even inquisitive... Which is the point of Siri, which is the reason we have an article like this and not Google Now. Google Now is great, but Siri is more than just a search bot... she's really a virtual assistant..

23. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I'm not sure why you deny the usefulness of Google now. There is very few useful things that Google now can't do and siri can. And if you want to chat with your phone. Don't get wrong, that's quite insane. If everyone wants that, it means in the future we will not talk to other people anymore... I mean, seriously. Just talk to other people instead of talking with your phone!

24. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm not denying usefulness of Google Now, when they released that a year later after Siri (I had to) they did a great job, and I can even add that speech recognition by Google Now was better than Siri at some point... And, NO! I dont "chat" with my phone - I give her commands which is faster to initialize than opening an app/setting/music and selecting an option/song/person to find... If you DONT want Siri to respond vocaly, you can turn off her speech completely - she will still process all the commands, but no vocal confirmation will be given (just on screen writing of what she would otherwise say), but dont worry, because when using it "hands free" (when you're driving, or using "always listening option" she will respond vocally because you're not there to um... read the text message, or read the search result.... Tada!!! now youre not talking to the phone, but using voice to navigate and launch actions, instead of tapping... This whole article just points out that Apple is doing ok with "her personal side" which is where all the tech is going to in my opinion... Siri' is just the first pioneer, if you must..

10. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Iphone loses 1 percent battery in 1 minute.See pic 8,9 and 10

11. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Surprised you didn't point out AT&T faux 4G labeling

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Good eye lol.

15. JetskiMark

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Some of those are rather humorous. I just went through the whole list with Google Now. Siri is definitely funnier, but Google actually had results for everything. Try searching "Google Now commands". There are some funny responses that you can get. Here are a few pasted from the first result: Flip a coin Roll dice (rolls a single six-sided die) What is the loneliest number? Do a barrel roll! Askew / Tilt When am I? Make me a sandwich Sudo make me a sandwich Who’s on first? Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right Tell me a joke Who are you? Beam me up, Scotty! I am going to have to go through the list later with a friend's iPhone. Preferably after a couple of drinks.

16. gziegfrid

Posts: 33; Member since: May 20, 2014

Siri has matured

19. AlikMalix unregistered

The funniest that I saw on my phone was: Me - Siri, my friend thinks you're stupid. Siri - Who is your friend? P.S. I didnt tell her which friend it was, incase she goes after him... joking...

20. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Lol they're very funny indeed. But It seems like PA will never fix it's picture displaying problem. It takes years to load (well, somehow). Bit unless you're up for these comedies I (and many others) would choose the usefulness of Google now and there is no good reason why would you want to not use Google now.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

As opposed to non-useful Siri? I prefer siri (even though I have a choice) because she also toggles settings and other functions of my phone... Also the most frequent thing I use is find my friends, setting restaurant reservations, calling locations that are NOT on my address book (among the typical web searches, taking notes, calculating, general information, and launching apps, music, tasks, etc.) - Siri has been great at doing these things - which some Google Now cannot do even on Android...

25. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I've not said that Siri isn't useful. I said it's just not as useful. Not sure on iPhones, but in Android Google now actually does those jobs just as well...

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Try "Hey Google, find my wife?" "Let me know when she leaves that location" and "make a reservation for two at (restaurant) at 6" Use BING instead of Google to search for images of 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV (bing does have better image selection, IMO). Can you also try on Android and let me know if Google Now can: "remind me to close garage door when I leave home" "change my appointment with John to 3pm on Tuesday" can you launch an app can you ask Google Now to search for app _____ in Google Play? "Jake is my brother" from now on I say "text my brother" "read text from/all texts from/play voicemail from" after listening to voice mail, or have the text read or email read "reply, _______" I'm curious about these things... when I got a Samsung S4 - some of that was not possible (may it is today, and to make it worse, stupid S-voice came up unless I selected Google Now from after unlocking the phone, using a pattern, ugh). No one I know that have Android have heard of Google Now and dont want me to screw up their android phone when I suggested that they can have Siri like functions... So I dont get to play with it on ANDROID.... Things like that make my work hours just so much easier... And also can you also do these commands from locked/turned off screen with passcode enabled? and just in case can you set up that google now will NOT respond if you have passcode enabled (is there an option)?

27. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I don't know about the let me know when she leaves. But finding/calling people based on relationship is no problem at all. Just set relationship first (http://www.cnet.com/how-to/set-up-google-now-cont​act-relationships). Reservations are no trouble at all. Reminders based on locations, Google now can do this. Just like mentioning jake is my brother. Also reading a loud text messages is no problem. Opening apps it can do :) Not so sure if Google now is as good with natural language as Siri is. You might be forced to use more cryptic commands. Also you can use Google now from any screen (even the lockscreen, which is a seperate option). And some Android models can even react when on standby (Moto series) with help of a special voice chip that doesn't use much battery. What Google now doesn't do (sadly enough) is turn off things like wifi or gps, it just opens the settings menu for that option. But thank god there is Autovoice for tasker, which listens for commands you say to Google now too and reacts to them (you can even implement all the siri jokes if you have the time lol). What I do think is a shame for all the personal assistents, they seem to only really work in English. Siri and Google Now are seriously handicapped when switched to Dutch (my native language).

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Always appreciate your reply, rebel With iOS8 I discovered that she will type many dictated languages (not all). So, if you wanna make a note, text someone, email, BBM, etc, you can now dictate in any language added to the keyboard using Siri... you can switch back and forth between english, dutch, russian, spanish within the same body of the paragraph... by tapping on the "world" button on the keyboard.. Just checked Dutch works...Gezondheid (that's all I know)

29. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Lol bless you too. Didn't know other than searches, so basically send commands, worked as well in other languages. I do know when you do a search in Dutch on Google Now, Google just gives you the searches and doesn't reply back. I hardly use GN anyways, I don't like talking to my phone in public places. Makes me look more of an idiot than usual ;)

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Well, when you put it "talking to my phone"... but using Siri all the time. but it's more like this: Facetime my wife... Give me directions to 1234 street road Tell john i'll call him in 10 remind me to check the trunk when I get home... tell me when jason comes home find zynga poker in app store what's playing (music) Not like this: Hi siri, tell me a joke.... oooh that was funny, are you real? do you know my wife? you do.. great, can you call her...." lol, that's talking to the phone...

31. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Lol Facetime my wife sounds a bit dubious. But true, there is talking and there is talking lol.

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