My Experience With Siri

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Apple launched Siri, the virtual assistant, to the masses on the company’s iPhone 4S some 9 months ago. Since then opinions of the robotic assistant are mixed, to say the least. With a low success rate it’s no wonder many people are praising Google’s own virtual assistant now available on “Jelly Bean”. I have used Siri to send/reply to text messages, query the weather, queue up music and change the track, and voice dictation. The only real issue I continue to have is with sending a text message, reply is flawless. When I try to send a message the bubble, 9 times out of 10, stays on a dotted line message bubble. Siri dictation has been hit or miss, often mistaking simple words for something far fetched and off the wall. I have often times pulled a “Zoey Deschanel”, asking Siri if it is raining while its actually raining and got responses saying “No, it does not appear to be raining”. Apple stated that the virtual assistant will always be in beta, meaning they will be always adding features, but some basic features need to really be fixed. Many people that use Siri regularly know how to talk to Siri to get their desired results, the layman is the one that usually has the problem. With the average user having issues Apple’s commitment to making things easier is no longer valid if the everyday man can’t use its products. With iOS 6 expected in October with a tone of new features one can only hope they will address older issues without bringing more to the assistant.

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