When Siri was advertised everyone thought how great it looked and how helpful it could be, Apples advert actually says ‘Your wish is its command’. Now after nearly two years of having Siri integrated into Apples products it seems to be a forgotten feature.
This is a description on the Apple website – ‘Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, make phone calls and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.’ So how many of you actually sit on a train and schedule a meeting using Siri? Or stand in the middle the street and send a message to someone? Apart from feeling a fool it seems to be just as quick and simple to use the message app or open your calendar to book an appointment.
We asked our Twitter and Facebook friends if they used Siri and if they didn’t why not. Most said they did use Siri but only for fun. We have to agree, asking Siri ‘What’s the meaning of life?’ or where your turtle is can be very entertaining, but most people didn’t use it for the more helpful functions.
We decided to have some fun with Siri, as this was the main use. Here are some questions Siri was asked and it’s reply:
What is the meaning of life? – All evidence to date suggests it’s chocolate
Play a good song? – Sorry, I can’t find a good song in your music
I have a gambling addiction! – I have found fifteen casinos, they are quite far though!
Am I hot? – It is only 8 degrees, I don’t find that particularly hot
Marry me? – We hardly know each other
Tell me a joke? – What did one iPhone say to the other?…….Hmmm I used to know this one.
After having fun we asked our social media friends their opinion and we had a few different responses (some names have been altered) –
@ijohnson123 I don’t find a use for it, it just wastes battery in my opinion. I also find it slow on iOS 7.
Emma Jane – It seems more of a joke thing to me, though I also forget it is there and prefer to just type things in.
@SodiaUK We think it’s more of a gimmick, than anything of real value or use. It’s very limited, even after being improved in iOS7.
Sajid - it is slow and most the things I ask it seems to have some sort of humour when it responds that’s the only decent thing I can find about it and as you know that I am blind it’s been a god send make your phone talk all the time in India you’ll find that interesting lol But it its brilliant at dictation when I talk into the phone and it writes it all brilliantly.
Shannon – I don’t, it never understands me haha x
Mikey – Easier just to type stuff for me
Getting back to the more technical feelings about Siri. It is seen as a quirky feature and not as useful as expected. To ask Siri the weather for that day you have to hold and press the home key and ask the question, to get the weather you have to unlock your phone and open the weather app. Siri sometimes seems the long way round to do things. We do have to admit it is useful as pointed out by our friend Sajid who is blind, for him being able to use dictation to send a text or write an email is very useful. For others like our friend @ijohnson123 it drains the battery and can be slow to use.
While we love Siri’s fun nature we are not sure it will be a long lasting part of Apple products.
Thank you to our social media friends for taking part! Thank you to @ijohnson123 for the inspiration.