Siri is all the buzz in the tech world. If people aren’t talking to Siri, they’re talking about Siri. Siri is only available on the iPhone 4S, so if you were one of the lucky 4 million people to get an iPhone 4S this weekend, your cool factor just soared.
Yesterday The Wonder of Tech explained what Siri is (check out Tech-Knowledgy: Your iPhone 4S and Siri Questions Answered!). Today I’m going to explain why Siri is truly Siri-licious!
What Siri Can Do
Scheduling an appointment, sending a text, setting an alarm, making a note, calling a friend, solving a math problem, searching the web, finding the weather report, checking a stock price, finding a nearby restaurant and playing music are all easier when using Siri. I find myself raising my phone to my ear many times throughout the day to give Siri instructions. I used to grab my iPad to do as much as possible because I preferred using its bigger screen. Now my iPhone is my essential tool.
Without Siri: open an app, try to type on the virtual keyboard, correct mistakes, close the app.
With Siri: Raise the phone to my ear and talk.
Siri Is Accurate
Siri is amazingly accurate. I have used other voice recognition software that is more frustrating than functional. Siri works well, unless I’m in a noisy place.
Siri Is Fun, Fun, Fun
I keep thinking of fun questions to ask Siri. Siri has an attitude and a wicked sense of humor. She is fun to talk to, not only because of her witty responses but because she has multiple responses to the same silly questions. Internet sites are popping up all over that list funny Siri questions and answers. For example, check out 10 Wacky and Fun Questions to Apple’s Siri and its Weird Responses and Siri says some weird things. Unfortunately, Siri doesn’t seem to have a good answer for which came first, the chicken or the egg?
People who don’t have an iPhone 4S (there are still a few people who don’t yet) are fascinated by Siri. My family didn’t tire of asking Siri questions all weekend. My husband, an avid BlackBerry fan, has announced that he wants to get an iPhone 4S, because of using Siri. When I am out and about, people ask me about Siri. There is nothing on the outside of the phone that distinguishes the iPhone 4S from the iPhone 4, but perhaps they can tell I had the new iPhone from the big smile on my face as I’m speaking into the phone.
Apple launched Siri in Beta, which translated from Geek Speak to plain English means Not Ready for Primetime. It’s the tech world’s way of saying, “It’s not perfect yet, but we’re releasing it anyway so you can help us fix the bugs.”
Siri is limited not only in the tasks it performs but also in its geographic reach. Siri doesn’t work with all apps and not all of Siri’s functions work outside the US.
Future expansion of Siri is exciting to imagine. Beyond worldwide expansion to all countries and all major languages, Siri could be expanded to include apps. Imagine telling Siri, “Take a picture,” and then instructing Siri, “Post this picture on my Facebook page.” You could instruct Siri to check you into a location on Foursquare or find the most convenient hotels to Disney World. Have Siri book the hotel too!
The possibilities for Siri are limited only by the imagination of the developers. I’m glad to be along for the ride.
Are you intrigued by Siri? Are you looking forward to testing Siri? Is there a question you want me to ask Siri? Let us know in the Comments section below!