I don’t own an iPhone 4S, as most people who read my articles could probably have guessed already. However, there is one feature that is only available on the iPhone 4S that I find intriguing to the point that I would contemplate buying an iPhone in the future. They call her Siri.
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking Siri is something of a gamechanger, that it (or something similar) is going to be the primary way we communicate with our phones in the future. But that’s not what most MakeUseOf readers think, or at least what the ones who answered the question posed in our recent ‘We Ask You‘ column think.
As An iPhone 4S Owner, What Do You Use Siri For?
We asked you, ‘As An iPhone 4S Owner, What Do You Use Siri For?‘ The response was fair but the majority of those who commented aren’t very impressed with Siri. We had complaints over the understanding of accents and certain words, complaints over limited functionality in certain countries, and, above all, people suggesting it was nothing but a novelty.
Some do use Siri, however, for reading and replying to text messages (the hands-free aspect makes it great for drivers), setting alarms and tracking events, calling people, searching the Web, and dictating shopping lists to. Ultimately Siri definitely has its uses but many people fail to take advantage of these uses, for whatever reason.
Comment Of The Week
Comment of the week goes to iStoopKid, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for:
Nothing. I was given an iphone as a gift and after watching a news story on my local Fox News channel, I sold it 2 days later. They showed how Siri was giving people directions to dump dead bodies and where to find weed or places where lots of children hang out (for child predators). It shocked the crap out of me. Not to mention everything you say to Siri is recorded in order to be transcribed into text. All these smartphones collect massive amounts of data on their users, but something about Siri never sat easy with me.
Far be it from me to question the choice of Fox News, but the fact that Siri will answer pretty much any question, no matter if it’s for nefarious purposes, is an interesting one. As is the suggestion that everything you ever say to Siri is recorded. Owning a smartphone does mean giving up a certain amount of privacy, but the amount required by Siri is clearly too much for some.
Mark, who happens to be my boss here at MakeUseOf, also deserves a mention for his complaint that Siri doesn’t always understand his Scottish accent. And Luna gets a mention for reminding us all that Siri is more knowledgeable about some countries than others.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. ‘We Ask You’ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.