1. "Set an alarm for __:__"
2. "Set a timer for ____ minutes"
"Remind me to move my car on ___ at 2pm"
Right now, true. But I'm sure people said that of the first GUIs as well. Now GUIs offer everything the average user needs. Before we know it, the same will be true of voice control, and eventually brain control.
- "Remind me when I get home/to work to ___"
- "Add ___ to my shopping list"
Annoyingly, it interprets "Add" as "And" about 50% of the time, and gets confused. Have manually corrected that about 1000 times...
"Remind me to renew my insurance next monday at lunch time" takes a lot less time that manually entering a date, time and task. 5 seconds as opposed to 30 seconds to a minute.
And whilst cooking, setting a timer quickly without having to navigate through menus with greasy hands is great.
It did take quite a while to actually remember to use it.
"text my wife I'm on my way home"
"set timer for 10 minutes" (cooking)
"Directions to 101 spear st, san francisco"
"Remind me to ______ at 5pm today"
It sucks for lots of other stuff, but I've found these pretty useful.
When I am trying to type, I shouldn't have to worry about where my left thumb is hitting when I need the ".?123" button.
As far I know, there's no way to keep Siri enabled but to remove that button from the keyboard.
1. Tell <first name> I'll be late.
2. Directions Home or Directions to <some restaurant>
3. Remind me to <do something>
4. Play <Artist or Song>
I hardly ever need to use full names or contact locations like Mobile or Home or pedantic detail like "Send a Text message". It almost always picks the correct option (the one I use most often).
Sometimes she gets places consistently wrong, but you can often either speak slower or spell out things like acronyms.
Also, you might not have noticed, but you can speak punctuation, like when dictating.
Ask my wife, are you home question mark
Are you home?
I live in a mixed iPhone/Android household. The iPhone users have completely given up on Siri understanding almost anything in their accent. My Nexus4 understands me almost flawlessly. I use it all the time for the usual "remind me to mail the check at 2 pm", "Call <person-name> mobile" type things to relatively complex search queries "what was that movie with Hugh Jackman about magic" etc. It typically does and searches what I want within the first try... more complex things could take two or three tries. But the hit-rate is good enough to encourage me to keep using it on a regular basis
If every third-party app you used daily had a Siri plug-in, how much would you use it?
Example: Driving, listening to Audible (anyone know anywhere else I can get digital audiobook downloads at a reasonable price?), I'd like to skip back 30s. Siri integration would make it possible for me to focus attention on other things (my passengers) as they come up, then rewind. As it stands, I just end up skipping that part of my book and piecing together afterwards (or hitting the pause on my bt headset).
He thinks my phone is an idiot that can't understand me.
So, I'm not sure how successfully I use Siri, but I do use it a lot for hands-free messaging.
I am a runner, and biker who does not drive but once a week. When I leave the house I jack in the head phones and go. It would be a pain if I had to take out my phone to call people, or change playlists while biking or running.
Also I am learning Chinese so I use it as a language partner. If it can understand me then a Chinese speaker can.
Also when I decide to go to the movies, or eat while traveling I am not usually near a computer. I'm out with my friends. Holding down the button and and saying "I'm hungry" is a lot faster than opening my map application and typing "restaurant" which I usually spell wrong. :-(
'Add eggs to groceries'
'Add soda to groceries'
It works really well for me and is much faster than opening a note app, finding the grocery note, typing in what I need, etc. The only odd thing is that it creates things as reminders and not as notes--you can use notes but you have to explicitly say 'Add foo to groceries note', so I just use a reminder since it's faster (and has a nice checkbox interface).
Also from time to time I text my wife while driving.
ps: I also hate phone menus that can only be accessed via voice recognition.
2. Call so-and-so
3. Set timer/alarm
also, it will still be some time until all the 3Gs are gone from the site i use this phone for testing to. (not in the USA)
"I don't understand 'Near Mint Star Monks'"
"IIIIII NEEEEED DIIIIREECTIOOONS TOOOOOO TTTHHHEEEE NEEEEAAARRESSTT STTTAAARRRBBBBUUUUCCCKKKSSS"
<Siri does nothing>
"Getting directions to Starbucks"
I use it for that - and similar - with some regularity. Faster than pulling over and safer than typing.
I've found it pretty useless for anything else.