These are completely valid use cases. I think the problem with Siri is that it was billed as some insanely useful tool that would radically change how you use your phone. Obviously it's limitations outweigh it's strengths.
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.
I seem to have the opposite problem. I use Siri/dictation _all the time_ when responding to text messages (because I can talk a lot faster than I can type on an iDevice) and I frequently accidentally hit the international keyboard or .?123 button instead.
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>
These are amazingly reliable for me and quite helpful. I find that people who started using Siri later have adopted a more efficient style, probably because it gotten better and can handle more terse queries now.
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.
The 3rd party use of Siri would be a godsend. I envision numerous use uses of Siri where I didn't need to touch the phone.
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).
I'm not sure perfect voice recognition is actually the problem. I think I have pretty solid voice recognition capabilities myself yet the cognitive load to determine what it is that someone wants is still high.
I'm an Indian and Siri has no notion of any accents or usages other than some variations of American English. Android speech recognition though works incredibly well for me.
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
I use it all the time to add things to a grocery/shopping list reminder.
'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).
I use it for setting timers and alarms, but that's about it. For more advanced queries, I am always afraid that Siri will fail me and I will have to look it up on google myself, so I just do that first.
If the dictation feature on the keyboard counts (and I suppose it should, because the dictation is sent to a service somewhere to be processed; it doesn't happen on the phone), I use that dozens of times a day. I rarely use Siri proper for anything other than setting the occasional reminder or alarm though.
That's how it started for me. Now it just seems so much faster to dictate a text/email if I'm not near other people that I have found myself using it more and more. It beats typing on the small touchscreen keyboard.
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. :-(
I use to use it all of the time, because when it works it works great, such as setting an alarm, a count down, "Directions to XYZ", "Message Joe, be there in 5", "Remind me to take out trash when I get home" and such. The problem is quite often when I ask for one of those it does the spinning wheel for about 10-15 seconds then says its not available right now. Other times it works relatively instantly.
None of those fancy things seems to work if you have just a hint of an accent.
Yes my accent is fairly noticeable, but that doesn't seem to bother humans ..
But I feel less bad knowing Siri doesn't work if you happen to be Scottish.
ps: I also hate phone menus that can only be accessed via voice recognition.
I have Siri on my "new," iPad (the 3rd gen - such a terrible name) and this is exactly what I've used mine for also....well that and I'm one of those people that sometimes ask it dumb questions just to see my wife's face scrunch up.
I have, but she only occasionally calls me Batman (lol), but I get no respect from her, probably cause she asked who my wife was and I defined her in my contacts...example, I asked her today "who's your boss?" She said I don't have one Batman
Hm, I'm really, really surprised. I'd like to hear the results for Google Now. I use it probably half a dozen times a day, though I probably only have to actively talk to it once or twice a day when I'm going somewhere out of the ordinary and need directions.
Obligatory: poll responses voluntary. Poll results meaningless. Responders lie. pg, please remove the ability to create polls because it just introduces noise. It might have been useful at one time, but not anymore.