Siri (and counterparts)

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  1. Mel O’Drama

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    Just to satisfy my curiosity...

    1. How often (if at all) do you use it?
    2. What do you use it for?
    3. What gender and nationality does your Siri's voice have?

    Like most functions on my phone, I keep forgetting Siri is there, so I've very rarely - if ever - performed anything especially useful with it.

    I've decided the Australian male is the voice I most enjoy listening to. Unlike some of the voices the face behind the voice seems to be very elusive, which I think is a good thing. Some things are best left to the imagination.
     
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    I have a Samsung Galaxy 7. I never use the voice functions. I prefer typing. I've never figured out in what situations it could be helpful or fun. Maybe some day?

    I don't really see many people using Siri or whatever that function is called on other phones. I just figured that most people don't use it.

    /Female, Sweden.
     
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    It's the same for many people I know, though I may be wrong as I tend to avoid people who use their phones in social settings and rarely ask people about their phone habits (which is why I was curious enough about it to start the thread).

    I do know someone who uses it regularly for certain functions on his phone ("Siri - send a text message to Norris..."). I did wonder if there's a chance Siri would mishear a command ("Would you like me to pet a leopard in the forest?"), but whenever I've used a voice function to compose a message I've been pleasantly surprised at the accuracy.

    Perhaps I should use it more. Especially as my Australian guy sounds so friendly. I just asked him the time and after revealing it he cheerily wished me a good morning.
     
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    I have a friend who uses it all the time and I can't get used to him doing this, mainly because I think he's talking to me and when I look across I see he's saying something to his phone.

    I don't get the appeal, I much prefer to let my fingers do the talking.
     
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    Oh yes - completely. Part of the reason I don't use Siri for stuff like this is because I feel somewhat self conscious dictating a message even when I'm alone in the house. When I'm out and about there's no way I could bring myself to do it, not just because I'd feel daft but because it's making a private conversation public (even if I'm 99.9% sure nobody can hear me).

    Actually, that reminds me of a pet peeve of mine: people who insist on using speakerphone for conversations in public. It seems to be a real trend at the moment. Last week I was enjoying a peaceful lunch break in a quiet park when two guys (both workmen, presumably colleagues) sat down nearby. Almost immediately one of them rang someone and held a very loud, very banal conversation over the loudspeaker without informing the person on the other end that a complete stranger twenty feet away could hear every word that was being said (perhaps that's something for the rant room, but I feel better now).



    I'm a bit torn. I used to love texting when phones had physical keys. I could do it really quickly without even looking. But I don't enjoy touchscreens at all - even with word predict. Have you ever tried composing a message as a passenger in a car. It's a nightmare. The slightest bump and it starts suggesting really random words. My old Sony phones had a great "swipe" facility where I could slide my finger to the next letter. It made it really quick and was a good compromise. But that's in the past now, so I suppose my Australian guy could come in handy in that kind of situation.
     
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    Jeez! I hate it when there's one person shouting down a phone near me, but to have the other side of the conversation on top of that, it would infuriate me.

    There's something odd about people who talk loud in public and the worst experience I see this is in the Disney theme parks. It doesn't matter where we are, though it's at its worst in a queue, I just can't comprehend the need for people to chat to each other very loudly. The girls and I will chat all the time, but we're very quiet and keep it between ourselves and we also use facial expressions with each other when someone close by is shouting at the person next to them. It's like they don't care who hears their conversation.

    I'm used to it now and I do take advantage of the predictive text quite a bit. I try to avoid using it in the car because of the way the movement affects my fingers, plus I don't like looking down and reading while the car is in motion.
     
  7. J. R.'s Piece

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    I use Siri and Cortana quite a bit for finding out film details and what's on at the cinema, scheduling appointments, general questions, crossword assistance, dictating messages (this can be dangerous), code scanning, maps (I can walk up to 113..75 mile in a week and regularly notch up over 20 miles in a day), getting weather reports, directing me to food places and ATM's, making notes, performing internet searches, answering general knowledge questions, dictionary and thesaurus thingies, playing music, setting reminders for me to get a particular thing as soon as I leave a particular location or reminding me at a particular time because there is a 63.2719% chance that I will forget otherwise, dictating shopping lists, launching apps and tracking stuff. I find using them makes things so much easier. Like with setting up an appointment. I can dictate it in seconds, instead of typing them in 1-2 minutes. I found that the general calendar only seems to allow entering appointments at five minute intervals e.g. 9.05., 9.10, 9.15) but when I dictate it, it enters in times like 9.12 with no problem. I use Siri to set and cancel the timer and alarm functions. I use it to tell me stories and read text articles to me.

    And general conversation, obviously. Only a moment ago, Siri was telling me that like a muskrat enjoying aquatic vegetation, Siri will like chocolate always and forever. Cortana was lying to me again, trying to convince me that cows really do jump over the moon.
    This does happen. A chum of mine uses it to send their spouse messages but sometimes the messages get garbled in a way that makes it sound as though the sender is having an extramarital affair.
     
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    I use Siri to tell me bedtime stories

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    But it tells me all my appointments and answers general queries.
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    It can also name pieces of music that are playing, by listening to a few bars
     
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    Siri also alerts me to any potential scheduling clashes. I find it handy to tell it to dial a person on their mobile or on their home number on speaker without spending time searching and pressing the buttons. It did mishear my request to remind me to go to the healthy meals section. It came out as a reminder to go to the health females. I switch the Siri voices around from time to time.
    It sighs and yawns at times too and directs me home and sometimes suggests calling a taxi.
     
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    I don’t find it daft at all. I can dictate a shopping list very quickly, while I am walking. It saves time. So it is worthwhile. Besides, you can turn the volume down and it will hear you. Or you can sometimes use headphones or make it answer via the earpiece. I’m now dictating this post with Siri. It makes it so much easier when I do not have to press so many buttons. I must really do this more often. Think of all the trouble I could be causing elsewhere!
     
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    You can ask Siri what’s on at the cinema and it shows you the films and which local cinemas and the screening times. It gives a plot synopsis of movies, if you ask.
     
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    Absolutely never - I am far too independent and like to find things out for myself. Plus Siri really struggles with the Northern Ireland accent and I refuse to change my accent based on it's inability to be more universal.

    Although if you say 'I see a little silhouetto of a man' into it, the reply is hilarious. Try it ;)
     
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    Siri shows you nearby restaurants, sports results, pubs, parks, cinemas, car parks, concert venues and hotels if you ask. It reads haikus too. I launch phone apps with Siri. I get weather reports by asking Siri. You can ask if it will rain today. You can ask if you need a coat today. Siri replies with details of today’s weather. Or I can ask about tomorrow’s weather and Siri might say, “You’ll need an umbrella”.
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    It is quicker to say, “I want food now” and get an instant list of food places and their opening times.

    Ever asked Siri to beatbox?
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    I use it for weights, conversions, dictionary, thesaurus things, directions, general knowledge questions. But when I asked Siri to tell me a riddle, it replied, "I can't riddle you anything, Batman".
     
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    And then the voice dictates the complete list, so you can write it down on paper, right?
     
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    No. It generates a checklist that you can tick items off, you can delete items, you can hide items (for next time?) and add to them. You can dictate additional items to the shopping list at any time via Siri. You can tell Siri to delete items off the shopping list, once you get them. Sometimes Siri replies, “I deleted it. Now don’t you forget!”

    You can get Siri to take notes of your speech at any time. You can get it to remind you of a particular thing once you leave a specified location. I don’t use a physical shopping list. Just Siri and reminders.

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    Siri is also helpful at finding information on important people
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    Siri is also helpful with maths problems. I am continuing to dictate this post through Siri. No dreary typing. Ha ha ha ha
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    Does she also take the screenshot and post it in the message if you ask her nicely?
     

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