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Nope, still not sold on Siri

I’ve given Siri the benefit of the doubt in the last month since I’ve owned a 5S but I’m largely underwhelmed.

Yes, it’s clever and when it works, it works fine. Most of the time it works well in what you might call ‘test conditions’. In other words, I’m sat down in a room with wifi and relative peace and quiet, speaking slowly and clearly into it.

Most of the time this isn’t the scenario.

Off wifi and relying on 3G it normally posts a pregnant pause before apologising and telling me it can’t do or understand whatever it was I asked it to do.

It’s unusable when there’s any sort of significant ambient noise. Asking it to call my wife while I’m on the bike is never successful.

As I wrote in a recent post, there are compelling reasons I haven’t bought into Siri. Here’s another: reliability.

It doesn’t work well enough and consistently enough for me to rely on it.

Here’s’ an analogy: MobileMe’s iDisk worked perhaps 80-90% of the time when I wanted it to back up files. However, most of the time I emailed a file to my Gmail as well, just in case.

If Siri even worked to anywhere near this level I might use Siri more but it doesn’t. I’d estimate that about half the time it fails to do whatever I ask it, either because of lack of connectivity or because it doesn’t understand what I’ve asked it to do.

What I’d ideally want is something on the same level of consistency as Dropbox. Something that never lets me down. Something I can trust. Otherwise, what’s the point? The alternatives get the

At the end of the day, it’s just too beta.


Goodbye, old friend

We’ve been together since the summer of 2010 but this weekend I’m backing up my data and blanking my iPhone 4. Next week I’m recycling it as part of a trade-in for a 5S.

I’m not going to get all maudlin about it. It’s a phone, a combination of metal, glass and silicon, but it’s one of the best devices I’ve ever used.

It’s a bit knackered. It got a bit damp on a run during the Summer (water oozing out from around the home button) but still it worked. Kind of.

It’s got chips and scratches, the audio jack doesn’t always work, the speakers sometimes give out and iOS 7 brought the processor and RAM to their knees.

But I still love it. Continue reading