Am I missing out NOT using Siri?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JasonR, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    Has anyone else found Siri to be mostly useless? It was cool for the first week or two, but I haven't found myself using it. Am I missing out? Is there some sort of guide that actually makes using Siri useful?

    Not the iPhone...I just don't think Siri is that great.
  2. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    This ought to answer a few questions.
  3. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
  4. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I rarely use it. These days I use it to turn off all my alarms when I get up since I usually have about 7 or so.
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I disabled it the minute I bought it. I'm quite capable of finding things on my own.
  6. imalazeeass macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    I find it useful for a few things, such as setting the timer for laundry, or looking up directions while I'm driving.
  7. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    Siri is useful to the individuals personnel wants and needs.

    I use Siri to set reminders, calendar notes, send texts and read them etc

    Its useful to play my individual playlists.
  8. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Would Siri make any of your common tasks easier? -> No -> Not missing out on anything
    Would Siri make any of your common tasks easier? -> Yes -> Missing out, turn on Siri
  9. motoleo macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2012
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    No. You are not missing anything. Except novelty maybe. It's hard to get people to notice you talking to Siri because Siri doesn't have much to say.

    A better feature is actually the SPEAK feature that comes with iOS 5. It's available on iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch. It allows "Siri" to read back blocks of text like email, news storys, essays anything you want.

    It's in Accessibilty settings and it's way better than Siri.
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Siri works great for getting directions on the run, putting in reminders, texting or emailing in the car, etc.
  11. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    I'm sure the OP can't find affirmation in that 258 post thread on this same topic.
  12. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    I don't have an iPhone but if I did I'd use it in the car.
  13. iceterminal, Feb 17, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012

    iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Ive noticed that most people that say they don't use it because it doesn't work are usually the ones that haven't spent the time to learn to use it properly.

    That being said, you'll only find the answer to your question when you start to use it (properly) and decide for yourself if its worth it.
    No one can answer it for you, only give opinions on what they think.

    I use voice control all the time and my son uses his Siri constantly now he's spent the time to learn how to use it. He said it took him about a day or two.
  14. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    Siri is only cool if you need an actual fact that you dont feel like google'g. For instance..."Who was the 19th President". Everything else it's simply faster to do it myself.
    Gotta say though. She's quick and damn good at what she does.

    Oh...setting alarms is great too.
  15. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    I use it when I don't feel like searching the web or locating a number in the phone book

    Call Pizza hut
    ~I have found 4 pizza huts in your area...
  16. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    He doesn't say it doesn't work.
  17. tctony macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Not really. It's faster to do it yourself most of the time. It rarely works on 3G for me. And she is stupid and doesn't understand you correctly most of the time.
  18. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    What happens to me more often then not is I'll do some mundane task then say "I should have used siri to do that."

    So I usually find it useless cause I forget to use it.

    When I do remember it usually works pretty good. Things like finding a restaurants phone number or directions. It's useful for reading back a gigantic text when I'm driving too, a lot times it's pretty comical too. :)
  19. wrkactjob, Feb 17, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012

    wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    I feel this is just the start, as Siri type technology develops it will eventually become awesome.

    one day it will control many aspects of our lives including car and home....

    some people will start to psychologically bond to it.

    this is just the start......(now open the god dam pod bay doors Siri)
  20. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Siri, I rarely use (I like it for setting alarms and reminders, which I don't do too often), but I do use the speech to text a lot when I am sending text messages that are a bit on the lengtheir side (more than a couple words). I do believe that technically uses the siri server, so not sure if we call that Siri or not.
  21. southernpaws macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
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    At the moment it's limited. And it was hyped for its personality, which a lot of people overhyped it and expected it to do far more than it does.

    Here's my most common uses. I drive a lot as a salesperson for work.

    *when I need to remind myself to do something: "remind me to pull a report when I get home"

    *parking meters: "remind me to move my car in thirty minutes"

    *quick text messages. Typing short messages in a text conversation now makes me impatient and I dictate most things.

    *voice calling. Far more useful than the old unusable voice calling

    *composing emails. No comments from the peanut gallery!!!!

    *asking when daylight savings time starts or when the sun sets today. Seriously.

    If you're overall an impatient person, it is easy to get frustrated and declare it useless. But I tend to not let it bother me, I understand it's limitations and, for what it can do, I maximize those abilities and it's becoming more and more irreplaceable.

    Finally, spend the money on a good Bluetooth. One where the talk button accesses Siri. And one with a superior mic to limit dictation errors.

    The soundid six button is inconvenient: you can't carry any back and forth with Siri.

    The top of the line plantronics works well.

    Old jawbones don't have a button that functions well.

    And I own the Bose series 2. Worth every overpriced penny.
  22. ModestMoo macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2011
    Cambridge, UK
    I got Siri via Spire on my iPhone 4. I bought a certificate etc.
    I used it... For one day. Literally. I'm selling that soon and buying iPhone 4S, but I think I'll disable it too.
  23. 4sFanatic macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2012
    Totally hands free, while on my desk in sleep mode "Siri ...... Open Cydia" :D
  24. k3roro macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2010
    Living in "Rain"couver, every morning when I wake up... "Siri... do I need an umbrella today".
  25. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    I think when most people say it doesn't work they mean that it doesn't have full functionality in their country.

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