How well does Siri work for you?

What percent of the time does Siri understand you?


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iPodJedi

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 28, 2013
711
0
Apple Store, USA
How often does Siri understand you and your voice?

For me, Siri never understands me but my voice is very clear...
 
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The Doctor11

macrumors 603
Dec 15, 2013
5,907
1,291
New York
I talk to Siri no diffrent then I would if I were talking to you in person. But there's something wrong in 50% of thing I ask her.
 

Shanghaichica

macrumors G4
Apr 8, 2013
11,111
7,507
UK
He's been quite good for me (male in the UK). He usually understands me even when I'm mumbling lol. It was funny the other day I activated Siri by accident and I muttered under my breath go away Siri. It was heard and recognised, as he said that wasn't very nice shanghaichica (real name)! I was surprised that what I had said was recognised as I wasn't even speaking clearly.
 

carjakester

macrumors 68020
Oct 21, 2013
2,226
55
Midwest
siri is terrible, almost anytime i ask her something she just wants to google it, which defeats the purpose of asking her.
 

August West

macrumors regular
Aug 23, 2009
121
29
Land of Enchantment
I got my an iPhone 5s a couple of weeks ago and being my first Siri product I'm pretty impressed with how well it works. As long as I stay within the limitations of what Siri can do, it works very well for me. I do try to speak a little more slowly and clearly than I normally do since I tend to talk too fast and run words together.
 

Shrink

macrumors G3
Feb 26, 2011
8,914
1,596
New England, USA
I find Siri (an "it", not a "she", for me) useful for setting alarms, timers, texts, reminders, the occasional short email, and the spelling of names and professionally related words.

If I'm away from home I might ask a question and receive a Googled answer, which is fine with me since were I at home, I would have Googled the question.

Since I don't need a software program as a friend and I guess that my expectations are low... it seldom disappoints.:)
 

antiprotest

macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2010
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246
I would say about 98% of the time. It's very rare that siri misses what I say. I use it for hardware settings, playing music, setting alarms and reminders and sending messages and emails.
 

iPodJedi

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 28, 2013
711
0
Apple Store, USA
I asked Siri to open safari a few days ago and it asked me if u want to search the web for something inappropriate even though I just said "Siri, can you please open Safari" I was a bit offended by that...Siri is really annoying and never understands :(
 
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jr866gooner

macrumors 65816
Aug 24, 2013
1,437
302
Siri sometimes misinterprets what I say but I may be saying things that are too complex or related to notes about contacting people. Maybe I just have really bad speech pronunciation. I do mumble sometimes I must admit lol
 

iPodJedi

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 28, 2013
711
0
Apple Store, USA
Siri sometimes misinterprets what I say but I may be saying things that are too complex or related to notes about contacting people. Maybe I just have really bad speech pronunciation. I do mumble sometimes I must admit lol
Sometimes i wonder that to-whether what m asking is too complex for Siri then i press "What can I ask Siri" and it comes up with all the options and I ask exactly as i say and she doesn't understand
 

cynics

macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
11,303
1,695
My problem with Siri is names. It will try to correct names to non nouns. This is a huge issue for me because I want to use it for directions. Coincidentally roads have names so it tried to change them.

I find that Google works 10x better! I suggest using their search.
 

lowercaseperson

macrumors 6502
Oct 5, 2006
293
87
I use Siri (esp for reminders and timers) a TON. Functionally it works nearly every time, if you want to be PICKY I would say somewhere between 25% and 35% of the time it's flawless.

What I mean by functionally is that if I say, "Remind me tomorrow at 515 AM that my first C-Section starts at 800 AM." I will get a reminder at the correct time, reminding me that my first "see section" is at 800 AM. Technically it isn't correct, but it's functional and I'm very happy with it.
 

iPodJedi

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 28, 2013
711
0
Apple Store, USA
My problem with Siri is names. It will try to correct names to non nouns. This is a huge issue for me because I want to use it for directions. Coincidentally roads have names so it tried to change them.

I find that Google works 10x better! I suggest using their search.
That is probably my biggest problem too- I'll say call Ryan and it says back "I don't see shine in your contacts"- I have no clue where shine comes from but that isn't even that close to Ryan.
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,086
2,055
Oregon
I don't really use Siri anymore, but I have used it in the past for messaging while I was using both hands at work. It typically worked without any major misunderstandings.
 

notjustjay

macrumors 603
Sep 19, 2003
6,040
111
Canada, eh?
Siri understands my voice correctly most of the time, although it falters with place names, particularly those it has never heard before. Street names or place names, for example. But that's kind of to be expected.

What I find I use Siri most often for is to set an alarm. It's SO much easier to say "wake me up at 7:30" than to scroll over to the first app screen, open the Clock app, navigate to the Alarms page, hit Edit, scroll the numbers to 7:30, and hit Save. Especially late at night when I might already be lying in bed.

Otherwise, I keep my requests pretty simple, understanding that "she" doesn't really understand anything, and is basically pulling out the most important keywords to base its response from. "Siri, would you please be a dear and tell me what alarms I have set?" and "Alarms" both show the same results. (But, thanks to the magic of Apple engineers with apparently too much time on their hands, the first one gave me a more interesting response first...)
 

alphaod

macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
22,046
1,104
NYC
It doesn't have issues understanding me; the issue is it doesn't always give the results I'm looking for.
 

BSDanalyst

macrumors regular
Sep 16, 2013
233
38
Hong Kong
It understands me perfectly. (American Accent) The scope of what it can do is still limited, but for normal tasks like alarms and settings, it's great.
 

samapal

macrumors newbie
Mar 17, 2013
18
0
Siri was appeared when iPhone 4s came to the market at 2011. But since 2011 siri has no any major updates. I dont know why apple dont finish they product. Siri has big potential but aplle "forget" about it
 

djransom

macrumors 68040
May 14, 2008
3,967
59
Chi-Town
Siri is pretty reliable for me until I ask for certain names and then it becomes an issue of her understanding me.