So who actually see's themselves using Siri everyday?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by mnsportsgeek, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    Is this just FaceTime 2.0? Who actually wants to talk to their phone in public like some World of Warcraft geek.

    Isn't the whole point of text messages so that you can text them rather than speak them?
  2. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    I use it at least 5-8 times per day as I'm trying to get it to better understand me. I love the fact that when I'm driving I can hit the Bluetooth button on my headset and send a text to my wife without ever looking at my phone. Same goes for when I'm playing music on my iPhone in the car. Hit the button and say skip, next, play XYZ and so on. All completely handsfree.
  3. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    a better time to ask would be when the novelty wears off. Then we can really see how useful it is day-to-day.

    People are probably still playing/having fun with it now.
  4. alansmallen macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    Here in New York when it gets really cold or rains, to use an iPhone you have to take it out of your pocket, take of your gloves, text call whatever, and then put your glove back on and put it back. Not that fun in 15 degree weather. Yesterday in the rain I was having 4 simultaneous text conversations without ever having to pull the iphone from my pocket.
  5. dotme macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    I upgraded mostly for Siri. Love it. Great to use when driving for reasons stated above. Definitely going to be using it a lot, and not regretting my upgrade one bit.
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I spend between 12 and 20 hours a week driving (LA Traffic sucks!) so I think this will be very useful!
  7. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I only do about 12 hours a week, here in Miami, but yes I agree. I don't see me not using it anytime soon.

    Even outside of the car though.

    I send countless emails, txts, set reminders and alarms.. don't see this stopping. The weather feature kind of wore off already. I guess because weather is always the same other than rain and I don't use umbrellas.
  8. jbrown macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2002
  9. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    For now, I think Siri is most useful in a car (though I could already do most of what I consider useful in Siri today 6 months ago in Vlingo and other apps). However, as it improves and more functionality is added, I think its usage could expand.

    I do think Apple is selling a lot of 4S's from the novelty of it and while those users won't regret their new phone because it is stronger under the hood, they may realize upgrading wasn't the best use of their money (for those who were on the fence about it).


    That...Plus how hard is it to touch a weather app?
  10. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I would use FaceTime if it worked over 3G....Wifi only makes it pointless.
  11. pixelchild macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    when i first heard about siri, i thought it was really a big effin' gimmick. stupid and useless. i'd rather just look at my phone and it's quicker doing it with my fingers rather than dictating in slow understandable commands.

    when i got the phone, i enjoyed the gimmick a little, did some of those easter eggs, etc.

    now that i have the phone for over a week, i realize how much i actually use it. i use it 5 times estimate per day.

    almost all of them are for setting alarms. i need a lot of individual changeable alarms at work.

    i really wish siri read directions (maps) to me. that would be awesome.

    other than that, i haven't used it for anything much but those verbal alarm commands are clutch.
  12. steve-p macrumors 68000


    Oct 14, 2008
    Newbury, UK
    I was sceptical about how useful it would really be, but it's good actually, and I do expect to use it quite a lot. I doubt I would use it in public though.
  13. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    On my Jabra, I just hit the answer button which brings up Siri.
  14. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I use it every day and will continue to in the following circumstances:

    Setting my alarm for the next day.

    Also, while commuting I use it to hear and send text messages.

    I find myself using it for simple look up and math questions / wolfram alpha type stuff where it's faster than unlocking the phone, launching safari, and googling for it.

    But the reminders/alarms/timers are the most frequent use for me.
  15. ipoddin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I use it in the car all the time to read back messages and send texts. If you put the phone up to your ear to activate it looks like you're just talking on the phone anyway, so no big deal.

    If I'm sitting at my desk at work, I'm not going to talk to it. But I often times have to walk between buildings so I can easily just put the phone up to my ear like I'm having a phone conversation and tell her to set a reminder, schedule a meeting, respond to a text - without doing the, looking down at my phone typing away while walking and accidentally bumping in to someone, that you often times see people doing oblivious to their surroundings.
  16. k3roro macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2010
    I live downtown Vancouver and I walk to work, so I find myself asking "do I need an umbrella tomorrow" quite often.
  17. jade macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2003
    I can see myself using it daily a few times per day:
    1. reminders
    2. making calendar appointments
    3. sending quick text messages
    4. Voice dialing -- Siri gets bonus points because you can say: what's the phone number for the pizza place on first and it will say "here is the phone number, do you want me to call." if it doesn't find it in your address book.
  18. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    I just used it to set a timer for my lunch break. To my surprise I said "check timer" and Siri responded with how much time was left. I can totally see this being an everyday deal.
  19. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    I wouldn't ever set a timer for a lunch break manually, even though the functionality is there and it'd be really easy to do. I guess if Siri would do it all for me and all I have to say is 1 sentence, I'd be more likely to do it... but still, I'm not so sure.

    I kind of feel this way about almost everything Siri does. It makes things a little easier, but how much easier? Is it really that taxing to set an alarm by hand? I can do it in about 15 seconds. If Siri works on the first try, I guess I can do it in 5-7 seconds. If for whatever reason it doesn't and it takes more than 1 try to get it set, then I would have been better off just setting the alarm by hand.
  20. benjayman2 macrumors 6502


    Sep 1, 2010
    I use it throughout the day as my reminders pile up.
  21. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I'm not getting the 4S but when the 5 (or whatever) comes out I could imagine myself using it. I'm sure it will have improved by leaps and bounds by then too.

    I find it most useful if you own a bluetooth headset. I'll probably buy one when I get my next iPhone.
  22. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2008
    Did you see andy rubins (Android chief) comment on Siri? The gist was people shouldn't be talking to their phones. I know he has to spin it but its so funny how it misses the point completely. The mobile device is becoming the center of every persons life. Communicating, accessing the web, getting thing done, etc. Siri enables you to do these things that much more efficiently. Things that are a better experience because of Siri:

    1) Setting alarms
    2) Setting reminders
    3) Searching for restaurants, businesses, etc (a lot of the stuff i used to have to open google maps/places, type the search, run the search)
    4) Quick weather checks
    5) Finding peoples locations (leveraging Find My Friends so obviously only as useful as # of people you have here)
    6) Calling people (although this is about a wash with older voice control)
    7) Quickly checking my calendar
    8) Making calendar appointments
    9) General web searching (again, i used google app voice search but this is faster)
    10) Quick note taking

    I specifically left out text messaging because on the one hand while its certainly more efficient when it gets the text right, i often send longer texts and there is more often than not, a word or two wrong which i have to go in and change. Still faster overall.

    None of the above are novelties. They are things I do everyday. I don't use Siri exclusively for them its just that when i can or need to use Siri, these tasks are more efficient.

    And people used to look weird when they were on their BT headsets. Its the norm now. No on pays attention to what you are doing on the phone anymore or walking down the street.
  23. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    I disagree with this. People still look weird with bluetooth headsets. In fact, I'd say they were weirder than ever up until iPhone 4S. With Siri however, I can see bluetooth actually being useful for something other than car syncing.
  24. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The Android reps are downplaying it because it is worlds away from what they have....once they have Google Assistant in next years release they will be all about it.
  25. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    That's fine, but for those that do Siri is what's up. And yes, I can set an alarm in less than 5 seconds as Siri works on the first try. I think what most people are missing is that with Siri, we can use it without unlocking our phones. Setting an alarm/reminder is as easy as hitting the button and saying "wake me up at 9am tomorrow."

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