why can't Siri ever find anything?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by pesos, May 26, 2015.

  1. pesos macrumors 6502a

    pesos

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    What is the point of Siri if she can't even find a local restaurant?

    "call teddy's bigger burgers"
    "i'm sorry, I can't find a restaurant named teddy's bugger burgers"

    So at least she got the transcription correct - perfectly in fact. But she's useless if she can't actually take that and match it to the restaurant.

    I had to pull out my phone and type in teddy's bigger burgers which of course comes up immediately. Why the disconnect between what the phone finds and what Siri finds?

    At least this is an improvement over when searching for Jamba Juice used to come out as "I can't find John's Ass Juice."
     
  2. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

    Lloydbm41

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    1. Siri still sucks at accents.
    2. Siri still has crappy algorithms when trying to conduct a search
    3. Siri and Maps suck worse when combined together.
     
  3. pesos thread starter macrumors 6502a

    pesos

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    I'm from California - no accent here - or at least not an accent that Apple would consider one!

    Just strange how inconsistent it is - like Siri will have no trouble finding Costco one day - then the next "i can't find any places matching Costco."
     
  4. Will22 macrumors 65816

    Will22

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    I turned Siri off because of how useless it is. It is even worse than Blackberry, a lot worse than Google and is blown into the weeds by Cortana.

    Maybe it is my Irish(Wexford) accent but I don't have a very strong Irish accent.
     
  5. unclejamaal macrumors 6502

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    For voice calling I find Siri very good, but for just about everything else Google voice recognition is much much better on android phones.
    Just trying out cortana on Nokia and it's showing promise.
     
  6. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I've a clue into why Siri can't find some destinations regularly - it's their tie-in to Yelp.

    I searched for "Sonic burgers" for my GF's fix (I know they're called "Sonic Drive-In"). Siri couldn't find one. Neither could the Yelp app on my iPhone. But, Google/Google Maps, Safari (with Google as a search engine), and Bing - found at least 6 in my metro area.

    But, using Siri to search for "Sonic Drive-In" yielded 5 results on the results screen - exactly the same first 5 locations yielded in the Yelp app with the same search string. Google/Google Maps, Safari (with Google as a search engine), and Bing - found the same 5 using "Sonic Drive-In".

    To mung things up a bit more, I asked Siri to "find a Sonic Drive-In", and I was left with "Looking" then "I didn't find any restaurants matching 'sonic drive-in'." (Note the case of the letters being different than when dictated "Sonic Drive-In" name exactly. And, using just "sonic" left me with no results from Siri and Yelp - but Bing and Google's search engines did produce results (Bing also found a couple of Sonic Sound Studios too!).

    There's my 2 cents...
     
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Certainly does a lot of things on the phone for me (and seemingly quite a few others), like reading messages, sending messages, checking the calendar, creating events, creating reminders, calling people, etc.
     
  8. Will22 macrumors 65816

    Will22

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    I never said it wasn't working for others, I use my iPhone 6 for private use(Note 4 or BB Passport for work) and for what I use it for it is not very good but maybe if I used it more it would get better.
     
  9. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    My thoughts exactly. If I wanted to do an Internet search (Siri's response about 90% of the time), I would have done so via the microphone feature using the Google app.
     

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