With the latest news that Apple may be bringing at least the dictation part of Siri to other iOS devices in iOS 5.1, I got to thinking how much I actually use Siri on my iPhone 4S. The answer is both surprising and yet unsurprising at the same time.

When Apple first launched the iPhone 4S, Siri was hailed as a technological marvel; a real way of interacting with a device using the power of our voices in a way that resembled real language, not a set of canned commands that needed to be spoken in the right order. The theory was great, but it hasn’t really panned out yet.

Stories of regional accents causing confusion for Siri began to circulate soon after the iPhone 4S release, and I too struggled to get it to understand my accent. But as time has gone on, Siri seems to have gotten wise to such issues, and things have indeed improved.

But still, I don’t use Siri.

Perhaps I simply don’t find myself in situations where Siri would be of benefit. I don’t use a headset when driving, so I do not find myself sending emails, messages, or anything else in the car. I don’t run, so that’s that particular use case out of the window, too.

Maybe I don’t use Siri because I feel like a bit of an idiot talking to my iPhone.

Other than setting a timer once in a while – just for the sheer novelty of it – Siri just does not get any use from me, and it’s a similar story for the people I have spoken to.

With that in mind, do we even need Siri on an iPad? Furthermore, is Siri one of those technologies that seems awesome in demonstration, but just does not translate into real-word use for real-word people? Like the Segway, for example. It’s an awesome idea, but you don’t see people rolling around on them outside of certain parts of Silicon Valley.

But then I got to thinking that maybe it’s just me and my likeminded friends. What about you, dear reader? Do you use Siri, and if so, what for? I want to know whether Apple really is onto a winner here, or whether Siri is another Ping, or to a certain extent, the Apple TV.

Now it’s up to you, folks. Tell me I’m wrong.

  • The only time I use it is to ask Siri to play music in its docking station while I’m driving , other than that I don’t use it at all’

  • Anonymous

    I use Siri to communicate with my autistic son. He often texts when I am driving because I am usually picking him up somewhere and he gets anxious about where I am. I prefer voice but he isn’t able to do that. So he texts me and I speak to him.

    I find I use Siri otherwise to set timers and alarms and to make quick entries in my shopping list. I like the geofence reminders best because I would often forget to look at reminders by the time I get home so now I just ask for Siri to remind me. She has saved the day a number of times.

    Best of all though is random things I used to Google but now use Siri to access Wolfram Alpha.

  • Anonymous

    Never use Siri.

    Have read a number of articles to see what I’m missing but I don’t find anything that I really need.

  • “but just does not translate into real-word use for real-word people?”
    Did you mean “real-world”?

  • me: Siri go do the laundry
    Siri: sorry i am not programmed to do that
    me: shut the fuck up bitch

  • Siri: defining bitch
    me: … (wtf is with this thing)

  • Anonymous

    I tested it out for some days and found it completely useless for me. I have disabled Siri on my iPhone.

  • Sam OfTheFurry

    Yup I was excited and overwhelmed at 1st but I don’t use it. Maybe because I need a JAILBREAK for my iPhone 4s!!!!!!!!!

  • I use Siri a lot with English US, and I am from the UK and it recognizes me fine. If
    You read on the Apple site you will see that Siri can adapt to your accent and voice over time as long as you edit text when she gets stuff wrong or leaves out words. I use Siri to make calls, play music, find contracts, iMessage and more! It can be really usefull but having to be connected to the internet really sucks and yes I know all about the iPhone not having enough processing power and stuff but etisalat’s 3G in Dubai at the moment is not working right so I can’t do stuff with it on the go but at home I use it all the time.

  • Anonymous

    I use Siri constantly for Google searches. Just this morning I used “google how long does a sliced orange stay fresh” which would have otherwise had me unpacking my computer from my work bag or typing it all out on my phone as I was packing my lunch. Also great is “remind me to go buy dog food when I leave work.”

  • Yan Kar

    the biggest problem is that you have to hold the home button.
    If you can call siri ( something like xbox voice recognition) than it would be very usefull.

  • Ace Manum

    Everyone gets it wrong sometimes, even Apple! Plus, they COULD have made Siri a lot better & with a lot more features/options, but they’re holding them back for the iPhone 5.
    But in reality, more often than not, it’s not practical, appropriate or of any real utility.

  • Yes, a ton. Recipes unit conversions and timers while cooking, directions, emails and texts while driving, and setting up reminders while in bed are my best use cases.

    Like a lot of technology, you need to figure out how to make it work for your life in order to see what it can do. And practice makes perfect.

    Sounds like the author hasn’t really tried.

  • I agree with you 100% I use it for fun. That’s it. Time pass. Nothing productive. It wrong understand (my pronunciation is wrong) and act to call somebody and we need to act fast to close/ cut the call. Apple should have added a speak trainer course for Siri before we start to use it, after all I own the iPhone and it should not expect american accent

  • I only just got a headset, but since I do a lot of walking/hiking with my dog (our usual walks are 3-4 miles) I anticipate using it fairly often because I don’t like having to dig out my phone all the time. I got a headset that can do music so I will probably be using Siri for controlling my music, for things like asking the time and probably for reading and/or sending texts while I walk.

  • No. When I use it is only for laughing.