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Apple has recently fallen into a pattern of offering just incremental updates on its existing product line rather than anything new and innovative. Hence the Retina Display on the new iPad New iPad Review and Giveaway New iPad Review and Giveaway The third generation (2012) iPad was announced on March 7, 2012, and have recently reached their new owners across the globe. How does it compare to its predecessors -- the iPad 2 and original iPad?... Read More and Siri on the iPhone 4S. Both of which are the only features making their respective devices worth purchasing.

Siri may be the only reason worth upgrading to an iPhone 4S, but it’s also something of a gamechanger that, once used, leaves a lasting impression. The voice-activated personal assistant is one of those features that will inevitably become a part of all smartphones (whether Siri or a clone). What we want to know is how you, the average iPhone 4S owner, uses Siri.

This Week’s Question…

As An iPhone 4S Owner, What Do You Use Siri For?

We recently saw, via an infographic Siri, Why Don't You Understand Me? [INFOGRAPHIC] Siri, Why Don't You Understand Me? [INFOGRAPHIC] One of the best things about an iPhone 4S is the Siri speech recognition app, but as I have increasingly noticed, it doesn't seem to like me and my Scottish accent (cue lots of moments... Read More , how many iPhone 4S owners use Siri on a monthly basis, a handful of the most common uses of Siri, and some other data points related to the feature. But MakeUseOf readers know better, and we want you to detail what you use Siri to accomplish on your iPhone 4S. If you have an iPhone 4S, obviously. Everybody else can tell us how, if in possession of a Siri-enabled device, they would use it.

Do you (or would you) use Siri for just the basic, banal tasks such as making phone calls, sending texts, and searching the Web? Alternatively, do you (or would you) trust Siri to run your whole life? Much as a human personal assistant would, if you’re rich or powerful enough to employ one. Your responses will not only enlighten and entertain us all, they could spark ideas in others for ingenious uses of Siri.

We Ask You… All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen as having made the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, having their name put up in lights for all to marvel at and to coo over. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?


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  1. Shehan Nirmal
    June 26, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Will SIRI be the best man-made AI on earth...???

  2. Luke Christodoulou
    May 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I send texts, make and search notes, search web, ask random questions (how much does the moon weigh?), play music, look for businesses, use jpgtosiri and occasionally make calls. Sometimes it's quicker though speed can be a bit hit and miss.
    It's not hard to find uses for it.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Out of everyone who has answered I'd say you're getting the most use out of Siri :)

  3. Bakari Chavanu
    May 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I use Siri for writing dictation (ten times better than using the built-in), and when I'm in my car, I use it, along with the earphone mic, to make phone calls to people in my address book. And sometimes I use it for quick searches. Sure, Siri is pretty basic, but over time it could get better. For me, however, the writing dictation feature was worth the upgrade to 4S. I hope Apple brings that feature to the Mac platform.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2012 at 1:34 am

      I can definitely see Apple improving Siri way beyond what it's currently capable of. You'd say that alone was worth upgrading to the iPhone 4S?

  4. Brian
    May 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I use the voice recognition to text 90% of the time. When I'm at my computer I use the new messages beta exclusively. As far as Siri herself, never. Unless I'm showing a friend and asking her stupid questions.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 28, 2012 at 2:16 am

      More for novelty factor then...

  5. Manny
    May 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Daily for texting and setting reminders. And occasionally for setting Calendar appointments.

    But specially texting. It's amazing how accurate and fast the translation on Siri is. I hope the same functionality comes to the Macs.

  6. Mark O'Neill
    May 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I use it to dictate my shopping lists. So I just say "put milk on shopping list" and it adds milk to a reminder list named "shopping". I also tell it to set my alarms, call and text people and search the web.

    To be honest, it doesn't understand my deep Scottish brogue very well, even though it is set to British English. It obviously expects to hear some English upper-crust gentleman and not some "they'll never take our freedom!" Scotsman :-)

    For example, I live in a German city called Würzburg but you should hear Siri struggling to understand me when I say "Würzburg". The last time I said it, it said "sorry Mark, I don't know wellington boots. Let me find that online for you". I mean, wellington boots???

    • Dave Parrack
      May 28, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Estuary English I suspect. Which is the complete opposite of the Scots accent lol.

      If you say Würzburg while pretending you're drunk it kind of sounds like wellington boots. Just a little.

  7. MERman
    May 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

    To be honest: NOTHING
    I have that thing turned off. I find it to be entirely useless and annoying

  8. javae
    May 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Absolutely nothing. I even turned it off completely to not waste any battery life on it.

  9. ToastedPine
    May 25, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I use alarms a lot. Siri is easier to use than the clunky alarm interface that comes with the clock app. It's also useful for figuring out dates quickly if you have some random events you need to order.

    I still wish you could train Siri like you can with dragon naturally speaking. It's a real pain when siri's limited vocabulary doesn't recognize technical terms.

    • Brian
      May 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      I forgot. I do use it to say something like 'wake me up in half an hour.' Don't tell my boss.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 28, 2012 at 2:18 am

      Being able to train Siri would be great. But that would go against Apple's control freakery.

  10. iStoopKid
    May 25, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Nothing. I was given an iphone as a gift and after watching a news story on my local Fox News channel, I sold it 2 days later. They showed how Siri was giving people directions to dump dead bodies and where to find weed or places where lots of children hang out (for child predators). It shocked the crap out of me. Not to mention everything you say to Siri is recorded in order to be transcribed into text. All these smartphones collect massive amounts of data on their users, but something about Siri never sat easy with me.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 28, 2012 at 2:19 am

      I think the point is you can ask it anything. That doesn't mean you're actually going to dump a body or buy drugs! Then again it was Fox News.

  11. Laga Mahesa
    May 25, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I'm with Andrew Gould, I barely even remember it exists. I've used it perhaps 4 times to dictate whilst driving, and twice to dictate a note - just for shits and giggles.

  12. Andrew Gould
    May 25, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Almost nothing. I occasionally use it to read and reply to text messages when I'm driving, because it's hands-free.

  13. Luna
    May 25, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Siri's got limited functions here in my country. Stuff like searching through maps for location of places, or for weather doesn't really work. Most people I know who have it barely use it, particularly since Siri also has difficulty recognizing some words because of the accents and such.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 28, 2012 at 2:20 am

      Which country are we talking about? Hopefully Siri will improve over time.

      • Luna
        May 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        Late reply, as you've already posted the results of this article but I thought I'd chime in still. Sorry :)

        I'm in the Philippines. I can easily use Siri to open functions and apps on the iPhone but only if it understands what I say. As I've mentioned, it doesn't work with the maps, weather or directory functions: anything that has something to do with location specific tasks.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

          Ah, sorry about that, we have to post the results before the new question.

          That sounds like it's very limiting for Siri. Are you pleased with your iPhone 4S apart from that though?

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