Siri Dissed By Windows Phone, Android Chiefs
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User Rank: Apprentice
10/27/2011 | 7:41:48 PM
re: Siri Dissed By Windows Phone, Android Chiefs
Why is voice important? Much easier in the car, where without voice a solo driver can't safely look for a nearby restaurant without pulling over. How about for the blind? The elderly whose arthritis can make it difficult to type on regular devices, let alone mobile devices? Even a pedestrian moving rapidly through a crowd, whose head should not be glued to a small device? Used wisely Siri can be a game changer. That will become more true as more apps build in voice capability.

Ed you are 100% right if either Android or Windows Mobile leapfrogs Apple in this regard, suddely voice recognition will be a critical feature. Heck, Microsoft may even give their cuddly new assistant a name too. Let's hope they don't call him Bob.

As for the truly inane comment about not communicating with your phone the only alternative to communicating with the phone is to use it as a paperweight or a doorstop. Works great as a mirror in a pinch too. Moronic statement, truly. In fact, asking Siri to find a nearby restaurant and letting the whole group hear her answers is a much quicker and less intrusive communication than me typing on an itty bitty keyboard (physical or screen) and squinting at the results. After efficiently figuring out where we are going I can communicate with the humans walking next to me. You know, make eye contact, gesture, talk and listen, no wireless or wires. THAT'S communication.

So instead of being jerks, score one for Apple, go out and leapfrog them. We all benefit when you guys play leapfrog.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/24/2011 | 7:08:13 PM
re: Siri Dissed By Windows Phone, Android Chiefs
"Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn't be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."

I have to agree, that is a stupid comment. Google search by voice is handy. It is subset of what Siri does (or maybe an example as I don't know what all Siri can do search for.

Where ever the phone can make life easier, the better. As long as that functionality does not cost an arm and a leg.

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