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October 16, 2011

Siri: iPhone 4S’ killer feature or utter failure?

When Apple introduced the iPhone 4S a couple of weeks back, we said it wasn’t a big of an upgrade as we wanted it to be (see: Why we’re disappointed there’s no iPhone 5). There were dissenting opinions, of course, stating that Siri — the Personal Assistant, is its killer feature.

I had my reservations with Siri and kept judgement until we’ve finally seen it first hand. Aside from that, there’s also the issue with the speed of our local networks.

So here’s a sample of that killer feature from Siri, c/o MB Tech News Editor Art Samaniego.

Looks like Siri will not work if you’re outside the US (Siri uses services like Places, Yelp and WolframAlpha). So if Siri is one of your biggest reasons to get the iPhone 4S, you might just be disappointed.

At least Apple gave it some sense of humor.

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52 Responses to “Siri: iPhone 4S’ killer feature or utter failure?”

  1. Sixel says:

    Well if Siri is the only reason to buy a iPhone 4S. Congratulations on your wasted money.

  2. Robin Lim says:

    Dissapoint Vlingo (Android/BlackBeery/iOS/Symbian) does work in the Philippines.

    Android App has additional features not found in he iOS version like SafeReader and car mode.

    The only thing I use Vlingo for is SafeReader though. The rest I tried for fun.

  3. Tmcr says:

    Siri is not a good enough reason to buy the 4s. If you want the iPhone porma, get the iPhone 4 instead. Nobody will notice the difference. But if you want the best smartphone, get the galaxy s ii.

  4. jonaflormicfren
    Twitter: daniojr
    says:

    His features is limited to particular places.

  5. steelicon
    Twitter: steelicon
    says:

    Google must buy and integrate Vlingo with ICS! \o/

  6. 'em says:

    User: “Siri, how many islands are there in the Philippines?
    Siri: “High tide or low tide?”

    :)

  7. Den says:

    Hopefully, it’ll work better when the 4s becomes official here.

  8. Robin Lim says:

    Sometimes I really wonder about how bright we are. Apple says something and we are like wow.

    Siri was offered as a free app for a year, and no one talked about it. Now Siri is the “killer app” on the iPhone 4S. The free download is gone. You could have been using it on you 3GS or for 4 a long time ago. Now, you have to buy a 4S.

    Even on the Android side, Vlingo has seen a 50% increase in downloads. Vlingo is good on Android, with complete hands free operation. I think they have given up on iOS, since the iOS version has less features (no car mode and no safereader).

    It also cost US$9.99 to get it fully functional on iOS, and is free on Android. Making it add free cost US$1.99.

    I have Vlingo installed. The only thing I really use is its SafeReader function though.

  9. iSuck says:

    I wonder what she says when you say I love you?
    She will say “I Hope you dont say that to other smartphones.

  10. SIRI says:

    SIRI: ART AND EVERYONE, YOU STILL DON’T GET IT UNTIL NOW? I’M NOT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE TO COME OUT IN YOUR COUNTRY UNTIL NOW, BUT IT WILL BE HERE IN NO TIME. YOU SEE, ART DID BUY THE IPHONE 4S FROM THE OTHER COUNTRY CAUSE HE’S SO EXCITED TO USE ME BUT FROM THAT CASE HE JUST USE HE’S MONEY NOT HE’S HEAD..

    HE’S A MORON…STUPID…

    • Ranma says:

      I’m glad the SIRI in the comment above this is not the SIRI in iPhone 4S.

      Expanding the contractions:

      HE JUST USE “HE IS” MONEY NOT “HE IS” HEAD

      Not to mention other grammatical errors. This SIRI may not be a native English speaker but it’s ironic to be calling someone a moron and stupid when the grammar in the post itself seem to indicate that he/she is no better.

  11. quacker oatmeals says:

    Oh yeah, that’s one hell of an epic fail image.
    Anyway, it’s really disappointing that this app only works in the US.

  12. me says:

    Pang sa mahilig mangtrip o sa mga tamad lang tong si siri. lol.

    • Ranma says:

      You’re forgetting yung mga mahilig mag text kahit nagmamaneho. This could prevent a couple of accidents.

  13. quantumkiko says:

    Note that you can still do schedules, notes/emails, plays songs, check weather, and other important business stuff. As for “what’s the nearest mall or restaurant” questions, I don’t think we really need Siri for that here in Manila don’t we? Given the lack of road directions, it’s implied that we know how to get around already. Culture. Just my 2 cents.

  14. Luna
    Twitter: evilclown213
    says:

    i hope they will upgrade siri and can be used here in phil .. :) dnt be too hasty :D

    xmas spirit .. xado highblood :)

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