I’ve been playing around with my iPhone 4S for about a week now, and after a few promising first conversations, I just don’t think that Siri and I will be getting to know each other any better. She seem’s like nice enough, and in a few specific situations, she even comes in pretty handy, but at least for now, Siri’s not the girl for me.
4 Reasons Why I won’t be using Siri any Longer
- Lack of Privacy
Having a conversation with Siri may be fun, and it may help you deal with your loneliness, and it may even have many innovative uses — but let’s face it: there are going to be MANY situations in which an audible interface is impractical, discouraged, or downright incriminating. These spots include but are not limited to:
- Movie Theaters
Like the guy constantly talking loudly on his Bluetooth headset, Siri’s voice simply isn’t always welcome.
- Inability to Determine My Voice from Strangers’ Voices
I’m sometimes lucky enough to actually have human beings around me. Some of them have a mischievous and playful sense of humor — and some are simply random strangers with loud voices. If Siri is active while they’re vocalizing, many of my texts will inevitably include things that I really didn’t intend to say or want the recipients to read.
- Lack of Security
It really bugs me that you don’t have to unlock your iPhone to get to Siri. Because she’ll respond to anybody’s voice, that means that ANYBODY could pick up your iPhone and send a text or email. Sure, you can change the passcode lock settings if you know about such things, but that means that you’ll sacrifice the immediate convenience (half of Siri’s appeal).
It’s pretty quick and easy to send off a short text message or or set an alarm with Siri, but it’s still much faster for me to sight read longer emails or type out longer emails than it is to have Siri read them aloud to me—not to mention editing what’s been dictated is a nightmare.
I do like and respect many of Apple’s products, but the truth is that I use a LOT of other alternatives instead. And Siri is Apple in a nutshell: desirable, sleek, and powerful… but riding the line where ‘tightly integrated with Apple’s products’ may as well mean ‘purposefully excluding everyone else’. Siri is almost completely helpless to assist you with third-party apps and services — this includes Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other 500,000 or so App Store choices – not to mention any number of browser-based (“Web 2.0″) services.
Closing on a more social/philosophical note, I must agree with Google’s Andy Rubin. “Your phone is a tool for communicating,” Rubin said at the AsiaD conference. “You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.” Granted, Rubin has his own obvious agenda for downplaying Apple’s products, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a good point. Sorry Siri, you’re hip, cool and pretty functional, but you’re just not the girl for me!
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