The most talked-about feature of the new iPhone is its Siri voice control – supposedly a more human, organic take on how we interact with smartphones, delivering all the functions of the iPhone in response to ‘natural’ human speech.
But in our test, the phone simply said, ‘I don’t understand what you mean by Bryarside.’
When the question was repeated, the phone said haughtily, ‘I only search for addresses in the U.S., using U.S. English.’
This is a British phone, on a British network.
Siri will not replace touchscreens any time soon. It’s a nice function, but not 100 per cent reliable – and if your touchscreen was only 75 per cent reliable, you’d bin the phone.
To look at, the phone is almost indistinguishable from last year’s handset, but it’s obviously a technical upgrade on iPhone 4: it’s a whisper faster at everything, and much nippier hopping between different apps.
But so much of what it does – including access to the Siri voice control functions – is delivered via the internet that processor speed isn’t actually that important.The speed you ‘feel’ is the speed of the network you’re on.
Through the year, apps will start to take advantage of Siri’s new A5 processor – the same fast chip found in iPad 2 – but on Day One, the difference isn’t earth-shattering.
The camera’s the most obvious upgrade. Taking pictures side by side on an old iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4S, iPhone 4S’s are clearly far sharper. The images seem a lot less harsh than images taken on rival eight-megapixel camera-phones such as the one in Samsung’s Galaxy S II.
Videos look good, too, and the app seems to work faster than it did on iPhone 4.
Siri does work – saying ‘Google peanuts’ into the handset brought up a Google search for peanuts. But it’s not as reliable as simply using the touchscreen – an interface Apple themselves perfected.
One good thing, though, is the fact you can simply lift the handset to your ear and start talking.
It’s much less embarrassing to use in public than rival voice-control handsets: Galaxy S II’s voice-control functions require you to hold the thing out in front of you and talk VERY carefully, which isn’t something you’re liable to do on the bus.
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