I’m a diehard iPhone lover but there is one feature that I think has fallen flat. Siri. Just this morning I saw my cousin complaining on Facebook with another example of how Siri did not interpret her request even close to correctly. My problem is not so much that it doesn’t understand me but in the limited functions it can do. For example, I can’t tell it to do anything on Twitter or Facebook, or any other app for that matter. I could understand except Twitter is a built-in app now. It should at least be able to open and refresh my timeline.
I’ve found it’s pretty limited to calling and texting people, weather, music, directions and searching. Some of it is helpful but when it can’t understand what you’re saying, particularly when you’re requesting street addresses or names, it’s dreadfully useless.
The one thing I constantly use Siri for is reminders. I didn’t even know I had a Reminders app until a few months ago. I was previously using my calendar to schedule things. These days, if it’s not on my calendar, it’s NOT happening. Funny enough, last week I saw Lexi had an upcoming dentist appointment. I started warning her to get prepared 3 days in advance. Finally, she said, “But they said they wouldn’t see me until May last time!” Well, just in case, I made the phone call and sure enough the appointment in my calendar was still in there after we had already taken a canceled appointment a few weeks back and I had forgotten to remove the original appointment.
The calendar is great and all but I schedule silly things like going to the pharmacy or calling a friend or leaving Amazon feedback I promised. It’s not really an appointment but I need to do it at some point. Reminders are great for this. You still can schedule them, on repeat if needed, and it still reminds you at a certain time but it’s not clouding your calendar with the rest of the REAL appointments.
However, I find the reminder interface a little confusing. It’s one of the few iPhone apps I say that about.
I find it MUCH easier to say, “Remind me take out the trash every Tuesday at 7am.” Bam! It’s done, repeating reminder and all.
Here’s a transcript for my lunch today:
So it’s not grammatically correct but at least the words are correct. It will show a pop-up notification on my screen at 12. When I’m done, I can check it off in my Reminders app. And if you know me, you know how much I love to do that!
Works for me!
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