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Post Re: Cyber Monday
on: December 20, 2018, 09:56
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That sounds impressive, but I wonder how easily my fingers could handle the controls, which usual seem to be rather small.

In theory, you needn’t use your hands much at all. You can just tap the face of your watch and say, “Hey, Sir. Send a text to Timothy that says, ‘In theory, you can use the Siri voice command feature to do most things.’”

This is akin to Google’s “Assistant” and Amazon’s “Alexa,” both of which are reputed to work well. However, Apple’s Siri is about the biggest nut-driving feature I’ve ever used. I kid you not when I sometimes get so frustrated with it, I give it some choice swear words. And *then* it will respond with something like “I don’t think I ought to do that.”

I don’t know what Apple’s problem is. But if Siri worked right, you’d rarely need to punch a button. As it is, it’s a feature that is another of Apple’s works-in-progress that basically turns its all-too-easy-to-please cult followers into beta testers who pay for this privilege. (Yes….I’ve had lots of experience with the extremely arrogant attitude at Apple.)

Lots of things work fine, of course. But when I bought it, I was surprised that the watch was so relatively primitive. I mean, yes, I appreciate some of the stuff it can do. But I’m not blown away by it. It still feels like a beta, a work in progress. And note I’m running the same WatchOS that the Series 4 watch has. The Series 4 is basically the same thing with a bigger screen and faster internal processor

No hyperbole here at all. I have been driven to distraction by the non-functioning Siri. Scratch that. Sometimes it does function. Sometimes it proves itself so useful that you just don’t give up on it. And then it will just give you a message when you command it to do something: “Hold on….” And then it never responds. It does this often.

I’m not at all ashamed to tell you the very bad words I’ve screamed at this digital “assistant.” It’s maddening. So, for now, you do need to punch buttons. But the buttons are big and easy to use. And there’s only two of them, plus the watch face itself which can be poked and prodded. Or you can say “Hey, Siri” and see if you’ll get lucky. But don’t bet on it.

“Hey, Sir. Go eff yourself.”

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Post Re: Cyber Monday
on: December 20, 2018, 10:27
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That was quite amusing. I suspect Siri would especially have problems with something like "go f*** yourself". Back when I was looking at calculator watches, they couldn't do as much and didn't have voice controls. (I think the last time I bought one was around 2010). Phone capability would be very useful given that I don't have access to a phone currently at my nursing home. Fortunately, I can reach almost everyone by e-mail -- except Elizabeth. Awfully big exception, and she rarely comes because of how much she has to walk (she can't handle her wheelchair by herself, so she hardly ever uses it).

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Post Re: Cyber Monday
on: December 20, 2018, 10:48
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I suspect Siri would especially have problems with something like "go f*** yourself”.

It actually says “I don’t know how to respond to that.”

Using Siri to speak text messages is useful as well….when it translates the text correctly. That’s still hit-and-miss. Being able to speak into your watch “Call Hookers-to-Go” would be a great convenience, especially for someone confined as you are. Or to call a friend a chat. Or for a pizza. Or just whatever.

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