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Does anyone actually use Siri? 10 things about Siri that make it worthwhile

David Price | Nov. 18, 2013
The 10 best features of Siri in iOS 7: How to get more out of Siri

Sounds like a great meeting, Jim. See you there!

Reasons to love Siri: and for other small tasks
Matt Brock added to the list of Siri-friendly tasks: "New to Siri but already use it for timers, alarms, Do Not Disturb, defining words, some other things. Could probably do more."

Dictating tweets is another possibility. Will Leitch puts Siri to work "only to dictate texts and tweets for speed". Be careful you don't tweet something embarrassing by mistake.

David Goldenberg adds his two-pence-worth: "Reminders, FaceTime calls, find friends, appointments, set timer and dictations."

Reasons to love Siri: Handy in the car (or other vehicles)
Paul Rees admitted to using Siri, but insisted that this was "only in the car to read/compose iMessages."

Many other readers find Siri invaluable when in the car (although of course you should make sure you are able to give your full attention to the road when driving - not to mention obeying all relevant laws). Adam Gates added that he uses Siri "occasionally to read text messages whilst driving".

Siri can be used by cyclists too, although we'd really insist now that you take care and use it when fully stopped. Kiwi admitted to using Siri "once to make a call while cycling. That's it. Once." Ouch.

Reasons to love Siri: Handy when walking or running
Stephen Darlington told us that he occasionally finds Siri handy for dictating messages when walking. When you're out and about, the last thing you want to do is delve through menus and type out lengthy texts.

Reasons to love Siri: Quick dialling
Siri can dial a contact almost instantly - a potentially great time saver if you don't mind people hearing you talk to your phone. Duncan McKenzie said he uses Siri "all the time on my phone to quickly dial a contact's number".

It certainly skips several menu screens, particularly if the person you're dialling isn't on your list of recent calls.

Ashleigh Allsopp agreed: "I also use it to call people sometimes - 'call Ryan'. You don't even have to unlock your iPhone for that one."

Reasons to love Siri: Accessibility advantages
Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett pointed out that Siri is brilliant for those with physical and visual disabilities - anyone who struggles to make out the details on iOS menus, for instance, may find it much easier to launch apps and dictate messages using their voice, and the same would be true of those with find their iPhone fiddly.

Reasons to love Siri: It's fun!
Jane Jones doesn't use Siri "unless I'm bored" - a criticism to be sure, but one that hints at one of the feature's little bonuses. It's really rather entertaining, and there are lots of amusing hidden answers to discover.

 

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