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Apple's Siri Says Nokia Windows Phone is Best Cell Phone Ever
Forbes ^ | 5/15/2012 | Tim Worstall

Posted on 05/16/2012 7:56:31 AM PDT by SmokingJoe

This is really rather amusing. Until just recently if you asked Siri, the voice assistant on the latest of Apple‘s iPhones, which was the best cell phone ever the reply would be that it was the Nokia Lumia. Which is, as all know, a Windows based phone.

The proof is here with a screen shot.

The reason why it gave this unexpected answer (well, unexpected to me, it might actually be that the Lumia is the best cell phone ever) is that Siri interrogates the Wolfram Alpha database to answer such questions. And if there are four reviews (as there were) at the place that Wolfram Alpha itself interrogates which say that the Lumia really is the bee’s knees then that’s what the answer will be.

Except, except, Siri is a server based application. This allows Apple, should they so wish, to provide a direct answer rather than to allow Siri to interrogate Wolfram Alpha.

Which is what we all rather assume Apple has done as asking the question no brings back the answer “You’re kidding, right?”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: cellphone; iphone; lumia; microsoft; nokia; nokialumia; windowsphone

1 posted on 05/16/2012 7:56:34 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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2 posted on 05/16/2012 7:58:54 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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Funny BUMP.


3 posted on 05/16/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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Siri Silenced by Apple After Praising Windows Phone

A few days ago we wrote an article on Apple’s very own Siri prompting that the Nokia Lumia 900 was the best smartphone ever. Today Apple has patched up the response Siri would give when asked “What is the best smartphone ever?”. In order for Siri to find what the best smartphone is it would search a third party service named Wolfram Alpha, which would point out that user ratings placed the Lumia 900 above all others. Sadly Apple felt the need to silence its praised assistant and re-educate her. The phone, as noted by The Verge, will now appoint itself as the best smartphone. I am guessing from now on every time Apple sees competition they will resort to such measures.
http://zunited.net/2012/05/siri-silenced-by-apple-after-praising-windows-phone/

4 posted on 05/16/2012 8:05:42 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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So, it returned the results of a web search based upon user reviews? And few reviews at that?

Yawn. It’s not like Apple is conceding the smartphone wars. As designed, if Siri does not have an answer in the database, it goes to the web.


5 posted on 05/16/2012 8:07:59 AM PDT by ace2u_in_MD (You missed something...)
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Ive seen the new Nokia and wasnt that impressed. The interface reminded me of the Kin or Palm Pre interface. Only really good if your life revolves around social media.


6 posted on 05/16/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT by mnehring
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My Siri just said “there are no other phones”, I asked again and Siri said “wait there are other phones?”
But what can I say I asked it the meaning of life once, and Siri dialed my husbands phone number and said to ask him.


7 posted on 05/16/2012 8:17:53 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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So, it returned the results of a web search based upon user reviews? “

Ummm..not quite.

And few reviews at that?”

The Lumia 900 has more reviews(333) than any other smart-phone on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-Lumia-Windows-Phone-Black/dp/B007P5NHJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337181536&sr=8-1

..and its still the highest rated smart phone.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-rated/wireless/2407747011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_tr?pf_rd_p=1331612862&pf_rd_s=right-8&pf_rd_t=2101&pf_rd_i=list&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=05WTGG7J5F14W0DJZ8CE

By contrast,, the highly acclaimed HTC One, has only 14 reviews, and is still rated much lower than the Lumia 900.
http://www.amazon.com/HTC-One-Android-Phone-Gray/dp/B007UOIOV6/ref=zg_tr_tab_pd_bs_1?pf_rd_p=1331613222&pf_rd_s=right-5&pf_rd_t=9501&pf_rd_i=list&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1DTPTGPSS0K45DM13SVE

8 posted on 05/16/2012 8:23:54 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: mnehring
Ive seen the new Nokia and wasnt that impressed. The interface reminded me of the Kin or Palm Pre interface

Chuckle!
Steve Wozniack(who should know a thing or two about interfaces), would seem to disagree with you:

“Steve Wozniak: Windows Phone is more beautiful and intuitive than Android, it's ‘no contest’
..........
“I'm kind of shocked. Every screen is much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone.
He's so impressed by it, in fact, that he defines the experience of using a Windows Phone as feeling like you're “with a friend not a tool.”
http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/28/2983312/steve-wozniak-windows-phone-android-comparison

9 posted on 05/16/2012 8:29:41 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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My Siri just said “there are no other phones”, I asked again and Siri said “wait there are other phones?”

Did you read the article at all? Apple just “amended” Siri to give a different answer to what it was giving before. Pretty amusing when one thinks of it.

10 posted on 05/16/2012 8:34:11 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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I’m holding out, limping by on my crippled AT&T Tilt, until Windows 8 Phone comes out this summer.


11 posted on 05/16/2012 8:34:43 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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Yea. The whole Siri concept is amazing.
For fun I asked directly about the Nokia, and Siri just laughed.
I thanked Siri and it said “I live to serve you, Hot Mama”. Seems my oldest grandson changed my monicker on the phone - kids what can you do?.


12 posted on 05/16/2012 8:44:24 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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I have a Nokia Lumia 900 and I love it. I’d say Siri is correct when it says it’s the best Smartphone ever.


13 posted on 05/16/2012 8:51:17 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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... And what does the Nokia Windows smartphone say is the best cellphone?


14 posted on 05/16/2012 8:54:53 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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Gee, a quasi-AI computer program from Apple inadvertently gives an answer that's not what Apple's Marketing and Sales would want.

Yawn.

And then Apple changes it so it gives a snappier and less embarrassing response. No surprise there either.

Ya know, in 1970 I visited MIT in Boston and interacted with ELIZA running on a PDP-10.

42 years later, Siri is a long way advanced past ELIZA. But it's still just a computer program.

This article isn't "News". It's "Humor". :)

15 posted on 05/16/2012 8:56:13 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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Why didn't they ask the obvious question:

If you speak to the Lumia, and ask it "what is the best phone?" what happens?

Does it actually have voice recognition?

Does it speak the answer?

Or does it sit there like a lump of plastic?

16 posted on 05/16/2012 8:56:32 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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This is how mine just now responded.

“I think you’ve already answered this question.”


17 posted on 05/16/2012 8:59:47 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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I just asked a second time and she responded, “You’re kidding, right?”


18 posted on 05/16/2012 9:01:44 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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“But what can I say I asked it the meaning of life once, and Siri dialed my husbands phone number and said to ask him.”

Ha! Think I’ll go find Mr. hummingbird and tell him Siri had a message for him!

He just got new phones for us but I don’t even know what kind they are. I do like the stylus I bought because I often hit two buttons at a time.

Besides, it looks kind of elegant using a stylus and if anything, hummingbird strives for elegance and style!


19 posted on 05/16/2012 9:25:56 AM PDT by hummingbird (I am Breitbart.)
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““I live to serve you, Hot Mama”. Seems my oldest grandson changed my moniker on the phone - kids what can you do?.”

Ha - I have two nephews who would love to change my moniker, at the very least. I better check my settings.

20 posted on 05/16/2012 9:29:56 AM PDT by hummingbird (I am Breitbart.)
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This is how mine just now responded.

“I think you’ve already answered this question.”

Yeah, looks like Apple caught on. Mine respnded with:

"What...you mean there are other phones?"

21 posted on 05/16/2012 11:05:41 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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